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Federal Ministry Of Agriculture And Rural Development (FMARD) Is Recruiting - 9 New Openings

Date Posted: 19/Aug/2014
Deadline: 29/Sep/2014

The Federal Government of Nigeria has secured a loan from the African Development Bank (AFDB) for the implementation of Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Programme Phase-I (ATASP-I), The ATASP-I will contribute to the objectives of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) of the Federal Government by addressing the constraints of Rice, Sorghum and Cassava value ehai:ris in four staple crop processing zones of Adani-Omor, Bida-Badeggi, Kano-Jigawa and Kebbi-Sokoto. The Programme comprises three complementary and mutually reinforcing components viz: Infrastructure Development; Commodity Value Chain Development; and Programme Management, The specific objective of the programme is to contri1ute to food and nutrition security, employment generation, and wealth creation along the priority commodity value chains.

For effective programme take-off, the FMARD is constituting a National Programme Coordination Team (NPCT) at the Programme Headquarters in Abuja. Consequently, part of the proceeds of the ATASP-I loan will be applied to engage the services of the following officers at the Programme Headquarters, Abuja.

Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) is recruiting to fill the positions Below:


 

 

National Programme Coordinator (NPC)

Reporting and Location
The position will be in the NPCT in Abuja. The NPC will report directly to Director, FDRD as well as Indirectly to the National Programme StreeringCommitte (NPSC). As the secretary to the NPSC, the NPC will also report to the NPSC.

Main Responsibilities

  • The National Programme Coordinator will be responsible for the overall management and implementation of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Programme Phase l (ATASP-I).
  • He/She will also be responsible for managing the team of experts within the NPCT and ensuring their performance and that of the service providers hired to implement programme activities.
  • A key element of the position will be to ensure that the programme achieves its development objectives

Specifies Duties

  • Coordinate and supervise all activities of the ATASP-l, in direct liaison with the AfDB.
  • Organize and conduct project coordination meetings, as well as. facilitating the National Steering Committee (NSC), including providing all information required by the committee and acting as the secretary for the committee,
  • Responsible for efficient and effective management of project resources, including being signatory to the project special accounts,
  •  Coordinate the recruitment of technical assistants and national technical specialists to fill the positions in the ATASP-l as well as short-term specialists and other service providers required for implementation of the project. Appraise ATASP-l technical staff on regular basis on job performance end otherwise, and ensure effective supervision of other contracted service providers.
  • With the assistance and guidance of the procurement officer; take full responsibility for procurement of goods and services in project implementation, Approve contracts for all transactions Undertaken by the project in accordance with Bank procedures, and FGN procedures where applicable.
  • As the head of the project implementation team, coordinate and supervise the activities of Implementing Partners, in particular NGOs and Consultant Technical Services Provider (TSPs) to ensure effective delivery of Project services.
  • Promote collaboration with other partners, including the private sector, in the area of value chain development.
  • Ensure effective planning and execution of project activities in. accordance with the appraisal report and. loan f grant agreements. Prepare Annual Work Plan and Budgets (AWPBs) and Procurement Plans for approval by the National Steering Committee; and ensure submission to AfDB for approval by October of every year Authorize the subsequent releases of funds for agreed activities and ensure timely and appropriate reporting on progress and problems of Project implementation, including Quarterly and Annual Progress Reports, a Mid-Term Review Report. Audit Reports anti Project Completion Report, in accordance with agreed reporting format.
  • Coordinate and fully participate in the activities of the Bank’s supervision missions with all: national stakeholders in the mission activities.
  • Ensure that all project staff’ prepare and agree on performance objectives and criteria at the beginning of every year. Appraise project staff performance on monthly and annual basis.
  • Undertake any other responsibility that will ensure smooth and effective implementation of the Project.

Qualification and Experience

  • Masters degree or equivalent in Agriculture, Rural Development, or a related science, Agricultural Economics Agribusiness together with postgraduate qualification or proven specialized training m project management.
  • Minimum of 10 years post qualification experience in the coordination of donor fonded (preferably multilateral) projects/programmes with proven leadership, team building and effective communication qualities Experience with community-based and)or small holder-oriented development initiatives is desirable,
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate, and monitor his/her own work plan and those of subordinate staff,
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and to make appropriate links in work processes and anticipate next steps.
  • Self-motivated
  • Excellent interpersonal mid team building skills including negotiation skills
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills, including presentation.
  • Computer literacy with proficient knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point applications.
  • Well developed organization skills
  • Proficiency in English language with excellent communication skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of Government and private sector institutional and organizational structures and operations iii general. Experience in Nigeria is required.

Terms of Appointment
Maximum of five years, renewable every year subject to satisfactory performance. The performance criteria will be the indicators for assessing every officer.

 

 

 

Irrigation/Rural Infrastructure Engineer

Main Responsibilities
Reporting to the National Programme Coordinator, the Irrigation/Rural Infrastructure Engineer will be possible for all irrigation and rural infrastructure engineering activities relating to the Programme.

Specifie Duties

  • The Irrigation and Infrastructure Engineer would be responsible for activities relating to rehabilitation/development of irrigation, micro-hydropower, potable water supply infrastructure under the Project. He/she will report to the National Project Coordinator and work in collaboration with the Ministry of Water Resources and other external implementation partners.

The specific responsibilities of the Engineer will include but not limited to the following;

  • Be responsible for the implementation of irrigation, potable water supply and associated energy infrastructure.
  • Follow-up on procurement of goods and services for all infrastructure projects. In liaison with the Procurement officer, prepare and/or assist implementing agenoies in the preparation of TOR, bidding documents, request for proposals and bid evaluation reports for procurement of civil works, goods and technical assistance services under the agricultural infrastructure rehabilitation and Development component in accordance with standards and requirements of AfDB;
  • Undertake inspection of works to verify quality, quantity and timeliness of work dune and prepare end/or verify payment certificates for service providers engaged on project irrigation and other infrastructure related activities.
  • Identify the various infrastructure activities for which short-term expertise is. required, prepare detailed TOR for tii required specialist input, facilitate the recruitment and, guide and supervise short-term technical specialists inputs.
  • Ensure that the maintenance programme of irrigation and related infrastructure is properly designed and put in place appropriate mechanisms for its execution during and after the project, in accordance with the stipulation of the appraisal report.
  • In liaison with the Ministry of Environment, ensure that environmental mitigation tneasures are implemented as part of infrastructure rehabilitatiun and development, as well as conducting regular envirunmentalmonitoring activities.
  • contribute relevant content to Project Progress Reports. Liaise with the Zonal and Local government Agriculture Officers as well as the Programme Monitoring Officer to prepare quarterly, bi-annual and annual progress reports, as well as mid-term review report for infrastructure development and management.
  • Participate actively in AfDB supervision missions by collecting and providing infrastructure implementation progress data and information required by the missions.
  • Assist with preparing water management training modules and course requirements for the Communities, Zonal and Local government staff in liaison with training service providers and provide technical support to the trainers.
  • Liaise with programme stakeholders and other relevant project programmes, state agencies, NGO’s, private sector, and other parties in order to facilitate programme implementation.
  • Assist in organizing National Steering Committee meetings and preparing records.

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least Bachelors Degree in irrigation, water and/or hydraulic engineering.
  • At least 10 years proven work experience in rural infrastructure development including rural water supply/irrigation and energy infrastructure.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate, and monitor his or her own work plan and to collaborate with colleagues across operating units.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
  • Result focused and self motivated professionals with proven ability to work under minimum guidance.
  • Computer literate with excellent working knowledge i.e Microsoft Officer applications, especially Microsoft Project, Excel, Word, ATUOCAD in addition to other water/hydraulic engineering design software.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Proficiency in English language with excellent communication skills Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of design and construction of irrigation infrastructure, particularly for rice production (upland and swamp) and potable water supply facilities.
  • Knowledge of renewable/alternative energy systems such as micro-hydro power, solar and biogas is desirable.

Performance criteria

  • Procedures for implementation of infrastructure and associated environmental management activities (i.e irrigation,potable water supply and associated alternative energy infrastructure) prepared and included in draft Project Implementation Manual within one month of assumption of duty or as agreed with project management.
  • Annual Work plan and Budget (AWPB) for infrastructure activities prepared in accordance with recommended formats and submitted to M&E officer within the agreed time after assumption of duty and there after every 5th Day of October.
  • Schedule of required Consultants’ and/or other Agency services for infrastructure activities prepared and provided to procurement specialist for.inclusion in the procurement plans on quarterly and annual basis. Specific and Quantifiable quarterly milestones (in implementation of infrastructure and associated environmental management activities), agreed with Project Management within 5 days prior to the beginning of each quarter on the basis of the approved AWPB.
  • Acceptable Terms of Reference or, as applicable, specifications for procurement of goods, works and services in respect of infrastructure activities prepared in time to ensure compliance with approved procurement plans.
  • Infrastructure and environmental management services contracts between PIU and service providers or other government agencies are efficiently supervised and implemented; acceptable deliverables obtained and contracts are completed on time. Consultant’s Reports or Contractor’s/Suppliers Work Statement or Bids in respect of all infrastructure and environmental management activities, reviewed and report/recommendations submitted to management within 5 days of receipt of the reports.
  • Field visit reports on infrastructure an4 environmental management activities submitted to management within a minimum of two (2) days of returning from the field visit.
  • Infrastructure and Environmental management activities Progress Reports prepared in recommended/agreed format (i) Quarterly and Annual report within five (5.) days of the end of the quarter or year; (Ii) monthly reports for management within two (2) days of the end of the month; (iii) Reports for Bank supervision missions within a maximum of two (2) days of arrival of the mission, Management/or bank queries on infrastructure and environmental management activities responded to within a maximum of two (2) days of notification, Clear and measurable quarterly performance targets/milestones agreed. with the National project Coordinator at the beginning of each quarter. Performance appraisal form completed and submitted to Project Coordinator by 5th of June and 5th of January every year.

Failure to comply with the above listed time-based criteria in any one year and/or nonconformity to the prescribed plans, rules and standards, without documentary evidence of reasons thereof, shall disqualify the irrigation/infrastructure Engineer from the post and lead to the cessation of the contract.

Terms of Appointment
Maximum of five years, renewable every year subject to satisfactory performance. The performance criteria will be the indicators for assessing every officer.

 

 

 

Civil Engineer

Main Responsibilities
Reporting to the National Programme Coordinator, the Civil Engineer will be responsible for all social infrastructure (e.g health centres, schools, market stalls etc) engineering activities relating to the Programme.

Specific Duties
The Civil Engineer would be responsible for activities relating to rehabilitation/development of feeder roads, and social infrastructure under the Project. He/she will report to the National Project Coordinator and work in collaboration with the Gender and Social Development Expert, the irrigation and Rural Infrastructure Engineer as well as other external implementation partners.

The specific responsibilities of the Civil Engineer will include but not limited to the following:

  • Be responsible for the implementation of feeder roads, and social infrastructure such as schools and health centres.
  • Follow-up en procurement of goods and services for all social infrastructure projects. In liaison with the Procurement officer prepare and/or assist implementing agencies in the preparation of TOR, bidding documents, request for psuposals and bid evaluation reports for procurement of civil works, goods and technical assistance services under the infrastructure rehabilitation, and deveioptnent component in accordance with standards and requirements of AfDB;
  • Undertake inspection ot works to verify quality; quantity and timeliness of work done and prepare and/or verify payment certificates for sevvice providers engaged on social infrastmcture related activities, Identify the various social infrastructure activities for which short-term expertise is required, prepare detailed AfDB for the required specialist input, fiseilitate the recruitmentand guide and supervise short term technical specialists inputs.
  • Ensure that the inaintennce programme of social and related infrastrucrureis properly designed and put in place appropriate mechanisms for its execution during and after the project, its accordance with, the stipulation of the appraisal report
  • Collaborate with the Irrigation and Infrastructure Engineer to work m liaison with the Ministry of Environment to ensure that environmental mitigation measures are implemented as part of infrastructure rehabilitation and development, as well as condttctingregular environmental manitoring activities.
  • Contribute relevant content to Project Progress Reports. Liaise with the relevant Zonal and Local government Officers, the litigation and infrastructure Engineer as well as the Programme Monitoring Officer to prepare quarterly, bi-annual and annual progress reports, as well as mid-term review report for infrastructure development and management
  • Participate, actively in AfDB supervision missions by collecting and providing relevant social infrastructure implementation progress data and information required by the missions.
  • Assist with preparing training modules and course requirements for the Communities, Zonal and Local government staff in liaison with training service providers and provide tecimical support to the trainers.
  • Liaise with programme stakeholders and other relevant projects/programmes, state agencies, NGO’s, private sector, and other parties in order to facilitate programme implementation.

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering.
  • At least 10 years proven work experience in supervising civil works, including social infrastructure delivery in rural settings
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate, and monitor his or her own work plan and to collaborate with colleagues across operating units
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
  • Results focused and self motivated professional with proven ability to work under minimum guidance.
  • Computer literate with excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office appliciations, especially Microsoft Project, Excel, Word, in addition to relevant AUTOCad engineering design software.
  • Demonstrated skills in handling the design, supervision and construction of social infrastructure (e.g schools, health centres, market stalls etc). Exhibition of these skills under a donor-assisted project setting will be an advantage.
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing and presentation skills
  • Proficiency in English language with excellent communication skills and sound attention to detail.

Performance Criteria

  • Procedures for implementation of social infrastructure; feeder roads and associated maintenance activities (i.e. schools, health centres, market, stalls) prepared and included in draft Project Implementation Manual within one month of assumption of duty or as agreed with project management, Annual Work plan and Budget (AWPB) for feeder roads and social infrastructure activities prepared in accordance with recommended format and submitted to M&E officer within the agreed time after assumption of duty and thnraafter every 5 Day of October.
  • Scheduled of required Consultants’ and/or other Agency services for the social infrastructure activities prepared and provided to procurement specialist for inclusion in the procurement plans on quarterly and annual basis.
  • Specific and Quantifiable quarterly milestones (in implementation of feeder roads, social infrastrete and associated maintenance activities) agreed with Project Management within 5 days prior to the beginning of each quarter on the basis of the approved AWPB.
  • Acceptable Terms of Reference or, an applicable, specifications for procurement of goods, works and services in respect of social infrastructure activities prepared in time to ensure compliance with approved procurement plans.
  • Feeder roads, Social infrastructure and maintenance services contracts between PIU and service providers or other government agencies are efficiently supervised and implemented; acceptable deliverables obtained and contracts. are completed on time. Consultant’s Reports or Contractor’s/Suppliers. Work Statement or Bids in respect of all feeder roads, social infrastructure and maintenance activities, reviewed and report/recommendations submitted to management within 5 days of receipt of the reports.
  • Field visit reports on social infrastructure feeder roads and maintenance activities submitted to management within maximum of two (2) days of returning from the field visit.
  • Feeder roads, Social infrastructure and maintenance activities Progress Reports prepared in recommended/agreed format (i) Quarterly and Annual report within five (5) days of the end of the quarter or year; (ii) monthly reports for management within two (2) days of the end of the month; (in ) Reports for Bank supervision missions within a minimum of two (2) days of arrival of the mission,
  • Management/or bank queries on feeder roads, social infrastructure and maintenance activities., responded to within a maximum of two (2) days of notification.
  • Clear and measurable quarterly performance targets/milestones agreed with the National project. Coordinator at the beginning of each quarter. Performance appraisal form completed and submitted to Project Coordinator by 5th of June and 5th of January every year.

Failure to comply with the above listed time-based criteria in any one year anti/or nonconformity to the prescribed plans, titles and standards, without documentary/ evidence of reasons thereof, shall disqualify the Civil Engineer from the post and lead to the cessation of the contract.

Terms of Appointment
Maximum of five years, renewable every year subject to satisfactory performance. The performance criteria will be the indicators for assessing every officer.

 

 

Outreach Specialist

Main Responsibilities
Reporting to the National Programme Coordinator-, the Outreach Specialist will plan, coordinate and supervise implementation of agricultural activities, particularly the agronomic aspects, in addition to delivery of agricultural services in the field, including research and extension.

Specific Duties

  • Support the work of the (FMARD) in the area of food crops, especially rice, sorghum, cassava and vegetables.
  • Support the work of the FMARD in the area of tree crops.
  • Support the Seed Bank program in the area of ripe seed production and certification, Work with the Agriculture Research Institutes to assemble or collate information on all seed varieties tested and approved previously in Nigeria and facilitate the tasting of new seed varieties;multiplication, adaptation testing and observation nurseries in farmers’ fields during the growing period. Train Agriculture staff and newly hired staff as needed.
  • Participate in the development of manuals on agronomic practices of major food crops in Nigeria. Guide and supervise activities of private sector/NGO service providers in the field, in addition to contributing to the process of the recruitment.
  • In collaboration with Research Institutes, guide and supervise the introduction of new food crop varieties and planting materials from the Africa Rice centre and the International institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and other regional research centers.for adaptation to the local environment Propose agronomic and environmental implementation guidelines for various agriculture activities; Participate in environmental impact assessment of project activities in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Participate in technical discussions and activities pertaining to the design of agriculture activities and programs and in the implementation of programs and projects in the field.
  • Assist in carrying out other tasks as assigned by the National Project Coordinator.

Qualification and Experience

  • At least Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture. A Masters degree in Agronomy will be added advantage.
  • At least 10 years work experience in rural-based agricultural development activities,
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and to plan, on ordinate monitor and report on his/her own work plan.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines,
  • Self motivated, team player, able to work with minimum supervision.
  • Willingness to work in rural settings.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication outreach skills.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English.
  • Computer literacy with proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel).
  • Familiarity with results-based management.
  • Working knowledge of the operational modalities for national and international NGOs is desirable

Performance Criteria

  • Procedures for implementation of crop production, productivity and marketing improvement activities (which are considered with appraisal report) are prepared and included in draft Project implementation Manual within one month of assumption of duty or as agreed with project management
  • Annual Workplan and Budget (AWPB) for crop production, productivity and marketing improvement activities prepared in accordance with recommended format and submitted to M&F. officer within the agreed time after assumption of duty and thereafter every 5th day of October
  • Schedule of required Consultants’ and/or other Agency services for crop production, productivity and marketing improvement activities prepared and provided to procurement specialist for inclusion in the procurement plans on quarterly and annual basis.
  • Specific and Quantifiable quarterly milestones (in implementation of crop production, productivity and marketing improvement activities as well as associated environmental management activities) agreed withProj ect Management within 5 days prior to the beginning of each quarter on the basis of the approved
  • AWPB.
  • Acceptable Terms of Reference or, as applicable, specifications for procurement of goods,and services in respect of crop production, productivity and marketing improvement activities prepared in fistic to ensure compliance with approved procurement plans.
  • Crop production, productivity and marketing improvement services contracts between PCT and service providers or other government agencies are efficiently supervised and implemented,- acceptable delivetables obtained andcontracts are completed on time. Consultant’s Reports or Contractor’s/Suppliers bids or claims in respect of crop production, productivity and marketing improvement activities. reviewed and report/recommendations submitted to management within 5 days of receipt of the consultants reports or suppliers’ claims.
  • Field visit reports on drop production, productivity and marketing improvement activities submitted to management within a maximum of two(2) days of returning from the field visit.
  • Crop production, productivity and marketing improvement activities Progress Reports prepared in recommended/agreed format; (i) Quarterly and Annual report within five(5) days of the end of the quarter or year; (ii)monthly report for management within two (2) days of the end of the month; (iii) Reports for Bank supervision missions within a Maximum of two (2) days of arrival of the mission.
  • Management/or bank queries on crop production, productivity and marketing improvement activities responded to within a maximum of two (2) days of notification.
  • Clear and measurable quarterly performance targets/milestones agreed with the National Project Coordinator at the beginning of each quarter. Performance appraisal form completed and submitted to Project Coordinator by 5th of June and 5th of January every year.

Failure to satisfy agreed quarterly progress criteria and subsequent failure to satisfy above global criteria and/or non conformity to the prescribed plans, rules and standards, without documentary evidence for reasons thereof shall disqualify the Outreach Specialist from the post and lead to the cessation of the contract.

Terms of Appointment
Maximum of five years, renewable every year subject to satisfactory performance. The performance criteria will be the indicators for assessing every officer.

 

 

Agro-Processing/Agribusiness Specialist

Main Responsibilities
Reporting to the National Programme Coordinator, the Agro-Processing/Agribusiness Specialist will assess the constraints on agro-processing / agri- business and develop a road map and strategy for modernizing tb.e agro-processing industry;

Specific Duties

  • Identify the main policy; regulatory; legal, institutional, infrastructure, and technical constraints to increasing value addition in agriculture, including barriers to entry of the private sector,
  • Assess the technical adequacy of the agro-processing industry and, together with the agricultural technology specialist, recommend interventions to improve and modernize the industry, keeping in view labor and employment implication
  • Determine the need to strengthen and provide management support to the private agro-processing industry;
  • Determine the need for quality control equipment in the agro-processing industry; and training in its use and
  • Determine the type and extent of support that could be provider to ongoing initiatives aimed at developing the agro-processing industry.

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least a Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Economies, Marketing or Business Management. A Masters degree in any one of these areas is added advantage.
  • At least 10 years experience in farm planning and economic analysis with extensive experience in small to medium scale agro-enterprise management. He/She will have extensive practical experience in the domestic agro-processing industry Experience with externally funded development programs would he desirable, preferably with experience in market oriented projects, Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate, monitor, and report on his/her own work plan.
  • Self motivated, team player, able to work with minimum supervision
  • Willingness to work in rural settings with a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines - Excellent interpersonal and community outreach skills.
  • Computer literate with proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel).
  • Familiarity with results-based management.
  • Working knowledgc of the operational modalities for national and international NGOs is desirable.

Performance Criteria

  • Procedures for implementation of agro-processing and marketing improvement activities (which are consistent with the appraisal report) are prepared and included in draft Project Implementation Manual within one month of assumption of duty or at agreed with project management.
  • Annual Work plan and Budget (AWPB) for agroprocessing and marketing improvement activities prepared in accordance with recommended, format and submitted to M&E officer within the agreed time after assumption of duty and thereafter every 5 Day of October.
  • Schedule of required Consultants’ and/or other Agency services for agro-processing and marketing improvement activities prepared and provided to procurement specialist for inclusion in the procurement plans on quarterly and annual basis
  • Specific and Quantifiable quarterly milestones (in implementation of agro-processing and marketing improvement activities as well as associated environmental management activities) agreed with Project Management within 5 days prior to the beginning of each quarter on the basis of the approved AWPB.
  • Acceptable Terms of Reference or, as applicable, Specifications for procurement of goods, and services in respect of agroprocessing and marketing improvement activities prepared in time to ensure compliance with approved procurement plans.
  • Agro-processing and marketing improvement services contracts between PCT and service providers or other government agencies are efficiently supervised and implemented; acceptable deliverables obtained and contracts are completed on time. Consultant’s Reports or Contractor’s/Suppliers bids or claims in respect of agro-processing and marketing improvement activities, reviewed and report/recommendations submitted to management. within 5 days of receipt of the reports or suppliers’ claims.
  • Field visa reports on agro processing and marketing improvement activities submitted to management within a maximum of two(2) days of returning front the field visit.
  • Agro-processing and marketing improvement activities Progress Reports prepared in recommended/agreed format; (1) Quarterly and Annual report within five (5) days of the end of the quarter or year; (ii) monthly reports for management within two (2) days of the end of the month; (iii) Reports for Bank supervision missions within a maximum of two (2) days of arrival of the mission.
  • Management/or bail queries on agro-processing and marketing improvement activities responded to within a maximum of two (2) days of notification.
  • Clear and measurable quarterly performance targets/milestones agreed with the National project Coordinator at the beginning of each quarter. Performance appraisal form completed and submitted to Project Coordinator by 5th pf June and 5th of January every year.

Failure to satisfy agreed quarterly progress criteria and subsequent failure to satisfy above global criteria and/or non conformity to the prescribed plans, rules and standards, without documentary evidence for reasons thereof, shall disqualify the Agro-Processing/Agribusiness Specialist from the post and lead to the cessation of the contract.

Terms of Appointment
Maximum of five years, renewable every year subject to satisfactory performance. The performance criteria will be the indicators for assessing every officer.

 

 

 

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
 


Main Responsibilities
Reporting to the National Programme Coordinator, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer will establish and operate the overall Project Monitoring and Evaluation System.

Specific Duties

  • The M&E Officer will generally ensure the effective monitoring of project processes activities, outputs, outcomes/impacts by undertaking the following specific responsibilities, among others:
  • Develop and manage the project MIS to ensure a proper flow of information to and from the operational level of the PCT, and, especially the provision of timely and adequate information for decision-making by Project Management and the Executing Agency (FMARD);
  • Work in close liaison with all PCT staff and M&E staff of FMARD, the PRS M&E Unit of the Ministry of National Planning and the National Bureau of Statistics as well as other project stakeholder agencies.
  • Organize and undertake the baseline survey, ensuring gender disaggregated data of oil relevant project indicators.
  • Ensure that appropriate M&E procedures are prepared, established and implemented so as to provide sufficient basis for review of programme progress and for recommendation for any changes that maybe found to be necessarily.
  • Review on a regular basis the status of Project implementation to identify corrective measures, bringing to the attention of Project management any problems/issues arising there from which may hinder Project implementation.
  • Lead the process of preparing Annual ‘and. Quarterly Work Programmer in liaison with the Project Accountant and with the support and inputs from other technical specialists, for the consolidation and preparation of the Work Plans and Budgets. The Annual Work Plan and Budget must be prepared and submitted to After by the end of October of every year.
  • The Specialist will also be responsible for the timely preparation of quarterly and annual project implementation reports, which will contain evaluation of project progress in relation to ‘project objectives and outcomes, and planned outputs and activities, he/she will have similar responsibility with regard, to project Mid-Term Review and Project Completion Reports.
  • Participate AfDB missions including prior mission arrangements and providing all M&E information required by the missions in accordance with mission requirements, especially reports related to the project's M&E.
  • Harmonize the Project’s M&E with the PRS deliverables framework in general and the FMARD M&E system in particular by putting in place and developing a FMARD-driven process. This will entail ‘effective establisher of the M&E system at the Community, Local government, Clan and farmer group levels, using participatory methods.
  • Prepare result-focused quarterly Monitoring Reports on all aspects of project implementation and progress, especially cross cutting issues of gender, poverty environment and c-innate change.
  • Draft TORs for project results surveys, where necessary and supervise the recruitment of the necessary service providers in liaison with the procurement specialist. Provide relevant backstopping to project implementers, In collaboration with the Gender and Social Development Specialist; ensure effective gender obtain streaming its project activities by identifying and accounting ‘for gender issues in planning, monitoring and evaluation. Coordinate and consolidate periodic reports from various collaborating and/or facilitating agencies on the implementation of community activities as well as those f Implementation Partners anti Service Providers.
  • Design, organize and conduct the Project Start-up Workshop, the Annual Review Workshop, and other such relevant activities aimed at assessing project progress.
  • Assist in providing coordination between various programme components to ensure achievement of overall programme objectives
  • Catty out any other activities that are assigned by the National Project Coordinator.

Qualification and Experience

  • At least an MSc in Social Science, Agricultural Economics. Statistics, or related discipline.
  • Specialized post graduate in project management/M&E will be added advantage
  • Minimum of 10 years work experience in Literal or multilateral donor-fund project programme With at least 5 years of specific responsibility as M&E specialist with adequate working knowledge of project logical framework to track inputs process, output and impacts.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and plan, co-ordinate with colleagues across operating limits.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
  • Results focused and self motivated professional with proven ability to work under minimum guidance.
  • Computer literate with excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, especially Microsoft Project, Excel, Word, in addition to relevant AUTOCad engineering design software.
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing and presentation skills
  • Proficiency in English language with excellent communication skills and sound attention to detail.

Personal Criteria

  • Baseline survey is completed and report submitted to the AfDB. Baseline indicators are improved and, validated in gender disaggregated manner within the first 6 month assumption of duty Project M&E system set-up in accordance with project appraisal report and fully operational until the end of the project. Stakeholders and a Stakeholder M&E obligations and responsibilities at FMARD, Ministry of National Planning, state and local government levels, as well as other implementing agencies, are clearly defined and included in the Project implementation Manual, together with all relevant M&BE tools.
  • Annual Work Plan arid Budget (AWPB) consultation with activity specialists, beneficiaries and stakeholders completed within the agreed time after assumption of duty and there after by 15 October every year. Responses to Bank’s recommendations for revising AWPB, within a maximum of five (5) days of notice of there commendations.
  • Quarterly implementation progress targets and milestones are clearly defined and distributed to staff by the beginning of each quarter (i,e by 1” day of January, April, July and October).
  • Result focused monthly progress reports dispatched to FMARD senior management within five (5) days of the end of the reporting month. Early warning of potential delays in inspect of all planned activities and causes there-of clearly documented and included in the report.
  • Result focused quarterly, Progress Reports including the quarterly work plan, in Bank’s recommended format, dispatched to the bank and other stakeholders within a maximum of 20 days of the cod of the reporting quarter or year. Early winning of potential delays in respect of all planned activities and causes there-of clearly documented included in the reports.
  • Result focused project reports in accordance with Bail’s format provided to Bank supervision missions within a maximum of two (2) days of arrival of the mission in the country. Banks supervision recommendations relating to M&E are implemented in
  • Project results and impact study undertaken and Mid-Term review report prepared in accordance with
  • Field visit reports on drop production, productivity and marketing improvement activities submitted to management within a maximum of two(2) days of returning from the field visit.
  • Crop production, productivity and marketing improvement activities Progress Reports prepared in recommended/agreed format; (i) Quarterly and Annual report within five(5) days of the end of the quarter or year; (ii)monthly report for management within two (2) days of the end of the month; (iii) Reports for Bank supervision missions within a Maximum of two (2) days of arrival of the mission.
  • Management/or bank queries on crop production, productivity and marketing improvement activities responded to within a maximum of two (2) days of notification.
  • Clear and measurable quarterly performance targets/milestones agreed with the National Project Coordinator at the beginning of each quarter.
  • Performance appraisal form completed and submitted to Project Coordinator by 5th of June and 5th of January every year.

Failure to satisfy agreed quarterly progress criteria and subsequent failure to satisfy above global criteria and/or non conformity to the prescribed plans, rules and standards, without documentary evidence for reasons thereof shall disqualify the  Monitoring and Evaluation Officer from the post and lead to the cessation of the contract.

Terms of Appointment
Maximum of five years, renewable every year subject to satisfactory performance. The performance criteria will be the indicators for assessing every officer.

 

 

 

Project Accountant

Main Responsibilities
Reporting to the National Programme Coordinator, the Project Accountant will be responsible for oversee in the management and administration of Programme finances.

Specific Duties

  • Ensure the programme’s financial procedures, as detailed in the Programme Implementation and Financial Manuals are strictly adhered to by all programme staff and implementing partners at the national and state levels.
  • Facilitate the timely disbursement ofprogranune funds to various accounting units. Prepare Statement of Expenditures (SUES) fortintely preparation ofwithdrawal applications, Maintenance of up to date accounting and financial records in accordance with the projects accounting system, indludingjournals, ledgers, fixed asset registers, etc.
  • Responsible for the safe custody of petty cash and documents and inspection of daily petty cash disbursement documents.
  • Reconcile accounts and prepare financial statements. Ensure timely closure of accounts at the.end pf the month andprepare a reconciliation statement and submit that updatedaccountto the management. Responsible for verifying the eligibility and accuracy of all payments. Ensure compliance with donor requirements in the processing of funds for project activities (including advances and payments for service provider as well as timely processing and payment to intended beneficiaries, Coordinate with various department/units of the AfDB to prepare the periodic financial report on the standard format made by donor(s) and submits to the PCT Coordinator, who will forward to the AfDB, Federal Ministry of Finance and counter part institutions.
  • Produce monthly, quarterlyand annual financial reports.
  • Prepare for and coordinate and supervise all financial and administrative audits in similar manner. Ensure that all supporting documents used. inrequest for funds replenishment from the AfDB as well as prepayment project activities, goods, works and services areproperly kept
  • Prepare and follow-up timely approval of disbursement request to. donor. Inspect and oversee subprpject disbursements, Perform other tasks as may be assigned from time to time by the National Programme Coordinator,

Qualification and Experience

  • A Bachelors degree in accounting a well as a professtoinal certificate in accounting (eg CPA, CA, ACCA, ACMA etc)
  • At least 10 years of relevant work experience, preferably in a donor assist d project/programme. A working knowledge of AfDB
  • financial regulation will be added advantage
  • Comprehensive computer skills with practical knowledge of icrosoft Office (especially Word & Excel) and Accounting Software.
  • Should be able to show tolerance and patience while working in a highly challenging environment
  • He/She must be team player and open to learn new techniques.

Performance Criteria
Key performance includes the following:

  • Maintain up to date duty interlinked journals and ledgers inuluding but not necessarily limited to the following; (I) Cashbook and Cash Advances ledger (ii) Creditors ledger, (iii) Local and Foreign speed account ledgers, (iv). Currency ledger, (v) A General Ledger and (vi) Fixed Assets Register All records uipdatedon adailybasis.
  • Maintain project Category Component Activity budget and expenditure register/listing updated on a daily basis and provide Category Component and expendituie information to AfDB’s supervision mns
  • Ensure that cash advances are retired within a maximum 7 days on the scheduled completion of the respective activity.
  • Ensure unaccounted for advances are recovered in accordance with agreed accounting procedures.
  • Reconeillation of books of accounts every ten (10) days.
  • Prepare monthly reconciliation statement by Friday of the following account of the basis of a transaction.
  • Ensure that payment requests etc processed within a maximum of three (3) days oCreceipt of a duly uthoredrequest.
  • Prepare special account treplenishment requetta complete with supporting documentation within 3 days of attaining a 50% level of expenditure of the previous replenished balance of the revealing fund. Prepare financial statements required for all financial and administrative audits by 4” Friday of January every year or within a Maximum of 4 weeks of receiving such a request
  • Maintain an accurate and complete replenishment record, including all necessary supporting documentation.
  • Agree with the NPC, clear and measurable quarterly performance gets/milestones at the beginning of every year.
  • Management/or bank queries on crop production, productivity and marketing improvement activities responded to within a maximum of two (2) days of notification.
  • Clear and measurable quarterly performance targets/milestones agreed with the National Project Coordinator at the beginning of each quarter. Performance appraisal form completed and submitted to Project Coordinator by 5th of June and 5th of January every year.

Failure to comply with the above listed time-based criteria in any one year anti/or nonconformity to the prescribed plans, titles and standards, without documentary/ evidence of reasons thereof, shall disqualify the Project Accountant from the post and lead to the cessation of the contract.

Terms of Appointment
Maximum of five years, renewable every year subject to satisfactory performance. The performance criteria will be the indicators for assessing every officer.

 

 

 

Procurement Officer

Main Responsibilities
Responsible to the National Programme Coordinator, the Procurement Officer will ensure the effective and efficient conduct of all procurement activities within the project, in full compliance with the requirements and procedures of the AfDB the Federal Government of Nigeria, where applicable.

Specific Duties
Specific responsibility of the Procurement Specialist will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Establishing procurement procedures for the pect4n accordance with AfDB and FGN requirements where applicable.
  • Prepare a Procurement Plan for the project, in consultation with other members of the PCT and the directors of the relevant FMARD operating units.
  • Prepare and update the annual procurement plan to be included in Annual and Quarterly Work Plans and Budgets.
  • Ensure the procurement of goods and services as identifiable and the Procurement Plan in accordance with AfDB requirements.
  • Prepare Standard bidding documents and the preparation of relevant inputs to standard bidding. documents, such as TORs, specification and Bills of Quantities from and supervise extendibility in processes for the procurement of works, goods and services following AfDB procurement Rules and Procedures in addition to FGN procurement regulations as applicable.
  • Constantly review procurement arrangements in addition to the procurement plan to ensure consistency with grant agreements and identify weaknesses, if any, and pleasures that should be undertaken to mitigate the risks posed by weakness
  • Coaching and training of FMARD procurement staff
  • Carry out any other activitie that are assigned by the National Project Coordinator

Qualification and Experience

  • At least a Bachelor’s degree in Public or Business Administration or Accounting/Finance or Architecture or Engineer or equivalent with proven track recording or specialized training procurement.
  • Minimum of 10 years experience as a procurement specialist for multilateral donor funded project or program; experience with a procurement authority will also be considered.
  • Familiarity with AfDB procurement procedures is added advantage
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and co-ordinate and monitor his/her own work plan, including meeting deadlines.
  • Self-motivated professional, with ability to work under minimum supervision.
  • Computer literate with excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, especially Microsoft Project, Excel, Word, in addition to relevant AUTOCad engineering design software.
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing and presentation skills
  • Proficiency in English language with excellent communication skills and sound attention to detail.

Performance Criteria

  • Outlines of procurement procedures for acquisition of (i) goods. (ii) wolirs and (iii) services of consulting finns and NGOs as. well as procedures for (iv) recruitment of individual consultants and (v)project staff are prepared within 14 calendar days of assumption of duty and submitted to project management for inclusion in the Project implementation Manual.
  • Draft Annual Procurement Plan prepared in accordance with AfDB standard format and submitted to Project Coordinator within the time after resumption of duty and thereafter on the 1st of October every year.
  • Specific Quantifiable quarterly procurenient milestones agreed with Project Management within 5 days prior to the beginning of each quarter on the basis of the approved Procurement Plan. Performance reports I accordance with A±B recommended format submitted to Project Coordinator within 5 days of the end of the quarter.
  • Outdated Procurement Plan, Procurement Progress Reports and Service Providers’ Performance reportain adcordance with AfDB recommended format submitted to Bank supervision missions within 5 days .
  • Liaise with subject matter specialists and ensure timely execution of project procurement activities in accordance with the approved procurement plan. This email (a) Timely preparation and publication of Specific Procurement Notices; (b) Bid opening on the same day as bid closing time; (c) Preparation of minutes of bid opening within 24 hours after bid opening; (d) Coordinating evaluation of bids proposal, arrangmg bid-evaluation meetings of retreats and compiling Bid/Proposal Evaluation reports within a maximum of 14 days following bid opening; (e) Timely submission and following-up of requests for No Objection; and (I) Timely preparation and signature of contracts within a maximum of 7 days after receipt of No Objection to draft contract.
  • Ensure conformity of project procurement activities to the lotru and grant protocols of agreement Ensure conformity of project receipt activities to Bank’s rules and standars, Procurement clarification requested by the Bank responded to within a maximum of two (2) days of the query.
  • Ensuing maintenance of procurement records management system in liaison with the Administrative Assistant and in accordance with the projects established record management standards.
  • Agree with the National Project Coordinator at the beginning of each quarter, clear and measurable quarterly performance targets/bailestones.

Failure to comply with the above listed time-based criteria in any one year anti/or nonconformity to the prescribed plans, titles and standards, without documentary/ evidence of reasons thereof, shall disqualify the Procurement Officer from the post and lead to the cessation of the contract.

Terms of Appointment
Maximum of five years, renewable every year subject to satisfactory performance. The performance criteria will be the indicators for assessing every officer.

 

 

 

Gender and Social Development Expert

Main Responsibilities
Responding to the National Programme Coordinator, the Gender and Social Development Expert will ensure effective gender main streaming in all project activities, including the -mobilization of project beneficiaries to understand the -philosophy and programme implementation arrangements so s to ensure their full participation.

Specific Responsibilities

  • In collaharation with the M&E Specialist and othe specialists ensure effective gender mainstreaming
  • Ensure that all training and capacity building activities take.
  • Provide methodoiogical support to the formation and strengthening of Commodity groups to achieve programme objectives
  • Support Consultants and staff to design mechanisms which facilitate gender sensitivity in programme Implementation especially amongst beneficiaries
  • Carry out any tasks as may be assigned by the National Programme Coordinator.

Qualification and Experience

  • At least Bachelor’s degree in Rural Development, sociology and relevant discipline. A Masters degree in post graduate cognate gender studies will be added advantage.
  • At least 10 years work experience in rural-based agricultural development activities,
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and to plan, on ordinate monitor and report on his/her own work plan.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines,
  • Self motivated, team player, able to work with minimum supervision.
  • Willingness to work in rural settings.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication outreach skills.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English.
  • Computer literacy with proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel).
  • Familiarity with results-based management.
  • Working knowledge of the operational modalities for national and international NGOs is desirable

Performance Criteria
Key performance includes the following:

  • Acceptable Terms of Reference or, as applicable, specifications for procurement of goods, works and services in respect of infrastructure activities prepared in time to ensure compliance with approved procurement plans.
  • Infrastructure and environmental management services contracts between PIU and service providers or other government agencies are efficiently supervised and implemented; acceptable deliverables obtained and contracts are completed on time. Consultant’s Reports or Contractor’s/Suppliers Work Statement or Bids in respect of all infrastructure and environmental management activities, reviewed and report/recommendations submitted to management within 5 days of receipt of the reports.
  • Field visit reports on infrastructure and environmental management activities submitted to management within a minimum of two (2) days of returning from the field visit.
  • Infrastructure and Environmental management activities Progress Reports prepared in recommended/agreed format (i) Quarterly and Annual report within five (5.) days of the end of the quarter or year; (ii) monthly reports for management within two (2) days of the end of the month; (iii) Reports for Bank supervision missions within a maximum of two (2) days of arrival of the mission, Management/or bank queries on infrastructure and environmental management activities responded to within a maximum of two (2) days of notification, Clear and measurable quarterly performance targets/milestones agreed. with the National project Coordinator at the beginning of each quarter. Performance appraisal form completed and submitted to Project Coordinator by 5th of June and 5th of January every year.

Failure to comply with the above listed time-based criteria in any one year and/or nonconformity to the prescribed plans, rules and standards, without documentary evidence of reasons thereof, shall disqualify the Gender and Social Development Expert from the post and lead to the cessation of the contract.

Terms of Appointment
Maximum of five years, renewable every year subject to satisfactory performance. The performance criteria will be the indicators for assessing every officer.



Method of Application
Applications are invited from suitable qualified candidates. Each candidate should submit ten (16) copies of his/her application.
Qualified Women candidates are highly encouraged to apply. All application should be addressed to;

The Honorable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

Attention:
The Director,
Department of Rural Development
No. 1 Capital Drive, FCDA Secretariat,
Area 11, Gerki, Abuja


Note: All applications must be addressed and delivered to the above address.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted, Applicants should ensure that the positions applied for are clearly written on the top right hand side of the envelopes.







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