Agriculture Advisor

Posted 7 months ago by GIZ
Location Al Anbar Job Type Permanent
Salary Sector Services
The Restoration of Peace, Livelihoods and Economic Cycles in Anbar (RePLECA) Programme is implemented by the Iraqi Ministry of Planning of Iraq and local partners with the support of GIZ, acting on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The current program phase is from December 2019 to June 2022.
RePLECA focusses on stabilizing and improving rural livelihoods for most vulnerable groups in Anbar Governorate by rehabilitating productive infrastructure, providing agricultural inputs, engaging in capacity development, facilitating access to public services and supporting local peace processes. The project’s goal is to improve livelihood perspectives in the agricultural sector along the whole value chain from seed to consumption and to contribute to peaceful coexistence between and within communities. The project follows three main objectives: 
  • Increasing the yield of smallholder households 
  • Promotion of employment prospects in the broader agricultural sector and in the food industry 
  • Fostering peaceful local participation and decision-making processes with a focus on increasing the economic, social and political participation.
RePLECA is partnering with international and local partners to deliver context-sensitive and tailored services. In cooperation with the Iraqi Ministry of Planning, RePLECA is working at the governmental level with the Directorate of Agriculture, Directorate of Water Resources as well as the Anbar provincial government.

In close cooperation with a livelihood specialist, the advisor is responsible for
  • Advising state Agricultural extension staff to improve the quality and functionality of service delivery
  • Advising on activities to improve the agricultural knowledge of smallholder farmers through Farmers’ Field Schools and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
  • Advising on activities for farmers aiming at cost reduction through, e.g. joint procurement of agricultural inputs, joint marketing, joint storage, joint operation and maintenance of rehabilitated infrastructure
  • Advising participatory processes with farmers' organizations aimed at defining joint activities to increase productivity
  • Advising on agricultural value chain concepts
  • Managing an area of responsibility in Anbar that forms part of the RePLECA programme objectives, team agreements and/or agreements with the superior. 
  • assisting project/programme initiatives to provide professional advisory services to and cooperate with a broad range of target groups 
  • innovation and knowledge management  
The professional advisor performs the following tasks: 
Advising the partner institution(s) 
The advisor 
  • assists and monitors the development and implementation of project/programme plans and activities in the agricultural component in close consultation with counterparts  
  • contributes to preparing and implementing the coordination process, joint project/programme activities and work at the governorate level 
  • deals with the design, preparation and implementation of workshops, seminars and other events on issues connected with the project/programme’s area of activity 
  • develops and organises quality assurance measures and suggests necessary changes, improvements and initiatives 
Networking and cooperation  
The advisor 
  • supports cooperation, regular contact and dialogue with partners, assists with PR work and cooperates with local communities, relevant organisations, non-governmental agencies and individuals in the project/programme environment and with other projects to improve and maintain good working relationships 
  • communicates local interests and efforts, forwards these and encourages sharing ideas and information for the benefit of the project/programme  
Knowledge management 
The advisor 
  • ensures knowledge transfer to project/programme information 
  • develops ready-to-use strategies and technical concepts, including guidelines, manuals and procedures 
  • draws up reports and presentation documents 
  • prepares appropriate input for various project/programme reports including annual reports, and contributes to the other reports required by the programme manager and GIZ Head Office 
  • assists with research activities and studies on political issues which benefit joint programmes. 
Coordination tasks 
The professional, advisory 
  • assists with general project planning and develops project concepts including preparation, organisation and moderation of planning exercises and their implementation, management, monitoring, quality management, evaluation, communication and documentation 
  • coordinates relevant project activities in Anbar in consultation with the manager and in cooperation with the partners, both as regards implementation and preparing organisational aspects  
  • compiles the relevant information for joint activities and assignments 
  • handles order management on behalf of GIZ (e.g. offer preparation, impact monitoring, project progress review, reporting)  
Required qualifications, competences and experience 
  • masters/MSc in an area that is related to the project/programme objectives, with a focus on the described responsibility and tasks
Professional experience
  • at least 5 years’ professional experience in agriculture (or similar) in a comparable position 
Other knowledge, additional competencies 
  • very good working knowledge of ICT technologies (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office) 
  • fluent written and oral knowledge of English and Arabic Language
  • willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed with management  
Requirements for application:
  • Subject line of the application should clearly indicate the vacancy applied for.
  • CVs and motivations letters that are in the form of IMG, pictures, screen-shots and links will not be accepted. 
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Applications passed the expiration date of the advertisement will not be considered.

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