Job Title: G17-Int: Food Security Officer
Organisation: Global Health Corps (GHC)
Placement Organisation: Development in Gardening (DIG)
Duty Station: Jinja, Uganda
Salary: Monthly Stipend of 550 dollars per month
Global Health Corps pairs intelligent and passionate fellows with organizations that require new thinking and innovative solutions. We provide these young leaders with the tools to remain connected after their fellowshipyear finishes, deepening their ability to enact change through heightened skills and strong partnerships. We currently place fellows in Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia.
Development in Gardening’s mission is to improve the nutrition and health of HIV-affected and at-risk populations through sustainable gardening. We do this by training people in agriculture and nutrition and providing resources tocreate projects that empower communities to meet their own needs. For those individuals who are simultaneously suffering from HIV/AIDS, poverty and, malnutrition, more than just antiretroviral therapy (ART) is needed. Through supporting the development of community gardens, Development in Gardening (DIG) has identified a sustainable model to increase nutrition, food security, income, physical health, and community capital. To read more about DIG and our work visit www.ReapLifeDIG.org.Position Overview: Development in Gardening (DIG) is looking for a qualified Food Security Officer to help lead and implement community agriculture programs and establish an agriculture-training center around Jinja District, Uganda. The gardens and training center will be implemented in communities affected by HIV/AIDS.
Job Summary: The Food Security Officer will work with DIG’s Uganda Team to increase and measure the impact of the programs on food security, nutritional well-being, and income generation.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Work in liaison with the DIG Uganda Team and local group leaders to develop a DIG Agriculture Training Center Program with a demonstration site for organically-grown vegetables and grains
- Work with the DIG Uganda Team, local site managers, and local communities to identify and implement successful agricultural programs focused on food production, income generation, and nutrition
- Responsible for developing a strong training curriculum to go with DIG’s Resource Toolkit (Community Garden Protocol, GardenManual, Nutrition Manual, and Pest and Disease Library)
- Organize and facilitate training programs in organic farming and gardening methods, nutrition, business and marketing, and other relevant topics
- Offer ongoing technical support and oversight at all demonstration sites
- Develop and implement a program of monitoring and evaluation to ensure that project goals are being met
- Quickly report monthly on project indicators and progress
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The ideal candidate for the Food Security Officer should hold a Master Degree in Global Health, International Development, or Agriculture or two years’ experience in the field
- Prior experience developing and managing public health or nutrition programs
- Past exposure and experience developing monitoring and evaluation tools
- Past field experience working in organic agriculture and community development strongly preferred
- Past experience in project coordination and organization development
- Familiarity with methods, tools and techniques of participatory planning
- Team player; able to work productively with teams
- Possess the ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary and multicultural work environment
- Flexible, adaptable, eager to learn and teach, tolerant of heat and uncomfortable physical situations, willing to physically work the land alongside participants, and passionate about grassroots agricultural development
- Working knowledge of local Uganda languages is an added advantage
Job Terms and Conditions: Fellows will be provided with housing, health insurance and a living stipend of $550/month. Additionally, fellows will receive an award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year. Flights to and from the placement site and all other costs associated with GHC programming are included, including $600 in professional development funds. Housing will be arranged in Jinja.
Note: The living stipend and completion award may be paid out in USD or local currency, as determined by the placement organization.
How to Apply:
All applicants who desire to be placed by the Global Health Corps in the aforementioned organization should express interest by clearly following the instructions at the web page below.
Deadline: 2nd February, 2016