Ongoing recruitment at Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING)

Job Title:   Agronomist

This invitation for expression of interest follows the general procurement notice that appeared in UN Development Business online of February 5, 2015. The Federal Govemment of Nigeria (FGN) has received a credit from the Intemational Development Association (lOA) towards the cost of the Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING) Project and it intends to apply partofthe proceeds for consulting services

The TRIMING Project Development Objective is to improve access to irrigation and drainage services and to strengthen institutional arrangements for integrated water resources management and agriculture service delivery in selected large-scale public irrigation schemes in Northem Nigeria. To strengthen the PMU team in implementation of Component 3 of the Project Appraisal Document (PAD): Enhancing Agricultural Productivity and Support to Value Chains Development, TRIMING project seeks to competitively recruit a highly qualified Agronomist for an initial period of 2 years which could be renewed
subject to need and the performance ofthe successful candidate.

Responsibilities
(a) Coordinate all activities directed at enhancing agriCUltural productivity in the implementation of Component 3;
(b) Initiate consultations with identified stakeholders to develop and agree on effective working relationships in supporting enhancement of agriCUltural productivity in the targeted irrigation schemes:
(c) In collaboration with other relevant PMU members, liaise closely with the agribusiness firm recruited to provide technical assistance (TA) in the establishment and capacity building of Farmer Service Centres (FSCs) in each targeted irrigation scheme:
(d) Provide agronomic advice to the FSCs as required and support training courses for farmers (e.g. on sound irrigated rice agronomy, Urea Deep Placement. etc.);
(e) Guide implementation partners and technical service providers on activities aimed at enhancement of agricultural productivity, emphasizing the promotion of entrepreneurial farming;
(f) Under the Subcomponent ‘Support to innovation and Research and Development” guide the finanCing of key studies on irrigated agriculture with competitive grants to be carried out by research centers, universities and the private sector.
(g) Coordinate the formulation. implementation and analysis of these applied on-farm research activities, focussing on enhancement of agricultural productivity in an environmentally and financially sustainable way for scheme farmers in the targeted project areas;
(h) Ensure adequate synergies between agronomy related activities in Component 3 and the other operational Components of the programme (1 and 2). in collaboration with the respective Component heads:
(i) Monitor the development of innovative agricultural practices and. in collaboration with the Data Management and Communication Officer and the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, ensure related knowledge management, including the identification of appropriate agricultural practices and partiCipate in developing the Project Learning System:
Guide the preparation and implementation of agronomy related studies:
(k) Contribute to the preparation of the Annual Workplan and Budget (AWPB) and progress reports; and
(I) Undertake any other duties assigned by the Project Coordinator (PC).

Qualifications
(a) Master’s degree in Agricultural Science, Agronomy, Crop Science or a related discipline from a recognized university:
(b) At least 8 years working experience in a similar field, 3 of which should be at field on-site level and 3 in senior position, preferably with rice and/or tomato agronomy;
(c) Demonstrated practical experience in planning, implementation and analysis of on-farm research and proof of affinity with field work;
(d) Demonstrated practical experience in faCilitating training and capacity building of farmers:
(e) Knowledge of technologies and best practices in irrigated agronomy particularly for rice and tomato and development of rural livelihoods;
(f) Strong computer and communications skills (oral. written, presentation): and
(g) Strong coordination, leadership and interpersonal skills;
(h) Knowledge of the locally spoken language within the Project areas will be an added advantage.

Remuneration
A competitive remuneration and benefits package commensurate with qualifications and experience, and in line with standards for Govemment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and World Bank supported projects, will be offered to the successful candidate.

Consultants will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and employment of Consultants (under IBRD loans and lOA Credit and Grants) by World Bank borrowers, January 20 11 edition.

The successful candidate will be based at the TRIMING project sites to effectively discharge his/her responsibilities of closely interacting with the farmers and other relevant TRIMING Project stakeholders.

HOW TO APPLY
Interested Candidates need to provide hard documentation, such as research reports, project documents, publications. letters of recommendation, CV and any other document that confirm they have actual field experience, alongside electronic copies.

The Expression of Interest should reach the address below not later than 27 October, 2015.

THE PROJECT COORDINATOR,
TRANSFORMING IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT IN NIGERIA PROJECT,
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WATER RESOURCES,
PLOT 1402. ABBA KYARI STREET. OFF ADESOJI AOEREMI STREET,
APO-ABUJA.
NIGERIA
Tel+2348038391469, +2348052048706
Email: [email protected]

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