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Staff Vacancies at Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Lokoja

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Kogi State Government of Nigeria

Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Lokoja


S/N POSITIONS DUTIES, QUAUFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
1 State Project Coordinator (State Project Office)

Overall Function and

Responsibilities of the Position:

The State Project Coordinator (SPC) is responsible for the coordination of Project activities in the State, as well as managing the Agro- Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Support Office.

Specific Duties of the Position:

(i)      Head the secretariat of the State Steering Committee (SSC)

(ii)     Overall implementation of Project within the State.

(iii)    Supervise staff of state office.

(iv)    Liaise with other relevant programmes and technical departments in the State.

(v)     Oversees contracting of support staff and consultants, particularly Agro-Processing Service Providers.

(vi)    Ensure timely reporting and quality of reports to NPC/SSC

Qualifications and Experience Required:

M.Sc. degree or equivalent in Agriculture, Agricultural Economies, Economics or other

relevant discipline.

Minimum of 8 years post-qualification experience, including at least 3 years in a management position.

Proven track record in the field of agriculture or rural development.

Good writing skills and computer literacy will be an advantage.

Fluency in local language is a major advantage.

2 Procurement Officers (State Project Office) Functions and responsibilities: Under the supervision of the State Project Coordinator respectively, the incumbent will coordinate the procurement of all goods works and services financed under the project. Specific duties of the position will include:-

(i)                Preparation of procurement plans for implementation of the project.

(ii)             Prepare Bidding documents.

(iii)           Responsible for day-to-day procurement, activities as contained in the PIM.

(iv)           Update and implement the procurement manual.

(v)             Initiate procurement and training workshops.

(vi)           Undertake any other duties as may be assigned by the State Project Coordinator.

Qualifications and Experience Required:

A first degree or HND in Engineering, Purchasing and Supply, Business Administration or other relevant qualification Possession of higher degree will be an added advantage.

At least 5 years of post-qualification experience in procurement for developmental projects.

Competence:

(i)          Demonstrated competence in procurement under externally assisted projects with specific experience in IDA/Donor funded agency.

(ii)        Ability to communicate and write effectively and Computer literacy.

3 Monitoring, and Evaluation Officer (State Project office)

Functions and responsibilities Under the supervision of the State Project Coordinator respectively, the incumbent will be responsible for generation of project specific information on progress, processes and performance.

Analyses and aggregation of data generated at various levels to track progress, process quality and project sustainability. S/He will also document and disseminate feedback and key lessons learnt to relevant users and stakeholders.

Specific duties of the position will include:

Implement monitoring and evaluation of results and impact of the project Track performance indicators and develop operational arrangements for collecting, analyzing, and reporting project data feeding into the result framework

Develop Management Information System (MIS) for the project.

Conduct impact evaluation and beneficiary assessments.

Produce and disseminate periodic progress reports

Undertake relevant surveys as may be required:

(i)       Assist the State Project Coordinator in the preparation of Work plan and Budget.

(ii)    Initiate Project M&E workshop and training for Project Officers.

(iii)  Undertake any other duties as may be assigned by the State Project Coordinator.

Qualifications and Experience Required:

(i)          Masters’ degree in Agricultural Economies, Economics, Statistics, Agricultural Extension or other relevant degree.

(ii)       PhD’s degree is an added advantage

(iii)     At least 5 years of post-qualification experience in Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of developmental projects

(iv)     Excellent knowledge of statistics and research, methodology including skills in sampling techniques and use of computer software for statistics and other relevant applications;

(v)       Ability to undertake regular field visits and interact with different stakeholders;

(vi)     Demonstrated ability in report writing and presentation

4 Agro-processing Specialist (State Project Office): Functions and

Responsibilities:

The incumbent under guidance of SPC will coordinate and identify improved agro-processing technologies which are apt for all processing activities of all the crops, livestock and fisheries supported under this project. The incumbent will further work on

dissemination and follow-up on identified agro-processing technologies.

Qualifications and Experience:

(i)          First degree in Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural mechanization, Agronomy, Food technology, Agricultural Economics, and other related disciplines.

(ii)       A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in agribusiness, agro processing and supply chain management

(iii)     Previous experience in value chain development including vertical and horizontal coordination of farmers group and backward integration

(iv)     Ability to build partnership with technology innovation centers, agro-allied commercial technology businesses and financial institutions.

5 Productivity Enhancement

Specialist (State Project Office): Functions and Responsibilities; Under the supervision of State project coordinator, the incumbent will coordinate and identify productivity enhanced inputs, equipment and machines for all production nodes of value chains supported under this project. The incumbent will disseminate and follow-up on adoption of the improved inputs, equipment and machine.

Qualifications and Experience:

Master’s degree in Agronomy, Crop Science, Soil Science, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural mechanization, and other related disciplines.

Experience working with agro-input or advisory services companies, research institute or CG center

A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in technology dissemination projects    Ability to build partnership with research centers, extension organizations and technology innovation centers and agro-allied commercial technology businesses.

Clear understanding of cropping calendar, weather information and climate smart agricultural practices

Excellent understanding of value chain analysis, development and Good Agricultural Practices

6 Women and Youth/Livelihood Specialist (State Project Office): Functions and Responsibilities: Under the supervision of SPC. the specialist will coordinate women and youth livelihood support activities under the project. The incumbent will further work with the project team to ensure gender mainstreaming in the project. Qualifications and Experience:

(i)          A minimum of Master’s degree in Agricultural economies, MBA, economics, sociology, gender and development studies, and other related disciplines

(ii)        A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in development projects (with livelihood components)

(iii)     Experienced in participatory stakeholder consultation and engagement

(iv)     Demonstrated ability to mobilise group for action e.g. group formation, credit administration or social action

(v)        Excellent facilitation skills and experience in preparing and reviewing business plans or proposal

(vi)     Good knowledge of social development/safeguard issues such as gender and youth policies & issues

(vii)   Strong knowledge of computer applications including

(viii)Geo-enabling or Geographical Information System skill is an added advantage

(ix)     Experience in coordinating stakeholder feedback or inquiries

7 Communication Officer (State Project Office): Functions and Responsibilities: Under the supervision of SPC, the specialist will develop and implement communication strategy, and programs, and other IEC materials for the project

 

Qualifications and Experience:

(i)          Master’s degrees in Development communications, mass communication, MBA, Agricultural extension, and related discipline.

(ii)        A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in development communication

(iii)     Excellent writing and verbal communication skills

(iv)     Demonstrated ability to prepare multimedia content e.g. features, articles, press releases, blog etc.

(v)        Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain partnerships with media organization

(vi)     Well-developed understanding of social media and digital communications.

(vii)   Communications experience in a private or public sector environment highly regarded.

(viii)Experience with Content Management Systems

(ix)     Manage and maintain the website in collaboration with ICT/MIS officer

(x)        Responding to media queries

 

8 Rural Infrastructure Engineers (Civil and Electrical) (State Project Office): functions and Responsibilities Under the supervision of SPC. the Engineers will supervise the implementation and coordination of civil and electrical work infrastructure activities under the project component. The incumbent will further

work with the project team to ensure proper design and location of the infrastructure within the States

Rural Infrastructure Engineers (Civil and Electrical) State

Functions and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of SPC, the Engineers will supervise the implementation and coordination of civil and electrical work infrastructure activities under the project  component. The incumbent will further work with the project team to ensure proper design and location of the infrastructure within the States.

Qualifications and Experience Required:

(i)             B.Sc degree in Civil Engineering and Electrical.

(ii)           Professional qualification, COREN, MNSE etc.

(iii)    Minimum of seven (7) years field experience in construction and power/energy supply for Civil and Electrical Engineers respectively.

(iv)        Higher qualification will be an advantage,

(v)           Strong knowledge of computer applications including engineering design software etc.

(vi)        Fluency in local language is a major advantage

(vii)      Ability to undertake regular field visits and interact with different stakeholders

9 Environmental Officer (State Project Office): Functions and

Responsibilities;

Under the supervision of SFC the officer will supervise the implementation of environmental

Instruments and mitigations measures articulated in the general and site specific safeguard instruments such as ESMP, IPMP.

 

Qualifications and Experience:

(i)             Masters degree in Agricultural economics, engineering, environmental management, environmental sciences or other related disciplines

(ii)          Manage and conduct environmental safeguard due diligence of new investment proposals

(iii)        Identify all key potential environmental impacts and risks of a project and ensure that their appropriate mitigation measures are in place

(iv)        Ensuring regular site inspections and environmental sampling and analysts is carried out

(v)          Preparation of environmental reports and tracking project performance against environmental key performances indicators and targets.

(vi)        Experience At least 3 years of relevant experience in working with public or private sector firms across industry’ sectors (including infrastructure, civil works, agribusiness, and/or processing) to identify environmental risk and issues and develop mitigation measures to ensure compliance with good international industry practice

 

10 Commercialization &

Business Development Officer (State Project Office) Functions and Responsibilities: Under the supervision of SPC the officer will develop and Implement work program that improves the competitiveness and well-

functioning of the value chain thereby making beneficiaries of the project to meet market requirements

 

Qualifications and Experience;

(i)          B.Sc degree in Agricultural economics. Agribusiness or Business Administration with bias to Agriculture

(ii)        Minimum of five (5) years post qualification experience.

(iii)     Fluency in English and local language widely spoken in the Project Area will be a major advantage

(iv)  Knowledge and application of computer is essential. market facilitation (market and price information), registration and approval of product with NAFDAC, Nigeria Export Promotion council (NEPC) and Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON).

(v)        Capacity building on product quality and standards, packaging, market linkages, and linkages to financial institutions.

(vi)     Higher qualification will be an advantage.

(vii)   Experience in Business/Marketing concept of specific state value chain is essential.

 

11 MIS/ICT Officer (State Project Office):

Functions and Responsibilities: Under the supervision of SPC the officer will work very closely with the M&E officer and other relevant specialist on the project and officers are mainly responsible for the smooth running of computer systems and ensuring users get maximum benefits from them

Qualifications and Experience:

(i)             B.Sc degree in Agricultural economics, GIS. Computer Science. Information technology or other related disciplines

(ii)          Minimum of five (5) years post qualification experience in MIS and ICT

(iii)        Microsoft certifications is a requirement

(iv)        Install and configure computer hardware operating systems and applications

(v)          Monitor and maintain computer systems and networks

(vi)        Troubleshoot system and network problems, diagnosing and solving hardware or software faults

(vii)     Replace parts as required

(viii)   Support the roll-out of new applications

(ix)        Set up new users accounts and profiles and deal with password issues

(x)          Test and evaluate new technology

(xi)        Conduct electrical safety checks on computer equipment

(xii)     Knowledge and application of computer applications such Virtual Basic, SQL is essential including familiarity with Big data

(xiii)   Higher qualification will be an advantage

12 Administrative Officer (State Project Office) Functions and

Responsibilities; Under the supervision of SPC, the administrative officer will be responsible for the majority of

administrative duties in the project including managing employee records, organize files,

answer calls

Qualifications and Experience:

(i)             BSc degree in Business Administration, Sociology or other related disciplines

(ii)           Proven work experience as an Administrative Officer, Administrator or similar role

(iii)        Solid knowledge of office procedures

(iv)        Experience with office management software like MS Office (MS Excel and MS Word, specifically)

(v)           Strong organization skills with a problem- solving attitude

(vi)        Excellent written and verbal communication skills

13 Terms of Reference for Facilitators (State Project Office)

Specialisation: The project in

Kogi State will hire 3 facilitators with different responsibilities as

follows; (one per value chain, 3nos.)

Qualifications and Experience:

(i)          B.Sc degree in Agriculture, Agronomy, Crop or Animal Science including fisheries.

(ii)        Minimum of seven (5) years post-qualification field experience.

(iii)     Fluency in English and local language widely spoken in the project area.

(iv)     Experience in specific value chains selected by the state is a major advantage.

(v)        Knowledge and application of computer will be an advantage.

(vi)     Higher qualification will be an advantage.

Duties of Facilitators:

(a)     Ensure proper registration of the project beneficiaries in line with the project provisions and production of the development business/ investment plans for the Association;

(b)    Provide technical advice to the project beneficiaries in their area of competence and serve as liaison officers between APPEALS and the project beneficiaries;

(c)     Identify teaching Instruments and develop essential curricula to training APPEALS beneficiaries through a PRA process;

(d)    Identify sources of improved technology for project beneficiaries operation in collaboration with the various research and knowledge institutions:

(e)     Provide linkage with service providers to assist project beneficiaries in productivity enhancement, business planning, financial and business management:

(f)      Supply market information and provide linkage to market and credit sources for the farmers

Duration of Assignment:

The work of a facilitator will be throughout the duration of renewable yearly subject to satisfactory performance.

Deliverables:

The facilitators will be expected to produce Value Chain Investment Plan working with beneficiaries and relevant

All application should be addressed to the Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lokoja, Kogi State.

Submission should also be made to the Office of the Commissioner, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lokoja, Kogi State not later than 2nd February, 2018.

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