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Arua, Uganda

Full-time

Deadline: 

February 17, 2024 at 2:00:00 PM

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About the Organisation

CRESS was founded in 2011 by Caroline Lamb, following her visit to Kajo Keji in 2009 with the Flame International charity. This visit left Caroline very moved by the plight of the people, lack of education and health provision and poor infrastructure.

During this first visit she was privileged to meet some influential people in South Sudan and was inspired by Bishop Anthony Poggo, the charismatic and energetic Bishop of Kajo Keji. Bishop Anthony became an early influential and committed supporter in the region and was key to the growth of CRESS UK in its early years. He now works in London as an Anglican Adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Upon returning home Caroline shared her vision with her local community of the Chalke Valley, Wiltshire, where she lives and started fundraising in earnest to help the people she had met. This community continues to support CRESS and the South Sudanese refugees who are now living in rural northern Uganda.

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Job Title

Agriculture Field Assistant job at Cress Africa Foundation Limited

Job Description

The Agriculture Field Assistant plays a crucial role in supporting the Food Security & Livelihood Project Officer in planning and implementing agricultural activities for the organization's projects. Reporting to the Food Security & Livelihood Officer, the Agriculture Field Assistant provides technical guidance and training to farmers, promoting sustainable agricultural practices and improved productivity.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in Program Planning: Collaborate with the Food Security & Livelihood Officer in developing comprehensive plans for agricultural activities in alignment with the organization's goals.


  • Training and Capacity Building: Conduct training sessions for farmers on sustainable agricultural practices, organic techniques, and Climate smart farming technologies to enhance their skills and knowledge.


  • Farming Inputs Support: Provide support to farmers in the proper use and application of agricultural inputs, such as seeds, organic fertilizers, and pesticides, ensuring effective utilization.


  • Monitoring and Evaluation: Monitor the progress of farmers' agricultural activities, collect relevant data, and assess outcomes to measure the impact of interventions.


  • Pest and Disease Management: Offer guidance on organic pest and disease management strategies, implementing measures to minimize losses and enhance crop health.


  • Irrigation and Water Management: Provide technical advice on proper irrigation practices and water management techniques to optimize crop yields.


  • Soil Fertility Improvement: Assist farmers in soil testing and recommend appropriate soil fertility improvement measures to enhance agricultural productivity sustainably.


  • Farmer Field Days and Knowledge Sharing Events: Collaborate in organizing farmer field days, knowledge sharing events, and demonstration plots to showcase best practices and encourage peer learning.


  • Data Collection and Reporting: Collect relevant data and prepare timely reports on agricultural activities, including progress, challenges, and success stories.


  • Collaboration and Liaison: Work closely with the Food Security & Livelihood Officer and other team members to ensure smooth coordination and collaboration in project implementation.


  • Community Engagement: Engage with the local community, promoting the adoption of sustainable agriculture practices and raising awareness of the organization's initiatives.


  • Perform Assigned Duties: Undertake any other duties as assigned by the Food Security & Livelihood Officer to support the success of agricultural programs

Qualifications and Competencies

  • Bachelor's degree/diploma/Certificate in Agriculture, Agronomy, Environmental Science or related field. Other relevant trainings and certifications will be an added advantage

  • Minimum 3 years of practical experience in agricultural extension or community-based agricultural projects.

  • Proficiency in delivering training sessions and capacity building for farmers.

  • Knowledge of sustainable agricultural practices, organic farming techniques, and climate smart agricultural technologies.

  • Experience working in a refugee settlement setting will be of an added advantage.

  • Understanding of organic pest and disease management, soil and water conservation and organic soil fertility improvement methods.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively with farmers and stakeholders.

  • Strong organizational and data collection abilities.

  • Ability to work in a team and independently with minimal supervision.

  • Passion for sustainable agriculture and commitment to community development.

  • Fluency in local languages spoken in the area is an advantage.

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How to Apply

APPLICATION FOR THIS POSITION MUST BE DONE ONLINE:
Email Application to recruitment.cressafrica@cressuk.org by Close of Business on 17th February 2024.
Application and CVs Should be ONE PDF document and a maximum of 5 pages.
Include in your application letter:
• Mention in the subject line the position you are applying for.
• Include your gross salary request.
• Contact details (email and telephone) of 3 professional reference persons.
• Do not include copies of any certificates.

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