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Programme Assistant, Agronomy at Christian Aid Nigeria

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Programme Assistant, Agronomy

  • Salary (full time):₦3,187,627 Salary (full time)
  • Full time salary:3187627
  • Type of contract:Fixed Term
  • Contracted hours:35
  • Contract length:7 months
  • Location:Mongunu
  • Closing date:7 February 2020
  • Interview date:18 February 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 Assistant Agronomy (PAA) 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 Beneficiaries (PBs), linking up with LGA BOSADP Officers, other NGOs and private sector actors at the community level. The PAA will provide community project supervision, promotes and values participatory approaches at the community level throughout the projects’ cycle, 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 Officer Agronomy (POA). During the absence of the POA, the PAA will wholly be accountable for the project under the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator Monguno.

About you

You must possess a degree in Agricultural Science or any relevant field with at least 2 years’ work experience.  You must have substantial experience in implementing community-level development projects, using participatory engagement and grassroots mobilization techniques. You have have experience working with livestock value chain actors and their service providers (Private BDS providers). You are required to have a sound experience working on disaster risk reduction, farmer field schools, asset transfer and revolving fund management. 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 agricultural projects at community level and ensuring appropriate basic documentation and accountability at the community/field level. You must 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 communication skills (listening, oral and written skills) Ability to speak at least one local language predominant in that state is essential.

Further information

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:

Steward resources

Please give us an example of how you have taken account of the need to use resources economically and without unnecessary waste when planning and delivering your work. What was the situation? What was your task? What was expected of you? What action(s) did you take? Why? What was the outcome? How did you know you were successful in using resources economically?

Strive for improvement

Tell us about a time when you took an initiative to solve a problem. What was the situation? What was the problem? What was your responsibility? What did you do? Why? How? What were the results? Did you solve the problem? If so, how did you know?

Deliver result

Please tell us about a time when you were particularly conscious of the quality of your work and how you ensured it met the standards required. What was the situation? Which piece of work? Why was it memorable? What were you asked to do? What action(s) did you take to check the quality and standard? Were you successful? If so, how did you know?

Please note that Christian Aid is an equal opportunity organisation and does not request applicants to make payment as part of any recruitment process

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We have more than 70 years’ experience of working in partnership to support communities to thrive. We tackle the root causes of poverty so that women, men and children the world over are strengthened against future knocks. And if disasters happen, we get people the help they want straight away.