Kaputa District Technical Officer – Agriculture and Livelihood

Kaputa, Zambia, Full Time Commensurate with experience

Position Description
DAI works at the cutting edge of international development, combining technical excellence, professional project management, and exceptional customer service to solve our clients’ most complex problems. Since 1970, DAI has worked in 150 developing and transition countries, providing comprehensive development solutions in areas including crisis mitigation and stability operations, democratic governance and public sector management, agriculture and agribusiness, private sector development and financial services, economics and trade, HIV/AIDS, avian influenza control, water and natural resources management, and energy and climate change. Clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and host-country governments.
1. Project Background:
The Scaling Up Nutrition Program is a cross-ministry and multi-donor program to reduce stunting in Zambia through implementation of the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) 1,000 Most Critical Days Program.
SUN TA provides support and direct technical assistance to sub-national local government departments in target districts to plan, implement, coordinate, and monitor integrated nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-specific activities to reduce the rate of stunting among Zambian children under two and improve the nutritional status of pregnant and lactating mothers. USAID has identified two main objectives that address stunting, including (1) Adequate Quantity and Quality of Dietary Intake among Target Groups; and (2) Adequate Health Conditions for Biological Utilization of Nutrients. SUN TA interventions will increase access and availability of safe, diverse, nutritious food; adoption of better child feeding and household hygiene practices; and access to improved health, water, and sanitation services. The project will prioritize sustainability by improving intra-household joint decision making and building the capacity of local government and their stakeholders to ensure coordination, accountability, and learning, following the Scaling Up Nutrition model.
2. Location:
The District Technical Officer will be based in Kaputa district in Northern Province which will include frequent (more than 80% of time) travel in the assigned district.
3. Objective:
The District Technical Officer will work in close collaboration with the District Nutrition Coordination Committee (DNCC), and the relevant line ministries like Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Ministry of Community Development and Social Services, Ministry of Commerce and trade, Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises, Ministry of Green Economy  and will support the implementation of the District work plans and activities and improve district capacity in the areas of agriculture and livelihood with a specific focus on crop diversification, commercialization, village chickens and alternative livelihood through financial inclusion.
4. Tasks and Responsibilities:

Provide (hands on) technical, administrative, and logistical support for SUN TA program activities in the assigned district
Provide (hands on) technical assistance and operational support to the DNCC and line ministries in the role out and implementation of nutrient dense vegetables, biofortified crops and village chickens
Provide (hands on) technical assistance to the DNCC and line ministries in the establishment and or formation of Community Savings and Loans Groups (CSLGs) to increase access to financial services for investments to enhance food, nutrition and income that will smoothen household consumption.
 Serve as a liaison between district committees and other district stakeholders and the SUN TA program, ensuring smooth and efficient communication, positive relationship-building, and collaboration
Conduct joint supportive supervision and quality control monitoring visits to sub-district levels (Wards, Health Care Facility Catchments, Zones and Communities)
Document and share project success stories and lessons learnt,
Support the collection of qualitative and quantitative data for program monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL)
Provide administrative support to the project such as organizing meetings, trainings, workshops and other project events
Any other duties as assigned by the District Manager and the Agriculture and Livelihood Expert

5. Reporting and Supervision:
The District Technical Officer will report day to day directly to the District Manager and will technically report to and be supported by Agriculture and Livelihood Technical Expert at national level.
6. Qualifications and experience:

Diploma in related field with 5 years relevant work experience or Bachelor’s degree in a related field with 3 years of relevant work experience in one of the following areas: Agriculture agronomy/Animal Science, Agriculture economics/extension, Agribusiness and Management, Food Science and Technology
Proven (hands on) experience in working with districts and sub district structures to increase access to financial services for the rural using Community savings and loans group approaches
Proven (hands on) experience in working with district and sub district structures to increase production & productivity of nutritious crops and village chickens aligned to improving household dietary diversity via direct consumption and income.
Strong communications skills and ability to collaborate effectively with district and sub district partners
Proven problem-solving skills and exceptional stakeholder relations with both internal and external parties including local or traditional leadership and community
Well organized and self-directed individual with sound technical skills, analytical ability, good judgement, high ethical standards, and operational focus
Fluency in English is required