Farming Systems Advisor
Deadline of this Job:
21 December 2022
Date Posted: Saturday, December 03, 2022 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed
CRAFT Project Background
Climate change projections for East Africa show an increase in temperatures and a higher occurrence of climatic shocks (droughts and floods). This coupled with the expected exponential increase in human population currently averaging 3% in Tanzania and Uganda, and 2.5% in Kenya, poses a serious threat to the future development of the three East African economies. This project, with funding from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is implemented in partnership with Wageningen University and Environmental Research, CGIAR’s Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Agriterra, and Rabo Partnerships. The consortium offers a strong platform to not only manage and coordinate a robust climate smart agriculture project, but also provide targeted technical assistance, business facilitation, as well as research and knowledge management support.
The Farming Systems Advisor is specialised in a sector and provides technical insights and advisory services on products and interventions to projects. The Farming Systems Advisor gives input to Project Managers, project partners, smallholder farmers to meet the agreed objectives and realise successful interventions. The Farming systems Advisor identifies opportunities and areas for improvement, to ensure quality delivery.
SNV is seeking to recruit the services of a Farming Systems Advisor. The Advisor will provide technical insights and advisory services on interventions to the project team.
The roles and responsibilities include:
• Acts as technical expert for the Project Managers and aims to create an enabling environment (by sharing knowledge, understanding stakeholders and environment) for the implementation of a project, for the project to meet its objectives. Ensures, monitors progress and reviews quality of own expertise and ensures client support and satisfaction during projects. Ensures technical support to partners, smallholder farmers on integrating climate smart solutions in production, promote household diversification, support linkages between business champions and climate smart service provides to promote adoption at scale.
• Contributes to internal and external knowledge development, ensures lessons learned are harvested, documented, communicated, and applied in daily practice and may be appointed as (national) focal point of an expertise network. Initiates/coordinates the review process and evaluation of advisory services to collect lessons learned in CSA, proposes corrective measures, and ensures identification of follow up assignments. Participates in knowledge development/expertise groups and in internal and external networks.
Project and process development
• Identifies and proposes technical process improvements to the project team, partners, and smallholder farmers. Acts on improvement areas suggested by stakeholders or informed by the lessons learned. Ensures on ground adaptive management where CSA lessons learned are adopted in daily practice by all stakeholders.
• Steers (functionally) colleagues and coaches associated partners/smallholder farmers, and other external stakeholders on quality within the farming system context of assignments. Acts as a farming system technical expert, applies process improvements in projects and coaches’ colleagues, partners and smallholders on quality CSA technologies and practices important for improved resilience to climate related shocks and stresses.
• Identifies and analyses farming systems opportunities and threats and ensures relevant colleagues are informed. Actively participates in strategic positioning meetings and acts as a knowledgeable face of the SNV organisation to the client. Analyses, understands, and develops (local) networks with relevant stakeholders, identifies new clients, farmer groups and smallholders.
• Builds, maintains, and utilises relationships with relevant stakeholders, represents SNV and identifies opportunities for Business Development policies and procedures. Initiates assignments on a local/(sub)national level, supports proposals and develops technical processes during the inception phase of projects.
• A minimum of a University Degree in Agriculture or a related field.
• A master’s degree in a relevant field is required.
• A minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience in programmes in areas of Climate smart agriculture, sustainable markets development, youth in agriculture, and agribusiness finance.
• Ability and demonstrated experience of designing and appraising inclusive business cases.
• Ability to meet deadlines and to work within a team
• Fluency in written and spoken English
• Computer literate, proficient with MS Word, Excel, and financial applications.
• A self-motivated achiever with excellent leadership, teamwork, coaching,
• Communication, analytical and organisational skills.
• Strong work ethics, high level of confidentiality and Integrity
• Good report writing skills with proven ability to compile case studies, practice, and policy briefs and (other) documents for learning and sharing.
• Computer skills and software applications (email, word processing, spreadsheets, statistical programs).
• Skills in teamwork, facilitation, and training.
• Sensitive and committed to gender equity and diversity.
Work Hours: 8
Experience in Months: 96
Level of Education: Postgraduate Degree
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