Agriculture Officer at Save the Children Nigeria


Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. Save the Children is working in Nigeria because one in five children in Nigeria dies before their fifth birthday. About 40% of children miss out on school and have to work to survive while nearly 2 million children have lost one or both parents to an AIDS-related disease.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Agriculture Officer

Job ID: 220002NW
Location: Damaturu, Yobe
Employee Status: Permanent
Team / Programme: Nigeria Country Programme
Reports to: Livelihoods Coordinator
Staff directly reporting to this post: None
Contract Length: 3 Months
Grade: 4

Child Safeguarding

  • Level 3: The post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

Role Purpose

  • To support implementation of the agriculture component of the project
  • In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

Main Responsibilities
Programme Support:

  • Support the development  and roll out of the agriculture and livestock training guidelines/curriculum
  • Facilitate the government extension staff to train Community Agriculture Mobilisers (CAMs) on GAP, storage technique
  • To organize farmers training at village level.
  • Facilitate the training of  farmers on financial management, linkages to  micro -finance institutions, techniques for using more drought-tolerant or faster-maturing crop varieties, improved animal husbandry practices, dryland farming, environmental conservation, use Water Use Efficient technologies, post-harvest handling and value addition
  • Support the vulnerable host families, returnees and IDPs with agriculture inputs (seeds, tools and fertilizers) to restart farming.
  • Facilitate direct links between farmers, suppliers, and buyers through radio programs, seminars, visits and use of digital platform to provide up-to-date market information to farmers.
  • Strengthen/create farmers into cooperatives and link them to the available digital agriculture platforms to improve their farming and marketing skills.
  • With support from the Monitoring & Evaluation team support the M & E plan implementation within the FSL projects, ensuring this links to reporting requirements, and capacity build technical field staff in carrying out the work.
  • With support from the Accountability Lead ensure accountability is enforced in all project activities as well as ensuring that feedback from children and their families is considered in project design/implementation
  • Work closely with partners and their staff to ensure project activities are implemented in time and within the stipulated quality.

Capacity Building:

  • Identify learning and training opportunities for partner staff and communicate this to the FSL coordinator.


  • Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.

Core Behaviours

Achieving results effectively:

  • Ensures efficient and transparent use of resources in accordance with internal controls
  • Continuously provides feedback and updates to achieve improved results
  • Coordinates with stakeholders to avoid duplication and maximize resources
  • Documents lessons learned and applies them to future projects

Maintaining and developing collaborative relationships:

  • Actively listens to different perspectives and experiences of stakeholders
  • Actively participates in networks to access and contribute to good practice
  • Establishes and maintains clear communication and dialogue with disaster and conflict affected people and other stakeholders
  • Establishes clear objectives with teams and individuals and monitors progress and performance

Operating safely and securely:

  • Identifies and communicates risk and threats and minimizes these for oneself and the agency
  • Takes measures to do no harm and to minimize risks for partners and the communities
  • Reduces vulnerability by complying with safety and security protocols set by the organization
  • Demonstrates an understanding of wider UN/NGO security coordination and how the organization can benefit from, and contribute to, those mechanisms

Managing yourself in a pressured and changing environment:

  • Helps team members to practice stress management through prioritization of workloads and modelling of appropriate self-care
  • Remains effective and retains perspective in the face of difficult or demanding situations
  • Demonstrates personal integrity by using one’s position responsibly and fairly
  • Maintains ethical and professional behavior in accordance with relevant codes of conduct
  • Plans, prioritizes and performs tasks well under pressure
  • Takes responsibility for own work and for the impact of own actions
  • Makes positive statements about work


  • Education to B.Sc / level in Agriculture, Rural Development, a relevant subject or equivalent field experience.
  • Substantial experience of working in agricultural development and extension services in NE  Nigeria
  • Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability.
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience of training and capacity building staff.
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Excellent communication  and strong influencing skills.
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high level of written and spoken English.
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of SC. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support.


  • Knowledge of livelihoods analysis tools
  • Familiarity with FSL and nutrition surveys
  • Experience in gender mainstreaming within FSL programming.

Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)

  • Hold oneself accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values in the HEA.


  • Set ambitious and challenging goals for oneself and the team, take responsibility for his/her own personal development and encourage the team to do the same.
  • Future orientated, think strategically and on a country programme wide scale.


  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with colleagues, members and external partners and supporters.
  • Value diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally.


  • Develop and encourage new and innovative solutions to problems faced.
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence.
  • Displays consistent judgement.

Application Closing Date
11th April, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as it is contrary to the values and practices of our organization.
  • Due to the volume of applications received, Save the Children may not provide feedback to all applicants. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed as received.
  • Save the Children reserves the right to change the closing date, if considered necessary.


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