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Biodiversity Conservation Initiative (BCI) is a non-profit making and locally registered organisation based in Mzuzu. Its mission is to support community development through conservation and sustainable use of local biological resource

Biodiversity Conservation Initiative has received funding to implement a project under the Sustainable Food System for Rural Resilience and Transformation (TRANSFORM) Programme. This is a four year programme funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy (RNE) with the initial one year inception phase and then thereafter a three year agreement. The Programme will be coordinated by the three Norwegian organisations: The Norwegian Church Aid, (NCA), The Development Fund of Norway (DF) and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).  The overall objective is to strengthen local food systems in selected Extension Planning Areas (EPAs) in five of Malawi’s rural districts and to demonstrate a sustainable improvement of food and nutrition security, resilience to climate change and income among agricultural dependent rural households. By increasing resilience to climate change, diversifying agriculture production, developing new value chains and closing the gender gap in agriculture, the programme will contribute towards transformation of agricultural sector in Malawi.

The TRANSFORM project will be implemented in Mchinji, Dowa, Kasungu, Mzimba and Rumphi districts. BCI will implement the project in Bolero and Mhuju Extension Planning Areas in Rumphi district. Biodiversity Conservation Initiative is therefore, looking for well qualifed and experienced persons to fill , the following position:

Position: FIELD OFFICER (2 posts)

(to be based in Rumphi District in Bolero EPA (1) and Mhuju EPA (1) and reporting to the Project Officer)

Purpose of the position

To coordinate field implementation of project activities in Bolero and Mhuju EPAs in Rumphi district in liaison with the Project Officer.

Key duties and responsibilities

  • Mobilize project beneficiaries to participate in project activities;
  • Facilitate training for Lead Farmers in sustainable agriculture on soil and water conservation, soil fertility, conservation aviculture, multiple cropping, agroforestry and integrated pest management;
  • Provide technical backstopping to smallholder farmers to multiply locally adapted farmer varieties. manage community seed banks and crop diversity blocks;
  • Facilitate livestock pass on initiatives in liaison with Village Development Committees (VDCs), government agriculture extension staff and veterinary officers;
  • Coordinate and plan livestock pests and diseases control measures with veterinary officers and community animal health workers;
  • Plan and implement natural resources conservation such as afforestation and water shed management activities;
  • Facilitate implementation of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activities in the target areas;
  • Liaise and work with the Area Development Committees (ADCs), Village Development Committees (VDCs) and Lead Farmers on promoting the conservation and sustainable use of agrobiodiversity, conservation agriculture, and livestock management;
  • Facilitate running of Farmer Field Schools on crop genetic resources. soil and water conservation;
  • Keep appropriate data of BCI at the community level for tracking of progress;
  • Represent the interests of BCI at the community level with different stakeholders e.g. in meetings, field days, agriculture fairs;
  • Perform any other related duties as assigned by the Executive Director from time to time.

Qualifications and essential skills

  • Diploma in Agriculture with a bias towards crop production, horticulture, irrigation, extension, soil science with at least three years’ work experience in agriculture;
  • Ability to work with farmers at a community level as well as ability to work in a multicultural set-up;
  • Knowledge of the Malawi agriculture production and local farmers seed systems;
  • Good writing and reporting skills;
  • Self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision and ability to meet deadlines;
  • Good interpersonal skills and team player with good facilitation skills;
  • A valid motorcycle driving license and basic knowledge of socio-cultural dynamics of the project site.

How to apply

Interested qualified applicants are requested to submit their applications stating their age with detailed Curriculum Vitae (CVs), names and contacts of at least three traceable referees and copies of certificates to:

Email: info@bcimalawi.org 

or by post to the following address:

The Executive Director
Biodiversity Conservation Initiative (BCI)
P O. Box 864


Biodiversity Conservation Initiative is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women are encouraged to apply.

Closing date for receiving applications is 27th October, 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.

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