Junior Agronomy and Extension Specialist
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FAO mandate in Georgia is to support national efforts to promote food security and sustainable development of agricultural sector. FAO priorities in Georgia reflect the objectives and priorities of the Government set in the strategy papers related to agricultural development. In essence, FAO assists the Government in creating and implementing an institutional, legal and regulatory environment. At the same time, FAO supports individuals working in agriculture – farmers, cooperatives, companies etc. by providing technical and financial assistance.
The Junior Agronomy and Extension Specialist shall operate under the overall guidance and responsibility of the FAO Representative in Georgia; direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator, technical guidance of the International Agronomist, and in collaboration with other international and national consultants involved in the FAO project implemented under ENPARD III.
Agronomy with focus on Extension to high value crop farmers.
Tasks and responsibilities
• Take part in planning and implementation of field activities related to dissemination of information to farmers and using resources for interacting with them through Farmer Field School group work, mass campaigns, individual activities, etc.
• Participate in the elaboration of the Annual Extension Workplan and Procurement Plan.
• Supervise directly in the field and through consultations on phone the demonstration plots in 2-5 different municipalities in 2 different regions through field visits and direct work with farmers. All standard Demonstration Plot practices should be implemented in each demo: proper land preparation including bed formation, establishment of wind breakers, production of healthy seedlings, proper transplant, irrigation and fertigation, safe crop protection and plant nutrition, etc.
• Provide technical assistance to 15-20 farmers on their plots in each location assigned or to a total of 40 farmers minimum. The technical assistance will focus on Good Agriculture Practices and specially practices that farmers can implement which can improve yield and quality of product. Visits have to be performed at least on a fortnight frequency. The Junior Agronomist should have a fortnight schedule of visits in an Excel Sheet, which should be shared with supervisor and team.
• Use the Technical Assistance form in every farm visit to ensure the supervision of key issues in the farm and to provide any recommendation to farmer in written form.
• Organize logistics of Field Days in demonstration plots to train farmers on topics according to plan depending on stage of crop cycle (3 trainings minimum per demo plot per group of farmers); ICC staff, ENPARD III Implementing Partner organizations and LAG should be informed of Field Days with 1 week anticipation to ensure high participation of farmers.
• Work on a regular basis, including joint field visits, with the local Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture (MEPA) ICC agronomy personnel.
• Collaborate with team members working in related functional areas such as Climate Smart Agriculture, media extension, Value Chain Analysis, Grants.
• Interact with local Input suppliers in related efforts to provide farmers with technical assistance, supply quality and registered agricultural inputs.
• Interact with farmers and agribusinesses during meetings and field visits; identify Lead Farmers and Value Chain gaps that could be filled to strengthen required productivity and value addition based on market needs.
• Implement best practices to ensure a high participation of women in every extension activity. Extension should preferably target the household members involved in production and not only the family head.
• Use and recommend only cleared agriculture inputs and observe all security measures while handling them, using Personal Protective Equipment recommended.
• Mentor Agronomy Interns in technical matters and to build their professional demeanor. Organize the routine field activities of Interns assigned and communicate with them in written form preferably.
• Supervise the gathering of cost related information by assigned Lead Farmers and Interns.
• Collaborate with Monitoring & Evaluation staff to plan and organize monitoring activities. Support M&E with information requested.
• Contribute with the making of the quarterly reports to donor.
• Keep good communication with other team members, responding promptly to others requests.
• Other duties as required.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
• A university degree in Agronomy
• Fluency in English is a must
• Fluency in Russian will be considered an asset
• Georgian Nationality
FAO Core Competencies
• Results Focus
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Good written, oral, and analytical skills
• Demonstrated experience in field work in agriculture/rural development projects
• Demonstrated ability to work as an effective team member
• Ability to solve problems and adapt to changing situations in field
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