Agriculture/Livelihood Zonal Coordinator


Roles and Responsibilities

·       Coordinate, supervise, and provide technical assistance for proper implementation of nutrition-sensitive agriculture such as homestead vegetable production, productive livestock rearing, food safety and postharvest handling, and saving and credit group establishment planned under Growth through Nutrition and implemented by the respective government structures (agriculture, school, and health), etc–at woreda and kebele levels.

·       Facilitate the implementation of activities to promote nutrition-sensitive agriculture at FTCs, schools, model framers’ plots and among vulnerable households, including providing technical training in agronomic practices of horticultural crops, livestock husbandry, business development skills, saving, cooperative management, and financial literacy.

·       In coordination with Growth through Nutrition team members and other donor-funded agricultural, livestock, and fishery programs, plan and implement nutrition-sensitive livelihood strategies.

·       Facilitate linkages with other agricultural (specifically AGP II and PSNP IV) health and nutrition programs, international NGOs, private sector businesses for the supply of inputs and marketing of produce, and government agencies.

·       Works with team members of Growth through Nutrition and staff of Zonal and Woreda Offices of Agriculture to target model farmers and most vulnerable households as per the targeting criteria and methods to ensure exclusion and inclusion errors so that appropriate beneficiaries are reached.

·       Establishes support and partnerships with local actors and smallholder farmers to improve livelihoods and increased nutritional value through demonstrations on new agricultural and nutritional technologies.

·       Works closely with the field office SBCC manager to bring about behavioural changes in the agricultural system and dietary habits.

·       Works closely with MEL Project Manager to generate practical information that can be used for on-going program decision making while also capturing results at the outcome and impact levels.

·       Capacity building through training of Zonal, woreda, school teachers, Kebele sector offices staff, model farmers  and targeted households to strengthen livelihoods services and programming Mobilize target beneficiaries in collaboration with the cooperative promotion offices to establish saving and credit groups and create linkage to financial service providers such as micro- finance institutions and rural saving and credit cooperatives (RUSACCO) in support of program activities, and ensure sustainability of the results by beneficiaries.

·       Conduct regular follow up/appropriate mentoring and provide on-job training for government agriculture and health workers using project tools.

·       Ensure allocated resources reach the right beneficiaries, for the right objective, and in a timely manner.

·       Coordinate with the project’s Nutrition Zonal Coordinator and woreda level sectors for integrated planning and implementation of livelihood and nutrition-sensitive agriculture activities at woreda and kebele levels.

·       Collaborate with Growth through Nutrition and other partners working in livelihood and nutrition-sensitive agriculture, WASH, SBCC activities and sectors on the ground in support of Growth through Nutrition’s layering and convergence approach.

·       Ensure the proper planning and implementation of Growth through Nutrition cross-cutting activities – gender, learning agenda, sustainable approaches, and convergence and overlay of multi-sector nutrition interventions.

·       Collaborate with Gender Specialist and gender focal persons/taskforce to deliver gender-sensitive agriculture and livelihood activities at woreda and kebele levels.

·       Enter program data for target woredas accurately into DHIS 2 database regularly and in a timely manner; crosscheck and verify entered data into the database for accuracy and edit data as needed; and analyse and use data.

Support reporting and monitoring and evaluation, assuring that quality reports are submitted using standard project formats and in a timely manner

Job Requirements

MINIMUM QUALFICATION, EXPEREINCE, COMPETENCIES

 

Essential

·       Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science (animal production, animal health), Plant Science (preferably in horticulture), Cooperative Development, General agriculture with significant experience in animal production/homestead gardening.

·       At least 6 years of experience implementing livelihoods and economic strengthening programs, supporting nutrition sensitive/diverse economic strengthening activities such as homestead gardening and animal production.

·       Excellent and demonstrated skills in computer Microsoft office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

·       Competency in spoken and written English language

·       Speak/understand local (regional) language

·       An understanding of and commitment to Save the Children values.

Desired

·       Significant training experience in nutrition-sensitive agriculture, horticulture, cooperative development, animal husbandry, etc. and community mobilization in support of agriculture and economic strengthening programs.

·       Experience conducting trainings, training of trainers, and organizational capacity building.

·       Knowledge and learning ability to integrate gender issues in agriculture and livelihood interventions.

·       Strong written and oral communication skills, as well as the proven ability to work collaboratively with various organizations and stakeholders.

·       Experience working with private sector, government agencies and beneficiaries on livelihoods programs.

·       Ability to travel throughout the focus zone, woredas, kebele and other rural areas as needed.

·       Strong results orientation.

·       Experience in multi-sectoral coordination.

·       Proven project management skill with professional certificate in project management is an added advantage.

·       Ability to manage complex and demanding workload.

·       Experience in NGO setup.

·       Experience working in the region and understanding of local context.

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