Job Title: Project Officer-Agronomist
Project/Department: Rural Women Program
Duty station: Erigavo
Post Type: National
Key Internal Contacts: Project Manager, SPO, Area/Officer Manager, MEAL officer, RWP- MEAL Coordinator
- Background Summary
CARE Somaliland received funds from the Danish international development agency (CARE- DK) to implement a programme which aims to strengthen livelihood resilience among displaced climate refugees/pastoralists drop-outs, particularly ultra-marginalized women, in Sanaag Region in Somaliland. The project is designed to strengthen livelihood resilience among vulnerable pastoralist dropouts in 10 communities in the Erigavo district of Sanaag Region in Somaliland. The project area is selected based on vulnerability to climate change, population size and complementarity with existing CARE projects. The project will promote the diversification of climate-smart innovative livelihoods through working with private players and existing community-level social and economic empowerment platforms to strengthen climate-smart solutions for agriculture and entrepreneurship as well as supporting grassroots, district and national climate actors’ advocacy and policy development initiatives to ensure the development of enabling regulatory environment for sustainable livelihoods and economic development.
- Position Summary
CARE International in Somaliland is currently seeking a Project Officer- Agronomist. He/She reports to the Project Manager and Collaborates with MEAL teams. He/She is responsible to carry out fieldwork to mobilize communities, monitor activities and provide support to project management and other team members for the effective and efficient implementation of the project’s activities and participate in planning for project necessary events (Surveys, Assessments, and Evaluations)
- Roles & Responsibilities
- Collaborate and coordinate with the project team, local partners, key line ministries local council, and community leaders to support screening and registration teams to select the households based on the agreed criteria.
- Form community agriculture sub-committees, Farmer associations, VSLA groups, water management committee, through close coordination with the local council and project team.
- Develop and maintain good relationships and lines of communication with the rea levant, local partners, local authorities, and communities, explaining the nature of the project and liaising with them throughout the project.
- Guarantee community involvement at all phases of the project (identification, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation) to ensure the development of community ownership for the project outputs.
- Undertake frequent field monitoring and site visits to ensure process monitoring of the project activities.
- Work closely with other Program teams, and MEAL units, to ensure quality implementation of the project deliverables.
- Gather the necessary project information and participate in the interpretation and analysis of the collected information
- Implement and participate in different baseline Surveys/assessments and monitoring studies.
- Participate in joint project activities planning and implementation of the project deliverables.
- Undertake proper documentation of the field experiences and reflections and lessons and ensure proper filing systems.
- Prepare periodical progress reports as requested about achieved activities, challenges, and obstacles for remaining activities and suggested solutions and recommendations.
- Ensure transparent implementation of all field-based activities and provides a conduit for suggestions and feedback from the communities to project and senior CARE management.
- Assess the capacity of farmers and/or farmer associations in target areas to participate in the project, and propose capacity building measures.
- Facilitate and undertake several project trainings to be given to the project target beneficiaries (communities and government stakeholders)
- Prepare activity budgets, quarter plans, and budget forecasts and ensure proper project expenses liquidations.
- Prepare reports (Field visit reports, activity reports, and monthly narrative reports) include recommendations for action steps.
- Capture lessons learnt and document case studies
3.1. Capacity Building of Target Groups
- Undertake capacity building and provide technical pieces of training, including good agricultural practices (GAP), agronomic practices training, pest/crop diseases management, harvesting, and crop products storage and handling techniques and extension services.
- Develop training material as needed.
- Prepare, coordinate, and participate in all in-house professional development activities, meetings, and planning sessions.
- Participate in activities relevant to the project as approved by the Project manager.
- Undertake Climate resilience studies.
3.2. Other Duties
- Undertake any other duties as assigned by the Senior Program Officers, Managers, office managers, or other key management staff.
- Perform other related tasks as requested by his/her immediate supervisor.
- Account for CARE’s assets and interests and safeguard them from loss arising from fraud, waste, weak administration, and poor value for money.
- Carry out the responsibilities of the role in a way that reflects CARE’s commitment to delivering service to the needy beneficiaries.
- To bring to the notice of the respective SPOs , project manager or office Managers any discrepancies, serious incidents, or any urgent information which may need serious consideration/action regarding day-to-day program activities
- To fulfil any additional assignments as deemed necessary by the organization.
- Develop and organize all data, files, and documents.
- Demonstrate gender sensitivity and show support and respect to all team members.
- Responsible for the confidentiality and security of data, documents, and resources.
Skills and Qualifications
- Experience in community mobilisation and capacity building.
- 2-3 years of community work experience, preferably related to the type of project.
- Excellent skills in monitoring the implementation of program activities.
- Able to travel to remote rural areas including overnight staying.
- Ability to work under pressure.
- Experience and understanding in climate- SMART agriculture (CSA), Agronomic practices, GAPs and etc.
- Excellent communication verbal and writing as well as interpersonal skills.
- Ability and willingness to travel regularly to field sites.
- Become conversant with the various generic tools such as assessment and survey techniques and questionnaires.
- Ability to identify potential problems before they occur. Proactive in preparation and uses initiative in response.
- Fluency in written and spoken English, knowledge of English is desirable.
- Good computer skills.
- Comply with all relevant CARE policies and procedures with respect to child protection, Child safeguarding, workplace environment, employee code of conduct, and all other related subjects.
How to apply
Interested candidates who meet the criteria above are encouraged to send their application letters and detailed CV in one PDF document to SOM.SomalilandRecruitment@care.org by referring to the job title “(Project Officer – Agronomist ) as the subject line of the email, latest on 2nd April 2023
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
CARE is an equal-opportunity employer promoting gender, equity and diversity. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. CARE is Zero Tolerant organization for child abuse and sexual exploitation and abuses.
For more information about CARE and its programs, visit www.care.org