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Institutions Development Coordinator at Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMA&RD)

The Federal Government of Nigeria has secured a credit from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for the implementation of “Climate Change Adaptation and Agribusiness Support Programme (CASP) within the Savannah Belt of Nigeria. This programme is a reflection of the IFAD’s continued commitment in the fight against poverty worldwide aimed at reducing farmers’ vulnerability arising from climate change.

For effective programme take-off, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMA&RD) is constituting a programme management unit in the Programme Support Office (PSO) in Katsina State. Consequently, part of proceeds from the credit will be applied to engage the services of the position Officers at the PSO: 

Position: Institutions Development Coordinator

CASP will build on the success of CBARDP initiatives to deepen impact. CASP will build capacity of and streamline groups and community development associations (CDAs) along commodity lines in order to enable them respond to market demand and be consistent with agribusiness policy direction of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD). It will restructure and strengthen old CDAs in the old locations, and form and strengthen new CDAs in new locations, to enable further agribusiness and youth employment creation. Presently some of the CDAs can initiate, implement, maintain and monitor their development projects, but most need better capacity in record keeping, leadership and financial management to ensure sustainability. In the future, there is a need to promote the development of effective market-led agriculture in the rural villages.

The Institutions Development Coordinator will facilitate and strengthen the understanding of the community members and targeted beneficiaries about the new programme approach as well as capacitate targeted groups (production and enterprise groups and CDAs) to fit properly into the restructured framework of the programme following agribusiness and market-led approach. The Institutions Development Coordinator aims at improving the knowledge and capacity of groups and CDAs to adopt agriculture as a business using a market-led approach and incorporate climate-change resilient measures. Under CASP, the programme will work with 727 CDAs, comprising (a) 207 existing CBARDP facilitated CDAs, (b) 645 new CDAs to be formed. The Institutions Development Coordinator will take initiative to establishment and strengthen sustainability and exit structure from the beginning of the programme

Duties: Specifically he/she will:

  • Develop activities for the formation, strengthening and sustainability of relevant rural institutions for the Annual Work Plans and Budgets (AWPBs);
  • Sensitize existing CDAs, traditional rulers, opinion leaders, youth, women leaders, civil societies and influential community members to foster understanding on the new direction of CASP;
  • Assist the primary groups to form CDAs from elected representative of each of the groups formed;
  • Once the CDAs are formed, ensure that there are implementation/functional committees in the CDAs and take initiative to strengthen the committees;
  • Provide guidance for the annual group/CDA appraisal exercise to identify capacity gaps and strengthening of all the groups/CDAs;
  • Develop a flexible training curriculum/manual to address identified gaps in developing and strengthening the CDAs in consultation with key stakeholders;
  • Carryout trainings for all groups on group participation and formation, group leadership and dynamics. The activities would strengthen skills and competencies in financial and business management, production, market information, product marketing strategies, bulk procurement, distribution of critical inputs, and advocate to improve enabling policy environment. Groups would receive training on productivity and production enhancement and climate change resilience.
  • Develop specific training for production and enterprise groups, group leaders and CDAs, commodity committees on producers cluster arrangement, contract farming, operations of out-growers schemes in working with processors;
  • Continuously update the developed curriculum and training based on feedback to ensure that it is tailored to the needs of the groups and CDAs;
  • Ensure that each of the communities develop a Community Action Plan (CAP) feeding into a village AWPBs based on: (a) participatory land use planning (PLUP); (c), rapid market appraisal (RMA);
  • Monitoring, supervision and implementation support for the CAPs, monitoring of allocations made to CDAs, financial management;
  • Select service providers where necessary and formulation of TORs and scope of work for the service providers. Supervise, monitor and certify the work of service providers for the various activities and assignments; and
  • Organize cross-visits annually amongst CDAs to facilitate the sharing of experiences between CDAs that represent the best practice; and Consolidate state progress reports and contribute to the drafting of periodic project progress reports of the PSO.

Qualifications and Experience Required:

  • Advanced degree (MSc or higher preferred) in Extension, Rural Sociology, Agricultural Economics or other discipline with appropriate applied social science and agricultural/environmental experience;
  • A minimum of 10 years field experience working with rural communities, in a participatory community development role, with a particular focus on facilitating
  • training and capacity building in-depth knowledge of CDD-type approaches;
  • Proven skill in organizing and facilitating community-based training and learning exchanges;
  • Knowledge of experiential learning and ability to facilitate organizational capacity building;
  • Experience working with IFAD programmes, preferably in Nigeria;
  • Sensitivity to cultural, ethnic and gender differences; and
  • Excellent in written and spoken English.

Note: Preference would be given to a candidate with previous working experience in Northern Nigeria and with community driven programme, knowledge of IFAD programmes will be an advantage.

Duration: The assignment will be on a 2 year renewal basis following a successful completion of 1 year of probationary period.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should forward their Cover letter and CVs (less than 5 pages) to casp.recruitment@gmail.com and specify proposed position as subject of email.

Deadline: 27th February 2016

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