INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY – SMALLHOLDER FARMER SUPPORT INITIATIVE (AGRI-SI)

This internship position has opened at the Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD), an NGO based in Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province. This position will form part of the AWARD team within the USAID RESILIM-Olifants program, the purpose being to reduce vulnerability through building improved transboundary governance and management of the Olifants Catchment so as to enhance the resilience of its people and ecosystems through systemic and social learning approaches. This post aims to support the restoration and sustainable management of priority ecosystems in the Olifants Catchment.

Job Purpose: To be part of a team implementing one of AWARD’s project, the Agricultural Support Initiative (AgriSI), that supports capacity-building of smallholder farmers in climate change adaptation practices and increased food security, through improved soil and water conservation and agro-ecological practices.

Responsibilities:

 Assist the field team in implementing the project’s activities in communities.
 Assist the field team to capture an appropriate record of activities, for both reporting purposes.
 Ensure the field team captures necessary progress-monitoring data, for learning and accountability purposes.
 Provide support to AWARD’s DICLAD (Dialogues for Climate Change Literacy and Adaptation) initiative, including conducting research in relation to climate change and agriculture, development of communication materials, and/or engagement with local, provincial and national networks.

Qualifications, experience and key competencies:

Job specific:

• Bachelor’s degree in a Natural Resource, Environmental, Biodiversity or Agriculture field of study.
• Interest in both agriculture and participatory approaches.
• Computer literacy and knowledge of Microsoft Office software package (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint etc).
• Ability to conduct background research.
• Ability to collect, synthesize and analyse data.

General:

• Teamwork and collaboration;
• Liaising with project partners;
• Fluency in English (read, write, understand)
• Literature searching & reviewing;
• Attention to detail and high level of accuracy;
• Adaptability;
• Planning and project management skills;
• Preference will be given to persons that have previously worked in an NGO environment;
• Willingness to travel and working irregular hours.

Remuneration package:

The successful applicant will receive a monthly stipend of R 6200.00 plus benefits (medical aid and shared accommodation) in Hoedspruit. In-house training as part of AWARD’s ‘Emerging Professionals’ programme will be provided. Additional funding support for conferences and workshop attendance is available (subject to application and motivation).

Length of contract and location of work:

1 year, fixed-schedule contract, effective 1st May 2017. The RESILIM-O project is implemented from AWARD’s offices in Hoedspruit, Limpopo. The appointee will be based in Limpopo, Hoedspruit.

Closing date: 31 March 2017

Candidates who meet the above requirements should forward their motivational letter, resume and recently certified copies of certificates, ID copy and driver’s license including at least three contactable references via email to the attention of Office Manager: E-mail to: prince@award.org.za

Note: please include the following for your referees: a reachable mobile or telephone number and a working or valid email address.

AWARD is committed to fair recruitment and selection practices and shall not discriminate on grounds of race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, family responsibility, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, political opinion, culture, language and birth.

AWARD reserves the right to withdraw this advertisement at any time or choose not to fill this position or to employ from within the organization