30 May 2012

Full-Time Agriculture Extension Specialist (National)

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry – Posted by LAO JOBS VACANCYVientiane, Vientiane Prefecture, Laos

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Job Description

Nam Ngum River Basin Development Sector Project Additional Funding (NNRBDSP-AF)
Department of Planning
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
ADB Project Number: 33356
Job Announcement
Agriculture Extension Specialist (National)
Nam Ngum River Basin Development Sector Project Additional Funding is financed by ADB to continue the on-going activities of the predecessor Nam Ngum River Basin Development Sector Project (2002-2010) which was financed by ADB and AFD. The expected impact is the optimal use of the Water resources, especially in the Nam Ngum River Basin. The project outcome will be integrated watershed management improved in the Nam Ngum River Basin. The Additional Funding Project covers 3 provinces (Vientiane Province, Luang Prabang Province and Xiengkhuoang Province), 10 Districts and Headquarter located at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Vientiane.
MAF now invites qualified individuals to indicate their interest by providing their CVs (including information showing the candidate’s general experience for similar assignments and experience in similar assignments, knowledge of local conditions, etc.),
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Review and update strategies for the administrative, technical and financial sustainability of Khet Extension Service Centers (KESCs).
2. Develop and monitor performance indicators for the sustainability of KESCs.
3. Facilitate gender- and ethnic-disaggregated baseline and progress data.
4. Facilitate the project support to 23 Khet Agriculture Extension and Training centers.
5. Jointly with the micro finance team, Identify the 50 target villages.
6. Prepare a mechanism for, and facilitate the implementation of, issuing joint land use certificates (with both male and female names).
7. Review the Planning, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation of the Extension Component activities of previous Nam Ngum River Basin Development Sector Project NNRBDSP.
8. Finding solutions to support the farmers in acquiring capitals needed for the Agriculture production and Income Generation Activities.
9. Assist the district teams in processing agriculture extension and livelihood development plans.
10. Give guidance in compliance with ADB safeguard policies and project documents.
11. Train resource persons for PRA training, Agriculture Extension training
12. Disseminate the Lao Extension Approach.
13. Assist in producing Annual Work Plan and budget, quarterly work plan and budget.
14. Review or conduct Training Need Assessment for the district staff and villages volunteers.
15. Develop training plans, study tour plans, training curriculum and training materials.
16. Design on-farm training and demonstrations for Agriculture Production Systems.
17. Coordinate with other components and sectors under project for integration of the activities.
18. Facilitate incorporating sub-basin management concepts into district development plans.
Qualification Required
1. At least with the University education (BSc) in Agriculture, Agriculture Economic, Forestry, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary
2. 5 years experience in the Agriculture development and livelihood development project in the upland areas of Laos
3. Experience in conducting PRA, Developing Village Development Plans
4. Understanding on Land use planning, forestry, NTFP Domestication, Marketing
5. Understanding of LEA
6. Experience in designing and conducting Agriculture On-farm research activities
7. Familiar with the culture and livelihood system of ethnic minorities of Laos
8. Working knowledge of English (Communication and reporting)
9. Experience in research/extension linkage and in complex, interdisciplinary projects
10. Computer literate in Word Processing, Data management, Spreadsheet, GIS Preferable
11. Good heath and willing to work in the upland remote areas with limited amenities
Assignment Duration 12 months (with three months probation) intermittent distribution over three years period.
Duty Station
Extension component office, National Agriculture and Forestry Extension Office, Ban Houay Yang, Vientiane capital city with an intensive field visits to the project site which will take 70% of the consultant’s inputs.
The deadline for the submission of Expressions of Interest (EOI), including the CVs, technical and financial proposals, is at 14:00 hrs 15th June 2012 at the address below. EOIs should be submitted (i) electronically (completed EOI form in CSRN on the ADB website www.adb.org  business/consulting services/consultant management system), and (ii) manually (one hard copy and one electric file: CD-ROM). Late submissions will not be accepted.

How to Apply

For detail TOR and for Submission of the Application, please contact to the following address.
Mr. Sisovath Phandanouvong, National Project Manager
Nam Ngum River Basin Development Sector Project Additional Funding
Vientiane 01000, Lao PDR Tel. +856-21-263161 Fax +856-21-416556 E-mail: namngumlao@gmail.com, nnrblao@gmail.com  

Job Categories: DEVELOPMENT. Job Types: Full-Time.

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