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Advisor for Agro-Economic

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is the implementing agency of the Federal Republic of Germany for technical and international cooperation. It offers flexible, sustainable and effective solutions in political, economic and social change processes. Most of the work of GIZ is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). GIZ also operates on behalf of other German ministries as well as public and private bodies in Germany and abroad. These include the European Commission, the United Nations, the World Bank and governments of other countries.

The Food and Nutrition Security and Enhanced Resilience (FANSER) Project in Zambia is implemented by GIZ under the “One World – No Hunger” Initiative (SEWOH) of BMZ. It aims at improving the nutritional situation of deprived people, particularly women of reproductive age (15 – 49) and children under the age of two years, in selected Districts in Luapula and Eastern Province. The GIZ main field offices are located in Mansa and Chipata.

The main objectives of the project are (1) increased knowledge about nutrition and hygiene practises and attitudes, (2) increased year-round availability of nutrient-rich foods through nutrition-sensitive agriculture, (3) increased year-round access to nutrient-rich foods and thus strengthened resilience of households toward hunger gaps by supporting improved strategies to manage financial and productive resources and (4) strengthened capacities of relevant nutrition stakeholders at the district, provincial and national levels. The project works together with various public and private implementing partners.

One key element of the project addresses the economic dimension of malnutrition by strengthening the agro-economic competences of its target group through offering tailor-made trainings and extension services such as Farmer Business Schools and/or Lead Farmer Approach to improve the financial literacy and household planning skills of small-scale farming households.

In this context, the project is seeking a suitable candidate for the following position:

Advisor for Agro-Economic Capacity Development (based in Mansa – with frequent travels to Mwense and Kawambwa and occasional trips to Lusaka and Chipata)

REF: GIZ_FSR_AGREC_MAN

Main responsibilities:

  • Developing a comprehensive training approach for agro-economic capacity development of small-scale farming households, based on the Farmer Business School concept, focussing diverse agricultural and/or livestock-based activities, including aquaculture
  • Support the development of the projects agricultural diversification strategy and selection of suitable crops and/or livestock/fish farming
  • Developing or adapting tailor-made training materials in collaboration with public and private partners and in collaboration with the giz aquaculture project
  • Setting up a cost-effective service delivery model for trainings to small-holders using a Lead Farmer Approach in collaboration with MoA, MoFl, the GIZ aquaculture project, our partner Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and/or other public and private partners
  • Quality management of the lead farmer model and back-stopping of agro-economic trainings
  • Developing innovative approaches to address the economic dimensions of malnutrition, facilitating knowledge exchange and peer learning

Main tasks:

Strategy & Conceptual work:

  • Developing a comprehensive training approach for agro-economic capacity development of small-scale farming households, based on the GIZ Farmer Business School concept, focussing on diverse agricultural and/or livestock-based activities, including aquaculture
  • Supervising value chain analyses in cooperation with public and private partners
  • Support the development of the projects agricultural diversification strategy and selection of suitable crops and/or livestock/fish farming
  • Developing appropriate and tailor-made training materials and methods for agro-economic training in collaboration with public and private partners and in collaboration with the GIZ aquaculture project
  • Ensuring a gender, nutrition-sensitive and culture-appropriate training approach
  • Being jointly responsible with partners for implementation, documentation and monitoring/evaluation of trainings and its impacts

Coordination & Organisation:

  • Setting up a cost-effective service delivery model for the trainings to small-holders using a Lead Farmer Approach in collaboration with MoA, MoFl, the GIZ aquaculture project, our partner CRS and/or other public and private partners
  • Writing terms of references
  • Coordinating the identification of suitable implementers, trainers and organising training of trainers (ToT)
  • Coordinating the roll-out of Farmer Business Schools and/or other agricultural or agroeconomic trainings through the appropriate Lead Farmer structures in Mwense and Kawambwa Districts
  • Providing back-stopping, quality management and ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the training concepts

Capacity Development:

  • Providing training and capacity development for public and private implementing partners on economic dimensions of malnutrition and related topics
  • Facilitating workshops and training on provincial, district and ward levels for public partners and intermediaries
  • Enabling learning environments and knowledge sharing instruments to ensure the scaling-up and sustainability of innovative approaches
  • Other duties/additional tasks:
  • Contributing to the preparation of reports of the FANSER project
  • Performing any other duties/tasks as agreed with management
  • Working under the technical supervision of the Regional FANSER Coordinator Luapula and under the general supervision of the National Coordinator of the Agriculture and Food Security Programme of GIZ
  • Support the administration of the project and collaborate effectively with the admin team

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Nutrition or a related field; a master’s degree is an added advantage
  • Professional experience:
  • At least 5 years’ professional experience in a comparable position
  • Work experience in designing, implementing and supervising agro-economic training
  • Experience in organising and facilitating workshops and training sessions/courses

Other knowledge, additional competences:

  • Excellent knowledge of agro-economic training approaches including growth margin calculations (please specify in the application)
  • Experience with extension services and organising large-scale training delivery, for example through lead farmer models (please specify in the application)
  • Very good knowledge of economic aspects of agricultural production, processing and small-scale agricultural business models
  • Good gender competences and knowledge of gender-mainstreaming approaches as well as cultural sensitivity
  • Fluency in English, both written and oral
  • Very good knowledge of Bemba
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work effectively in a multicultural and multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to work independently under minimum supervision and be able to prioritise workload
  • Must be responsible, proactive and target oriented
  • Excellent knowledge of ICT (related software, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office, etc.)
  • Willingness to learn as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures to be agreed with management

The successful candidate will be expected to start employment with GIZ, on a full-time basis, as soon as possible. Interested candidates must send their CVs and cover letters electronically quoting the reference GIZ_FSR_AGREC_MAN in the subject line:

How to Apply

The successful candidate will be expected to start employment with GIZ, on a full-time basis, from December 2019. The contract shall be for a fixed term with a possibility of renewal. Interested candidates must send the CV and a cover letter electronically, quoting the reference GIZ_RWS2_ADV in the subject line to: Certificates, qualifications, etc. must not be attached to the application. In addition, traceable references of previous engagements must be provided. Please note that only applicants selected for interview will be contacted. GIZ is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. Therefore, women and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply

Application deadline
23 Oct 15:00
Email applications to
jobzambia@giz.de
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