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Officer, Agriculture Support FQM

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Overall Job Purpose

Responsible for promoting and coordinating of sustainable agriculture support programs for income and food security.

Specific Job Responsibilities

1.0 Agriculture Support Stimulation Activities

  • Organising crops and livestock production exchange visits.
  • Arranging mentorship talks by small scale successful farmers.
  • Organising conservation farming for business and income training.
  • Piloting high value crops and sharing results with farmers in the catchment area.
  • Promoting local appreciation of existing agribusiness opportunities and wealth.
  • General stimulation of agri-business ideas.

2.0 Agriculture Support Enhancement Activities

  • Organising livestock and crop inputs for participating farmers on pay-back basis.
  • Arranging animal health support material, training and vaccinations
  • Motivating out grower and aggregation business opportunities to energise agriculture development
  • Establishing small to medium scale value addition centres with the aim of providing ready market and generating demand.
  • Promoting small scale agriculture mechanisation as a service provision.
  • Market linkage and optimisation of opportunities in the agriculture value chain.
  • Enhancing the power of cooperatives.

3.0 Agriculture Support Sustenance Activities

  • Promoting the need for independence and graduation
  • Sustainability training and exposure
  • Agribusiness development training

4.0 Management Activities

  • Coordination of the agriculture support team and capacity building
  • Managing agriculture support resources and promoting accountability
  • Mentoring the field teams to understand the need for sustainable agriculture.
  • Structured planning, implementing and monitoring of performance.

5.0 Other Responsibilities

  • Mobilizing inputs and technical support for crops and livestock production.
  • Liaison with the Ministry of Agriculture to ensure sustainable agriculture is promoted.
  • Profiling households to appreciate their interest and ability to participate in agriculture related livelihood programs.
  • Promoting conservation farming awareness within the catchment area and KML employees.
  • Coordination of agriculture support consultants and third party service providers engaged by Kalumbila Minerals Limited (KML) to enhance agriculture.
  • Promoting high value crops and market linkage
  • Monitoring and reporting agriculture performance.
  • Identifying training needs and developing training programs.

Job Specific Competencies

  • Ability to develop and manage financial budgets as well as manage commercial and procurement systems
  • Ability to conduct field work with the field officers.
  • Good understanding of sustainable rural livelihood performance monitoring tools with practical experience
  • Strong mentorship skills of subordinates and local stakeholders.
  • Data analysis and manipulation skills (e.g. conversant with MS Excel)

Key Job Attributes

  • Self-motivated, innovative and able to develop good relations with stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage field teams and community support teams.
  • Understanding the central, local and traditional governance systems.
  • Be part of a team and able to solve problems in remote locations.
  • Hard working and willing to work long hours.
  • Have a high level of personal and professional integrity.
  • Maintain confidentiality and trustworthiness.
  • Excellent record keeping and report writing skills.
  • Ability to develop and manage activities in a structured approach and through KPIs.
  • Good communication and emotional intelligence.
  • Self supervision and illustrating the duty of care.

Experience & Qualifications required to perform in this job

  • At least 2 years’ experience working with reputable institutions in supporting sustainable livelihood activities.
  • GIS competence and ability to manage geo-referenced agriculture information.
  • Practical experience in crops and livestock production from a sustainability and livelihood perspective.
  • Ability to establish and develop practical value addition programs and marketing linking.
  • Good understanding of the cultural context within the catchment area and experience working with traditional governance systems.
  • Degree (or equivalent) in Agriculture Science, Agriculture Economics, Agro-forestry, Rural Development or related fields.
  • Formal training in agribusiness activities.
  • Valid driving and motorcycle riding license with adequate driving/riding competence.

Submit your CV and Application on Company Website : Click Here

Closing Date : 28th October , 2021.

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