Current Positions:Field Officer (Kabale District, Western Uganda)
Overview: Development in Gardening (DIG), a successful organization in empowering vulnerable communities through sustainable agriculture, is looking for a multitalented individual to manage a large-scale project in collaboration with leaders of the Batwa Community in Rubanda District and Kisoro District in Southwestern Uganda. The DIG Field Officer will work under DIG’s Uganda Program Manager and will be responsible for the overall implementation of the Kisoro and Rubanda District Batwa Project.
As part of this program, DIG provides experiential training in sustainable agriculture, nutrition, improved cooking practices, business record-keeping skills, and develops community gardens benefiting over 1,600 Batwa women, girls and families to break the cycle of poverty and food insecurity. The project goal is to break the cycle of poverty, malnutrition, and oppression of the Batwa communities by supporting Batwa women to become more self-reliant and able to support themselves through sustainable agricultural initiatives.
The Opportunity: The role of the Field Officer will be to manage between five and eight DIG facilitators to deliver the project on the ground and to support the Program Manager in developing training materials, establishing beneficial partnerships, supporting administrative, financial, and procurement activities to implement an effective, holistic project for eight Batwa Communities in Rubanda and Kisoro District. The Field Officer will work under the Program Manager for a period of eight months. Upon demonstrated success in the position, the Field Officer will have the ability to apply for the position and National Program Manager based on performance during their Field Officer position. The Field Officer will gain insight to delivering a multi-dimensional program to vulnerable communities and will become conversant in international development project implementation in relation to monitoring and evaluation frameworks, designing field-based monitoring and evaluation tools, effective international communication and reporting, solid technical skills and locally adapted best practices under sustainable agriculture, and effective team management.
Responsibilities:The incumbent will be responsible for directly supporting the Program Manager in the implementation of the Project and will be directly responsible for the following;
- Ongoing training of trainers with DIG Facilitators in a 16-week Mobile Farmer Field School Program and 20-week Farm, Food, and Finance Program. Trainings include sustainable agriculture technologies, group capacity building, financial and nutrition trainings
- Coordination of five to eight DIG Facilitators in reporting, budgeting and reconciliations, and delivery of trainings
- Conducting weekly performance reviews to build the capacity of DIG Facilitators in group trainings and household visits
- Oversee and maintain all records including reports, attendance sheets, expense reports, images, and monitoring forms from DIG Facilitators according to DIG standard operating procedures
- Continuing capacity building of Facilitators in areas of technical expertise, facilitation, community relations, and project management
- Support the Program Manager in the development of two new field school phases through curriculum development and preparation of relevant training materials
- Liaise with Facilitators to clearly communicate challenges and successes to the Program Manager
- Represent the organization at all levels including at stakeholder, government, and other partner organization forums
- Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture or Horticulture; Other relevant degrees will be considered
- At least 3 years’ experience managing and coordinating an agriculture focused project
- Fluency in written and spoken English; Fluency in Rukiga/Ruyankole
- Proficient computer skills; Microsoft Package literacy required (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Ability to live and work in rural conditions
- Attention to detail, organized and self-motivated
- Ability to work in a fast paced, cross-cultural environment
- Positive demeanor and ability to motivate others
- Physically able to walk long distances and climb steep hills
Compensation: The position will offer a competitive salary. Work related transportation costs will be covered. The successful candidate will be expected to work Monday through Friday and to stay within a central location for the project. The position will be offered starting in January 2018 until July 31st, 2017, with the intention of extension. Holidays, sick leave, and time off follow national labor laws.
Application Process: The application process will be conducted in four phases;
- Phase 1: Initial Application Package.
- Phase 2: Selected candidates from the initial phase will be contacted via e-mail and asked to submit a three-page writing sample following detailed instructions within two days of being contacted. Estimated date is the 27th of November.
- Phase 3: Continued successful candidates will be invited to a 30-minute phone interview. Estimated date is the 28th and 29th of November.
- Phase 4: Final selected candidates will have an in-person interview in Kabale. Estimated date is the 1st and 4th of December.