NGO Jobs in Kano at PYXERA Global

PYXERA Global, a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit organization, is seeking qualified candidates for positions to be based full-time in Kano, Nigeria. PYXERA Global is currently implementing an agriculture development program in Nigeria funded by The Rockefeller Foundation that aims to reduce post-harvest loss along the tomato value chain.

In the light of that, we are recruiting to fill the job positions below:

Job Title: Extension Services Manager
Duties and Responsibilities

  • The Extension Services Manager Will oversee all extension
    activities providing support to program activities in farmer outreach
    and verification, aggregation, training, and access to finance.
  • He/she will be responsible for ensuring proper allocation of extension resources across all project activities.

The Extension Services Manager will report directly to the Nigeria Yield
Wise Deputy Director and will have the following responsibilities:

  • Manage and develop the program’s extension agents into an agile, knowledgeable and high-caliber extension unit.
  • Manage extension agents’ schedules and workload to ensure
    effective allocation of time and resource, per extension agent per
    program activity.
  • Works with technical team to assess talent filed and match
    resources against project priorities, skillsets and expertise, and/or
    geographical preference/proximity.
  • Art as a point of conflict to, technical team to book and
    confirm resources for project activities manage and resolves resource
    conflicts as they arise.
  • Maintain up-to date record of daily assignments to be able to report in technical team agents availability and location.
  • Review extension agents’ weekly reports and Share with technical team for planning purposes.
  • Recognize internal of project needs or risks and support
    extension agents and technical team in effective prioritization and
    management team.
  • Monitor extension agents’ performance and conduct frequent site
    visits to identify potential instances of underutilization and actively
    work with technical team to address end Solve those issues.
  • Liaise with government agency or private firm from Where
    extension agents are deployed, and provide regular updates on progress,
    time commitments, resource challenges, replacements, and/or other needs
    as they arise.
  • Work wills the program technical team to identify additional extension services required as per program’s expansion strategy.
  • Create annual budget for extension services capacity building,
    and identify opportunities for external trainings throughout the year on
    various technical subject matters.
  • Provide recommendations on process improvement, for resource management to Deputy Director.
  • Support the development of other program reports on extension services activities, as needed.
  • Other duties, as assigned.
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  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources or related field.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in project management, workflow or resource management.
  • Experience managing workflows for teams of more than 30 people.
  • Excellent presentations, oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent planning and time management skills.
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skill.
  • Knowledge of agriculture or rural agribusiness, preferred.
  • Fluent in English and Hausa, required.
  • Nigerian national, preferred.

Job Title: Agriculture Training Specialist
Duties and Responsibilities

  • The Agriculture Training Specialist will provide technical
    expertise to the Farmer Aggregation and Taming team, and will lead
    straining activities to support smallholder farmers in reducing
    post-harvest loss of tomatoes.

The Agriculture training Specialist will report directly to the Nigeria
YieldWise Deputy Director and will have the following

  • Develop training lesson plans, modules and training guides for all project training activities.
  • Develop a clear training work plan based on tomato seasonal calendar, farmer availability, project deadlines and targets.
  • Develop a training curriculum on improved pre and post-harvest
    agronomic practices, access to finance, and farmer association capacity
    building with the end goal of reducing post-harvest loss of tomatoes
    for farmers in northern Nigeria.
  • Incorporate adult learning skills objectives and techniques to
    prepare training modules to follow adult learning quality standards.
  • Develop and lead training of trainer (ToT”) workshops for
    extension agents and lean farmers to become trainers in their
    designated local government areas.
  • Monitor performance of trained trainers and provide regular feedback for effective implementation of trainings,
  • Analyze and document tomato farming systems, with a specific
    focus on how to reduce loss on farm, in transit and as a result of
    seasonal glut
  • Liaise with Market Linkages team to incorporate specific buyer,
    standard and requirements into training curriculum to support farmers
    in becoming ready suppliers.
  • Provide regular agronomic advice to inform and Other program
    activities with respect in market linkages, access to finance and PHL
  • Identify opportunity to increase female integration and
    participation in trainings and develop specific capacity building
    programs for women where needed.
  • Coordinate with subject matter experts, industry providers and
    academic institutions to regularly update training curriculum and
    leverage additional resources for added value to trainings
  • Document field achievements, innovations, failures and lessons
    learned to integrate into subsequent project activities and inform
    protect expansion strategy.
  • Provide input on monitoring & evaluation tools to ensure
    accurate data collection, verification and analysis of training
    activities, and to avoid duplication of efforts.
  • Develop post-season reports to be submitted to the YieldWise Deputy Director and shared with HQ.
  • Support the development of other program reports on training activities, as needed.
  • Conduct frequent site visits to observe trainings, monitor adoption of practices, and collect farm data from farmers.
  • Other duties, as assigned.
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  • Minimum Bachelors Degree in Agronomy Agribusiness or related field.
  • At least 7 years’ experience in agriculture or agribusiness, with a minimum of years in training/capacity building of farmers.
  • Previous experience designing and implementing adult learning
    training modules including curriculum, lesson plans, objectives and
    learning assessments.
  • Excellent facilitation skills, familiarity with ToT approaches
    and methodologies, and competencies to use tailor-made and diversified
    facilitation/ training methods and tools.
  • Demonstrate expertise in agronomic practices, financial
    literacy, farmer loans and credit, on-farm technologies and farmer
    association capacity building.
  • Fluent in English Hausa, required.
  • Professional experience in northern Nigeria, preferred.
  • Nigerian national, preferred.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their cover letter and CV’s/resumes to: In the subject line of the email please write, PYXERA Global Nigeria YieldWise – Extension Services Manager. or PYXERA Global Nigeria YieldWise – Agriculture Training Specialist as the case may be.

Note: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Please indicate your availability and earliest start date in your email
and/or cover letter, Incomplete applications will not be considered and
phone calls will to be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be
contacted for an interview.

Application Deadline  31st October, 2016.

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