Community Gardening Coordinator-Agronomist

  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable
  • Job type:
    Contract
  • Posted:
    23 hours ago
  • Category:
    Project Manager
  • Deadline:
    28/02/2023

About ANPPCAN SOMALILAND (former ANPPCAN-SOM)

ANPPCAN SOMALILAND is a Pan-African Child Rights Organization. ANPPCAN Somaliland was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Hargeisa, Somaliland. We are humanitarian and development organization that promotes children’s rights and gender equality for girls and boys. We strive for a just society by working with children, youth, supporters, and partners. ANPPCAN SOMALILAND is affiliated with ANPPCAN, a Pan-African child rights organization with headquarter in Nairobi, Kenya.

ANPPCAN Somaliland is one of the leading child rights organizations in Somaliland and has more than 15 years of experience in delivering humanitarian and development programs across all regions in Somaliland. We strive for a just society by working with children, youth, supporters, and partners. We aspire every child to enjoy good health and nutrition; to be educated for life; to be cared for and protected.

Our programs focus on the needs of the most vulnerable populations, particularly children, adolescent girls and women. Children, adolescent girls and women are at the heart of ANPPCAN Somaliland’s humanitarian and development efforts because our experience shows that their gains translate into benefits for families and communities. Our expansive reach and long-standing reputation as a leader in the child rights distinguish us from other child rights organizations.

Assignment Background

Kitchen gardens play an important role in food and nutrition security in agro-pastoral communities. Our program builds and supports community gardens in 6 six communities in Odaweyne, Hargeisa and Gabiley districts. We believe access to locally-grown, chemical-free fruits and vegetables is a right, not a privilege. We aim to encourage the target communities to grow and eat nutrient rich, fresh, and healthy diet.

Summary of Position:

The Community Garden Coordinator is responsible for facilitating the target communities in starting and maintaining community gardens. The Community Garden Coordinator will be under the supervision of the Nutrition Program Manager, who will provide guidance and support. The schedule for this position will be Sunday to Thursday. Work hours will be balanced to ensure it don’t exceed 40 hours in a given week.

Position Responsibilities:

  1. Serve as the primary point of contact for community garden centers currently.
  2. Engage discussions with the community to provide spaces to establish community gardens.
  3. Coordinate and facilitate planning meetings to design, build, and maintain the gardens.
  4. Assess the soil, plants, seeds, and products to better understand crop needs and develop more effective and efficient farming practices
  5. Work alongside the target communities to build garden infrastructure.
  6. Assist with the plant sourcing, testing, and selection.
  7. Support the community garden leaders at each site; address their needs in managing the day-to-day gardening activities, including any problems or emergencies that may arise.
  8. Lead – and facilitate regular on-site educational opportunities for community gardeners.
  9. Help in designing methods and tools for the implementation of kitchen garden activities: training, follow-up, community organizations, etc.
  10. Support data collection, data analysis and reporting on community garden activities’ results and main findings.
  11. Conduct site visits at each garden to monitor quality of seedlings and assess plant health.
  12. Anticipate, mitigate and propose solution to problems between the target beneficiaries when it arises.
  13. Conduct regular site visits at each garden to assess plant health.
  14. Work consistently to improve community gardening interventions.
  15. Document community engagement with photos, quotes, etc.
  16. Maintain social media presence by providing photos and materials for ANPPCAN Somaliland blog posts.
  17. Manage time well to ensure that all required tasks are completed within allotted hours.

Qualifications & Skills:

  1. Horticulture or community gardening qualification.
  2. A minimum of 3 years’ experience in regenerative horticulture practices and use of organic gardening techniques.
  3. Significant experience of de signing and building community garden spaces.
  4. Experience with community organizing and community outreach required.
  5. Demonstrated ability to engage with different groups i.e., women, youth, elders, agro-pastoral communities, etc.
  6. Excellent planning and organizational skills, including the ability to plan events.
  7. Ability to teach gardening concepts to a variety of learners.
  8. Some experience in carpentry and/or landscaping.
  9. Ability to work outdoors in all weather (heat, humidity, rain and cold) to do manual labor.
  10. Willingness to work independently and also cooperate as part of a team.
  11. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking.
  12. Positive attitude; engaging personality.

Additional Information:

We believe in a country where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we do everything we can to keep children safe. Safeguarding the child that we come into contact with throughout our work is a key priority for ANPPCAN SOMALILAND within the ANPPCAN SOMALILAND, Child safeguarding is making ANPPCAN SOMALILAND safe for children. ANPPCAN SOMALILAND is committed to ensuring a safe working environment for all those who work for us and for all those who come into contact with our staff and representatives, including children and members of the communities with whom we work. All our staff are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our Adult and Child Safeguarding Policy and the Code of Conduct. In the light of this, a range of back ground checks will be undertaken in conformity with ANPPCAN SOMALILAND’s Adult and Child Safeguarding Policy.

How to apply

Application Submission

Qualified persons with the required skills are invited to submit their applications accompanied by cover letter and detailed curriculum vitae as a single document with the subject line “Community Gardening Coordinator”. i.e., with the cover letter being on the first page and the CV starting on the second page, detailing three work related referees and contacts to hr@anppcansom.organdcopy tokhadar.ahmed@anppcansom.org. Deadline for this application is 28th February, 2023. Due to the agency of the position, short-listing will be done on rolling basis, candidates are encouraged to send their applications as soon as possible.

Please note that only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not received an answer within two weeks after the closing date, you may consider that you have not been selected for this position on this occasion.

ANPPCANSOM will at no stage of recruitment process request candidate to make payments of any kind. Further, ANPPCAN Somaliland has not retained any agent in connection with recruitments.