National Agronomist

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Organizational Setting

More than a decade into the conflict, the humanitarian crisis in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) states in Northeast Nigeria remains one of the most severe in the world today with the third highest number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Africa surpassed only by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Somalia. To date, nearly 2.2 million persons remain displaced across the BAY states with women and children making up 81 percent of the overall crisis-affected population and 87 percent of the new displacements. The ongoing conflict has generated interconnected vulnerabilities that negatively affect availability of and access to food, agriculture inputs, finance, farming land, extension services, markets as well as agricultural and alternative livelihood options. The situation remains critical, as many cannot meet their food needs, especially in areas where large-scale displacements have taken place. The impact of the conflict is compounded further by climate variability that negatively affects production systems resulting in poor agricultural productivity with direct negative impacts on livelihoods and food security. The Food and Agriculture of the United Nations is among the fore front humanitarian and development actors supporting the needs of the people affected by the crisis. The ongoing return process and improving access to land for agricultural in the northeast of Nigeria is providing an opportunity for increased smallholder engagement in agricultural livelihoods activities and therefore more resilience building assistance to support the communities to improve their livelihoods, food security and nutrition.

Therefore, FAO is seeking motivated National Agronomist to support its efforts to save and improve the livelihoods of the conflict-affected populations.

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Nigeria, immediate supervision of the Head of FAO Nigeria sub office for the North East and, the Emergency and Resilience Programme Coordinator, and in collaboration with other technical experts, the incumbent will support the effective and timely delivery of the Crop Production Component of the FAO Emergency and Resilience Programme in in Northeast and other parts of Nigeria when necessary.

Reporting Lines

The National Agronomist reports to the FAO Representative (FAOR) under direct supervision of the Head of FAO Sub Office for Northeast Nigeria and in close collaboration with the Emergency and Resilience Programme Coordinator.

Technical Focus

Support and strengthen delivery of the Crop based component of FAO Emergency and Resilience Programme in the Northeast and Northwest Nigeria.

Tasks and responsibilities

• Provide support and guidance in the analysis of critical challenges and threats to sustainable crop production and horticulture intensification for food and nutrition security in Nigeria • Assess the gaps and identify the needs for urgent intervention in crop production and horticulture; • Provide technical guidance/recommendations of approaches/strategies for agriculture crop production and horticulture interventions in order to improve livelihoods, diversify diets and strengthen resilience to external shocks; • Identify realistic, practical and acceptable homestead gardening technologies that could address the challenges of beneficiates with limited access to land/water (mainly for IDPs inside and outside camps) for vegetable production to improve food security and nutritional status; • Support implementation of the entire emergency and resilience programme in the Northeast and other areas when required. • Contribute to the identification of beneficiaries in the targeted LGAs within IDPs, host communities and returnees in the North-Eastern region for capacity building; • Contribute to the procurement process of crop production and horticulture inputs i.e. preparation of the technical specifications of inputs i.e. seeds, hand tools, greenhouse and small drip irrigation facilities, agrochemicals, along with detail distribution plans to the identified beneficiaries in the targeted area; • Propose implementation, management and monitoring plans for the crop production and horticulture interventions in the area of responsibility. • Develop various modules (e.g. homestead gardening, composting, seeds and seedling propagation, pest and weed control, conservation agriculture and water harvesting techniques, water management, post-harvest on-farm processing and storage) for capacity strengthening of farmers in crop production; • Provide support to extension/NGO staff in distribution of inputs and training farmers on improved crop husbandry and horticultural practices using recognized participatory and group based extension techniques. • Maintain and engage in networks of collaboration amongst the stakeholders to gather information, promote awareness of technical issues and support capacity building programmes; • Be innovative and contribute to improvement of the crop and horticulture components of the programme • Participate in interagency coordination and working groups related to crop production and horticulture • Support partners in the implementation of Farmer Field Schools ensuring that all processes are followed including the conduct of farmer field days • Contribute in the development of Letters of Agreement for implementation of project activities in the area of responsibility and monitor implementation including timely reporting • Contribute to interim and terminal projects reporting by providing field data and lessons gathered from the fields during project implementation. • Prepare field missions in support of project implementation. • Effectively participate and make technical input to the agricultural working group of the Food Security Sector • Prepare case studies, guidelines, periodic briefs and reports, publications and presentations in support of programme delivery • Contribute to strengthening collaboration with various government and non government stakeholders • Perform any other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

• Postgraduate degree in Agronomy/Crop Science with at least 10 years of progressive experience is mandatory. • Three years of relevant experience working in humanitarian context in the field of agriculture and with deep understanding of horticulture and agricultural production, programming and extension concepts. • Working knowledge (level C)/ excellent command of written and spoken English. A strong capability to communicate clearly and concisely in both oral and written English. Ability to communicate in common languages in the North East Nigeria including Hausa will be an added advantage. • National of Nigeria.

FAO Core Competencies

• Results Focus • Teamwork • Communication • Building Effective Relationships • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

• Excellent communication, writing and presentation skills; • Readiness to carry out visits to project sites and duty travel as required; • Flexibility and adaptability to work in emergency situations with tight deadlines; • Excellent team-building and cross-cultural skills; • Good computer skills; • Ability to work efficiently and accurately. • Communication skills to maintain good working relationships with people from different nationality and cultural background. • A sound knowledge/experience in working with communities and diverse stakeholders in conflict affected areas. • Good and proven experience in project management and development. • Strong personnel management experience and proven ability to work well in a cross-cultural team and environment • Excellent planning and organizing skills; accurate with attention to detail • Excellent communication and human relations and interpersonal skills • Ability to travel extensively within the operation area.


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