Concern Worldwide recruits 01 Agriculture Adviser (Ireland HQ)
Job Title: Agriculture Adviser
Reports to: Senior Adviser Food and Nutrition Security & Livelihood Team Lead
Liaises with: Other units in the Strategy, Advocacy and Learning department, Country Offices, International Programmes and Emergency Directorates
Job location: This position is based in Dublin HQ (remote working for COVID). The position qualifies for a base location outside of Ireland (assessed on critical skills required). Therefore an exception may be made for the successful candidate to be based in the UK (and work from our office in London – remote working for COVID).
Substantial (30%) overseas travel is a part of this role
Pay Band: Band 5 (Adviser) €49,167 – €57,843
Contract: One year, fixed term
Concern Worldwide is a non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and the elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries. Concern is headquartered in Dublin with other principal offices in London, New York, Belfast, Seoul and in each of the countries of operation.
Concern Worldwide works to develop and scale up effective, evidence-based interventions to promote sustainable livelihoods, particularly among the extremely poor and vulnerable. The organisation actively supports programmes in 25 countries in the Livelihoods (including agriculture and Natural Resource Management), Health (including WASH and nutrition) and Education sectors. Concern currently supports livelihood programmes in emergency, transition and development contexts in all countries of operation.
The Agriculture Advisor will sit within the Strategy, Advocacy and Learning (SAL) team and closely liaise with the other Livelihood Advisers in the head office (Agriculture, Food Security, Social Protection, Cash and Markets, Climate and Environment). The adviser’s primary responsibility is to ensure that Concern country programmes are enabled to deliver high-quality Agriculture interventions. S/he will be expected to provide technical support to Concern’s Agriculture work across the range of countries in which Concern works—emergency, fragile/ transitional and stable development contexts—with a special focus on the inclusion of those living in extreme poverty. S/he also contributes to organizational learning through documentation of best practices and development of tools/ resources designed for Concern programme staff in the field.
The Agriculture Advisor will be an active part of Concern’s global Livelihood team. Up to 30% international travel is anticipated for this position. Focal countries currently include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burundi, CAR, Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and South Sudan (but are subject to change).
- Provide technical and strategic support on climate-smart agriculture to country teams to ensure programmes are designed, implemented, monitored and evaluated to ensure optimum impact on the extreme poor.
- Develop further Concern’s thinking on the role of agriculture in food systems and how agriculture can contribute to food and nutrition security in the countries in which we work.
- Build the technical capacity of Concern country teams through formal training, webinars, remote mentoring, and production and sharing of key technical resources.
- Synthesize and document practical evidence and learning from our programmes; identify ways to apply it in a timely fashion to improve policy and practice within and beyond Concern.
- Support and develop relationships with other agencies in the area of agriculture and livelihoods in general, including research institutes, technical working groups and represent Concern in national, regional and international fora as required.
- Support Fundraising and the New Business Development Directorates to develop relationships with donors and support the development of new proposals in line with the organizational strategic plan.
- Support the Advocacy unit to feed into international policy discussions related to agriculture, natural resource management and pastoralism.
- Support the prioritization, design, implementation and dissemination of operational research undertaken within Concern programmes – in collaboration with field teams and research partners.
- Support the recruitment of country programme staff and engage in multi-sectoral/ inter-departmental initiatives such as staff induction, M&E guidance, etc.
- Potentially be deployed to support emergency responses for up to six weeks.
Skills and Experience Required:
- A postgraduate degree in agriculture, crop science, animal production, veterinary medicine, soil science, natural resource management, environmental science or related field.
- A minimum of five years’ experience working in the area of agriculture in an NGO, development agency or the private sector, three of which should have been based in a developing country in Sub Saharan Africa or Asia.
- Strong understanding of agriculture best practices and how climate smart agriculture fits within the wider framework of promoting resilience and positive climate change adaptation, particularly in drought-prone contexts.
- Experience in implementing farmer-led approaches, strengthening government agriculture extension services and working with local partners including the private sector.
- Experience in supporting farmers using a market systems development approach – assessing markets, developing agriculture value chains, implementing cash and voucher assistance programmes.
- A strong understanding of gender issues in relation to agriculture and livelihoods programmes and practical ways to promote gender equality within them.
- Ability to work both as part of a team and independently. Adaptable to evolving work priorities and schedules.
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills in English.
- Prior experience in emergency, conflict settings, or fragile states.
- Ability to travel internationally up to 30% in fragile and conflict affected contexts, sometimes on short notice.
- Practical hands-on experience working in the agriculture sector in multiple contexts (e.g. drylands, coastal areas, urban, camp settings).
- Experience in supporting the roll out of cross cutting approaches within agriculture (e.g. conflict, environment, DRR, equality, protection).
- Experience in livelihoods analysis, field surveys, use of PRA tools, and nutrition sensitive programming.
- Experience working with research institutions, coordination fora and other relevant international agriculture and livestock institutions.
- Experience working in integrated, multi-sectoral programmes; ability to communicate in French is considered an asset.
- Prior work experience with Concern either in one of the head offices or country programmes.
To apply: CVs should be submitted through our website at https://jobs.concern.net by closing date:
Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Ireland at the time of application. Exceptions to work in the UK may be made for a successful candidate to be based there, if s/he is legally entitled to do so.
Concern is an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all section of the community.
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