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Graduate Food Security and Livelihood Assistant at Solidarites International – EDUREGARD

Graduate Food Security and Livelihood Assistant at Solidarites International – EDUREGARD

Graduate Food Security and Livelihood Assistant at Solidarites International

Job Title

Food Security and Livelihood Assistant

About the Company

Solidarités International (SI) is a French humanitarian organisation operating for over 35 years who is committed to providing aid in the event of conflict and natural disasters. Our mission is to provide aid as quickly and as efficiently as possible to endangered populations by meeting their vital needs: water, food and shelter.

SI has started activities in North-eastern Nigeria in August 2016 in the fields of Wash and is now intervening in 4 areas of the state for Wash and Shelter activities.

We are recruiting to fill the position above:

Location

Ngala, Borno

Beginning of contract

20/8/2018

Contract duration

3 months– Probation period: 1 month

Goal / Purpose

  • The Food Security and Livelihood Assistant is in charge of supporting the Multisector Project Coordinator towards the good implementation, achievement and reporting of the objectives defined in the proposals;
  • S/he guarantees the proper coordination mechanisms are in place inside the operational teams in the different areas of intervention, and in cooperation with the Multisector Project Coordinator.

Main Tasks

Project relevance, quality and design:

  • Contribute to establishing operational assessment and evaluations activities;
  • Contribute to define Solidarites International’s FLS local strategy and contribute to the annual programming by proposing new activities, especially activities targeting vulnerable people and IDPs in Borno State;
  • Responsible to propose and guarantee quality approach mechanism are in place for the programs to ensure transparency accountability of SI activities;
  • Support the writing of technical annexes and chapters (including the logical framework) for the proposals;
  • Support the implementation of the activities in compliance with the annual operational strategy and Solidarites International’s technical requirements;
  • Participate in evaluating the relevance of the activities carried out, as well as the effectiveness of the interventions and their appropriateness with respect to contextual development and the population’s needs;
  • Propose to the Multisector Project Coordinator adjustments to the programs, if necessary;
  • Participate in building the teams abilities with respect to techniques or new methodologies;

Implementation and operational monitoring:

  • Support the Multisector Project Coordinator in planning their operational activities;
  • Meet the deadlines and adhere to predefined quality specifications;
  • Support the Multisector Project Coordinator in ensuring the project management, monitoring and evaluation tools are in each operational department;
  • Propose quality criteria and monitoring indicators for programs;
  • Anticipate any issues linked with carrying out the activities and help to resolve any problems related to the activities;
  • Suggest any adjustments to be made to the activity depending on contextual and indicator developments;

Institutional Knowledge Building – IKB:

  • Use the IKB tools proposed by Solidarites International;
  • Participate in the centralization, validation, and distribution of procedures, guidelines and tools linked to the multisector activities;
  • Build up on Solidarites International (and stakeholders) intervention methods and techniques;
  • Ensure that project files are complete, regularly updated, and saved on the mission external hard drive;
  • Define the prerequisites for opened WASH positions together with the Multisector Program Manager;
  • Greet and brief the new staff working on the program;
  • In collaboration with the Multisector Project Coordinator, set up technical trainings depending on the operational needs and identified training requirements;
  • Lead working groups and thematic meetings with the support of the Multisector Project Coordinator;
  • Evaluate and assess the performance of colleagues under his/her direct supervision on a regular basis;
  • Ensure adherence to SI security regulations and reinforce them with his/her team.

Reporting/ Communication / representation:

  • Pass upward to the Multisector Project Coordinator and Coordination team any information on the security situation or on any event that could impact Solidarites International activities and safety of the teams;
  • Support the drafting of activities reports and amendments (including any annexes relating to specific activities) for the financial donors, local authorities and for internal purposes (weekly and monthly reports) by compiling all the operational data before sending them to the Multisector Program Manager;
  • Ensure that all reports required by the Multisector Project Coordinator are delivered on time and in the correct format;
  • In his/her assignment area, might be appointed to represent Solidarites International at meeting or forums concerning the activities;
  • In collaboration with the Multisector Project Coordinator, and administrative department, support the preparation of administrative documents (MoU, handover, etc.) to be jointly signed with government authorities, communities or partner’s;
  • Coordinate with field representatives in accordance with management guidelines;
  • Coordinate with support team (Logistic and Administration) as well as field team involved on the program;
  • Represent the organization when asked and/or delegated to do so;

Technical Competences 

  • Training: University degree in Environmental Science, Agronomy or Crop Science or a similar domain.
  • Relevant experience on Food items distribution and monitoring will be highly appreciated.

Personal abilities :

  • Professional experience: 1 year of experience in similar position (NGO/Private or Public sector)
  • Languages : English, Kanori, Haussa, Shua (additional languages a plus)
  • Personal qualities: reliable, honest, very good organization, resistance to stress, good interpersonal skills (communication), team player, capacity to delegate and to manage, initiative and autonomy, capacity of prioritsation of tasks

Salary and Conditions

  • In accordance with SI’s Terms of Employment; for national staff in Nigeria

Application Closing Date 

25th July, 2018.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their Applications (with CV, Cover Letter, References) in only one file (Word or PDF) and named with your Name and Surname to:  The subject of the mail must be “FSL Assistant Ngala”

Note

  • No paper applications will be accepted
  • Shortlisting will start as soon as we start receiving applications and deadline might be changed without prior notice.
  • As position is required as soon as possible, Solidarites International reserves the right to select a candidate and finalize the recruitment before the final date.

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Agroecopolis fights for food security in Greece

Agroecopolis fights for food security in Greece

One of its goals is to make Community Supported Agriculture programs legal in the country.

Think of Greece and, chances are, images of mouthwatering food will come to mind. Greece is famous for its cuisine, from crispy phyllo pastries and oil-infused eggplant to herby salads and honey-drenched sweets. But the way in which these iconic ingredients make their way onto Greek tables is not so idyllic, according to Jenny Gkiougki.

Gkiougki is the head of Agroekopolis, a grassroots organization in Thessaloniki that is working to develop Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs as a way of supporting small-scale local farmers — people who face tremendous challenges and discrimination under the current food supply chain. Agroekopolis won a 2018 Lush Spring Prize for its work toward improving food security and sovereignty, and Gkiougki was at the award ceremony in London this past May to receive the £20,000 prize. That’s where I met her and had a conversation about her work.

Jenny Gkiougki© Lush Spring Prize (used with permission) — Jenny Gkiougki in UK, May 2018

Greece, as most people know, has been in a state of economic crisis for the past decade; but while the government claims the situation is improving, Gkiougki say it’s not the case. “The commons is under threat, as is the ownership of the commons,” she told me. “Our airports are privately owned by Germans. Our ports belong to the Chinese, trains to the Italian railway. This is a time when everything is being dismantled.” The worst is yet to come, she believes, once austerity measures have been normalized by the passing of time.

As a Greek formerly living in England, Gkiougki saw it as her civic duty to return home and help prepare her own people to survive the rough times she predicts. As the “real privatization and scavenging of the Greek people and their resources” gets underway, they will need to build a new kind of society that allows for self-sufficiency and security.

This is a kind of lifestyle Greeks once had, not long ago. The country is full of mountains and islands, so because of the geography people were forced to live in self-sustaining communities. That changed in the 1980s, Gkiougki explained, when the common agriculture policy came along, and people were driven to individualism, rather than community living. They began competing with neighbors, rather than relying on them. “We need to reclaim that,” she said. Agroekopolis strives to do this in a number of ways.

First, it connects Greek agricultural initiatives with the outside world. The organization works closely with the Global CSA Network and has established trading relationships that allow small citrus and olive oil producers in Greece to sell their products through a European CSA network. This makes their business more profitable. Rather than the 25-30 cents per kilogram that a farmer would earn for oranges sold to a middleman, the farmer now makes 1 Euro per kilo. It’s a fair price and that money is returned to the local economy to help others.

Second, Agroekopolis arranges for training for farmers through a program called Participatory Guaranteed Assistance. This is an alternative (and cheaper) way to get organic certification based on participation, rather than a pass-fail test. PGA is a program run by food producers, consumers, and agronomists, the purpose of which is to help a farmer improve his or her practices. “This goes back to sustainability, regeneration, the empowerment of people and practices,” Gkiougki said.

lessons in permaculture© Agroecopolis (used with permission) — Lessons in permaculture in a Corinth orchard

Third, Agroekopolis is involved in advocacy work. CSA programs are actually illegal in Greece right now, which seems shocking to many of us in the U.S. and Canada. As Gkiougki explained to me, “In Greece we don’t have farmers’ markets. We have street markets, but a huge percentage of those people selling food are not farmers. They’re merchants.” During the crisis, there was a new initiative called ‘No Intermediaries’ that sprang up, much like the farmers’ markets that we know. Gkiougki said:

“It was the first time that urbanites got together and organized once-monthly fairs where you get food producers coming from around the country and interacting with consumers directly. As soon as it picked up [in popularity], we had tear gas and arrests. People realized that we need to find ways around this.”

As a result, Agroekopolis is working with the state and municipalities to change the laws to allows CSAs in the country. It is also trying to get land to use for farming and to do more research, in the form of participatory videos, into the needs and desires of various groups around the country.

refugees and Greeks celebrate Ramadan© Agroecopolis (used with permission) — Refugees and Greek locals celebrate the end of Ramadan together

Finally, Agroekopolis works with some of the countless refugees that have flooded into Greece in recent years and tries to get them involved in local communities in ways that relate to food. In Gkiougki’s words,

“When you see people coming out of the sea, completely drenched, without anything, human instinct kicks in and says, ‘Maybe I don’t have enough to eat, but I can share it with you.’ Everything we do starts with food. I think that’s what really unites all of us, three times a day.”

Winning the hefty Spring Prize is an injection of hope for the organization, which is only a year old and has been running out of resources in a country already strapped for cash. The money will be used to pay the salary of a full-time employee and to buy some video-making equipment that will be used to share the stories of Greek farmworkers. In Gkiougki’s words,

“These small-scale producers, they are the people that are doing the regenerative work that will help us save humanity on this planet. This is why I do what I do.”

Jenny Gkiougki© Lush Spring Prize (used with permission) — Jenny Gkiougki received Spring Prize on behalf of Agroecopolis in UK, May 2018

Source

https://www.treehugger.com/green-food/agroecopolis-fighting-better-life-greek-farmers.html

Oxfam, WANEP Study Exposes Factors Undermining Food Security — Leadership Newspaper

Oxfam, WANEP Study Exposes Factors Undermining Food Security — Leadership Newspaper

A study by Oxfam and West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) has revealed factors that are undermining efforts at achieving food security and justice under climate change in Nigeria.
The research titled: National Budget In Relation To Climate Change Adaptation Frameworks and Policies in Nigeria by the two organisations was unveiled in Abuja, yesterday.
According to the research, “small-scale farmers are not the focus of investments in climate change adaptation in Agriculture in the country. Nigeria had the lowest share of spending on agriculture and rural development (4.9 per cent) as part of international aid between 2007 and 2015 behind countries like Pakistan, Tanzania, Philippines, Ethiopia and Ghana; Nigeria’s population size is about equal to the combined populations of the six countries receiving the largest share of multilateral climate adaptation funding; Nigeria’s agriculture sector received 0.08% of aid in financial Year 2014-2015, significantly behind aid invested in health (68%) and education (19%); Nigeria’s budget spending on agriculture has remained significantly below Maputo target of 10 per cent.

The national network coordinator, WANEP, Mrs. Bridget Osakwe, said the event was timely as it addressed issues that undermine food security in the country. Also, the influencing/public engagement officer of OXFAM, Mr Abdulazeez Musa, explained that with adequate support, small-scale farmers throughout Nigeria could overturn rampant malnutrition and move the country towards food security.
The chairman of Civil Societies and Development Partners, Peter Akpatason, noted that there is an inherent issue in the budget concerning allocation to agriculture. President of the National Association of Nigerian Traders, Barr. Ken Ukhuoha said there is a need to question the budgetary allocation for the 36 states of the federation (including the FCT), private sectors investments and Overseas Development Assistance (ODA).