Contract Agricultural Officer at Helen Keller International


Helen Keller International – Established in 1915, Helen Keller International (HKI) works to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged persons.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Contract Agricultural Officer

Location: Lagos
Contract Duration: Up-until December 2021

Job Description

  • The Contract Agriculture Officer will support the Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle Specialist to implement the agronomy component of the healthy lifestyle program involving nutrition education, garden-based production of nutrient-rich crops, and active play in targeted primary schools in Ikeja, Lagos State.

Essential Functions

  • Work with Mondelēz volunteers and the nutrition focal points for each school to provide supportive supervision to observe and support teachers as they carry out their lesson plans.
  • Identify inputs to be provided by Helen Keller to promote school and home gardens. Develop and oversee a training plan that covers soil preparation and planting techniques; appropriate use of fertilizer with organic matter (compost); water-harvesting techniques; garden maintenance; and processing and conservation of garden produce.
  • Given the peri-urban context, build the capacity of teachers, parents and community members on how to grow plants in small spaces using a smart farming approach (i.e. planting in recycled containers etc)
  • Engage with the LGA Agricultural Extension team to sensitize, advocate for and promote growing of healthy nutritious foods in schools and homes.
  • Implement a strategy to create awareness in schools and communities the importance of gardening for diet diversity and nutrition security.
  • Work closely with community volunteers (project champions) on the house to house monitoring of home gardens in project’s focal communities.
  • Promote engagement of Mondelez volunteers in cultivation of nutrient rich crops.

Skills/Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science, Agronomy, Agricultural Extension or related discipline with a minimum of five years’ experience in agronomical practices
  • Prior experience with farming and growing foods in small spaces
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, excellent coordination, organization and problem-solving skills

Application Closing Date
20th May, 2021.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send comprehensive Resume with a Cover Letter as ONE MS Word document to: nigeria.recruitment@hki.org using the position title as the subject of the email.

Note

  • You will receive an auto response confirming your application.
  • Note that applications will not be accepted after Closing Date above.
  • There is no relocation allowance available for this position.

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