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Conservation Agriculture/Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Specialist at The International Fertilizer Development Center

Conservation Agriculture/Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Specialist – Nigeria Rural Resilience

Job Description

The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Conservation Agriculture/Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Specialist for the anticipated USAID/Nigeria Rural Resilience Project in northern Nigeria. Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project and the selection of final applicant is subject to USAID approval.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Determine the integration of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices and technologies with farmers and key stakeholders, such as donors and development partners
  • Identify CSA outcomes on sustainable agricultural production, adaptation and mitigation; and
  • Access to adoption of CSA in Nigeria and suggest ways to strengthen early warning systems as part of the program’s sustainability and exit strategy plan
  • Plan, implement, and monitor agricultural measures *
  • Manage and train local staff on conservation agriculture and other important methodologies
  • Support the planning and drafting of new projects in the fields of agriculture and food security
  • Identifies areas for improvement of agricultural production and marketing methods in co­operation with local partners
  • Contributes to the country development and strategies, actively participates in strategic discussions and keeps herself/ himself informed of the overall organizational topics
  • Any other tasks that may be assigned

Required Skills

  • Master’s degree or higher degree in economics, agronomy, or related field of study
  • Proven ability to effectively collaborate with government counterparts, donors, and other key stakeholders and partners
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills (both verbal and written)
  • Ability to successfully recruit, train, develop, motivate and manage staff
  • Professional fluency in English
  • Competency in the use of computers and MS Office software, including Word, Powerpoint, and Excel

Required Experience

  • 8+ years of experience in managing projects that focus on agricultural production, value chain development, market linkages, food security, etc. with practical experience in Nigeria
  • Experience in conservation agriculture and providing training guided by those principles
  • Experience in transferring climate smart agriculture techniques to smallholder farmers
  • Previous experience managing USAID projects is preferred

Candidates can however also apply by e-mail to be sent to ifdcnigeria@ifdc.org before the closing date of 30th of April, 2018. The subject of the mail must be Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Specialist.

NB: Only successful candidates will be invited for an interview. There will be no response to telephone inquiries. The interview will consist of an interview with a jury and probably a written and/ or oral test.

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