Rural Infrastructure Engineer at Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD)

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has been implementing the international Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)- assisted Value Chain Development Programme since 2014 in six (6) participating States of Anambra, Benue Ebonyi, Niger, Ogun and Taraba and in five (5) Local Government Areas each in all the States. In keeping with the provisions of the financing agreement between IFAD and Federal Ministry of Finance, the FMARD is implementation the programme through the national programme management unit.Based on the progressive increase in workload of Staff and the need to further improve on Programme implementation, part of the credit will be applied to engage the services of an additional officer to enhance technical assistance at the state level.Applications are therefore invited from suitably qualified candidates for the positions below:Job Title: Rural Infrastructure EngineerLocation: Taraba, Ogun, Niger, Ebonyi, Benue, AnambraObjectivesThe primary goal of VCDP is to reduce poverty and sustainably enhance accelerated economic growth, whilst the specific programme development objective (PDO) is to increase the incomes and enhance food security for 45,000 rural poor households engaged in the production, processing and marketing of rice and cassava in the targeted LGAs of the six targeted States are enhanced on a sustainable basis.Job DescriptionThe Rural Infrastructure Engineer will support and facilitate planning, implementation and monitoring of Rural infrastructure activities in the State.Duties and ResponsibilitiesDevelop activities for the Annual Work Plans and Budgets (AWPBs):Support participating states and local governments to prepare and review annual work programmes and budgets relating to engineering and maintenance activities;Assist with the recruitment and management of engineering consultants;Organize and assist with the preparation of guidelines and manuals for operation and maintenance of rural in the States;Organize capacity building programmes for rural infrastructure maintenance teams:Organization and conduct of training (repair, rehabilitation, construction and maintenance of small-scale irrigation works; processing and storage structures; other small buildings; and rural community access and feeder roads and small bridges and drainage structures, amongst other);Provision of assistance and practical advice to participating states and local governments in the design of works and procurement of contractors, and supervision and monitoring of works;Oversee organization of effective user associations and community contributions to implementation and maintenance of works, critical so sustainability:Select service providers where necessary and formulation of TORs and scope of work for the service providers Supervise, monitor and certify the work of service providers for the various activities and assignments: andConsolidate state progress reports and contribute to the drafting of periodic project progress reports.

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