Strategic Development Agency (SDA) NGO

TITLE:  Agronomist

TERM:  Full-time

START DATE/ TIME:  February 2019

DURATION:  Long-term, with 3 months of probation period

LOCATION:  Yerevan, Armenia

JOB DESCRIPTION:  SDA is looking for an Agronomist for the Project "Livestock Development in Armenia: South-North". Under the direct and day-to-day supervision of the Project Manager the Agronomist will be responsible for determining the causes of agricultural/ environmental problems during the Project implementation and providing practical solutions for sustainable use of natural landscapes thus eliminating/ minimizing negative impact on environment in the Northern provinces of Armenia (Tavush, Lori, Shirak and Gegharkunik marzes).

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provide technical support in delivery and implementation of rural economic development project in the selected Northern provinces of Armenia;
- Implement assessment and evaluation of natural landscapes (pastures, grasslands, arable lands) to identify current state of their use and develop measures for their sustainable and effective use;
- Establish on-farm demonstrations on resource effective practices (climate-smart agricultural practices, use of alternative sources of energy, waste management, safe disposal of medical wastes);
- Develop resource effective measures across dairy and meat supply chains;
- Adjust/ develop management guidelines of dairy and meat processing enterprises and incorporate resource effective measures for the production/ processing;
- Implement environmental mainstreaming in all phases of the Project implementation in accordance with approved environmental decrees and legislation of the Republic of Armenia;
- In close collaboration with other components of the Project, ensure fulfillment of set project objectives and deliverables;
- Build and manage relationships with stakeholders, including local governing bodies, pasture users/ cattle owners, as well as national and local NGOs;
- Ensure adherence to SDA quality standards and integration of best practice as well as adherence to donors and contractual requirements;
- Provide and facilitate technical support, capacity development, training and information provision/ dissemination to Project stakeholders on integrated and effective natural resource management;
- Produce quality program reports (monthly, quarterly and annually) and other required documents and materials (e.g. newsletters, informational leaflets) for SDA and its donors and ensure that those meet stipulated deadlines;
- Perform other job-related duties as required by the Management of the Project and Organization.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
- Bachelor's degree in Agronomy/ Environmental Science or in other relevant subjects;
- Substantial and demonstrable experience in integrated natural resources management, development of measures for their effective/ sustainable management;
- Experience of work in rural areas, with farmers, community governing bodies on developing partnerships and collaboration, establishing demonstrations;
- Knowledge of accepted legislation/ decrees on agricultural/ environmental issues in Armenia;
- Proven success in operational management of various activities with a clear focus on results;
- Excellent communication capacity and proactive approach to building relationships with key external/ internal contacts;
- Ability to present complex information in a succinct, precise and digestible form;
- Ability and willingness to travel countrywide (at least 50% of time);
- Ability to rapidly analyze situations, identify problems, risks, opportunities and trends, and to take realistic and balanced decisions accordingly, consulting appropriately;
- Capacity to work sensitively and in a participatory manner with diverse actors;
- Ability to manage complex workload and meet deadlines;
- Fluency in written and spoken Armenian and English languages;
- Computer literacy with practical experience in Microsoft Office applications.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:  All interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to send their CV together with a motivation cover letter to: sdaoffice@sdaoffice.com mentioning the position title ("Agronomist") in the subject line of the e-mail. Only short-listed candidates will be invited for the interviews.
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OPENING DATE:  09 January 2019

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  30 January 2019

ABOUT COMPANY:  Strategic Development Agency (SDA) NGO is an Armenian development organization implementing numerous operational projects, research and analysis, business and management advice, in cooperation with a number of international organizations such as Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC/ Switzerland), Austrian Development Agency (ADA), German International Cooperation (GIZ), UN Global Environmental Facility (GEF), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, European Union (EU) Delegation to Armenia.

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