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Rwanda Extension Department Intern

Seeking an intern who will serve as the main field presence to support the successful implementation of a decentralized nursery model.

Job overview

Team
Field Operations
Location
Rwanda
Location Type
Field
Career Level
Interns
Open to
National applicants only
Rwanda

Rwanda

Since starting in Rwanda in 2007, our operations have grown rapidly to now serving close to 300,000 clients.

About One Acre Fund

Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies smallholder farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms vastly more productive. We provide quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within walking distance of farmers’ homes, and agricultural trainings to improve harvests. We measure our success by our ability to make farmers more prosperous: On average, farmers harvest 50 percent more food after working with One Acre Fund.

We are growing quickly. We currently serve more than 800,000 farm families in Eastern and Southern Africa, with more than 7,500 full-time staff, and we aim to serve 1 million farm families by 2020.

Job Description

Extension department is a department at One Acre Fund/TUBURA with a mandate of delivering services to farmers in Rwanda through One Acre Fund - RAB partnership. Currently, extension department consist of Twigire Muhinzi program, the Twigire Muhinzi program deliver many services including trees distribution to farmers. Twigire Muhinzi Program consists of 14,200 farmer Promoters located at each village and all agriculture agents in agriculture services in Rwanda. Extension department train FPs on good agricultural practices and Fps train farmers from their villages. Since 2018, One Acre Fund in partnership with RAB started distributing of trees to farmers. More than 6.4 Million agroforestry trees and 40,000 fruits were distributed to farmers. After having good experience of trees distribution in 2018, we are excited to continue this partnership in 2019.

Roles and responsibilities

In 2018, all distributed trees were produced from 4 central nurseries located in different zones. In 2019, we are planning to run a trial on decentralized nursery model to test the feasibility of these nurseries about production of quality seedlings and monitoring the distribution of seedlings to the right farmers. This trial is a long term strategy to simplify distribution process. Decentralized Nurseries will be established at cell level, managed by a nursery operators and funded by One Acre Fund/Tubura.  Farmers’ mobilization will be done in collaboration of Nursery Operators, Farmer Promoters and Sedos.

S/he will assist in research of new seedlings production model, testing the feasibility of decentralized trees nursery. The extension intern will serve as the main field presence as part of that implementation, supporting the team on the ground in all the ways necessary to have a successful decentralized nursery. Below are more detail responsibilities of extension intern

Setting strategy for decentralized nursery operation and trees distribution: The end goal of decentralized nursery will be to produce healthy seedlings, distributes seedlings and have a high survival rate after distribution.

  • Support hiring Nursery managers: ​The intern will work closely with the manager and RAB field coordinator to​​ hire decentralized nursery operators.
  • Train the nursery operators: ​Once the nursery operators have been hired, he will design and possibly lead an on-boarding process and will train them for their new responsibilities.
  • Materials Support:​ This intern will support in creation of nursery material
  • Nursery material distribution: The intern will be responsible of distribution of nursery material to the nursery managers and make sure all material are kept in safe place before use
  • Approval of nursery sites: He should approve all nursery sites
  • Monitoring of nursery activities: He will be responsible of monitoring of nursery activities including nurseries establishment, planting of seed and seedling monitoring
  • Local government engagement: he will work hand in hand with local government in the implementation sectors to make sure that local authorities are aware of nurseries work progress.
  • M&E data collection: collect nursery progress data for monitoring and evaluation purpose
  • Reporting: he will write decentralized nursery implementation report
  • Follow up farmers’ mobilization process: registration of farmers will be done by Farmer Promoter. This staff will follow up the progress of mobilization and report to his manager.
  • Approval of number of healthy seedlings: only healthy seedling will be distributed to farmers. Before distribution, he will check the quality of seedlings and approve which seedlings to distribute to farmers.
  • Data entry and basic analysis: enter data collected and ​make basic data analysis for decentralized nursery implementation activities
  • Develop lessons learnt document: he will be responsible of postmortem of decentralized nursery project
  • Support 20A trees distribution campaign: depending on the workload, he will support distribution of trees in 20A trees distribution campaign.
  • Support for any other task assigned by his/her manager

Career Growth and Development

We have a strong culture of constant learning and we invest in developing our people. You’ll have weekly check-ins with your manager, access to mentorship and training programs, and regular feedback on your performance. We hold career reviews every six months, and set aside time to discuss your aspirations and career goals. You’ll have the opportunity to shape a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in any field with at least two years’ work experience n execution project
  • Working in trees nursery or Initiating a tree nursery business will be an advantage
  • Good written and Verbal English and Kinyarwanda
  • Strong collaboration with people at different level
  • Willing to stay at the area of implementation
  • Good in computer literacy (world, excel and PowerPoint)
  • Able to work independently
  • Quick learner

Application Deadline

June,03, 2019

Preferred Start Date

June, 2019

Job Location

Rubengera, Rwanda

Compensation

Interns will be provided with a reasonable stipend for the duration of their contract. Rural area based fellows will be provided assistance in locating suitable housing. The fellowship/internship program is a recruiting initiative. 

Duration

3 - 6 months

Sponsor International Candidates

No; Must have existing rights to work in Rwanda.  Only Rwandan  nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Note: Please submit a Resume/CV, not exceeding more than 1-2 pages, which includes Education, Work Experience, Specialized/Technical Skills, Achievements/Awards and any other Experience (Volunteering, Extracurricular, etc). References do not need to be included, and will only be required upon request, after the final interview.

One Acre Fund never asks candidates to pay any money or pay for tests at any stage of the interview process. Official One Acre Fund emails will always arrive from an @oneacrefund.org address. Please report any suspicious communication here