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PMU Farmer Field School Technical Lead

Date Posted: Sep 12, 2019

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Better Extension Training Transforming Economic Returns (BETTER) Project

PMU Farmer Field School Technical Lead

Self Help Africa (SHA) is an international NGO dedicated to the vision of an economically thriving and resilient rural Africa. We have 50 years of experience working with smallholder farmers, farmer associations, cooperatives and agribusinesses across Africa to help farmers grow and sell more food, improve diet, diversify incomes and make their livelihoods more sustainable and resilient to external shocks. We also work to build awareness of issues affecting smallholders and represent their interests at policy and institutional level. Our sectors of expertise include, Food and nutrition security, Sustainable rural livelihoods, Access to finance, Farming as a business, Value chain development, Climate resilience, Natural resource management, Water and Sanitation and Policy influencing. SHA has been operating In Malawi since 1994.

Self Help Africa as lead agency, in collaboration with Action Aid, Evangelical Association of Malawi, Plan International and ADRA, with funding from the European Union, will be implementing a programme called BETTER. BEI i tit with a total funding of E14.6 million with EU contributing E13.96 million is a five year programme that alms at Increasing the resilience, food, nutrition and income security of 402,000 smallholder farmers in the 10 districts of Karonga, Chitipa, Mzimba, Kasungu, Nkhata-Bay, Nkhotakota, Salima, Chiradzulu, Thyolo and Mulanje. BETTER is part of the KULIMA (Kutukula Ulimi m`Malawi) Programme. KULIMA Programme with an estimated cost of E111 000 000, is funded by the EU contributing €100 1000 ,000, and co-financed by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and German Cooperation. The BETTER programme has the following specific objectives; to strengthen agricultural extension services through 13,400 FFS groups in order to secure effective and productive services for smallholder farmers in 10 KULIMA districts; to increase the absorptive/ anticipatory, adaptive and transformative capacities of 402,000 smallholder farmers to adapt to adverse effects of climate change and improve food security in 78 EPAs in 10 KUUMA districts; to improve food security for 402,000 farmers through effective livelihood diversification and technology transfer.

The FFS Technical Lead will be responsible for ensuring successful use of the Farmer Field School Approach in the implementation of climate change adaption and resilience initiatives among the smallholder farmers in all the targeted districts. This wit include among others ensuring that strong and functioning Farmer Field Schools are established across the districts.

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum of MSc in Agriculture Extension.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in agricultural extension, with at least 2 years’ experience in the implementation of Farmer Field Schools.
  • Experience In training extension staff and managing extension programs (government, NGO or commercial).
  • Up to date knowledge of new approaches in extension and current research on extension.
  • Previous experience in delivering extension programs for CSA, including CA.
  • Strong computer skills especially with Ms. Word and Excel and experience of digital data gathering and ICT4D.


  • Registered FFS Trainer (Registered with the FFF).
  • Previous experience of integrating gender and nutrition training into FFS.
  • Crop protection experience or qualification, with experience of FFS for IPM.
  • An understanding of monitoring and evaluation principles.
  • Good data analysis skills.
  • Previous experience of using on-line climate change modelling resources.
  • Experience on other similar donor funded projects, prior experience on EU funded programs preferred.


Please submit by 5pm of 24th September, 2019 a completed application form, CV and motivation letter which can be downloaded at where the detailed job descriptions can also be found.

Completed application forms, a motivation letter, and an updated curriculum, for the vacancies should be submitted to: 



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