Programme Officer at Solidaridad West Africa (SWA)

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Programme Officer

Location: Zaria-Kaduna and Kano

Job Purpose

  • The purpose of the Programme Officers position is to improve food, nutrition security and livelihoods of farming households in Kaduna and Kano states, through the provision of agriculture-related community development services especially community mobilization, awareness building, training and advocacy and counselling services.

Key Responsibilities
Planning and leadership:

  • Community Empowerment and Training
  • Facilitate the implementation of project activities and monitoring
  • Technical Support and Facilitation
  • Facilitate the establishment of relevant community-based committees for project sustainability, beneficiary targeting and verification
  • Ensure the intended project beneficiaries receive the required services to improve households
  • Collaborate WIth the PMEL team to collate relevant monitoring and evaluation data and maintain an accurate database.
  • Ensure that beneficiaries follow appropriate agronomic practices that lead to behavioural and attitude changes in cultivation approaches /farming practices
  • Monitor households and markets for progress and relevant changes based on agreed terms in order to make
  • Lead in Rapid Market Assessments

Programme Development And Resource Mobilization:

  • Support the development of innovative solutions to complex challenges
  • Support the field technical teams in designating the vulnerability targeting criteria and dissemination to communities, and local authorities
  • Support programme implementation
  • Work closely with field office level operations departments to ensure Standard of Procedures for programming used for implementation and adapted as required to each context
  • Oversee information and shared learning across teams and ensure that monitoring and evaluation results are documented and understood as the basis for improved programming.
  • Encourage active participation of and networking between individuals and communities in recognizing problems, identifying
  • Liaise between the project and the community to ensure the implementation of programme,

Advocacy and Community Organizing Support:

  • Develop networks and maintain relationships with other local CBOs INGOs, and government working on food security, ensure meeting agendas, participation and minutes are recorded and circulated in a timely fashion.
  • Conduct community meetings with farmers, CBOs ensuring inclusion of all vulnerable persons especially women and youth.
  • Effectively manage all data and Information Management needs and tools on the project.
  • Pet-form other duties as he/she will be assigned
  • Provides technical, organizational support and plays a facilitation role in the communities including promoting the awareness on agricultural technology and best practices, awareness creation and linkages and behavioural change through education, information and communication
  • Establish and maintains a close working relationship with communities and community organizations to ensure that the messages are disseminated and understood at all levels
  • Build capacities of the community and social institutions! groups in the communities assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • A Bachelor’s degree preferably in Community Development, Agriculture/Life Sciences, Communication/ Media Arts, Sociology or other relevant disciplines
  • NCE or HND with extensive community development experience may be considered on merit.
  • Good communication and writing skills, ability to convey complex information in a straightforward manner in the local language(s) especially Hausa is essential.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relations with multicultural and multi-ethnic teams, including working with partner organizations
  • Strong facilitation and capacity building, mentoring and coaching skills
  • Ability to synthesize and analyse data
  • Proven experience in networking, influencing and negotiation skills
  • Strong commitment and willingness to follow farmers through seasonal activities
  • Fluency in spoken and written English Hausa and Fulfude desirable
  • Willingness and ability to pick up new concepts , skills and approaches quickly


  • Training in rural development, climate change adaptation mechanisms or systems, horticulture
  • Experience with subsistence farming and or organizing and working with rural cooperatives
  • An understanding of the value chain of common vegetables and the rural markets
  • Experience in identifying and implementing innovative ideas in cultivation and post-harvest handling of vegetables
  • Good driving skills especially with motorbikes in rural terrains.

Application Deadline
31st October, 2019.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should send their Applications and Resume to:


  • Please indicate the position and preferred location in the subject
  • A high priority would be given to qualified female applicants
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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