- Agriculture Technical Specialist Consultancy, Amman
Closing date: 31 Oct 2017
Global Communities designed the 12-month Resiliency Assistance Program in Southern Syria (RAPSS) with the goal of saving lives, alleviating human suffering, and reducing the social and economic impact of the Syrian crisis on Southern Syrian communities and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Dara’a and Quneitra governorates. RAPSS’ first objective prioritizes food security and livelihoods: Objective 1: Improved food security and livelihoods for conflict-affected households and farmers through the provision of seeds, tools, and fertilizer.
To achieve this objective, RAPSS will provide agricultural inputs (seeds, tools, and fertilizer) to 1,500 poor farmers in Quneitra governorate who cannot afford inputs needed to farm their land. Priority will be for farmers who cannot farm without assistance, farmers who are able but whose production yield is low because of lack of equipment or lack of quality inputs (i.e., poor seed quality or lack of fertilizer), and farmers who have access to water. Resulting harvests from the agricultural inputs will be able to provide food for beneficiary households, with the remainder sold at local markets, or saved to seed for the next planting season. The project is in start-up phase and in the process of carrying out a rapid needs assessment, followed by a household-survey baseline.
RAPSS also has a prepared work plan for this food security and agriculture component, with a planned first distribution to occur in October 2017. RAPSS’ identified Agriculture Specialist, however, is not expected to join the team until approximately end of October/early November 2017. Therefore, RAPSS requires the support of an Agriculture Technical Specialist to ensure that it meets its first assistance deliverable deadline.
Location of Work: Amman, Jordan
Level of Effort (LOE): 42 days
Scope of Work:
Coordinate with M&E Manager regarding the food security/livelihoods section of the baseline survey document as well as all corresponding monitoring tools (including post-distribution monitoring and complaints/feedback mechanism); review and provide feedback on baseline analysis data and report.
Develop Bill of Quantities (BoQ) for agriculture inputs required for winter planting season in Quneitra governorate; consult with local partner and relevant Global Communities agriculture staff to finalize BOQs. Ensure timely OFDA approval.
Coordinate with M&E Manager and partner staff regarding the Global Communities community engagement and beneficiary selection process to ensure the Standard Operating Procedures are followed and beneficiary selection criteria applied.
Support the HR Coordinator in the hiring of the Agriculture Officer in Quneitra governorate.
Review any program materials/manuals to be included in agriculture farming kits. Mentor and train local partner agriculture staff on any needed instructions to selected beneficiary farmers.
Work with Logistics and M&E staff to ensure smooth, safe, and efficient distribution of high-quality agriculture inputs to targeted beneficiaries in Quneitra governorate. Deliverables:
Review of and contributions to food security/livelihoods baseline data and report as well as monitoring mechanisms – in particular post-distribution monitoring and complaints/feedback mechanisms.
Timely and appropriate selection of farmers to be beneficiaries of winter season agriculture kits.
Donor-approved BoQs for winter season agriculture kits.
Smooth distribution of quality agriculture kits by trained partner staff.
Concise STTA Report regarding completion of deliverables as well as any recommendations for RAPSS staff, including the spring agriculture season distribution and future programming in southern Syria.
A Bachelor’s degree in agronomy, or related field.
A minimum of 7 years of experience in FSL and agriculture.
A minimum of 2 years of experience working with non-governmental organizations.
Prior experience working with international donor-funded programs including USAID/OFDA strongly preferred.
Prior experience in practical application of farming techniques.
Demonstrated success implementing FSL activities.
Self-motivated, demonstrated capacity to work effectively in a fluid operating environment with minimal supervision.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Computer/word processing and standard office software skills.
Fluency in English and Arabic, both written and oral.
HOW TO APPLY:
Job posted on 8 September 2017.
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