The Government of The Gambia and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have developed the Resilience of Organizations for Transformative Smallholder Agriculture (ROOTS) project. The project is funded by IFAD along with the Government of The Gambia and other Development partners. The project will be implemented in six years period from 2020 to 2026. The main components of the ROOTS project are the followings:
- Component 1 (agricultural productivity and climate change adaptation);
- Component 2 (market access); and
- Component 3 (institutional development, project management and citizen engagement).
Reports to: Project Director
Summary: The CSA Senior Officer will take responsibility for implementation of Component 1, reporting directly to the Project Director and will provide overall supervision and guidance to ensure synergy and coherence of project actions under the component. The regional coordinators will report to the CSA. Senior Officer on technical matters related to the component 1.
Duration of Assignment: Up to six years; following successful completion of six-month probationary period; with renewable contract if performance is satisfactory.
Duty Station: Based in PSU Headquarters, with regular visits in the field as required for monitoring, reporting and coordination.
Specific duties and responsibilities:
The CSA Senior Officer will lead the technical team for component I and will be responsible for the overall monitoring of implementation and providing quality assurance for the relevant under component I. The individual selected for this position will ideally conic from the DoA, and will need to the have the appropriate skills and experience to serve in this role. The responsibilities the individual will hold and activities that this individual will oversee include:
- Provides overall coordination, guidance and quality assurance of Component I activities;
- Design and implement project component for climate change adaptation, mitigation through climate smart and conservation agriculture;
- Provide technical advice on sustainable agriculture to guarantee production efficiency, climate adaptation and mitigation through effective climate smart, climate resilient and conservation agriculture;
- Will provide his technical feedback in accessing and introducing climate resilient crop varieties, practices and systems for desired impacts;
- Contributes to the preparation of annual work plan and budget;
- Submits periodic progress reports to the Project Director
- Manage and motivate project staff contributing to Component I activities;
- Facilitates and follows up on capacity building activities for project staff and relevant stakeholders;
- Facilitates proper project resources disbursement and utilization;
- Ensure the timely completion of component procurement process;
- Coordinate the contract administration of the service providers or specialists hired for implementation and assess their performance on a regular basis, specifically:
- FFS curriculum development and inclusion of FFS training modules at the relevant training institutes (e.g., Gambia College, etc.);
- Development of advanced FFS training modules for use by in the DoA pro-service and in-service training and the training of Village Extension Workers and District Officers;
- The development and implementation of all extension field activities through contracted service providers – System of Rice Intensification, Participatory Learning and Action Research, Participatory Varietal Selection, Community-Based Seed System — and the training of field staff and farmer facilitators;
- Contribute to project Monitoring and Evaluation;
- Takes on responsibility for networking and communications to internal and external stakeholders as may be required;
- Assists communications between relevant Government, private sector and civil society organizations;
- Provides technical support and managerial guidance to regional implementation teams
- Undertakes staff performance evaluations;
- Performs other related duties as assigned by the Project Director.
Education: Master’s degree in Rural Development, Agronomy, Agricultural Economies, Forestry or other related fields with sound knowledge of contemporary issues in the rural economy, agriculture and food security of The Gambia and natural resource management;
Experience: Minimum seven years professional level experience in agronomy, agricultural adaptation to and mitigation of climate change; experience with farmer field school implementation, with preferable knowledge and experience in rice and vegetable production systems. Experience with planning/overseeing larger scale investments preferable.
Skills and knowledge: Managerial, administrative and coordination experience; good interpersonal communications skills; computer literacy and good command of spoken and written English; documented writing skills; ability to work independently and in multi-ethnical environments.
- Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.
- People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
- All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.
- Only applications received through the provided link will be considered.