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Agriculture & Food Safety Specialist-Ninewa

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Job Overview

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and is committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.

Shaping a stronger Oxfam for people living in poverty.

About Oxfam

Oxfam is a global movement of people who won’t live with the injustice of poverty. Together we save and rebuild lives in disasters. We help people build better lives for themselves. We speak out on the big issues that keep people poor, like inequality, discrimination against women and climate change. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can live without poverty.

Oxfam GB is a member of the international confederation Oxfam.

Team Purpose

To provide assistance that meets humanitarian and long-term needs and reduces underlying drivers of conflict at all levels.

Job Purpose

To provide support to Reliance Livelihood (Programs as a part of the Ninawa team for our areas of operation in Ninawa.  Key areas of intervention will include agriculture activities, value chain, women empowerment and advocacy.

Core Details

Location: Ninewa
Our package:

 

Internal Grade:

 

 

D2

Contract type: Fixed term
 

Hours of work:

 40 hours per week. This is a full-time role.
This role reports to: Resilient Livelihood Project Manager
Staff reporting to this post: N/A
Annual budget for the post: N/A
Key relationships/interactions: Have teamwork with all the sectors

key Responsibilities

  • The Agriculture and food specialist will work closely with staff from the Directorate of Agriculture (DoA) and farmers association in Ninewa to establish a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to participate in value chain knowledge, skill development and to secure support for other VCD activities.
  • Support establishing farmers field schools (FFS) at the district/sub-district level to conduct training, raise awareness and promote the adaptation of climate-resilient approaches and technologies to enhance crops and livestock production and farming technologies.
  • Liaise and Coordinate with the Directorate of Agriculture (DoA) and relevant stakeholders on the existing practices and principles on farmers field school approach.
  • With DoA in Ninewa facilitate skill development trainings to the FFS at the district/ sub-district level to promote the adaptation of climate-resilient approaches and technologies to enhance crops and livestock production and farming techniques.
  • Support each FFS formed to establish on-farm demonstration plots that will be used to share ideas and experiences so that agroecological practices and technologies can be successfully replicated and scaled.
  • Responsible for planning and implementing the farmer field schools approach at the district/sub-district level
  • Work with the DoA to increase the number of women’s extension workers to facilitate the development of pro-women’s value chains in agriculture markets.
  • Work closely with DoA and agriculture academic institutions/ research centers to adopt “Good Agriculture practices (GAP)” to deliver training through FFS and promote farmer’s knowledge and skills in these areas.
  • Conduct ToT program to the extension workers and community-based facilitators (CBFs)/lead farmers/ progressive farmers.
  • Conduct training for women farmers’ groups to improve their financial literacy and agri-business management skills.
  • Provide support to youth and women pursue vocational training in the agriculture sector to establish their own income-generating activities based on local opportunities.
  • Provide support to the livelihood project team in conducting registration and verification of beneficiaries
  • Conduct technical specifications of all the vegetables seeds, cereal seeds and other agriculture inputs related to selected crops.
  • Ensure mainstreaming gender and protection throughout the project cycle
  • Supervise the overall training program and will ensure the quality of delivery through use of participatory, interactive and practical approaches especially learning by doing approaches.
  • Plan and organize seeds and tools distribution to the beneficiaries
  • Conduct awareness-raising session (environmental protection, social cohesion and organic farming)
  • Conduct regular visits to the field sites to provide support and guidance to improve the quality of the programs
  • Working closely with MEAL staffs in conducting post-distribution monitoring and as well vegetable and crop monitoring
  • Take the lead in coming up with innovative ideas and appropriate techniques based on the context.
  • Collect and document all the lesson learnt in agricultural technologies

Skills, Experience and knowledge

  • Diploma or Degree in Agriculture Science/ Agronomy or Agricultural engineering
  • At least 2 to 3 years of experience in conducting agricultural training
  • Familiar with food safety standards. Desirable to have food safety standard certification from a certified institute.
  • Familiar and experienced with Good Agriculture Principles (GAP) and Climate Smart Agriculture practices.
  • Experience of working with an NGO – especially in project implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • A good understanding of the Iraqi/Kurdish context and cultures.
  • Strong communication interpersonal skills
  • Negotiation skills and the ability to influence and inspire confidence in others in diverse working environment
  • Community mobilization experience
  • An understanding of gender, protection and diversity issues in Cash and Voucher Programming would be advantageous
  • Ability to work effectively with others
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in response to changing needs.
  • Ability to travel and to work in difficult circumstances.
  • MS Office Skills (Word, Excel)

Essential

  • Good written and spoken English, as well as strong spoken and written Arabic is essential.

Desirable

  • A good understanding of the Iraqi/Kurdish context and cultures.

Key Attributes

  • Strong communication interpersonal skills
  • Good training skills
  • Negotiation skills and the ability to influence and inspire confidence in others in diverse working environment
  • Community mobilization experience
  • An understanding of gender, protection and diversity issues in Cash and Voucher Programming would be advantageous
  • Ability to work effectively with others
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in response to changing needs.
  • Ability to travel and to work in difficult circumstances

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