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  • Posted on: 19 October, 2016 Deadline: 31 October, 2016
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    We are recruiting to fill the position below:

    Agriculture Training Specialist

     

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • The Agriculture Training Specialist will provide technical expertise to the Farmer Aggregation and Taming team, and will lead straining activities to support smallholder farmers in reducing post-harvest loss of tomatoes.

    The Agriculture training Specialist will report directly to the Nigeria YieldWise Deputy Director and will have the following responsibilities:

    • Develop training lesson plans, modules and training guides for all project training activities.
    • Develop a clear training work plan based on tomato seasonal calendar, farmer availability, project deadlines and targets.
    • Develop a training curriculum on improved pre and post-harvest agronomic practices, access to finance, and farmer association capacity building with the end goal of reducing post-harvest loss of tomatoes for farmers in northern Nigeria.
    • Incorporate adult learning skills objectives and techniques to prepare training modules to follow adult learning quality standards.
    • Develop and lead training of trainer (ToT”) workshops for extension agents and lean farmers to become trainers in their designated local government areas.
    • Monitor performance of trained trainers and provide regular feedback for effective implementation of trainings,
    • Analyze and document tomato farming systems, with a specific focus on how to reduce loss on farm, in transit and as a result of seasonal glut
    • Liaise with Market Linkages team to incorporate specific buyer, standard and requirements into training curriculum to support farmers in becoming ready suppliers.
    • Provide regular agronomic advice to inform and Other program activities with respect in market linkages, access to finance and PHL technologies.
    • Identify opportunity to increase female integration and participation in trainings and develop specific capacity building programs for women where needed.
    • Coordinate with subject matter experts, industry providers and academic institutions to regularly update training curriculum and leverage additional resources for added value to trainings
    • Document field achievements, innovations, failures and lessons learned to integrate into subsequent project activities and inform protect expansion strategy.
    • Provide input on monitoring & evaluation tools to ensure accurate data collection, verification and analysis of training activities, and to avoid duplication of efforts.
    • Develop post-season reports to be submitted to the YieldWise Deputy Director and shared with HQ.
    • Support the development of other program reports on training activities, as needed.
    • Conduct frequent site visits to observe trainings, monitor adoption of practices, and collect farm data from farmers.
    • Other duties, as assigned.

    Qualifications

    • Minimum Bachelors Degree in Agronomy Agribusiness or related field.
    • At least 7 years’ experience in agriculture or agribusiness, with a minimum of years in training/capacity building of farmers.
    • Previous experience designing and implementing adult learning training modules including curriculum, lesson plans, objectives and learning assessments.
    • Excellent facilitation skills, familiarity with ToT approaches and methodologies, and competencies to use tailor-made and diversified facilitation/ training methods and tools.
    • Demonstrate expertise in agronomic practices, financial literacy, farmer loans and credit, on-farm technologies and farmer association capacity building.
    • Fluent in English Hausa, required.
    • Professional experience in northern Nigeria, preferred.
    • Nigerian national, preferred.

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    Extension Services Manager

     

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • The Extension Services Manager Will oversee all extension activities providing support to program activities in farmer outreach and verification, aggregation, training, and access to finance.
    • He/she will be responsible for ensuring proper allocation of extension resources across all project activities.

    The Extension Services Manager will report directly to the Nigeria Yield Wise Deputy Director and will have the following responsibilities:

    • Manage and develop the program’s extension agents into an agile, knowledgeable and high-caliber extension unit.
    • Manage extension agents’ schedules and workload to ensure effective allocation of time and resource, per extension agent per program activity.
    • Works with technical team to assess talent filed and match resources against project priorities, skillsets and expertise, and/or geographical preference/proximity.
    • Art as a point of conflict to, technical team to book and confirm resources for project activities manage and resolves resource conflicts as they arise.
    • Maintain up-to date record of daily assignments to be able to report in technical team agents availability and location.
    • Review extension agents’ weekly reports and Share with technical team for planning purposes.
    • Recognize internal of project needs or risks and support extension agents and technical team in effective prioritization and management team.
    • Monitor extension agents’ performance and conduct frequent site visits to identify potential instances of underutilization and actively work with technical team to address end Solve those issues.
    • Liaise with government agency or private firm from Where extension agents are deployed, and provide regular updates on progress, time commitments, resource challenges, replacements, and/or other needs as they arise.
    • Work wills the program technical team to identify additional extension services required as per program’s expansion strategy.
    • Create annual budget for extension services capacity building, and identify opportunities for external trainings throughout the year on various technical subject matters.
    • Provide recommendations on process improvement, for resource management to Deputy Director.
    • Support the development of other program reports on extension services activities, as needed.
    • Other duties, as assigned.

    Qualifications

    • Minimum Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources or related field.
    • At least 5 years’ experience in project management, workflow or resource management.
    • Experience managing workflows for teams of more than 30 people.
    • Excellent presentations, oral and written communication skills.
    • Excellent planning and time management skills.
    • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skill.
    • Knowledge of agriculture or rural agribusiness, preferred.
    • Fluent in English and Hausa, required.
    • Nigerian national, preferred.

    Method of Application

    Applicants should submit their cover letter and CV's/resumes to: yieldwiserecruitment@pyxeraglobal.org In the subject line of the email please Write, PYXERA Global Nigeria YieldWise - Agriculture Training Specialist or PYXERA Global Nigeria YieldWise - Extension Services Manager.

    Note: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please indicate your availability and earliest start date in your email and/or cover letter, Incomplete applications will not be considered and phone calls will ot be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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