Theme Lead (Climate Resilient Agriculture Livelihoods)

Theme Lead (Climate Resilient Agriculture Livelihoods)

Organization: Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India)

Apply By: 01 Jul 2024

Location: Ahmedabad(Gujarat)

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About the Organization

Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India) is a non-denominational, non-government development organization. AKRSP(I) works as a catalyst for the betterment of rural communities by providing direct support to local communities. AKRSP(I) is active in over 3255 villages of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Maharashtra. It has impacted lives of over 3.5 million people from marginalised sections of society. Over 80% of the households impacted by AKRSP(I)'s work belong to marginalised communities like tribals, dalits, and minorities. Over 60% of beneficiaries are women who form a core group for program interventions.

Job Description

This position will be required to lead an ambitious program around sustainable agriculture. The program is focused on planning, implementation, measurement, and policy development on agroecological transformation of the identified geographies. Program is implemented at multiple locations and will involve multiple stakeholders. Program requires in-depth practical and theoretical understanding of regenerative agriculture practices, natural resources management, clean energy, and regenerative food systems. Program intends to empower smallholder farmers particularly women farmers in India.

Work Profile:

  • Manage a large multi-state program on sustainable agriculture involving natural farming practices, clean energy, tree/mangroves plantations and livestock development.
  • Program planning, implementation management, quality assurance, monitoring, reporting and government liaison will be an integral part of job responsibility.
  • Natural farming, Conservation agriculture, non-pesticide management, millet cultivation, solar irrigation, mangroves plantations, biogas and other sustainable practices are key focus areas in agriculture development.
  • Monitoring and Knowledge management particularly from climate change mitigation and adaptation perspectives will be among the key job responsibilities.
  • Preparing and submitting high quality progress reports.
  • Partnership development with government, donors, technical institutions, and other NGOs working in sustainable agriculture and related sectors.
  • Close and continuous relationships are expected with state and national level related government departments/agencies.
  • Integrating technology in agriculture to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
  • A substantial amount of time is expected to be spent in the field to develop these programs in the organization.
  • A key part of the role will be to build capacities of AKRSP(I) field teams.

Education Qualification/Required Skills and Experience

  • Education: Postgraduate in Agriculture Sciences, Environmental Sciences or Equivalent. Professionals with education in other fields but having extensive experience of working in sustainable agriculture field may also be considered.
  • Experience: Minimum 10 years of experience is desired for this position. Out of these 4 years must be in a leadership position in a reputed organization. The ideal candidate needs to have substantial experience of managing large result oriented sustainable agriculture programs.

Skills and competencies required to meet the job requirement:

  • Strong practical and theoretical knowledge around climate change issues in agriculture and livestock sectors would be mandatory. Understanding carbon sequestration and related measurement frameworks is strongly desirable.
  • High level competency in managing the program in totality and independently.
  • Having field level project implementation experience in agriculture, natural resources, and livestock sectors.
  • Having skill of team and multi-stakeholders’ management
  • Strong professional writing and presentation skills.
  • Competent in dealing with Funding and Government agencies.
  • Good analytical skills and understanding of Agriculture related issues.
  • Understanding of monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
  • Having experience of training and capacity building.
How to apply

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