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Senior Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Specialist - Ministry Of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water And Rural Development

Location: Harare
Hiring Organisation: Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development
Alert: Application Deadline Expired

Job Description

Smallholder Agriculture Cluster Project (SACP] 

Smallholder Agriculture Cluster Project (SACP) is a six-year development project financed jointly by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and the Government of Zimbabwe. SACP supports the transformation of smallholder agriculture in. Zimbabwe through private sector-led value chain development. The Project operates in the five provinces of Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Matabeleland North and Midlands. It consists of three interlinked components:

  • Inclusive Value Chain Development, Component
  • Climate Proofed Value Chain Infrastructure and Component
  • Policy and Institutional Support and Project Coordination. 

Overall Scope of Work:  Reporting to the Project Coordinator, the Senior CSA Specialist will lead the work on climate change adaptation related activities in the project and overall coordination of the CSA and Productivity Skills Enhancement. The Specialist will also support policy dialogue, institutional coordination and local level capacity building in CSA and productivity skills. S/he will work in close collaboration with the other members of the NPMU and supervise the PPIU CSA Specialists and the CSA Service Provider that will support the implementation of the relevant activities in SACP. 

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:  The Senior CSASpecialist will be responsible for providing technical expertise in the three objectives of CSA: (a) sustainably increasing agricultural productivity, (b) building climate change resilience and (c) reducing green house gas emissions within the context of SACP and will perform the following tasks:

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical inputs and guidance in the implementation of the sustainable agriculture production and climate change adaptation activities under SACP
  • Provide technical guidance to ensure the minimisation of green house gas emissions resulting from SACP activities
  • Provide inputs for measuring climate change resilience and improved agricultural productivity among the target beneficiaries of SACP within the project's Monitoring and Evaluation system, in close consultation with the SACP M&E staff
  • Ensure the inclusion of climate change resilience and environmental and natural resources management data collection in the baseline studies to be undertaken as part of SACP
  • Liaise with the Ministry of Land, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development and Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate counterparts and with the Project Coordinator, and engage in ongoing national and regional level policy dialogue
  • Undertake the technical review of CSA case studies, maps and technical papers being produced under SACP
  • Identify the appropriate dissemination channels for the case studies, vulnerability maps and other publications to be produced as part of the SACP
  • Participate in the screening of business plans produced bythe APGs to ensure integration of feasible CSA practices
  • Provide training to fill the knowledge and capacity gaps of the various project stakeholders including service providers and the project team in the understanding, planning and implementation of CSA measures
  • Provide strategic orientation in planning, implementation and monitoring stages through periodicfield visits to project intervention areas
  • Liaise with Environmental Management Agency officials to coordinate the development and implementation of environmental and social management plans for the agricultural productivity activities as required bythe Environmental ManagementAct
  • Contribute to the preparation of the AWPB
  • Contribute to reporting structures as laid out in the SACP documentation
  • In collaboration with the other NPMU members, ensure the recruitment for the CSA Service Provider, including the development of specific terms of reference, preparation of detailed work plans, as well as defining and agreeing on the exact nature and timing of the deliverables with the Service Provider; and
  • Undertake any other duties (related to SACP activities) as may be assigned by the Project Coordinator. 

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Master's Degree in Agronomy, Climate Change Adaptation or Natural Resources Management.
  • Thorough knowledge of the institutional setting in Zimbabwe with a specific reference to CSA and climate change adaptation as well as familiarity with all the governmental and non-governmental actors and stakeholders involved in the policy dialogue on CSA and climate change adaptation at the national level.
  • Thorough knowledge of the legislative and regulatory framework on agriculture and climate change as well as ongoing projects and initiatives focusing on CSA in Zimbabwe.
  • Good knowledge of GIS systems with relevant spatial skills for mapping project areas.
  • Excellent and proven presentation, facilitation and negotiation skills.
  • Good knowledge of communication tools and technologies (internet, Microsoft office packages etc.).
  • Fluency in oral and written English is essential.
  • At least six years of experience in the field of Climate Smart Agriculture or Agronomy with strong knowledge of climate change adaptation. 

    Mode and Duration of Contract:  Renewable performance-based contract with an initial duration of one year.  

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 Director Human Resources, Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, No. 1 Liberation Legacy Way, Ngungunyana Building, Private Bag 7701, Causeway, Harare. 

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 30 December 2022 

Alert: Application Deadline Expired

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