National Farmer Field School Coordinators
Tasks and responsibilities:
- Review and familiarise with the FAO methodology for the mobilisation, implementation and monitoring of FFSs for the promotion of appropriate CSA and NRM practices and technologies.
- Identify village-level FFS facilitator candidates (from government extension workers, NGO social mobilisers, community leaders and lead farmers) for final selection by the FAO Project Manager/FFS Specialist.
- In collaboration with the FFS facilitators and farmers’ and community leaders, assist FAO’s PIU to select the climate-smart crop and livestock production and PHM practices and technologies to be tested, adapted and replicated by FFS participants.
- Undergo training and on-the-job coaching in the climate-smart crop and livestock production and PHM practices and technologies selected for the agro-ecologies of the concerned governorates (provided by FAO climate-smart agronomy, livestock and PHM specialists).
- Co-ordinate and participate in the training of FFS facilitators in the FFS methodology and selected climate-smart crop and livestock production and PHM practices and technologies (conducted by the Project’s master trainers).
- Co-ordinate and oversee the FFS co-ordinators in the mobilisation of groups of smallholder men and women farmers and rural households to establish and participate in FFSs.
- Co-ordinate and oversee the FFS co-ordinators in guiding the implementation and monitoring of FFSs for the testing, adaptation and replication of innovative and improved climate-smart crop and livestock production and PHM practices and technologies.
- Provide coaching sessions and prepare specifications for climate-smart crop and livestock production and PHM input packages/kits for the establishment of group-based study plots/ventures and on-farm/site experimental plots/ventures (procured by FAO-Egypt) and ensure their time delivery to FFS leaders and distribution among FFS participants.
- Monitor the performance of the FFS participants and the FFS facilitators throughout the duration of the FFSs in order to analyse and reflect critically on their experiences, and plan for future goals and activities, ensuring the upkeep of FFS diaries reporting on regular meetings, problems encountered, decisions made, demonstration events, lessons learned and persons visiting (e.g. master trainers, project staff, extension officers, local and national officials, commercial agents and dignitaries and other farmers).
- Evaluate the impact of the FFSs on the participants’ adoption of the climate-smart crop and livestock production and PHM practices and technologies tested and adapted and report to FAO’s Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist accordingly.
- Assist The Project Manager , and coordinate with FAO’s M&E Specialist to create a governorate-level database of FFSs established and implemented or failed, including a feedback mechanism that enables the regular and needs-base exchange of information between FFS facilitators, master trainers, project managers, as well as MoALR extension directors and officers, researchers and policy makers.
- Undertake duty travel and perform other related tasks as required by the Project Manager/FFS Specialist.
- Prepare an end of assignment report for approval of the Project Manager/FFS Specialist and FAOR.
- A university degree in natural sciences, agriculture, agricultural extension or related discipline.
- Ten years of relevant experience in agricultural extension with a focus on smallholder/family farming.
- Three years of experience in the testing, adaptation, replication and upscaling of innovative and improved crop production, livestock production and/or PHM practices and technologies through group-based adaptive research and participatory learning approaches (e.g. FFSs).
- Working knowledge of English and fluency in Arabic.
- National of Egypt
- Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions throughout Egypt.
- Extent and relevance of experience in the field of applied research and participatory extension, with time spent working on donor-funded agricultural and rural development projects targeting smallholder farmers and resource-poor rural households considered a strong asset.
- Extent and relevance of experience in the FFS approach to testing, adapting, replicating and upscaling innovative and improved crop production, livestock production and/or PHM practices and technologies