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Agronomy/Land Resource and Water Management Officer

Date Posted: May 26, 2021

Job Description

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it's girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Plan International Malawi commenced its work in 1994 and currently supports programmes in 13/28 districts. Plan International Malawi currently has an approved country strategy (2017-22) Core sectors of programming include Sexual reproductive Health Rights (SRHR), Gender transformation, Resilience, Humanitarian response, Protection from all forms of violence and Inclusive quality education.

Other cross cutting issues such as Youth Economic Empowerment (YEE), Menstrual Hygiene management (MHM), Engagement of young people and groups of young women.

 

The vacancies below are in our Resilience and Humanitarian Response Program in Machinga and Mangochi districts.

Position: Agronomy/Land Resource and Water Management Officer (2 posts)

Duties and Accountabilities

Reporting to the Project Coordinator, the Agronomy/Land resource and Water Management Officer will be responsible for the following:

  • Planning, implementation and monitoring of the agricultural component of the project (crop production, vegetable gardening, fruit plantation) in collaboration with the District Council officials, as well ensuring that agribusiness approach is incorporated in all project activities, including forestry. In particular the Agronomist will: – Coordinate the agriculture component and support the agribusiness and other sectors (forestry, land resource and irrigation) activity planning and implementation.
  • Network with other agribusiness development initiatives and investors to ensure continuous sharing of experiences, effective learning and creation of functional networks and synergies;
  • Conduct assessment and recommend crops which can adapt to the environment for better yield
  • Organize on job training and field days to the extension workers, field monitors and lead farmers
  • Prepare simple manual on land preparation, conservation locally.
  • Support the District Councils in the implementation of the Conservation Agriculture scheme and ensure continuous development of agriculture and agribusiness activities through capacity building and information sharing, monitoring of activities, demonstrations and surveys, –
  • Support and advice field staffs/extension workers to ensure that the project is in line with national development policies regarding agriculture, agribusiness and agroforestry.
  • Ensure that adaptation to climate change, environmental protection and gender issues are mainstreamed in all activities; –
  • Contribute to effective communication with various project stakeholders.
  • Ensure proper monitoring and informative and timely reporting of agriculture activities in collaboration with other Team Members as well as District project Coordinators and Service Providers. He/she will work in collaboration and coordination with the District Agronomist. He/she shall carry out any other duties as requested, and report to the CP Management accordingly.

Qualifications and capacities

  • The proposed Agronomist shall have at least Bachelor’s Degree in Plant Science/Agronomy or other related discipline.
  • Ability to communicate in Local Language will be seen as an asset.
  • Adequate working experience in agronomy and business, with knowledge in sustainable agriculture, and climate change adaptation will be required. The person needs to have developed
    skills in capacity building, extension methods and skills transfer;
  • Good ability to work in multi-sectoral teams; readiness to travel and work in rural areas.

How to apply

Send your application to:

Email: recruitment.mw@plan-international.org 

clearly indicating on the subject the name of the position you are applying for. Include a CV and copies of certificates in your application.

Deadline for receiving applications is MONDAY, 31st MAY, 2021.

Plan International appreciates all applicants but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Plan is an equal opportunity employer.

Plan International takes seriously its policies on safeguarding children and young people and workplace safeguarding and will undertake robust formal and informal measures to undertake robust background checks specifically attributable to these two areas.


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