PARC: Agricultural Specialist

Position: Agricultural Specialist
Base of Posting: Gaza Office
Line Manager: Project Technical Coordinator
Contract Duration: 5 months
Starting date: ASAP


About the Association:

The Agricultural Development Association was launched as an initiative by a small group of pioneer agronomists and farmers that emerged from the Palestinian voluntary movement in late 1970s.   In early 1980s PARC’s role and achievements were recognized throughout the Palestinian territories, aiming at filling the deliberate gab in provision of agricultural extension and developmental services induced by the Israeli occupation authorities. At the time, where the so-called Israeli civil administration intentionally proceeded to deprive the Palestinians of specialized extension programs, establishment of research stations, obtaining modern technology in agriculture, in a deliberate attempt to marginalize the Palestinian agriculture sector and dismantle the special bonds between the Palestinian farmers and their land so as to confiscate it later for settlement purposes. In 1983, PARC became an organization and committed itself to carry on working to contribute in protecting Palestinian land from confiscation through  plantation  of the uncultivated  areas  and  providing Palestinian  vulnerable farmers with extension services. PARC has undergone a number of various phases throughout the past decades.


About the Vacancy:

The Agricultural Specialist role is to support the implementation of Enhancing Drought Resilience and Sustainable Agriculture-Water Practices in the Gaza Strip Project. This project has been funded by Japan Platform through PARC Inter Peoples’ Cooperation (PARCIC) project. This project will be implemented in partnership with community based organizations and other leading community groups.  The Agricultural Specialist will coordinate / design / develop plans with the Project Technical Coordinator and oversee the implementation of the agricultural activities in line with the pre-designed plans. It is expected that Agricultural Specialist will be fully engaged in the technical part of the project including but is not limited to the design / the establishment of the irrigation systems, cultivation of farms and fencing, producing technical reports, and coordinating with partners and stakeholders at different levels. 

The candidate will have experience in agricultural and water, preferably Rainwater Harvesting and open land and greenhouses cultivation grown by farmers in Palestine Other desirable skills include knowledge of modern agricultural practices and technologies, good practices at the farm level, and improved planting material. The selected candidate will be based in the Gaza Strip and will report to the Project Technical Coordinator. Fluency in Arabic and English is required with Excellent English writing skills.


See full Job Description as below

Under the direct supervision of and the responsibility of the Projects Technical Coordinator, the Agricultural Specialist will be responsible for supporting the technical implementation, monitoring, and reporting of the project Enhancing Drought Resilience and Sustainable Agriculture-Water Practices in the Gaza Strip.
Application process: Starting date:    ASAP
Application:     Interested candidates should submit their CV along with a cover letter,
both in English to:

hr@pal-arc.org

Please indicating the job title (Agricultural Specialist) in the subject line in your e- mail application
Only the short listed candidates will be considered and informed of the recruitment process.
Application deadline:    21 June 2017 – 14:00 pm. 

Qualifications:


•    At least 3-plus years’ experience working with NGOs under the agriculture sector or any other relevant / sub-sectors.
•   University degree in agriculture.
•   Extensive experience working with public and private sector partners.
•    A strong background in the NGO sector and particularly agricultural and water.
•   An in-depth knowledge of the Palestinian agriculture and water sectors.
•   Basic Knowledge in English (required) and Fluency Arabic.


Requires Skills


•   Report writing
•   Organizational skills
•   Analytical skills
•   Well-developed interpersonal skills
•   Numeracy skills
•   Communication skills
•   Team working skills
•   Management skills


Main Purpose of the position and key Tasks & Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of and the responsibility of the Project Technical Coordinator PARC’s Gaza Office, the Project Technical Coordinator will be responsible for supporting the technical implementation, monitoring, and reporting of the project Enhancing Drought Resilience and Sustainable Agriculture-Water Practices in the Gaza Strip. The Agricultural Specialist role is to support the implementation of Enhancing Drought Resilience and Sustainable Agriculture-Water Practices in the Gaza Strip Project. He / She will coordinate / design / develop plans with the Project Technical Coordinator and oversee the implementation of the agricultural activities in line with the pre-designed plans. It is expected that Agricultural Specialist will be fully engaged in the technical part of the project including but is not limited to the design / the establishment of the irrigation systems, cultivation of farms and fencing, producing technical reports, and coordinating with partners and stakeholders at different levels.

It is expected that He / She will support the development of systematic and comprehensive selection mechanisms (particularly for the selection of communities, agricultural lands and farmers). Additionally, conduct a continuous monitoring for individuals and farmers who will be targeted under this project. 
Specifically, the Agricultural Project Coordinator will:


•    Community mobilization, and selection of targeted communities, agricultural lands and farmers
•    Work with the project technical coordinator and staff to develop a monitoring system for the project, capturing progress towards project indicators.
•   Conduct regular visits to the projects’ targeted communities and meet with
project beneficiaries.
•    Support the establishment a data-base on the current beneficiaries as well as those who might benefit from similar activities from other actors in the region.
•   Conduct regular visits to partner organizations and the project locations.
•    Coordinate with the project technical coordinator and meet other organizations that implement similar activities.
•    Provide regular updates on beneficiaries, targeting mechanisms and methods to the project technical coordinator.
•   Support the establishment of a beneficiary profile.
•   Provide recommendations for improvements in any of the matters listed above.
•    Provide  the  project  technical  coordinator  and  other  staff  with  up-to-date overviews of progress on project implementation.
•    Work with other relevant department on initiation and supporting procurement process including the identification of technical specifications, designs, drawings and other supporting documents / activities as required.

Application:     Interested candidates should submit their CV along with a cover letter, both in English to:

hr@pal-arc.org

Please indicating the job title (Agricultural Specialist) in the subject line in your e- mail application
Only the short listed candidates will be considered and informed of the recruitment process.
Application deadline:    21 - June 2017