Senior Agricultural Officer 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: Senior Agricultural OfficerLocation: 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 Senior Agricultural Officer will assist in the overall management of the activities related to productivity improvement of smallholder farmers, Climate smart Agriculture and participatory Extension services.Duties and ResponsibilitiesAssist in developing activities for the Annual Work Plans and Budgets (AWPBs) and consolidating of state annual work plans and budgets;Work with, extension service providers Training farmers in various aspects of crop varieties, agronomic practices, climate resilience, post-harvest measures and market orientation:Assist in promoting and disseminating sustainable agricultural practices through the FFS/FBS approach and spot extension visits;Assist community seed producers to establish a seed multiplication system comprising farms and seed cleaning and conditioning centres;Assist in setting up the overall distribution scheme of certified seeds/improved varieties, fertilizers,and herbicides as well as of equipment at state and LGA level;Liaise with other relevant programmes and technical departments in the public sector such as the Federal Fertilizer Department, the National Agricultural Seed Council, the National Root and Tuber Crop Research Institute, the National Cereals Research Center, and any other stakeholders such as llTA, Africa Rice, seed companies, agro-dealers at the Federal level; in the implementation of component activitiesAssist in 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 of the PSO.

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