Agricultural Technician(Food Security and Livelihood)(National Status)

April 8, 2022
Application deadline closed.

Job Description

              
ABOUT US International Non-governmental organization, Action Against Hunger has been working to fight undernutrition and support communities affected by crisis across the globe for almost 40 years and across nearly 50 countries. Action Against Hunger established its presence in both Liberia and Sierra Leone in 1991 during the Civil War and since then has been operational in the two countries by implementing various humanitarian and development programs related to health, nutrition, food security/livelihoods and advocacy geared towards the reduction of the prevalence rates of under-nutrition in both countries. Since January 2018, the two countries have been clustered and now operating under a single management structure. The coordination office is based in Freetown, Sierra Leone overseeing the operations in Moyamba Field Office and Liberia Country Office. Action Against Hunger is recruiting a suitably qualified Sierra Leonean as Agricultural Technician to  assist the Program Manager in the implementation, monitoring and reporting of all project activities in his/her operational communities  .
KEY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES : Implement and follow up on the project activities: Activities: Support the Program Manager (PM) with development of plans (i.e. activity plan and training plans, etc.) for implementation of project activities; Support the training of smallholder farmers and their organizations (FBOs and ABCs) on Sustainable Land Management (SLM) in cassava/groundnut intercropping systems Facilitate the establishment of on-farm trials and demonstration plots in the target communities. Monitor activities and record data pertaining to distribution of inputs, equipment/supplies to, utilization and cultivation by smallholder farmers and their organizations (FBOs and ABCs). Supervise and provide technical support to smallholder farmers, farmers’ organizations (i.e. FBOs, ABCs) on cassava/groundnut production in the target communities. Support farmers in the organization of exchange visits between FBOs with on-farm trial sites and those without. Explain the project’s activities and objectives to partners, collaborators and the target population; Act as a link between the Organization and the beneficiaries at community/village level. Attend the relevant external trainings, workshops or seminars on behalf of Action against Hunger, the Project, or PM as applicable; Maintain a good working relationship with the line ministries – MAF, Environment etc. and government institutions – District Council. Work in concert with staff of the EU BAFS Supports the organization of workshops at district and national levels in consultation with the Ensures the collection and reporting of field data including soil organic carbon stock, yield data etc. from on-farm trial and demonstration plots. Participates in the distribution of project related materials (brochures, bulletins, reports etc.) to relevant stakeholders. Perform any other duty assigned by the PM; 
Represent Action Against Hunger: Activities: Explain the project and its activities and objectives to the partners and the target population; Act as a link between AAH and the beneficiaries at community/village level.
Gender Action Activities: Ensure the inclusion of youth and women in the project  in all project implementation especially in AAH supported communities; Include gender topics in the trainings to be provided for project beneficiaries (farmers, FBOs, ABCs, traders, processors, sellers, etc.), partners and other stakeholders; Sensitize target farmers, the communities, partners, and other stakeholders on gender issues (i.e. gender equality, equity and poverty dimensions in their communities) and mainstreaming of gender into community development actions; Support establishment of a platform- or community-based feedback system for clients to safely and confidentially voice concerns and provide input on gender issues. This can help the manager to provide accountability for acts of gender discrimination or mistreatment; Support to develop gender-integrated annual work plans to include gender objectives, activities to achieve the objectives, and indicators to measure progress toward achieving the objectives for all staff; Others: Adherence to the Action Against Hunger Code of Conduct Adhere to all COVID-19 precautionary measures Carry out job related duties as assigned
QUALIFICATIONSBSC/Diploma in Agriculture or related fields professional experience in agriculture and related disciplines REQUIRED SKILLS Good organizational capacity Strong knowledge and experience of agricultural techniques (e.g. groundnut cultivation, Good Agricultural Practices)Community participation/empowerment approaches Good knowledge of the local languages and culture (Moyamba District)Capacity to communicate with people Training skills Good team spirit Ability to work under pressure, handle multiple tasks, and meet deadlines Ability to work independently, but also coordinate effectively as part of a team. Ability to ride a motorbike with a valid driving license Previous employment in Action Against Hunger or similar INGO is advantageous
WORK CONDITIONSSTARTING DATE: May 2022DURATION OF CONTRACT: Seven (7) Months with possible extensions  depending on Donor Approval LOCATION: Moyamba, with frequent travels to Freetown, and other field areas
REMUNERATION: Monthly Basic Salary: SLL 2,907,450.00 to 2,667,000 based on profile Monthly Transport Allowance: 15% of Monthly Basic Salary Housing Allowance: 15% of Monthly Basic Salary
HOW TO APPLY:  Send Motivation Letter, CV saved in your name – for example (Joe Blue CV) for your CV, and (Joe Blue Motivation Letter) for your motivation letter, with names of three (3) referees by EMAIL, under the Subject  “Agricultural Technician”  to
recruitment@sl-actionagainsthunger.org
Deadline for the receipt of applications is Friday, 22nd April  2022. 
Due to the urgency of this position, applications may be sorted on a rolling basis.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for a written test and oral interview.
Please state the position applied for on the subject line of your email.
Action Against Hunger is an equal opportunity employer.Women are strongly encouraged to apply.