Career Opportunities at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) – Primarily funded by the Federal Government, the Ministry currently superintends almost fifty parastatals operating as either key departments or agencies across the country. The Ministry has 2 major departments namely Technical and Service Departments. Technical Departments: Agriculture (Trees and Crops), Fisheries, Livestock, Land Resources, Fertilizer, Food Reserve & Storage and Rural Development. Service Departments: Finance, Human Resources, Procurement, PPAS (Plan, Policy, Analysis & Statistics) and Co-operatives.

We are recruiting qualified and competent candidates to fill the positions below:

 

Job Title: Knowledge Management & Communication Officer

Location: Akure, Ondo

Project Overview

  • The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), in collaboration with International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFÀD) and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), are implementing a Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises in the Niger Delta states (LIFE-ND).
  • To facilitate implementation of the project, the partners want qualified and competent personnel from the region to fill the position of Ondo State Knowledge Management and Communication Officer (SKMO).

Main Responsibilities

  • The Knowledge Management and Communications Officer (KMCO) will be responsible for coordinating project implementation at the state level.
  • The Officer will work closely with the KMC Coordinator at the NPCO and the KMC Advisor at the Central Communications Unit in implementing MC activities.

Specific Duties

  • Manage the implementation of the KMC strategy of the project at the state level.
  • Develop KMC activities for the annual work plan and budget (AWPB).
  • Prepare an annual KMC plan of actions for enhancing institutional culture of learning and knowledge-sharing.
  • Facilitate knowledge sharing events and policy dialogues among project stakeholders.
  • Ensure that innovative experiences, learning and good practices are captured. synthesized, documented and shared continuously within the project, within the relevant stakeholders.
  • Play a leading role in knowledge capitalization, develop evidence based knowledge products and ensure wider dissemination.
  • Establish information technology requirements for effective implementation of the KMC strategy using social media and internet tools.
  • Plan and coordinate communication and advocacy campaigns through mass media, newsletters, stakeholder meetings, and other communication channels as appropriate.
  • Assist in developing integrated information systems to enable M&E of project activities.
  • Monitor and evaluate performance of the project’s KM strategy atthe state level.
  • Contribute to the drafting of periodic project progress reports.
  • Maintain updated cataloguing of the project’s knowledge assets/online resoujee materials.
  • Develop and update project stakeholders contact list and mailing lists for dissemination of project knowledge products.
  • Guide staff on information collection, processing, and information dissemination methods.
  • Play a leading role in external relations, building relations with media and communications personnel, liaison and public relations.
  • In close collaboration with the State M&E Officer, ensure results from various studies including quality management, reporting, and monitoring and evaluation are translated into evidence-based knowledge products.
  • Undertake other KMC tasks as required.

Reporting and Location:

  • The position is in Akure, Ondo State.
  • The KMCO will report directly to the State Project Coordinator.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Higher Level University Degree or equivalent in a field related to Communications, Journalism, Development or a related discipline.
  • Minimum of three years of experience in information, knowledge management, and/or development communication, preferably in the agriculture and rural development sector. Experienee in media relations, ICT and extension will be an advantage.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; experience of interacting with a variety of internal and external stakeholders,
  • High degree of motivation, initiative, independence, reliability, adaptability, and professional maturity; and places a premium on “getting things done”.
  • Strong project management and coordination skills; able to handle multiple tasks and balance priorities with various stakeholders
  • Experience on media relations and experience with donors funded projects.
  • Proven ability in documentation and advocacy; demonstrated capacity to develop and oversee implementation of documentation of programme results, presentations, communication and reporting skills.

Tenure of Appointment

  • The appointment will be for a period of two (2) years in the first instance, renewable subject to satisfactory performance acceptable to FGN/IFAD.

 

 

 

 

Job Title: State Agribusiness Promotion Officer (SAPO)

Location: Akure, Ondo
Reports To: Directly Report to the SPC
Project: FGN / NDDC / IFAD Assistaed Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprise – Niger Delta (LIFE – ND) Project, Ondo State Project Coordinating Office

Main Responsibilities

  • The State Agribusiness Promotion Officer will support the creation of jobs using the Incubator-Apprenticeship Model.
  • He/she will be actively involved in the development of agri-enterprise business plan in agricultural commodity production, processing, storage and marketing; support market access to build strong agribusiness and value chain orientation to selected youth and women in the project areas; and explore capacity development of agriculture value chain financing models.

Specific Duties

  • Develop activities for the State annual work-plan and budgets (AWPB).
  • Oversee the selection process of incubators and apprentices with the state.
  • Coordinate the development of a training curriculum for incubators and apprentices.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of bankable business plan, marketing strategies, product development and branding; and, linkage to service providers and markets.
  • Lead and supervise the implementation of the incubator-apprenticeship model in empowering at least 100 incubators and 4,250 new agri-enterprises in the state.
  • Effectively supervise and ensure that the objective of this intervention is achieved and ensure the viability and profitability of the enterprises.
  • Coordinate the capacity assessment and strengthening of CADA and the formation of a Commodity Alliance Forum at the LGA Level
  • Identify and partner with private sector operators and CADA to avail farmers and other agri-enterprises the opportunity to sustainably access market information (demand, supply and price).
  • Give technical direction and management leadership in identifying actions and mechanisms for the promotion and use of value addition technologies including post-harvest handling, processing, storage and packaging.
  • Promote the deployment and adoption of friendly productive technologies and the application of efficient/effective, dynamic and profitable modules across the value chains.
  • Promote volume of produce for large markets, sustainability of identified farmer markets, reduction of cost of services, and develop cluster / entrepreneurs arrangements and contract arrangements between produce off-takers and weaned agri-entrepreneurs.
  • Develop MoU with all categories of service providers (mechanization, agro dealers, sprayers, extension, etc) on areas of engagement and line and terms of support from the project.
  • Select service providers where necessary and formulate TORs and scope of work for the service providers. Supervise, monitor and certify the work of service providers for the various activities and assignments.
  • Design capacity building and technical assistance measures and activities in the areas of primary production, value addition, market access, business management, quality control and standardization.
  • Produce state progress reports and contribute to the drafting of periodic project progress report.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Agribusiness or Agricultural Economics or First Degree in any of the Agriculture related disciplines and MBA or higher degree in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Marketing or related fields.
  • Strong background and practical skills in business development and marketing and at least 3 years work experience on issues and programmes relating to agricultural commodity production, commodity marketing, agro-processing and value chain development and MSME promotion.
  • Good negotiation, inter-personal and relational skills.
  • Previous experience in working with government and private section developing agri-enterprises / agri-business will be a great advantage.

 

 

 

 

Job Title: State Monitoring & Evaluation Officer (SMEO)

Location: Akure, Ondo
Reports To: Directly Report to the SPC
Project: FGN / NDDC / IFAD Assistaed Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprise – Niger Delta (LIFE – ND) Project, Ondo State Project Coordinating Office

Main Responsibilities

  • The State Monitoring and Evaluation Officer will be responsible for operating, coordinating and facilitating the planning of project M & E activities at the state level.
  • He/she will oversee the operationalization of the project PME system and ensure its full linkage with other information and knowledge systems, to enable the project to be flexible and responsive to changing circumstances.
  • The Officer will also access the needs and capacity for PME at the state level and design and implement capacity building activities.
  • The Officer will work closely with the LGA Desk Officers to ensure a coherent and collaborative approach to PME at the state level.

Specific Duties

  • Develop activities for the annual work plan and budget (AWPB).
  • Organize and supervise focused baseline surveys and assessments of beneficiaries at the beginning of the project to be undertaken by consultants.
  • Prepare an M&E Plan, in cluing the projects monitoring formats.
  • Establish indicators for outputs, outcomes and impact, monitor implementation processes and performance, and assess outputs and outcomes in line with government and IFAD ORMS guidelines.
  • Foster participatory planning and M & E by training and involving stakeholder groups.
  • Prepare essential data to be included in quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports.
  • Monitor financial and physical progress as well as reporting back to stakeholders to create a better learning environment; undertake project and thematic evaluations.
  • Ensure capture of intended impact as well as successes and failures; prepare reports and guide staff in preparing their progress reports.
  • Implement report formats so that all reports from service providers / implementing partners can be regularly and conveniently compiled / aggregated to contribute to the overall project results framework.
  • Organize and oversee state level annual review and planning workshops and preparation of AWPB.
  • Inform and join supervision missions by screening and analysing reports.
  • Select service providers where necessary and formulate TOR’s and scope of work for the service providers. Supervise, monitor and certify the work of service providers for the various activities and assignments.
  • Contribute to the drafting and consolidation of the periodic project progress reports of the state.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s Degree or higher level University Degree in Agricultural Economics, Social Sciences, Economics, Statistics or other relevant field.
  • Proficient in the use of databases and spread-sheets, statistical and other software packages for both quantitative and qualitative analysis and demonstrated skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis and data management.
  • Experience in analyzing complex programmes or policies.
  • A minimum of 8 years proven experience working in, designing and implementing M&E / Results-based management and / or project management in areas such as agriculture, natural resources, rural finance and policy matters.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Have thorough understanding of analytical tools.
  • Have solid understanding of use of modern information and communication technology (ICT) in development and excellent knowledge of computer-based communications tools, in particular web-and mobile-based technology.
  • Experience in facilitation, in particular of learning processes.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Fluency in the major local Languages will be an asset.

 

 

 

 

Job Title: Procurement Support Officer

Location: Akure, Ondo

Main Responsibilities

  • The Procurement Support Offcer will support the Procurement Coordinator in the day to day administration and management of project procurement activities and carry out other duties as may be assigned in accordance with relevant National and IFAD Procurement Guidelines

Specific Duties

  • Ensure that assigned procurement duties are carried out such that transparency. Integrity, economy.opernes, faimess, competition, and accountability remain the cardinal target.
  • Assist in the preparation as well as update and review of the yearly procurement plan.
  • Assist in Contracts Administration to ensure compliance with the contracts conditions, payment terms, Deliverables etc.
  • Assist in Maintaining of all the records relating to procurement
  • Assist in the preparation of procurement implementation reports in accordance with the reporting requirements of IFAD and the Government and consolidated reports for the entire project.
  • Support in providing guidance and supervision to the beneficiaries and service providers
  • Assist in maintaining and regularly updating the contract registerand NOTUS
  • Assist in preparation and periodicaly update the database of vendors, suppliers, and consultants
  • Assist in the preparation of bidding documents tender notices, and invitations forbids
  • Assist in the receiving, opening and evaluation of bids.
  • Carry out any other duties assigned by the Procurement Coordinator.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Higher National Diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Finance Management, or equivalent qualifications
  • Good writing skills and good computer skils.
  • Demonstrate team spirit, good interpersonal and conflictmanagement skills
  • Integrity and confidentiality
  • Interpersonal and time management skills.
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant post qualification experience in Procurement related function.
  • Experience working in IFAD er donar project in similar capacity will be added advantage
  • Strong background and experience in successfully carrying out procurementusing similar procedures, methods, specifications, etc
  • Knowledge (at least 1 year of internationaly accepted best practice systems, the Nigerian Procurement Laws and Guidelines. Conversant with the Niger Dolta region working environment

 

 

 

 

Job Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Support Officer

Location: Akure, Ondo

Main Responsibilities

  • The Monitoring and Evaluation Support Officer will support the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator (MEC) in all planning of Monitoring and Evaluation (MBE) activities related to project implementation.
  • He/She wil give support in the overseeing of all the design and Operationalization of robust systems for PME and ensure is full linkage with other information and knowledge systems, to enable the project to be flexible and responsive to changing circumstances.
  • The MESO will reach out to all staff on M&E issues emaating from all components and aggregate for the MEC to validate and approve.
  • The officer will work closely with the Coordinator to ensure the state M&E staff get all relevant information as is emanating from the National Office of the Monitoring and Evaluation of the Project

Specific Duties

  • Work closely with the MEC in developing activities for the annual work plan and budget (AWPB)
  • Support the project M&E system with continuous reference to the Project’s Logical Framework taking into account government monitoring frameworks and IFAD ORMS methodology
  • Support baseline and other surveys and assessments of beneficiaries at the beginning of the project to be undertaken by consultants
  • Support the process of developing the M&E Plan, including the projects monitoring formats
  • Assist in the population of all project indicators at all levels outputs, outcomes and impact indicators and monitor implementation processes and performance and assess outputs and outcomes in line with government and IFAD ORMS guidelines
  • Assist in administering the project database and ensure it is constantly updated
  • Support the Organization annual review and planning workshops and preparation of AWPS
  • Assist in all preparations leading to joint supervision missions and analyzing reports
  • Support the development of Terms of references to the monitoring and evaluation department
  • Consolidate the AWP and state progress reports and contribute to the drafting of periodic project progress reports of the NPCO
  • Work with other project staff to ensure all relevant data are captured by the MIS and the system is regularly updated
  • Support the monitoring of financial and physical progress as well as reporting back to stakeholders to create a better learning environment; undertake project and thematic evaluations
  • Assist in fostering while keeping record of a participatory planning and M&E trainings including stakeholder
  • Prepare essential templates for data capture to be included in quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports
  • Support the Integration of the M&E system into the overall project coordination and organization function and into an MIS
  • Assist in ensuring proper data capture of intended impact as well as successes and failures, prepare reports and guide other staff in preparing their progress reports
  • Support the Design and implementation of the report formats so that all reports from service providers implementing partners can be regularly and conveniently compiled aggregated to contribute to the overall project results framework
  • Ensure data collection tools are available at the state levels
  • Conduct any other duties in relation with the position as may be assigned by the MEC.

Qualifications and Experience

  • University Degree or Higher National Diploma in Agricultural Economics, Social Sciences, Economics, Statistics, Computer Science or other relevant field
  • Proficient in the use of databases and spreadsheets, statistical and other software packages for both quantitative and qualitative analysis and demonstrated skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis and data management
  • Experience in analyzing complex programmes or policies
  • Have a thorough understanding of analytical tools
  • Have a solid understanding of the use of modern information and communication technology (ICT) in development and excellent knowledge of computer-based communications tools, in particular web and mobile-based technology
  • Experience in facilitation, in particular of learning processes
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Working experience in the Niger Delta region will be an advantage.
  • A minimum of 5 years proven experience working in designing and implementing ME Results-based management and/or project management in areas such as agriculture, natural resources, rural finance, and policy matters.
  • Experience working in IFAD or similar donor funded projects will be added advantage
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Conversant with the Niger Delta region working environment.

 

 

 

 

 

Job Title: Agribusiness Promotion Support Officer

Location: Akure, Ondo

Main Responsibilities

  • The Agribusiness Promotion Support Officer will support the Agribusiness Promotion Coordinator in carrying out her duties as it relates to the creation of jobs using the incubator-incubatee Model, focusing on the identification, selection, training and retraining of potential youth and women to learn and start profitable agro businesses.

He/she will:

  • Be involved in the development of agri-enterprises, business plans in agricultural commodity production processing, storage and marketing
  • Coordinate the alignment of the CORY cumulum to project requirements including modules on vilage level enterprise group formation, savings mobilization and entrepreneurship development activities
  • Support market access to build strong business and value chain orientation to selected youth and women in the project area and
  • Explore capacity development of Agriculture value chain Financing models along production processing and marketing.

Specific Duties

  • Assist to develop activities for the annual work plans and budget (AWPB)
  • Assist in overseeing selection process of incubators
  • Assist in development of training curriculum for incubators and incubates
  • Assist to coordinate the development and implementation of bankable business plans, marketing promotion strategies, product branding and linkage to service providers and markets
  • Supervise, monitor and certify the work of service providers for the various activities, and assignments
  • Support the facilitation of linkages for enhanced access to financial services for project beneficiaries, including trader credit, contract farming, inventory credit, commercial development bank credit, and insurance
  • Design capacity building and technical assistance measures and activities in the areas of primary production value addition market access, business management, quality control and standardization
  • Consolidate state progress reports and contribute to the drafting of periodic project reports
  • Assist in identifying actions and mechanisms for the promotion and use of value addition technologies post-harvest handing processing, storage and packaging
  • Support the development of MoU with all categories of service providers (mechanization, agrodealers, sprayers etc.) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) on areas of engagement and line and terms of support from the project for review by the Agribusiness Promotion Coordinator
  • Support the selection of service providers as necessary and craft TORs and scope of work for the service providers.
  • Any other dutis / activities directed by the APA that will impact positively on the overall project delivery.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A First Degree in any of the Agriculture related disciplines in Agricultural Economics, Economics Marketing or related disciplines
  • Strong background and practical skills in business development and marketing with at least 3 years work experience on issues and programmes relating to agricultural commodity production, commodity marketing, agro-processing and value chain development and MSME promotion
  • Conversant with the Niger Delta region working environment
  • Previous experience in working with government and private sector in developing agri-enterprise agribusiness will be a great advantage.

 

 

 

 

 

Job Title: Environment and Climate Change Support Officer

Location: Akure, Ondo

Main Responsibilities

  • The candidate will assist the project in ensuring that the environment and climate change is mainstreamed in project activities.

Specific Duties

  • Assist to ensure that the inclusion of climate resilience and environmental data collection in the baseline Studies to be undertaken
  • Assist in capacity building of incubators and incubatees in ECC mainstreaming areas and activities
  • Support linkages with institutions and stakeholders involved in ECC issues
  • Support the preparation of Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) and Basic Climate Risk Analysis at the commodity cluster level
  • Assist in General supervision, monitoring and certification of works of service providers engaged for physical climate change and environmental projects.
  • Assist in revising and update the draft project implementation manual to include climate change adaptation and environmental management
  • Support the development of a framework for measuring resilience among the target beneficiaries including indicators to be monitored within the M&E system for climate change
  • Support the development of a technical manual for environmental training on sustainable agricultural enterprise as needed.
  • Assist in the application of manual for environmental training on Sustainable agricultural enterprises
  • Assist in the documentation of baseline information for projects locations / clusters using GPS, Remote sensing and field surveys using GIS
  • Assist in developing crop agro-ecological suitability maps

Qualifications and Experience

  • A minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering Sciences Agriculture, Natural Resource Management
  • A Higher Degree in relevant discipline will be added advantage
  • Good writing skills and good computer skills
  • Demonstrate team spirit, good interpersonal and conflict management skills
  • Integrity and confidentiality
  • Interpersonal and time management skills.
  • Display of knowledge of climate change adaptation and environmental safeguards and familiarity with government policies and that of other critical stakeholders
  • Conversant with the Niger Delta region working environment
  • Good written and oral communication skills

 

 

 

 

Job Title: National Program Coordinator

Location: Akure, Ondo
Report: Directly to Director, Projects Coordinating Unit (PCU), FMARD and IFAI) Country Office, Abuja

Background
The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) is implementing a three- year IFAD-assisted Value Chain Development Programme Additional Financing (VCDP AFi), as a follow-up to the successful six (6) – year Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP), in nine (9) participating states (Anambra, Benue, Ebonyl, Enugu, Kogi, Nasarawa, Taraba, Niger and Ogun). The Programme’s goal is: “Rural Poverty reduced, food security increased and accelerated economic growth achieved.” The VCDP, which was approved for an IFAD loan of USD744 million in 2012, aimed to directly improve the livelihood of approximately 17,480 households (15,000 small holder farmers, i,68o processors and 800 traders) and to benefit indirectly approximately 22,000 households.

In 2018, IFAI) approved an Additional Financing (AF1) of IJSD 89.1 million to: (i) expand VCDP activities to three (3) new states – Enugu, Kogi and Nasarawa – and to a total of 57 meal Government Areas (LOAs) from 30 LGAs at the Mid-term Review (MTR) of VCDP, in the entire nine states; and (ii) support the mainstreaming of issues that were not considered at the design of VCDP, consistent with national and IFAI) policies; climate-smart agricultural practices; conflict mitigation as the conflict increases between farmers and herdsmen for land resources; nutrition and financial inclusion.

The VCDP -AF1 focuses on enhancing the productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers (who cultivate not more than 5ha of land under rice/cassava) and small/medium-scale agro-processors (with processing capacity of an average of 2MT/day for cassava and 4MT/day for rice) by improving their access to markets, and capacity to increase yield as well as add value to locally produced raw materials through improved processing and packaging. The programme is being implemented through three mutually reinforcing components; Agricultural Market Development, Small holder Productivity Enhancement and Programme Management and Coordination.

Details of the Contract

  • The NPC position is a Contract Appointment for a period of Two (2) years in the first instance, renewal subject to satisfactory performance acceptable to FGN and IFAD.

Details

  • The National Programme Coordinator (NPC) will be responsible for the overall management and implementation of the Agricultural Value Chain Development Programme.

Main Responsibility

  • The National Programme Coordinator (NP( will be responsible for overall coordination, management and implementation of FGN/IFAD-VCDP in nine (9) participating states.
  • A key element of the position will be to ensure that the programme achieves its development objectives and outcomes.
  • The NPC will report directly to the Director, Projects Coordinating Unit (PCU) of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD)

Specific Duties

  • Day to day technical and administrative leadership and coordination support to the programme
  • Head the Secretariat of the National Steering Committee (NSC)
  • Promote team work of specialists and other programme staff at the states and national office for effective progranune implementation.
  • Coordinate and supervise programme implementation by the participating states
  • Convene management meeting at NPMU as well as quarterly technical review involving SPMUs
  • Manage and motivate programme staff to ensure discipline and enhanced programme performance
  • Coordinate preparation of Annual Work Plan and Budget (AWPB) and submit same to the National Steering Committee (NBC) and the IFAD Country Office for approval through the Director, Projects Coordination Unit (PCU).
  • Ensure timely delivery of quality reports (AWPB, semi-annual reports, financial statements, audit reports to FMARD through PCU and IFAD Country Office,
  • Coordinate supervision mission and ensure the implementation of mission’s recommendations.
  • Select and engage Service Providers where necessary and formulate ToRs and scope of work for the service providers, supervise, monitor and certify the work of the service providers for various activities and assignments.
  • Undertake any other responsibility as may be assigned by the Director, Projects Coordinating Unit (PCU) and IFAD Country Office, Abuja.

Qualification and Work Experience

  • Master’s degree in any of the following discipline: Agriculture and related fields, Social and Management Sciences
  • A minimum of 15 years post qualification working experience out of which at least five (5) years must be at senior management level in public/private sectors
  • Meat have working knowledge of Donor Funded projects.
  • Good writing skills and Computer literacy
  • Good Communication and Team building skills

 

 

 

 

 

Job Title: Senior Accountant

Location: Akure, Ondo
Report: Directly to the Financial Controller

Background
The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) is implementing a three- year IFAD-assisted Value Chain Development Programme Additional Financing (VCDP AFi), as a follow-up to the successful six (6) – year Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP), in nine (9) participating states (Anambra, Benue, Ebonyl, Enugu, Kogi, Nasarawa, Taraba, Niger and Ogun). The Programme’s goal is: “Rural Poverty reduced, food security increased and accelerated economic growth achieved.” The VCDP, which was approved for an IFAD loan of USD744 million in 2012, aimed to directly improve the livelihood of approximately 17,480 households (15,000 small holder farmers, i,68o processors and 800 traders) and to benefit indirectly approximately 22,000 households.

In 2018, IFAI) approved an Additional Financing (AF1) of IJSD 89.1 million to: (i) expand VCDP activities to three (3) new states – Enugu, Kogi and Nasarawa – and to a total of 57 meal Government Areas (LOAs) from 30 LGAs at the Mid-term Review (MTR) of VCDP, in the entire nine states; and (ii) support the mainstreaming of issues that were not considered at the design of VCDP, consistent with national and IFAI) policies; climate-smart agricultural practices; conflict mitigation as the conflict increases between farmers and herdsmen for land resources; nutrition and financial inclusion.

The VCDP -AF1 focuses on enhancing the productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers (who cultivate not more than 5ha of land under rice/cassava) and small/medium-scale agro-processors (with processing capacity of an average of 2MT/day for cassava and 4MT/day for rice) by improving their access to markets, and capacity to increase yield as well as add value to locally produced raw materials through improved processing and packaging. The programme is being implemented through three mutually reinforcing components; Agricultural Market Development, Small holder Productivity Enhancement and Programme Management and Coordination.

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Details of the Contract

  • Two-year contract, renewable based on satisfactory performance acceptable to FGN and IFAD.

Details

  • The Senior Accountant will work under the direct supervision of the Financial Controller.

Main Responsibility

  • The Senior Accountant will work under the direct supervision of the Financial Controller in close collaboration with the State Accountants for the implementation of accounting systems consistent with international accounting standards and principles and Government requirements to ensure proper use of funds in line with the respective legal agreements.

Specific Duties

  • Prepare Programme’s Financial Statements on:
    • Monthly
    • Quarterly
    • B-Annually
    • Annually
  • Ensure accurary of computations and completeness of payment request at the NPMU in terms of:
    • Receiving approval for payments
    • Uploading of payment on remittal platform
    • Checking of retirements by staff
    • Checking of contract documents for completeness and implementation support
  • Check vouchers coming from the participating States for completeness:
    • Account payables
    • Invoices
    • Vouchers
    • Contract
    • Goods received and issued to user departments
  • Participate in financial management monitoring in the participating States and visits to sites.
  • Checking of postings and generation of reports on flexible accounting software for correctness/completeness of entries in conjunction with the Financial Controller.
  • Facilitate preparation, processing and replenishment, reimbursement or direct payment of SOF,s and Withdrawal Applications in conjunction with the Financial Controller.
  • Any other tasks that might be assigned to him/her by the Financial Controller.

Qualification and Work Experience

  • First Degree in Accountancy or relevant
  • Professional qualification in Accountancy
  • Minimum of five (3) years post-qualification work experience Familiarity with Flexible Accounting Softwage
  • Must be computer literate
  • Experienced working with Donor Assisted Projects and firms is an added advantage
  • Possession of professional qualifications in Accounting is an added advantage
  • Good knowledge / experience of rural development challenges and dynamics
  • Note: Qualified and experienced women are encouraged to apply.

 

 

 

 

 

Job Title: Agriculture Officer

Location: Akure, Ondo
Report: Directly to the Agricultural Production Advisor.

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Background
The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) is implementing a three- year IFAD-assisted Value Chain Development Programme Additional Financing (VCDP AFi), as a follow-up to the successful six (6) – year Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP), in nine (9) participating states (Anambra, Benue, Ebonyl, Enugu, Kogi, Nasarawa, Taraba, Niger and Ogun). The Programme’s goal is: “Rural Poverty reduced, food security increased and accelerated economic growth achieved.” The VCDP, which was approved for an IFAD loan of USD744 million in 2012, aimed to directly improve the livelihood of approximately 17,480 households (15,000 small holder farmers, i,68o processors and 800 traders) and to benefit indirectly approximately 22,000 households.

In 2018, IFAI) approved an Additional Financing (AF1) of IJSD 89.1 million to: (i) expand VCDP activities to three (3) new states – Enugu, Kogi and Nasarawa – and to a total of 57 meal Government Areas (LOAs) from 30 LGAs at the Mid-term Review (MTR) of VCDP, in the entire nine states; and (ii) support the mainstreaming of issues that were not considered at the design of VCDP, consistent with national and IFAI) policies; climate-smart agricultural practices; conflict mitigation as the conflict increases between farmers and herdsmen for land resources; nutrition and financial inclusion.

The VCDP -AF1 focuses on enhancing the productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers (who cultivate not more than 5ha of land under rice/cassava) and small/medium-scale agro-processors (with processing capacity of an average of 2MT/day for cassava and 4MT/day for rice) by improving their access to markets, and capacity to increase yield as well as add value to locally produced raw materials through improved processing and packaging. The programme is being implemented through three mutually reinforcing components; Agricultural Market Development, Small holder Productivity Enhancement and Programme Management and Coordination.

Details of the Contract

  • Two-year contract, renewable based on satisfactory performance acceptable to FGN and IFAD.

Details

  • The Agricultural Officer (AO) will work under the direct supervision of the Agricultural Production Advisor (APA)

Main Responsibility

  • The Agriculture Officer will be assisting the Agricultural Production Advisor in the overall management of the activities related to productivity improvement of smallholder farmers, in close collaboration with the State Agricultural Production Officer.

Specific Duties

  • Work directly under the Agricultural Production Advisor (APA) with the Extension Service providers in training farmers in various aspects of crop varieties, agronomic practices, climate resilience, post-harvest and market orientation technologies.
  • Assist in promoting and disseminating sustainable Agricultural practices through the Farmer Field Business School (FFBS) approach and on-the- spot extension visits under the guidance and Coordination of the APA. Assist the Programme’s Community seed producers to establish seed multiplication systems comprising farms and seed cleaning and conditioning centres (Seed- laboratories).
  • Assist in setting up the overall distribution scheme of certified seeds/stems of improved varieties, fertilizers and herbicides as well as of equipment at State and LGA levels.
  • Assist in the collation of State progress reports and contribute to the drafting of periodic project progress reports with the Agricultural Production Advisor (APA).
  • Provide guidance to NGO/Service providers hired to implement the activities.
  • Oversee the overall process of selection of target Farmers Organizations and beneficiaries in close collaboration with the Rural Institutions and Gender Mainstreaming Officer.
  • Carry out any other functions assigned him/her by the Agricultural Production Advisor (APA).

Qualification and Work Experience

  • First Degree in Agricultural Science, Agricultural Production, Agronomy, Crop Science, Horticulture.
  • A minimum of 5 years post-qualification experience in addition to at least years in the implementation of productivity enhancement projects using participatory approaches in Extension services and gender msinstreasning.
  • Proven experience and record in the field of project implementation of productivity projects.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English language. Must be computer literate and conversant with the use simple computer packages.
  • Good knowledge/experience of rural development challenges and dynamics.
  • Note: Qualified and experienced women are encouraged to apply.

 

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their Applications with detailed CV to: info@life-nd.org.ng using the Job Title as the subject of the email

Application Deadline  17th May, 2022.

 

Note: This position will be on for a period of two (2) years subject to renewal based on satisfactory performance

 

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