Job Title: Social Inclusion Specialist
Organisation: Ministry of Agriculture, Animal industry and Fisheries
Funding Source: National Oil Seeds Project (NOSP)
Duty Station: Lira, Uganda
Reports to: Project Manager
The Government of Uganda (GoU) has received a loan from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) towards financing a ten-year National Oil Seeds Project (NOSP). The Project is being implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) as the Lead Project Agency, in partnership with the Ministry of Local Government (MoLG) other agencies, the private sector and farmer Organizations. The Project will be implemented in six area-based hubs: West Nile, Gulu, Lira, Karamoja, East and Mid- Western Uganda.
The project goal of the NOSP is: “inclusive rural transformation through sustainable development of the oilseeds sector”, while the Programme Development Objective is to accelerate commercialisation in key oilseeds value chains and thereby improve the livelihoods and resilience of the smallholders engaged in oilseed production and marketing.”
Key Duties and Responsibilities: Reporting to the Project Coordinator, the main duties of the Social Inclusion Specialist include:
- Under the guidance of the Project Manager, serve as focal point and advocate for mainstreaming of poverty, gender and youth targeting throughout project activities
- Ensure that the project activities are implemented in an integrated manner and take into account the needs of the local communities and the poor households
- Support local governments and other implementing partners to integrate cross cutting issues into project activities to ensure that correct targeting is done
- Assist the DCDOs in each district to plan and undertake community mobilization, sensitization, community entry, situation analysis, social and institutional mapping, wealth ranking, and assessment of existing community groups as a basis for beneficiary selection
- Take responsibility for identification and overseeing the contracting of ToT for roll-out of training for implementing partners and farmer groups in Gender Action Learning Systems (GALS) for oil seeds value chains
- Take responsibility for overseeing and back-stopping the task of Poor Households’ (HH) Support, including but not limited to technical support for contracting of a service provider for update of the HH mentoring guide and trainer’s manual including mainstreaming of GALs visioning and PRA tools and direct training of district CDO staff and HH mentors.
- Monitor the implementation of the services and the outcomes achieved by the service providers with regard to farmer group composition, social inclusiveness, internal cohesion and reciprocal trust
- Maintain working relationships with the GoU ministry(s) responsible for gender, community development and youth affairs
- Assist the MEL specialist to monitor the effectiveness of poverty, gender, youth and vulnerable group targeting and to draw lessons
- Any other relevant duties as may be assigned by the project coordinator.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- Applicants should be Ugandans holding an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science or a field related to Rural Community Development plus a minimum of a post graduate Diploma in any of the above fields from a recognised University/ Institution.
- Seven years of experience in community development and applied gender mainstreaming at project or institutional level.
- Experience with poverty, gender and youth targeting in agriculture-based rural development programmes.
- Mastery of Participatory Rural Appraisal, experience in designing and implementing successful communication and knowledge management strategies for sustainable development.
- Familiarity with household mentoring approaches and GALS is of added advantage.
- Rural development project management and implementation
- Good computer skills
- Strong inter-personal skills
- Strong analytical skills
- Self-motivated and creative thinker
- Proven ability to work in teams
- Strong social skills and open-minded personality
- Ability to work independently and with limited supervision and to deliver work under pressure.
How to Apply:
All candidates should send their written applications with copies of identification documents, academic credentials, testimonials and detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV), indicating contact details of (03) referees addressed to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, P.O. Box 102 Entebbe, Uganda or hand delivered to the Ministry Registry located at Plot No.14 Lugard Road, Entebbe. Uganda
NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
Deadline: Friday 4th November 2022