وظائف شاغرة لدى منظمة ميرسي كور باحد التخصصات الزراعية

الاثنين، 19 فبراير 2018


تعلن منظمة  ميرسي كور في عمان عن حاجتها الى :

Team Leader – Agricultural Water Conservation

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.
In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions
into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.
Now, and for the future. Mercy Corps has been working hand-in-hand in Jordan with local communities and partners since 2002 to implement US, UN, EU, UK, and private donor funded projects.

Program / Department Summary

The USAID/Jordan Water Innovations Technologies (WIT) is a five-year, $35 million Market Systems Development (MSD) project, implemented by Mercy Corps and its partners, that seeks to increase water conserved in Jordan by focusing on water efficiency in the agricultural sector, at the community and household level. 
WIT will adopt an MSD approach to achieve the following three outcomes:
  • Increase adoption of water conservation technologies and practices by farmers, households, and communities;
  • Improve access to finance for water conservation technology adoption;
  • Strengthen institutions to further support water conservation.
WIT promotes the adoption of known and new water savings technologies, facilitating uptake of financing and advisory services while using social marketing to overcome individual and institutional behavioral change barriers. WIT has committed to a market-based approach with the end goal of promoting sustainable and scaled adoption of technologies and greater conservation of water. WIT will target agriculture users in the North, as well as communities and households in the North who are hosting large numbers of Syrians.

General Position Summary

The Agriculture Team Leader will use market systems-based facilitation approaches to achieve sustained increases in demand for, accessibility to, and more effective use of water conservation technologies among farmers. The Agriculture team Leader will lead the WIT Agriculture team designing and delivering interventions that build on findings from the ‘Market Assessment and Intervention Strategy Report’ (September 2017). The report showed the growing need for farmers and farm managers to adopt increasingly water-efficient technologies and techniques/practices and recommended that these be promoted through embedded supplier services, including support for farmers to acquire knowledge and skills around production and irrigation practices and technologies, backed by quality technical and economic research. Further, the WIT Agriculture team will work to promote a supportive environment for relevant business investment, including access to financial services, product standards, product information and advisory among others.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Strategy & Vision
Provide strategic vision and technical leadership of the WIT Agriculture team to further develop and refine project strategy;
Provide guidance for senior program leadership, program team members and partners on implementation of intervention strategies;
Work with project team, partners and stakeholders as appropriate to identify and conceptualize strategic interventions consistent with the WIT internal logic and approach that promote farmer adoption of improved practices and technologies;
Lead periodic updates to market systems analyses, business cases and intervention plans in the agriculture sector to improve impact;
Analyze agricultural market uptake and assist the WIT team in taking an iterative approach to adapt the initial agricultural interventions identified in the Market Assessment;
Work on stimulating demand for water technologies - including low cost and high tech automated systems to control water leakage, losses by evaporation, deep percolation due to biased water distribution at the field due to pressure variation in laterals - and practices reducing direct soil water evaporation, and improving overall crops canopy attributes levels through increasing nutrient use efficiency and integrated pest management.
Program Management 
Work with the WIT team to develop and implement work plans focused on key outputs and outcomes;
Play a lead role in the design, planning and implementation of activities including agricultural water conservation and technology and facilitating supply of contextualized, cost-efficient and scalable technologies – this includes preparation of annual work plans, training plans, and MEL plan updates;
Provide leadership of implementation of market facilitation activities; e.g. identifying and engaging with private and public-sector partners, application of creative tools for disbursing donor funds to private sector actors, negotiating partnerships, monitoring agreements, and making changes where necessary.
Facilitate mobilization of targeted farmers to participate in the design and implementation of the project.
Conduct assessments of market demand for innovative irrigation technologies and practices for medium size farms in target areas. Including farm surveys and farm audits of current irrigation technologies, irrigation management operations, farms settings, production factors, constraints, prevailing decision-making responsibilities for production and investment decisions between owners and managers;
Support the development of water audit analysis procedures, such that the reports are a tool for farmers, irrigation companies, and financial service providers;
Support the development of persons and/or institutes who can take up the role of farm and water auditors in the Jordan agricultural water sector;
Work with input and technology lead suppliers, farmers cooperatives, private and public sector (administration and research) on developing embedded extension and advisory and information dissemination and outreach systems;
Assist in the design and implementation of research and analysis into the performance of agriculture water conservation technology businesses and financing agencies;
Continue population of a database with technologies available in the agricultural sector of Jordan;
Support the irrigation industry in developing standards for irrigation equipment;
Support the development of a certification procedure based on the irrigation industry standards;
Support the use of certified products in water savings re-design and financial service products/loans;
Support the development of value propositions between agricultural water partners and WIT;
Lead the development of a comprehensive research and training plan for the ag-water sector, integrating it with the Learning Agenda and Digital Strategy, with partners from the Jordanian agricultural water sector;
Ensure all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standards;
Participate in designing and conducting market awareness-raising campaigns;
Responsible for reporting on overall progress and contributing to reporting requirements for Mercy Corps and USAID on the MSD activities;
Apply adaptive management in project implementation to attain project objectives.
Influence & Representation 
Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other stakeholders.
Guide and manage development of trainings and materials.
Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
Prepare work schedules and supervise & monitor implementation activities of the WIT Agricultural project team.
Build the Agricultural Water Conservation Team ensuring that there are fluent communication channels, and that the reporting schedule is timely met and that program objectives are achieved.
Assist in the recruitment and training of the Agricultural Water Conservation Team to ensure quality and capacity to leading to the successful implementation of all project activities.
Evaluate and review performance of subordinates.
Attend and actively participate in all staff and project meetings and in the WIT Meetings.
Support private sector and government initiatives to identify businesses across interested in becoming involved in water conservation programs.
Support existing institutions providing business support services (e.g. training institutions, government, MFIs etc.), to enable them to deliver high quality and appropriate training for the water technology businesses
Provide on-going monitoring, mentoring, guidance and analysis to water technology related businesses, helping to maximize their business performance and growth
Contribute and support networking with relevant stakeholders. Foster and maintain connections and good relations.
Help build and maintain strong relationships with government agencies involved in developing the private sector
Demonstrate flexibility, resilience and ability to maintain positive relationships and composure.
Maintain high ethical standards and treat people with respect and dignity.
Exhibit an awareness of his/her own strengths and development needs.
Prepare field reports and contribute to progress reports as required.
Manage identification and composition of success stories and case studies documentation, where applicable.
Other duties as assigned.    
Security 
Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
Organizational Learning  
As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
 
Accountability to Beneficiaries 
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically
to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

 

Supervisory Responsibility

Four (4) Agricultural Project Officers

Accountability

Reports Directly To: Chief of Party/Deputy Chief of Party
Works Directly With: 
  • WIT Team Leaders and Managers
  • Mercy Corp Jordan support team
  • WIT Partners (ICBA, IWMI, RSS, JRF, Souktel, id:rc)
  • Mercy Corps Technical Support Unit (TSU)

Knowledge and Experience

  • MSc or equivalent in agricultural engineering, agronomy, agriculture economics, agriculture business administration or closely related field;
  • Minimum of 7 years working with international agricultural development, primarily on-farm irrigation management including modern irrigation technologies (drip, hydroponics) and irrigation scheduling, agriculture value chains, agriculture market systems, agricultural extension and agricultural research;
  • Demonstrated experience in working with agriculture technology and input manufacturers and suppliers, farmers groups, and commercial farmers;
  • Experience in training, mentoring, capacity building of partners and team members;
  • Experience in facilitation of meetings and workshops;
  • Experience developing partnerships and innovative initiatives with private and public sector as well as among other donor agencies, host governments, national and international NGOs, and corporate/private organizations to align program activities to maximize impact;
  • Ability to effectively represent Mercy Corps and its interests to key stakeholders; 
  • Critically-thinking problem solver motivated by the opportunity to change market systems and reach program outcomes;
  • Demonstrated high level oral and written communication skills;
  • Proven ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment;
  • Experience on USAID funded projects preferred;
  • Fluency in English required; Arabic language skill a plus;
  • Regional experience Middle East and Jordan desirable.

Success Factors

The successful Ag Team Leader will combine exceptional management skills and experience in maintaining donor and partner relationships, as well have strong mentoring and facilitation skills. S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. S/he will also have proven experience with cross-cultural team and capacity building, individual staff development and strong mentoring skills. Prioritizing, problem solving, ability to seize opportunities, attention to detail and strategic vision are essential. The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.