The Smallholder Irrigation Revitalisation Programme (SIRP) is a seven-year project running under the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development with co- funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Opec Fund for International Development (OFID). The aim of the programme is to achieve food and nutrition security, and ensure that smallholder communities are resilient to climate change effects and economic shocks by enhancing households' production, productivity and income levels as well as improving access to agricultural markets and financial services. To achieve this, SIRP through a Project Coordinating Unit (PCU) is;
- Rehabilitating designated irrigation infrastructure;
- Promoting improved small holder irrigation management;
- Promoting good agricultural practices;
- Improving market access and rural financial services, and
- Enhancing capacity for irrigation development and market-led production.
Post: Provincial Facilitator - Manicaland Objective:
To effectively and efficiently coordinate and supervise SIRP implementing agencies at district and sub-district levels. Output: Coordination of implementing agencies, provincial AWPB, progress and financial reports, organised review workshops and training sessions, supervision of participatory processes for studies, NRMF and other activities. . Reports to: The Provincial Facilitator (PF) will report to the Programme Coordinator, and will be based in one of the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development offices in the province for which he/she would be responsible.
- Facilitate the introduction/enhancement of participatory based planning and resource management processes for irrigation schemes planning within the departments of AGRITEX, Departments of Irrigation and Agricultural Engineering, Mechanisation and Soil Conservation at provincial, district level and the communities. This would involve playing a leading role in starting up the programme in the district, contributing to inception workshops at district and scheme level, assisting in the selection of priority irrigation schemes; and initiating, and experimenting with, community based planning and implementation;
- Arrange for training course, providing on-the-job training and organising planning and exchange meetings for staff from government agencies and/or Irrigations Management Committees (IMCs) with other organisations and projects/programmes;
- Assist in the establishment of techniques and administrative systems within implementing agencies, for scheme project appraisal, financing, implementation, monitoring and reporting;
- Provide support in the preparations ofAnnual Work Plans and Budgets, and monitoring and evaluation/reporting systems at scheme and district levels;
- Contribute to training of provincial/district level AGRITEX and Departments of Irrigation, and Agricultural Engineering, Mechanisation and Soil Conservation staff participatory planning methodologies;
- Provide support to government agencies in contracting and contract supervision;
- Administer the operation and maintenance of the vehicle, computer, photocopier and office equipment supplied through the programme;
- Liaise with technical departments, other organisations, and community institutions, to ensure their understanding for the programme and active participation in the planning process, as well as coordination between SIRP and other relevant projects.
Qualifications and Experience
- Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences, Rural Development, Agriculture orAgribusiness
- National of Zimbabwe with a minimum of 5 years practical experience in working with rural communities in a planning capacity employing participatory methods;
- Understanding of the specific characteristics of communal areas
- Experience in curriculum development and organizing and facilitating community-based training and learning exchanges together with linking practical field learning and policy analysis I development.
- Skills in written and spoken English and conversant with local languages (Shona and / or Ndebele Languages) is an added advantage.
- Computer skills and well-versed in the use of Microsoft Office packages
- Ability to work in a team, communicate and coordinate with government departments and other agencies on various levels.
- Avalid Driver's Licence.
- Experience in the smallholder irrigation sub-sector would be an advantage.
How To Apply
Interested applicants meeting the job requirements should direct their applications in triplicate consisting of the cover letter, curriculum vitae and certified copies of academic and professional -qualifications to:
The Chief Human Resources Director, Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development
1 Liberation Legacy Way
Private Bag 7701
NB: Eligible female candidates are encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted qualified applicants will be contacted and considered for the interviews. Closing date for receiving applications is at the close of business hours on 8 April 2022