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Replacement Assistant Agriculture Officer job at Ibanda District Service Commission

About the Organization

Dear visitors, well wishers and citizens of Uganda, we welcome you to Our District Website.Ibanda District is in Southwestern Uganda. It borders with the districts of Mbarara to the South, Kiruhura to the East, Buhweju to the west and Kamwenge to the North. The District has total surfaces area of 967 Km2.The district lies on an altitude of 1800 metres above sea level. The district has 8 Sub counties, 4 town councils and 1 municipal Council, 46 parishes and 590 Villages.

Job Description

The role of a Replacement Assistant Agriculture Officer involves supporting the implementation of agricultural programs, advising farmers, and assisting with agricultural projects when the primary officer is unavailable.

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Duties and Responsibilities

Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services

Farmer Education:

  • Conducting workshops, training sessions, and field demonstrations to educate farmers on best practices, modern techniques, and new technologies in agriculture.


Advisory Services:

  • Providing advice to farmers on crop selection, soil management, pest control, irrigation methods, and sustainable farming practices.


Technical Support:

  • Assisting farmers in diagnosing crop diseases and pest infestations and recommending appropriate treatments and preventive measures.


Project Implementation and Support

Program Implementation:

  • Supporting the implementation of government or organizational agricultural programs and schemes aimed at improving agricultural productivity and sustainability.


Field Visits:

  • Conducting regular field visits to monitor crop conditions, assess farming practices, and provide hands-on support to farmers.


Data Collection:

  • Collecting and compiling data on crop yields, pest outbreaks, soil health, and other relevant agricultural metrics.


Administrative Duties

Report Preparation:

  • Preparing detailed reports on agricultural activities, program progress, and field observations.

Documentation:

  • Maintaining accurate records of farmer interactions, advice given, and outcomes of extension activities.


Resource Management:

  • Assisting in the distribution of agricultural inputs (seeds, fertilizers, pesticides) to farmers as part of government or organizational programs.


Collaboration and Communication

Stakeholder Coordination:

  • Collaborating with agricultural researchers, extension officers, government agencies, and NGOs to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and resources.


Public Awareness:

  • Participating in community outreach programs to raise awareness about sustainable agriculture practices and government schemes.


Feedback Mechanism:

  • Gathering feedback from farmers on the effectiveness of advisory services and agricultural programs to inform future improvements.

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Qualification, Experiences and Competencies

Educational Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree:

  • Typically requires a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, agricultural science, agronomy, horticulture, or a related field.


Relevant Coursework:

  • Courses in crop science, soil science, agricultural economics, pest management, and sustainable agriculture are beneficial.


Experience and Training

Practical Experience:

  • Experience working in agriculture, either through internships, fieldwork, or previous employment in an agricultural setting.


Extension Experience:

  • Experience in agricultural extension services, working directly with farmers, and conducting training or advisory sessions is highly valued.


Skills and Competencies

Technical Knowledge:

  • Strong understanding of agricultural practices, crop management, soil health, pest control, and irrigation techniques.


Communication Skills:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively convey information to farmers and other stakeholders.


Problem-Solving Skills:

  • Ability to diagnose agricultural problems and recommend practical solutions.


Interpersonal Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal skills to build trust and rapport with farmers and other community members.


Organizational Skills:

  • Good organizational skills for managing documentation, preparing reports, and coordinating activities.


Certification and Licensure (if applicable)

Certifications:

  • Certifications related to agricultural extension, pest management, or specific agricultural technologies can be advantageous.


Licensure:

Depending on the region, there may be specific licensure requirements to work as an agriculture officer.


Continuing Education

Professional Development:

  • Participation in ongoing education and training programs to stay updated with the latest agricultural research, technologies, and best practices.


Workshops and Seminars:

  • Attending workshops, seminars, and conferences related to agriculture to enhance knowledge and skills.

How to Apply

APPLICATION FOR THIS POSITION MUST BE DONE ONLINE:
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