Agriculture Extension Advisor at Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)

Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) is the world’s leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Agriculture Extension Advisor - National Professional VolunteerLocation: KanoType of role: Agriculture and natural resourcesStart Date: 15/07/2019DescriptionAs a VSO volunteer you’ll live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. By sharing your unique skills and experience you’ll help generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities you work in lift themselves out of poverty. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us as a VSO volunteer and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.Job PurposeThe goal of this role is to increase income and income security for the poor and marginalized through more equitable participation in value chains.You will be part of the implementation of the integrated livelihoods V4D grants through changes in selected value chains and training in Agriculture Extension Services with focus on value chain crops such as Cowpea, groundnut, millets and maize.Job ResponsibilitiesProvide best practice agronomy training to farmers and farmer cooperativesContribute to the promotion of extension reforms and capacity development for partners with special attention to market-orientated, and participatory approaches that meet the diverse needs of smallholders and rural people, especially women and marginal groups.Formulate and implement training that strengthen agricultural/rural extension and provide technical assistance in capacity development of agriculture innovation systems.Prepare advocacy materials and documents to support the strengthening of agriculture innovation systems and support services. Provide support in the organization and delivery of technical workshops, consultations, seminars and training sessions on conceptual and practical aspects of extension and rural knowledge institution improvements.Contribute to the preparation of studies, position papers and conceptual frameworks that strengthen extension systems and agriculture innovation systems. Maintain networks of collaboration with technical specialists.Perform other related duties as required.Internal Reporting:Submit monthly plans and reports to VSO livelihoods Program Manager as well as VSO Project officerDocument and share successes and case stories, best practices and lessons learnt.Input into quarterly donor reportsParticipate in project planning and review meetingsJointly with other VSO volunteers identifying and sharing areas of good practice acrossVSO V4D integrated Livelihoods programKey Performance IndicatorThe Key performance indicators of this placement are that: Target beneficiaries are able to sustain their livelihoods and the livelihoods of their families. This includes managing their own businesses, supply their produce to the markets and are always able to meet the market demands by having adequate produce for identified markets. Below includes number indicators:Number of beneficiaries who have increased produce for the markets as a result of agriculture extension support and trainings received.Number of beneficiaries who have increased their income and have businesses as a result of training and support received.Number of beneficiaries able to reach the market demands through supplies of their produce.Number of beneficiaries supported/reached. Number of linkages along the value chain crops and value chain markets identified.  

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