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Kopila Valley Sewa Samaj (KVSS)
“A world where every child is educated, safe and loved”
Kopila Valley Sewa Samaj is a non-profitable NGO registered in Surkhet, Nepal to provide support for children and families in our community. Our programs include a residential children’s home, women’s empowerment center, sustainability, school, health and wellness, and family development. We provide our students a free education, educational materials, health treatment and medicine, counseling, and a place to live. With our innovative future program, we strive to provide our children with career guidance, and scholarships for further studies. We do this with our funding partner BlinkNow Foundation and in close ties with the local government and communities.
Sustainability is one of our foundational values. We aim to embed a culture of sustainability in the way we work, live, and teach. With our sustainability program, we strive to provide experiential learning opportunities to children, promote organic farming practices, nature conservation, and waste management.
Position Summary – Agriculture Officer
The Agriculture officer will be responsible for promotion of regenerative and resilient agriculture based on the values of permaculture. Under the supervision of Sustainability Coordinator, Agriculture Officer will provide support to sustainability team in planning and implementation of regenerative agriculture practices, backstopping support to gardening teacher in gardening sessions to the students, build capacity of agriculture team, and lead the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) of farmer’s group, and promote community outreach through training and sustainable business promotion activities. It also includes coordination with relevant stakeholders at different levels.
Work Location: Birendranagar-1, Surkhet, Nepal
Reporting to: Sustainability Coordinator
Number: 1 Position
Contract: Full time, long term position (annual renewal)
Benefits: Competitive Salary benefit with Festival allowance, SSF, On-site meals
Nationality: Nepali citizens only
1.Education: Minimum Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture or any relevant discipline
2.Experience: At Least 3 years of proven experience in promotion of regenerative & organic farming, and agro-ecological livelihood practices for small-holder farmers
3.Language: A good communicator, and fluent in English and Nepali
4.Skills and Abilities:
The Main Responsibilities:
Strengthen the gardening curriculum and gardening classes at Kopila Valley School
Training and capacity building of team members and onsite support for regenerative agriculture development.
Provide constant support in planning and implementation of permaculture based farming activities.
Prepare the annual procurement plan & monthly procurement plan accordingly. Coordinate for sourcing the required materials specially the quality seeds & seedlings and other inputs on time.
Strengthen the staff’s capacity through training, onsite coaching, mentoring etc.
Keep track of production details and prepare the cost benefit analysis report.
Submit monthly plans and required reports on pre-agreed timeline
Research about the innovative techniques on regenerative agriculture and implement in the field.
Implement the IPM technique and other innovative regenerative techniques to address disease and pest management.
Strengthen the regenerative agriculture in the community
Build capacities of associated farmers groups through training, onsite coaching and follow ups focusing on organic farming, sustainability, and regenerative agriculture practices
Review the impact and effectiveness of the activities and provide support in strengthening or reorienting the activities to meet the program objectives.
Develop seasonal calendar and share across different departments of the organization
Prepare training plan, manual and do necessary arrangement for conducting training to community people.
Strengthen PGS farmers group in dealing with disease and pest management and ensure PGS certification
Keep track of annual demand of Kopila Valley and annual estimated and actual production of each PGS farmer’s group member.
The above list of responsibilities is not comprehensive, and the agriculture Officer may be required to take additional responsibilities as determined by his/her manager.
If you think this opportunity will amplify your career growth, we encourage you to apply by clicking “Apply for this Job” and submit all required documents before 27 November 2022. If your application is a good fit, we will follow up with you directly for the screening process. No telephone inquiries will be entertained.
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