Christian Aid: Programme Officer – Agronomy-Nigeria


Programme Officer – Agronomy

  • Salary (full time):₦8,114,408 Salary (full time)
  • Full time salary:8114408
  • Type of contract:Fixed Term
  • Contracted hours:35
  • Contract length:12 months
  • Location:Mongunu
  • Closing date:2 January 2020
  • Interview date:14 January 2020

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About us

Christian Aid (CA) is a UK-based international NGO, partnering with others to end poverty in Africa. At the heart of this vision is the transformation of the lives of people who live in poverty, empowering them to have a brighter future. Christian Aid works in more than 30 countries and has been operating in Nigeria since 2003. The Nigeria Country programme focuses on Humanitarian and Sustainable Development, Democracy and Good Governance and Health and Human Development.

About the role

The Programme Officer will be responsible for designing and implementing all project crop farming (Agronomic) activities in the target communities in Monguno LGA, both directly and indirectly through training/mentoring of project community volunteers and Program Assistants Agronomy (PAA), linking up with BOSADP, other NGOs and private sector actors at the community level. The Programme Officer will provide community project supervision, promote values and participatory approaches at the community level throughout the projects’ cycle. This will also include awareness raising and sensitisation, and all related program activities, Pre and Post Agronomic activities Monitoring (PAM) of agronomic activities as well as monitoring and evaluation under the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator. During the absence of the Program Coordinator, the POA will wholly be accountable for the project under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Coordinator Maiduguri.

About you

You must have a minimum of a Degree in any relevant field with at least 3 years’ experience. You must have substantial experience in implementing community-level development projects, using participatory engagement and grassroots mobilization techniques. You must have experience working on value chain actors and their service providers (Private BDS providers). You must have experience working on disaster risk reduction, farmer field schools, asset transfer and revolving fund management, community-based saving and lending groups. You must have excellent training and facilitation skills with a wide variety of groups having diverse experiences, backgrounds, skills, and education levels. You are required to have experience in handling grants to local groups, ensuring appropriate basic documentation and accountability at the community/field level. you must have experience in relevant value chain projects, and/or those involving vulnerable people, especially those with asset/cash transfer components and/or interventions. You are required to have experience in engaging directly with vulnerable people, facilitating women activities and/or facilitating vulnerable people’s participation in meetings, discussions, etc. You must have excellent verbal communication and listening skills. You must be able to speak at least one local language predominant in that state.

We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in the workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, religion or belief.

You can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits, including flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.

Competency questions

As part of your application you will be asked to demonstrate your suitability by giving answers to the following questions:

Deliver results

Tell us about a time when you planned, prioritised and monitored your own work to meet the team’s objectives to the standards required. What was your context? What was your task/responsibility? How did you make your plan? What actions did you take? What was the impact of your actions? Were you successful? How did you know?

Build partnership

Tell us about a time when you actively consulted with others to ensure that you understood their needs or goals before taking action. What was the situation? What different expectations were involved and what were you expected to do? What did you do? What was the impact? Were you successful?

Communicate effectively

Tell us about a time when you handled a difficult issue with someone else with openness, honesty and respect. What was the context? What did you have to do? What did you say and how?  What was the result? If you were successful, how did you know?


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