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Field Coordinator – Climate Smart Agriculture, Nutrition, and Agribusiness X2 at Total LandCare (TLC)

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
  • Salary: 00

Total LandCare (TLC)

Total LandCare (TLC) is a non-profit organization implementing development programs in Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, and Tanzania. TLC’s mission is to transform the livelihoods of rural households from subsistence to prosperity and self-reliance. Achieving this goal involves building the capacity of organized groups of farmers, cooperatives, and related local governance structures to integrate sustainable agricultural and natural resource practices with initiatives to strengthen livelihoods and value chains linked to micro-finance and markets. The ultimate aim is to increase farm productivity, diversification, profitability and resilience with lower input costs and sound management of the landscape for current and future generations.

To support the above mission, TLC has secured funding towards the implementation of development projects in Northern and Central Malawi. The goal of the projects are a) to strengthen local food systems in selected extension planning areas (EPAs) through improved food and nutrition security, increased resilience to climate change and increased income among agriculture-dependent rural households, and b) to restore the land and livelihoods of vulnerable small-scale farm households, and to enhance carbon sinks using locally-appropriate evergreening systems.

TLC is therefore seeking the services of qualified, highly motivated, and hardworking persons to fill the following position:

Field Coordinator – Climate Smart Agriculture, Nutrition, and Agribusiness X2 Position Responsibilities:

  • Sensitize communities/farmers/Village Development Committees/ on all project activities.
  • Facilitate formation of clusters with the involvement of community leaders, government, partner organizations, other NGOs and private sector collaborators based on agreed criteria.
  • Identify villages/producer groups and individual households for participation in different activities, strengthen existing and/or form new local governance structures, and help guide the development of community-based action plans.
  • Provide formal and informal trainings using the Farmer Field School and other related extension methodologies to Community Extension Workers, producer groups, and farmers in a) productivity, production and diversification of climate adaptive agriculture – both manual and mechanized conservation agriculture (CA) with complimentary practices; mechanized CA hiring services; livestock husbandry practices; irrigation; post-harvest management; value addition; push-pull; seed multiplication programs; fish farming, fuel-efficient cookstoves; and other related practices/technologies; b) consumption of nutritious and diverse food – food safety, handling, processing, preservation and consumption using the care group model; nutrient dense food production; home gardening; and related practices.
  • Facilitate the establishment and management of model farms/villages based on project interventions.
  • Support communities to implement landscape restoration measures such as tree planting, farmer-managed natural regeneration, soil and water conservation, improved cookstoves using the integrated watershed management approach.
  • Support communities to access credible time-bound weather and other information related to project interventions for informed decision making on their farming activities.
  • Support organized groups of farmers to access inputs, markets and financial services and provide training in collective marketing, financial literacy, etc., through Farmer Market Schools, Farmer Business Schools, and Cooperative Business schools.
  • Distribute field supplies/equipment, seed, and other inputs to farmers as necessary ensuring that agreed systems/tools for distribution and monitoring receipt by beneficiaries are being adhered to all the time.
  • Participate in meetings, cross-farm visits, and open field days with implementing partners, government, other NGO extension staff and village committees to explain/discuss and promote TLC initiatives.
  • Collect and organize M&E data using standard templates related to household listing, farmer trainings, intervention specific operations and management, field results, beneficiary listing according to practice, input and equipment distribution and other activities for input into impact surveys, semi-annual and annual reports.
  • Produce quarterly workplans and reports for performance-based appraisals.
  • Provide updates on TLC related activities at EPAs, VDCs and ADCs as needed as well as represent the Project Manager at district council meetings as delegated. The FC will cooperate fully with the implementing partners, AEDICs, AEDOs and other stakeholders to ensure harmonization of messages and approaches.

Qualifications/Experience:

  • Diploma in Agriculture or related fields.
  • Minimum of 3 Years’ experience in climate resilient agriculture focusing on conservation agriculture, irrigation, agroforestry, agriculture diversification, livestock, fish farming, agribusiness/agri-finance, nutrition, etc.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the decentralized extension system, particularly the Lead Farmer, Farmer Field School, Farmer Business School, and related extension methodologies.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.

CONDITIONS OF SERVICE

An attractive remuneration will be offered to successful candidates commensurate with qualifications and experience. TLC is an equal opportunity employer, so women are encouraged to apply. The contract is for 12 months, renewable on a yearly basis based on performance and continuation of the projects.

Method Of Application

Applications including an up-to-date curriculum vitae giving names, telephone numbers, physical and email addresses of traceable referees should be sent to the address below not later than Friday 16th February 2024. Please specify the type of job you are applying for and indicate when you would be available. Note that applications via email will not be entertained.

The Managing Director

Total LandCare

Plot #12/520, New Area 12,

P.O. Box 2440, Lilongwe Malawi

“Only short-listed applicants will be acknowledged”