Application Deadline: 03/16/2012
Job Type: Long-Term Employee
Location: Makeni, Sierra Leone
The pilot Agrodealer Strengthening Project (ASP-SL) aims to demonstrate that small scattered input retailers can be transformed into a network of professional and commercial agrodealers that will provide farmers with a much wider range of quality services. This strengthening of the private sector supply system will lead to a sustainable increase in rural incomes through better agricultural productivity, improved food security and reduced poverty. The Project plans to show that there is a critical role that the private sector can play in the development of the agricultural sector in Sierra Leone in partnership with the Government – and with the emphasis being placed on the needs of the small farmer.
ASP-SL will (i) develop a commercial rural private network of agro-dealers to supply farmers with inputs, services and, in collaboration with the MAFFS/SCP, advice on best agricultural practices, (ii) stimulate increased access to trade credit to enhance the flow of productive inputs to agro-dealers and their smallholder farmer customers, and (iii) build/strengthen key private sector agro-inputs associations, including agro-dealers, seed, and agro-chemical associations, to provide services for members and to advocate for member interests. ASP-SL has funding for a 12-month pilot phase in Bombali District from IFAD through the Small holder Commercialization Program (SCP) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security.
The M&E Specialist will undertake the monitoring and evaluation responsibilities related to the Project (50%) – and will also carry out the duties of an Agribusiness Services Officer concerning agrodealer training and demand creation activities 50%.
Role as Monitoring and Evaluation Officer:
- Designs M&E system including indicators, impact assessments and Performance Management Plan (PMP) according to IFAD and CNFA standards;
- Trains project staff on their responsibilities for monitoring and evaluation;
- Oversees all daily work related to monitoring, evaluation and reporting activities of the project;
- Produces, edits, and distribute regular project reports and updates to project management, regional management, and HQ;
- Plans routine assessments to track, analyze and prepare project data and other useful statistics on agribusiness and agricultural development related to the Project;
- Helps design and supervises the implementation and analysis of the agrodealer survey;
Role as Agribusiness Services Officer:
- Coordinate technical capacity building of farmers and agrodealers about agricultural inputs and associated technologies by engaging supply companies, Ministry of Agriculture and relevant partners in the delivery of training;
- Facilitate the generation of demand for, and expansion of farmer knowledge about, improved inputs and associated technologies and services by promoting and facilitating demonstrations, field days, shows, exhibitions, publicity and technical training in rural communities;
- Help develop a database of agrodealers in the regions covered by the project, and facilitate linkages between agrodealers and input supply companies and distributors;
- Capture relevant impact data such as volume of inputs sold, increases in agrodealer incomes, and number of farmers benefitting from improved input use;
- Contribute to regular progress reports including quarterly and annual reports;
Common to both components:
- Represent ASP-SL, as needed, at meetings, conferences, and other networking events;
- Other duties as required.
- Degree in agricultural economics, agriculture or related subject;
- At least 5 years of experience of M&E activities related to agribusiness, agriculture or related sector;
- Experience working with agricultural input retailers and suppliers an advantage;
- Able to work effectively and efficiently with project beneficiaries, including smallholders and local community;
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Excel and Access;
- Good written and verbal communication skills in English required – proficiency in local languages of Bombali District an advantage;
- Able and willing to travel within Sierra Leone.
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