Kogi State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Recruits for APPEALS

Kogi State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Recruits for APPEALS  – APPEALS is the acronym for World Bank “Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement And Livelihood Support Improvement Project (APPEALS)”. APPEALS is a World Bank agric programme for some selected states in Nigeria.
The World Bank Group is helping to fight poverty and improve living standards for the people of Nigeria through  ongoing National and Regional agric  projects such as APPEALS. Associated with these are  world bank project in Nigeria 2017 – 2018, list of world bank projects in Nigeria, and world bank projects in Nigeria phase ii.
As a matter of fact, Kogi State is one of the 6 states chosen  for World Bank Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement And Livelihood Support Improvement Project (APPEALS). Other states are Kano, Kaduna, Kogi, Enugu, Lagos and Cross Rivers states.
Consequently, Kogi State Government, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Lokoja, invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for the positions below:
  1. Agro-processing Specialist (State Project Office)
  2. Productivity Enhancement Specialist (State Project Office)
  3. Women and Youth/Livelihood Specialist (State Project Office)
  4. Communication Officer (State Project Office)

Kogi State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Recruits for APPEALS

(1) Agro-processing Specialist (State Project Office)

Location: Kogi
Core Responsibilities:
  • The incumbent under guidance of the State Project Coordinator, will coordinate and identify improved agro-processing technologies which are apt for all processing activities of all the crops, livestock and fisheries supported under this project.
  • He/she will further embark on dissemination and follow- up on identified agro-processing technologies.

Qualifications and Experience 
Academic:

First degree in:
  •  Agricultural Engineering, 
  • Agricultural mechanization, 
  • Agronomy, 
  • Food technology, 
  • Agricultural Economics, and
  •  other related disciplines.

Work Experience:
  • Not less than 5 years of relevant experience in agribusiness, agro processing and supply chain management
  • Experience in value chain development including vertical and horizontal coordination of farmers group and backward integration
  • Skills for  building partnership with technology innovation centres, agro-allied commercial technology businesses and financial institutions

Kogi State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Recruits for APPEALS


Kogi State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Recruits for APPEALS

(2) Productivity Enhancement Specialist (State Project Office)

Location: Kogi

Core Responsibilities
  • Under the supervision of SPC, the ideal candidate will coordinate and identify productivity enhanced inputs, equipment and machines for all production nodes of value chains supported under this project.
  • He/she  will disseminate and follow- up on adoption of the improved inputs, eouioment and machine.

Qualifications 
Master’s degree in:
  •  Agronomy, 
  • Crop Science,
  •  Soil Science, Agricultural Economics, 
  • Agricultural Mechanization, and 
  • other related disciplines.

Experience:
  • Working experience  with agro-input or advisor services companies, research institute or CG centre
  • Not less than  5 years of relevant experience in technology dissemination projects
  • Possesses skills for building partnership with research centres, extension organizations and technology innovation centres and agro-allied commercial technology businesses.
  • Good understanding of cropping calendar, weather information and climate smart agricultural practices
  • Good  understanding of value chain analysis, development and Good Agricultural Practices


Kogi State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Recruits for APPEALS

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(3) Women and Youth/Livelihood Specialist (State Project Office)

Location: Kogi

Responsibilities
  • The specialist will coordinate women and youth livelihood support activities under the project.
  • He/she  will further work with the project team to ensure gender main streaming in the project.

Qualifications and Experience Required
At least a Master’s degree in:
  •  Agricultural Economics, 
  • MBA, 
  • Economics,
  •  Sociology,
  •  Gender and Development Studies, and
  •  other related disciplines

Experience:
  • At least  5 years of relevant experience in development projects (with livelihood components)
  • Experienced in participatory stakeholder consultation and engagement
  • Demonstrated ability to mobilise group for action e.g. group formation, credit administration or social action
  • Excellent facilitation skills and experience in preparing and reviewing business plans or proposal
  • Good knowledge of social development’safeguard issues such as gender and youth policies & issues
  • Strong knowledge of computer applications including Geo-enabling or Geographical Information System skill is an added advantage
  • Experience in coordinating stakeholder feedback or inquiries

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Kogi State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Recruits for APPEALS

(4) Communication Officer (State Project Office)

Location: Kogi

Responsibilities
The specialist will develop and implement communication strategy, and programs, and other IEC materials for the project

Qualifications 

  • At least Master’s degree in Development Communications, 
  • Mass Communication, 
  • MBA, 
  • Agricultural Extension, and related discipline

Experience:
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience in development communication
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare multimedia content e.g. features, articles, press releases, blog etc
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain partnerships with media organization
  • Well-developed understanding of social media and digital communications.
  • Communications experience in a private or public sector environment highly regarded.
  • Experience with Content Management Systems
  • Manage and maintain the website in collaboration with ICT/MIS officer
  • Responding to media queries


Kogi State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Recruits for APPEALS

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Kogi State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Recruits for APPEALS

Method of Application

Applicants should send their Applications to the address below addressed to the “Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources”:
The Officer of the Commissioner,
Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources,
Lokoja,
Kogi State.
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Kogi State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Recruits for APPEALS