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IT Officer

 

Position Information

Organization: Africa Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services(AFAAS)

Title: IT Officer

Reports to : Partnership, Planning & Learning Specialist/KMS

Duty Station : AFAAS Secretariat

Duration of Contract: 1 year with option for extension

Compensation:  Annual Gross pay   of  USD  4800-7200

How to apply : Submit cover letter and CV to secretariat@afaas-africa.org  addressed  to Executive Director AFAAS Secretariat  before  12th March 2020

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

 

GENERAL BACKGROUND

 

African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) is a Continental body that brings National Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services (AEAS) under one umbrella. The AFAAS’ goal is to enhance utilization of improved knowledge, technologies and innovations by agricultural value chain actors for improving productivity oriented towards their individual and national development objectives. AFAAS Operational Plan (OP, 2018-2022) sets three major measureable objectives that are clearly linked and support its Strategy 2018-2027. These include: i) Strategically deliver knowledge of “good fit”, and inputs, products and engagement that are sound and influential in promoting, encouraging and extending knowledge and information exchange among AEAS leaders, academics, researchers, providers, practitioners and value chain participants and actors; ii) Empower AEAS networks, service providers and actors to put to use the knowledge acquired, and facilitate their direct access to technologies needed to trigger knowledge application and deliver solutions to achieve impacts at multiple scales and shape AEAS management and delivery in positive ways; and, and iii) Sustain and enhance the AFAAS networking functions and AEAS thought leadership - Institutional development and services to members; Partnerships for strengthening capacities to achieve impacts at multiple scales; and Foresight, thought leadership and coordinating opportunities, initiatives and learning.

 

AFAAS received funding from IFAD funded by the European Union.  The funding is under EU initiative on the Development of Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture (DeSIRA) which intends to boost the transformation of innovation in agriculture and food systems in partner countries and make them to be more resilient to climate change and better respond to development demands. This specific Action will support the African continental and sub-regional organisations (SROs) for agricultural research and innovation, namely: FARA, AFAAS, ASARECA, CCARDESA and CORAF. The direct beneficiaries of this action are the national agricultural knowledge and innovation systems (NAKIS) in African countries and in AFAAS context the Country Fora (CFs) and their members; while the ultimate beneficiaries of the transformation of these agricultural knowledge and innovation systems are the rural poor comprising smallholder farmers, women and youth agri-preneurs and pastoralists, as well as marginalized communities.

One of the key expected outcomes of the Action is to contribute to improved capacities of AFAAS to strengthen and support agricultural knowledge and innovation partners at all levels in Africa to transform agriculture and food systems and to influence policy formulation through effective linkages to/in use of climate relevant science, knowledge and innovation.

The AFAAS Secretariat is responsible for the day to day management and coordination of the AFAAS projects and activities The Secretariat facilitates the functioning of the Board, develops the annual work plan and budget, manages and implements the approved annual work plans and budgets. It supports National Platforms and other groups of stakeholders at country level, ensures compliance with FAAP principles, links to the global community, promotes networking among CF and other stakeholders, facilitates monitoring and evaluation, mobilizes resources and engages in lobbying and advocacy. It also supervises the activities of Country Fora (CFs).

AFAAS is therefore wishes to recruit an IT officer to support AFAAS Secretariat and its network during for the period of 1 year with option of extension upon performance and availability of funds.  The services of IT are so important since most of the activities and communications are online there is a necessity to have a stand by IT personnel.

 

 

Objectives of Assignment

To primarily provide support to the AFAAS team in end user helpdesk. The officer will work closely with the Knowledge management Consultant but administratively with PPLS who will assign him/her the tasks required in support of other AFAAS team.

 

Scope of work

 The position’s primary focus is on the areas of computer operations, user and desktop support (hardware and software), help desk. Performs a variety of information technology support duties to ensure smooth delivery of technology services. Monitors, operates or coordinates and assists others in the operation of computer hardware, software, and peripherals in order to achieve desired results.

The IT Officer will provide support in the following areas:

  • Support the operation and maintenance of the Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN) systems.
  • Support in maintaining all ICT equipment and applications for AFAAS office in Uganda
  • Support in the daily and routine IT support .Installation, operation, and maintenance of computer systems and other technologies, such as communication systems.
  • The officer may also work in other technologies specialties’ , such as Web design or internet security
  • Support in routine tasks, such as backing up data, monitoring network and systems, servers and peripherals, etc
  • Tracking inventory and evaluating new technologies.
  • Ensure end user system is running smoothly by providing system administration and maintenance, ensure data protection and provide end –user support.
  • Back up the Information & Knowledge management consultant when needed
  • Maintain a high degree of client support for all queries
  • Work closely and reporting to the Information & Knowledge  management Consultant
  • Support capacity building of technical staff and user empowerment through regular ICT tips
  • Assess IT user equipment needs and spearhead disposal of old IT equipment and draft replacement plan.
  • Ensure good internet access to all AFAAS staff by configuring and sharing Internet bandwidth to each users.
  • The IT Officer may be asked to perform any other duty or task as requested by the PPLS/ IKMS

The work is of a highly confidential nature and the IT officer must maintain the highest standards of confidentiality.

 

Hours of Work

 

You will be required to work for at least 27 hours  per week ( Monday to Friday)

 

Qualifications and Experience

Education

Bachelor Degree computer science, Information Technology or related field.

 

Work Experience

  • At least 5 years of experience of progressively technical experience in information Technology or computer  science

Skills and Abilities:

  • Networking support experience.
  • Experience in outlook support.
  • Hands on experience in Microsoft Operating systems, Microsoft office solution, systems installation and configuration.
  • Strong understanding of PC hardware set –up and configuration.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Team work,
  • Knowledge of IFAD & EU system policies and regulations.
  • Work experience with NGO is an asset

 

Language Requirements

Fluent in written and spoken English , French will be an added advantage

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is an apex organization bringing together and forming coalitions of major stakeholders in agricultural research for development (AR4D) in Africa.  It is the technical arm of the African Union (AU) with the mandate of developing and coordinating Agricultural Research for Development in Africa. FARA was the lead institution for the implementation of Pillar IV of NEPAD’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). FARA led the development of the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A), which was endorsed by the AU Heads of State and governments in June 2014. The S3A contributes to the priorities of Malabo Commitments as well as the Science Technology Initiative Strategy for Africa (STISA).

FARA requires the services of an experienced  INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT TO FACILITATE THE CRAFTING OF FARA’S NEW STRATEGY (2019 – 2028) AND MTOP (2019 – 2023). Please click the link to the website for all the details.

Deadline for submission of EOI is August 10, 2018.

FARA is the continental apex body for agricultural research and innovation in Africa. Its mission is to contribute to generating high, broad-based and sustainable agricultural growth by catalyzing improvements to the productivity and competitiveness of the sector through increased and effective application of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). FARA executes its mission by performing the following four functions: (i) advocacy for increased application of STI in agriculture which is a necessary condition for achieving national and continental development goals; (ii) strengthening the human, institutional and systemic capacities for agricultural innovation; (iii) facilitating the exchange of information and knowledge in STI for agriculture; and (iv) facilitating partnerships among research, innovation and agribusiness actors within Africa as well as between Africa and external regional or national entities. The Secretariat of FARA is based in Accra, Ghana. FARA is serving as one of the Implementing centers of the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) project supported by the African Development Bank.

Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) supports the Feed Africa by providing needed, proven agricultural and food processing technologies and implementation strategies for inclusion within the Bank’s loans to Regional Member Countries. TAAT’s approaches revitalize and transform agriculture within the shortest possible time while restoring degraded land and maintaining or strengthening the ecosystems that underpin agriculture, while modernizing and more fully commercializing agriculture. FARA has been mandated to coordinate capacity development technology Outreach (CDTO) within TAAT. To coordinate the activities driven by FARA under TAAT, the organization is seeking to hire an Expert in Agribusiness.

Reporting to the Director, Research and Innovation, the successful candidate shall inter-alia perform the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Oversee day to day implementation of CDTO TAAT agribusiness activities
  • Develop a framework for developing agri-business investments in support of the TAAT value chains
  • Develop agri-business youth engagement strategy
  • Oversee the efforts of agricultural programs in the CDTO TAAT activities, particularly focusing on value chain upgrading
  • Lead project development and strategic support in value chain development and improving access to agricultural inputs, gender and youth
  • Provide capacity building support and mentoring to CDTO TAAT Components in various regions and locations as required
  • Provide inputs for the development of a comprehensive database of all existing agri- businesses in the regions, their capital base and their work with farmers
  • Work closely with all partners on all agri-business and investment opportunities to support accelerated investments in agricultural value chains
  • Work closely with partners to develop a market systems approach to support the TAAT value chains
  • Facilitate capacity building support to effectively mobilize and develop agribusiness opportunities for target beneficiaries, CDTO TAAT partners and other key market stakeholders
  • Facilitate the effective integration of agribusiness, gender and broader social development dimensions in CDTO TAAT activities managed by FARA
  • Develop and refine responsive agribusiness policy elements and inputs for incorporating in CDTO TAAT activities
  • Facilitate cross-regional exchange of knowledge and documentation of field-tested agri- business, gender, youth and social inclusion approaches with potential for scaling, amplifying and transferring success.
  • Oversee the activities of the FARA-YPARD Africa Chapter initiative.
  • Any other duties as required by the DRI and Management

Required
Master’s degree in agriculture, agribusiness, agricultural economics, or related field is required. At least five (5) years of professional work experience in agribusiness development with an emphasis on value chain development, rural finance, regional/international trade policy.
Knowledge of supply and value chains of agribusiness within Africa. Demonstrated practical knowledge of regional agribusiness firms. Experience working in an International organization or in a for-profit agribusiness. Demonstrated experience with gender mainstreaming in agriculture projects. Experience leading and building the capacity of teams of agriculture-focused; including remote, field-based personnel. Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including demonstrated ICT skills.

Compensation
FARA offers competitive salary and benefits in accordance with position and scale.

Location
The position is based at the FARA secretariat in Accra, Ghana

Applications
Qualified candidates are invited to submit via email comprehensive Curriculum Vitae together with a cover letter and names/contact details of three referees to: Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director, FARA, PMB CT 173, Cantonments, Accra, Ghana. Email: recruitment@faraafrica.org. Applications will be assessed against the required skills, experience and aptitudes set out above. Applications will be accepted up to 21st June 2018

Due to anticipated high volume of applicants, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

FARA Affirmative Action Statement on Employment: there is no discrimination on the basis of gender race, religion, ethnic orientation, disability or health status.

NB: Please quote in your application the reference code of the vacancy for which you are applying.

You may download the Pdf copy of the advert via http://faraafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Vacancy-announcement-Agribusiness-Expert.pdf

Deadline: May 18, 2018

The Association for Strengthening of Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) is pleased to announce the above position for qualified candidates to apply. The applicant MUST be a national of ASARECA member country. The position is based at their headquarters in Entebbe, Uganda. ASARECA is a member of FARA and is a sub-regional not-for-profit organization covering eleven countries in Eastern and Central Africa, comprising Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. 

 

Kindly visit http://ww.asareca.org/news/asareca-searching-new-executive-secretary for details of the advert. All enquiries should be directed to the email damaconsultantsltd@gmail.com .

Deadline: 30 May 2018.

Applications are invited for MSc and PhD Scholarships by the Mobility for plant genomics scholars to accelerate climate-smart adaptation options and food security in Africa / GENES.

GENES is funded by the Intra-Africa Program of the Education, Audio-visual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission. The consortium intends to: 

  1. Produce for Africa 10 world-class PhD holders molecular plant breeders who will accelerate cultivar development to adapt to current and future challenges related to climate change and food and nutrition security;
  2. Train 36 MSc holders genomics scientists and 8 support staff with strong capacity in cultivar development and new molecular breeding approaches to increase knowledge and prospects of improving major crops including cereals, pulses, vegetables, fruits, and bio-fuels used in Africa for food and nutrition security and the crop production industry; etc.

All applications should be sent to: genes.ebsu@genes-intra-africa.org  with copy to Mr Dennis Okporie, okporiedennis@gmail.com.

For more information, please contact Dr Celestine Afiukwa afiukwa@yahoo.com,  Head Department of Biotechnology, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria.

Also more information about the call is available on the website www.genes-intra-africa.org

Deadline: 14 May 2018

Nominations are open for Fall Armyworm Tech Prize that is focused on sourcing and sparking innovations for African smallholder farmers and those that work with them.

The Fall Armyworm Tech Prize is a Feed the Future prize being funded by The U.S. Agency for International Development (“USAID”) via DAI Global LLC (“DAI”) and is being implemented by Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, through Nesta Enterprises Limited a wholly owned subsidiary company of Nesta (together referred to as “Nesta”) together with Africommunications Group Limited.

The prize is designed to inspire a broad range of global applicants, and would also like to encourage sub-Saharan African-led innovation. It is seeking digital tools and approaches that provide timely, context-specific information that enable smallholder farmers and those who support them to identify, treat, and track incidence of fall armyworm in Africa.

The prize seeks solutions that:

  • Enable smallholder farmers and those who support them to accurately identify incidence of fall armyworm in their crops.
  • Produce timely, context appropriate, and empowering insights for smallholder farmers to treat the incidence of fall armyworm.
  • Reduce productivity losses caused by fall armyworm among those using the tool or approach.
  • Ensure the appropriate and responsible use of pest management assessments, tools, and interventions.

Prize Information

Five prizes totalling $400,000 in prizes will be made as follows:

  • One grand prize of $150,000 to the most viable solution
  • Two significant awards of $75,000 to the most promising solutions
  • Two up and comer awards of $50,000 to early stage developments that show the most potential

Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to All: The prize is open to solutions from individuals, groups, organizations and companies globally, particularly local innovators from sub-Saharan Africa. As part of USAID’s ongoing commitment to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, They particularly encourage competing teams that involve women in all steps of your tool or approach’s formulation, management, and execution.
  • Local Applicability: Though the call is global and solvers can come from all over the world, the solutions will be tested and applied in field contexts in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Willingness to Share Learning: All entrants need to demonstrate a willingness to share their experiences and learning to help establish a body of knowledge that can bring about a sustained change in smallholder farmer outreach, awareness, and action with respect to digital tools and plant health, as well as pest and disease management.
  • Prototyping Skills: Applicants need to ensure they have the capacity to adapt their existing solution to address FAW, or, to develop a prototype of the solution within the prize time frame. Limited support will be provided to help achieve this, but applicants must be able to develop and test prototypes during the course of the prize, if selected.
  • Intellectual Property: Applicants must have rights to all of the intellectual property in the submission. Applicants will retain the intellectual property rights to their entry to the prize. Such intellectual property must be clearly marked as proprietary. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they are not infringing on the intellectual property of others.
  • Incomplete Entries: Incomplete entries may be removed from the competition. This applies to any stage of submission for the Prize and also relates to missing documentation that may have been requested.
  • Applications in English: Entries need to be submitted in English by 14th May 2018, 23:59 ET, and will be assessed against the judging criteria for the Prize.
  • USAID Responsibility Determination: USAID will conduct a responsibility determination prior to award, to ensure that award to the organization meets applicable U.S. laws, including regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of Treasury.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via given website.

For more information, please visit: https://fallarmywormtech.challenges.org/

Role: Engagement Coordinator and Agricultural Specialist

Team: Product

Reports to: Country Manager, Uganda & Head of Product

Country: Uganda

Wefarm, the world’s largest farmer-to-farmer digital network, enables farmers to connect with one another to solve problems, share ideas and spread innovation. Utilising the latest machine learning technology, Wefarm’s service works both online and over SMS. Knowledge shared on Wefarm can help farmers to produce higher quality product, increase yields, gain insight into market pricing, tackle the effects of climate change, diversify agricultural interests, and much more.

Since its founding in 2015, Wefarm has been named one of Africa’s Most Innovative Companies by FastCompany and has won Google’s Impact Challenge Award, TechCrunch’s Europas-Tech for Good Award, and the European Union Commission’s Ideas from Europe prize, among others. We’ve been covered on CNN, the BBC, Wired, TechCrunch, Forbes, the FT and more. The company is headquartered in London with offices in Nairobi and Kampala.

We are looking for an Engagement Coordinator and Agricultural Specialist whose core responsibilities would be to manage farmer engagement with our network, to improve user retention, and to leverage his or her agronomic expertise in offering customer support to our Ugandan farmers.

The Engagement Coordinator and Agricultural Specialist should be able to manage long-term engagement strategies and capture insights and learnings in order to assist in global product design and delivery.

The ideal candidate for this role will live the first Wefarm guiding principle which is to make our farmers’ trust deserved. He or she will always act in the best interests of our farmers by ensuring that our engagement strategy is dictated by their challenges and by their needs.

Key responsibilities

  • Support the development of a process for measuring ‘quality’ of content shared with users, and strive to continually improve the quality of information available through Wefarm
  • Research and follow key trends and advances in global agriculture and report these findings back to the wider team on a regular basis.
  • Advise on Crop cycles and patterns for scheduled communications.
  • Ensure users needs are clearly understood and that the product effectively reflect them
  • Provide strategic quality answers to farmers on the system
    • Develop a process for collecting and collating quality tips and answers from users that can be shared both back to users and more broadly
    • Monitoring of incorrect or inappropriate answers on the system
  • Track and report on key trends of questions on the system; track repeatedly asked questions

What are we looking for:

  • 5+ years experience in at least one, core agronomics sector; a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in agronomy
  • Highly strategic, creative and analytical;
  • Effective, data-focused project manager; especially for long (3+ month) projects
  • Customer-focused; passionate about supporting farmers;
  • Proficient speaker and writer of English, Runyankole, and Luganda;
  • Working knowledge and understanding of the growing process (including common diseases and problems) of the main cash crops grown in Uganda
  • Flexible, and highly willing to adapt to changes with a high-growth startup organization
  • Comfortable with using a computer and knowledge of Office tools
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; clear communicator, enjoys working with international teams
  • N.B. You must have the right to work in Uganda

Apply Now:

To apply, please send your CV and a (short) cover letter that answers the following question:

“You have the opportunity to communicate to a million farmers across Uganda via 3 SMS to engage them more in our service, what would you communicate and what would your selection process be?”

Please send your application to jobUGEngagement1@wefarm.org (note, we will review and interview on an ongoing basis). Unfortunately, we will only be able to respond to shortlisted candidates.

Short Description

ICRA is a non-profit foundation, dedicated to inclusion of small holder farmers in sustainable agribusiness. It does this by strengthening the capacity of people, organisations and networks to jointly innovate within the agricultural and food sectors. In its courses and projects it trains and coaches professionals working in agricultural education and outreach, research and agribusiness.

About this Project

ICRA FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION IS OPEN for the following courses:

1. Facing rural innovation challenges - Linking research to inclusive development for food security . 24 Sep – 12 Oct 2018 in the Netherlands, for professionals working in agricultural research, agribusiness, rural advisory services, food security and producer organisations. More information from here: https://goo.gl/hrKepm

2. Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security. 29 Oct – 16 Nov 2018 in the Netherlands, for lecturers, trainers and researchers in tertiary agricultural education. More information from here: https://goo.gl/uTmrE3

3. Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit – Key skills for inclusive business brokerage. 19 – 30 Nov 2018 in Uganda, for professionals providing agribusiness support services to small-scale farmers, processors and other affiliated enterprises. More information from here: https://goo.gl/N1VvNf

Short Description

ICRA is a non-profit foundation, dedicated to inclusion of small holder farmers in sustainable agribusiness. It does this by strengthening the capacity of people, organisations and networks to jointly innovate within the agricultural and food sectors. In its courses and projects it trains and coaches professionals working in agricultural education and outreach, research and agribusiness.

About this Project

ICRA FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION IS OPEN for the following courses:

1. Facing rural innovation challenges - Linking research to inclusive development for food security . 24 Sep – 12 Oct 2018 in the Netherlands, for professionals working in agricultural research, agribusiness, rural advisory services, food security and producer organisations. More information from here: https://goo.gl/hrKepm

2. Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security. 29 Oct – 16 Nov 2018 in the Netherlands, for lecturers, trainers and researchers in tertiary agricultural education. More information from here: https://goo.gl/uTmrE3

3. Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit – Key skills for inclusive business brokerage. 19 – 30 Nov 2018 in Uganda, for professionals providing agribusiness support services to small-scale farmers, processors and other affiliated enterprises. More information from here: https://goo.gl/N1VvNf

The Eastern Africa Farmers Federation, EAFF, (www.eaffu.org) is a regional Farmers Organization covering 10 countries is seeking the services of Consultants to undertake scoping studies of existing services to youth in agribusiness in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.

The Eastern Africa Farmers Federation, EAFF, (www.eaffu.org) is a regional Farmers Organization covering 10 countries in the East Africa Community and the Horn of Africa. EAFF is starting the implementation on “Scaling-up rural youth access to inclusive financial services for entrepreneurship and employment’ covering Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. It aims at creating favorable conditions for strengthening the capacities of rural youth in four ESA countries that allow them to set-up and run profitable agri-enterprises that lead to wealth and employment creation. It is in this context that EAFF is seeking the services of Consultants to undertake scoping studies of existing services to youth in agribusiness in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. More information can be obtained from here: http://eaffu.org/images/Call_for_application_3.pdf

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