Horticulture Assistant Officer 153 views2 applications

Job Description

The Hunger Project (THP) is a global, non-profit, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. THP believes in a world where every woman, man and child can lead a healthy, fulfilling life of self-reliance and dignity; and works towards that goal by pioneering sustainable strategies for Gender-focused and Integrated Community Led Development, which is the process of working together to create and achieve locally owned visions and goals. The Hunger Project – Ethiopia (THP-E) is implementing projects in rural areas of Ethiopia since 2004 and currently recruiting staff for the project “Partnership for Sustainable Nutrition”.
Job Summary
The Horticultural Assistant Officer will report to the Nutrition Officer and responsible to provide technical expertise on horticulture production and pre- and post-harvest management. She/he will also responsible for promotion of horticultural best practices throughout the target Kebeles and contribute to the achievement of other outputs of the “Partnership for Sustainable Nutrition” project.
Duties and responsibilities:
  • Facilitate community mobilization, empowerment, collective action, and nurturing solidarity.
  • Establish and maintain close working relationships with communities and community organizations in the target Kebeles to ensure that the messages are disseminated and understood at all levels.
  • Facilitate the identification of fruit and vegetable varieties that are ecologically, nutritionally, and culturally appropriate to the target community through the participation of local government stakeholders and farmers informed choice.
  • Prepare relevant manuals and information, communication, and education materials on horticulture production including best planting and field management practices.
  • Facilitate selection process of suitable site for new orchard and vegetable garden establishment with local development agents, Animators, and the target HHs.
  • Provide technical support in response to the priority needs of target horticulture producer household groups and other groups established by the project.
  • Provide specialized technical assistance in the implementation of the project activities and supervision of horticulture production methods, disease management and harvesting processes for improving quality for family use and sale for income.
  • Provide hands on assistance during implementation of horticulture producer HHs training program through close collaboration and coordination with the development agents and extension workers.
  • Serve as mentor and trainer to support extension workers and Animators in inculcation of good horticultural practices to both men and women farmers.
  • Contribute to the project annual planning process and ensure the project activities are implemented in line with the agreed time frame and in the limit of the budget considered for activities under the project.
  • Collect project implementation data and provide periodic reports: distribution of materials and other inputs lists and usage, community sensitization meetings and trainings attendance sheets, regular mentoring/extension visits etc.
  • Collect and collate information on horticulture growing, harvesting, and marketing conditions in the project areas.
  • Perform any other related duties as requested by the Supervisor.

Term of Employment: One year contract, with a possibility of extension

Required Number: One

Job Requirements

Minimum Requirements

  • University degree in horticulture, floriculture, silviculture, or related field.
  • Five years’ experience in development projects in the horticulture sector, or private sector horticulture farms or related fields, and knowledge of fruit and vegetable varieties common in Ethiopia and their production and marketing systems.
  • Working knowledge of English and Amharic languages and additional knowledge of the local language is an advantage.
  • Working skills of computer software such word processing and spreadsheet.

To apply, send non-returnable copy of brief CV with a letter of motivation through email: [email protected]  Indicate the position you want to apply in the “subject” part of the email”. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview. If you need further information, please call 0111 267950/267151.

Women are encouraged to apply.

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