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Agroecology and Biodiversity Advisor at SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

Founded in the Netherlands in 1965, we have built a long-term, local presence in many of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors work with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

Job Description

SNV is seeking an experienced professional with expertise in areas of conservation agriculture, agroecology, soil conservation and climate smart agricultural practices. The position holder will be responsible for guiding adoption of regenerative agricultural practices by farmers and agro-enterprises. S/he will coordinate with the project team and partners to contribute to analysis that will identify and stimulate investments for effective regenerative production systems. S/he will provide support to SMEs and farmer groups/cooperatives on the most appropriate climate integration strategies, which enhance income of producers and agribusinesses. The incumbent will contribute to the joint learning of smallholder producers agro-enterprises adoption of regenerative agriculture.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide appropriate and targeted technical advice or assistance to REALMS, project staff and consultants on activities linked to the project.
  • Mentor and coach staff members and partner CSO partners on green growth agenda
  • Develop and apply training methods appropriate to the needs of the smallholder farmers and their organizations
  • Gather and manage relevant knowledge (e.g. training materials such as manuals)
  • Act as a focal point for any potential research project related to agroecology in the REALMS project
  • Act as focal point for potential research initiative in liaison with the M&E Officer
  • Support partner organizations in their awareness raising and agroecology capacity linked to increasing adoption of regenerative and circular food systems especially by the smallholder farmers.
  • Monitor and evaluate the implementation of partner organizations in all activities related to REALMS.
  • Support and accompany the partner organizations in developing and applying their own monitoring systems as well as assessing and managing the risks
  • Ensure strong communication and co-ordination with partner organizations, target groups and key stakeholders related to the regenerative agriculture and agroecology
  • Revise reports submitted by partner organizations regarding issues linked to REALMS
  • Submit visit reports to coordination office after each project visit
  • Network with like-minded organizations in the field of agroecology in close collaboration with the other REALMS colleagues.

Qualifications

  • University degree in Agriculture (preferred in sustainable agriculture and/or organic farming) with demonstrated knowledge and experience in Agroecology or Permaculture
  • At least 3 years of working experience with elements of capacity building, accompaniment and knowledge management for staff and communities in NGOs or other civil society actors
  • demonstrated experience as an advisor on agroecology, sustainable agriculture and organic farming with proved competences in one or several of the following fields: agroforestry, bio intensive gardening, sustainable land management practices, mixed cultivation, seed production and storage, climate change adaptation and mitigation, water harvesting and/or disaster risk reduction
  • proven competences in knowledge management and dissemination
  • Proven competences in project management and PCM instruments
  • Experience with working with farmers’ groups
  • Excellent written and oral skills in English and Kiswahili
  • Excellent IT-skills (word, excel, power point)
  • Ability to plan, set priorities and multitask
  • Proven ability to work autonomously, in teams and multidisciplinary
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; networking skills an asset
  • Knowledge and experience in participatory approaches, gender approaches and/or working with youth an asset

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