4 Entry Level Field Training Officer (FTO) Job Vacancies – Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC)

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Organization: Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC)
Reports to: Project Manager
Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC) is a well-established NGO operating in the Rwenzori Region3 of Western Uganda. It was founded in 1996 with a research mission and a long-term commitment to understanding the measures and drivers of poverty and its solutions. KRC with support from WFP has since 2016 been working with refugees and host communities in Rwamwanja, Kamwenge District and Kyangwali, Hoima District of Western Uganda to implement the Agriculture Market Support (AMS) program with an aim of strengthening capacities of the smallholder farmers to transform their subsistence agriculture into commercial production.This program achieved great milestone in terms of post harvest handling and access to microfinace.
It’s from this background that KRC is now planning together with WFP to implement a 3 years AMS program in Kyaka II and Rwamwanja Refugee Settlements in Kyegegwa and Kamwange District respectively. The programme aims at 1) strengthening capacities of the smallholder farmers to transform their subsistence agriculture into commercial production 2) increasing farmers access to Government programmes 3) Strengthening farmers institutions in marketing and finance access and 4) Building partnerships with Local Governments, private sector and international agencies to improve service delivery.
Job Summary:   The Field Training Officer (FTO) will work with the Program Manager to effectively implement the project activities.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Develop training manual on cassava, maize and beans agronomy
  • Conduct mobilization for farmers and other stakeholders to participate in planned project activities
  • To train farmers in agronomy, post-harvest handling, value addition and marketing for cassava, maize, beans and other grains including sorghum
  • To train farmers in savings and lending Associations (VSLAs) methodology
  • Implement climate change adaptation and mitigation interventions in small scale irrigation, tree planting and energy saving cook stoves
  • To establish and strengthen Rural producer Organizations
  • Support in the strengthening of Satellite Collection Points (SCPs) management committees
  • To mentor the Producer Rural Organizations in bulking and collective marketing
  • Participate in sensitization programmes including distribution of maize, beans and climate change related information
  • Actively participate in the periodic meetings and events by OPM and UNHCR and other key project stakeholders.
  • Document processes during farmer engagements and document change stories
  • Monitor the progress of interventions in maize and beans value chains
  • Develop weekly, monthly plans and produce activity, weekly, monthly reports and change stories for monthly newsletter
  • Perform any other roles as may be assigned by the immediate supervisor Education requirements

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a good degree in Agriculture, Agribusiness, Agro-ecology and other related fields in a recognized University. A master degree or postgraduate diploma in agriculture with bias in crop husbandry or agribusiness is an added advantage
  • Two to three years of practical experience in cassava, maize and beans agronomy, post-harvest handling, value addition and marketing
  • Experience in on-farm trainings
  • Experience working with refugees is an added advantage
  • Proven on farm demonstrative extension
  • Good report writing skills and speaking skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English both verbally and in writing
  • Ability  to speak fluently in Runyankole/Rukiga, Kinyabwisha and Kiswahili is a must
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and appropriate flexibility.
  • Ability to meet deadlines as per developed work plans and budget
  • Willingness to travel frequently to rural areas using a motorcycle
  • Ability to quickly learn and implement new information and value chain development concepts
Application should be sent to the Human Resource Manager, Kabarole Research & Resource
Center, plot 28, Mugurusi Road, P.O Box 782, Fort-Portal and should include the following
  • A complete and signed application letter
  • A curriculum Vitae / Resume
  • Copies of academic Transcripts
  • Names, contact numbers and addresses of three (3) professional references.
Email to: humanresource@krcug.org. Applications sent through other e-mails other than the one indicated in this job advert shall not be considered.

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