International Consultant for Reviewing/developing Farmer to Farmer

Phnom Penh | Phnom Penh

1. General Background

The Royal Government of Cambodia has received financing in the form of a loan (USD26.1 million) from the International Fund for Agricultural Development, a grant (USD15 million) from the Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme Trust Fund, and Government funding (USD11.4 million) from the Ministry of Economy and Finance to implement the Agriculture Services Programme for Innovation, Resilience and Extension (ASPIRE). The total confirmed financing is approximately USD 52.5 million. The lead implementing agency is Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) with Supreme National Economic Council (SNEC) and National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development Secretariat (NCDD-S) also having implementation responsibilities. ASPIRE will be implemented over a seven-year period 2015-2021 with activities at national level and initially five pilot provinces : Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, Battambang, Preah Vihear and Kratie.

The goal of ASPIRE is to reduce poverty and increase the resilience of poor and vulnerable smallholder farmers in the Kingdom of Cambodia. The Programme Development Objective is that by 2021 an enhanced Cambodian model of agriculture services is demonstrated as effective for assisting a diversity of smallholder farmers to contribute to broad-based economic growth through profitable and resilient farm businesses and is adopted as policy.

Accordingly, MAFF is now seeking to recruit an International Consultant for developing of Farmer to Farmer Learning Guidelines to support implementation of ASPIRE.

2. Purpose and Scope of Assignment

The purpose of the assignment is to work and assist MAFF’s General Directorate of Agriculture (GDA) to review and develop the Farmer to Farmer Learning Guideline and develop the capacity of GDA and PDAs to apply and implement the Farmer to Farmer Learning Guidelines.

The International Consultant for developing of Farmer to Farmer Learning Guidelines will work closely with the National Agriculture Extension Adviser, Deputy Program Manager and GDA's ASPIRE Team. Under the guidance and supervision of the Programme Director and the Programme Manager – Extension, the International Consultant shall be responsible for performing the following duties in accordance with MAFF, ASPIRE guidelines, policies and practices:

  1. Review documents and guidelines, experiences and lesson learnt, success stories of farmer to farmer extension, farmer lead extension and farmer to farmers learning in Cambodia and in the region by conducting desk review, analysis and consultation with relevant stakeholders.
  2. Design structures for effective farmer to farmer extension and learning.
  3. Develop contents and curriculum of Farmer to Farmer Learning and extension and consult with relevant stakeholders.
  4. Develop Farmer to Farmer Learning Guideline for extension officials and extension workers.
  5. Conduct validation workshops and meetings to get inputs from stakeholders for finalizing the Farmer to Farmer Learning guidelines.
  6. Conduct training of Master Trainers for extension officials and GDA and PDA staffs for use of Farmer to Farmer Learning guidelines.
  7. Follow up and backstopping the implementation of Farmer to Farmer Learning guidelines.

3 Monitoring and Progress Controls

The International Consultant for developing of Farmer to Farmer Learning Guidelines works under the day-to-day supervision of the Programme Manager – Extension and under the overall supervision of the Programme Director. The work plan and time-bound targets of the International Consultant for developing of Farmer to Farmer Learning Guidelines will be developed in coordination with the Senior Programme and Planning Adviser and approved by the Programme Director.

The assignment will be based in Phnom Penh with travel to provinces as required. Home based work may be undertaken with the prior approval of the Programme Director.

The performance of the International Consultant for developing of Farmer to Farmer Learning Guidelines will be defined and measured through an Annual Performance Review, which will include SMART targets and at least two performance review meetings (mid-year and year-end). In addition to the formal performance review, regular meetings or other progress review updates will be put in place in coordination with the supervisor.

4. Qualifications and Experience

a. Education (Level and area of required and/or preferred education)

The International Consultant for developing of Farmer to Farmer Learning Guidelines will hold an advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Agricultural Extension and education information, communications technology, agriculture development or another relevant field.

b. Work Experience

The International Consultant for developing of Farmer to Farmer Learning Guidelines will have the following work experience:

  • A minimum of five years professional experience;

  • Substantial experience of design and development of Agricultural extension guidelines and farmer to farmer learning;

  • Experience in developing participatory training and extension guidelines, materials.

  • Experience in developing training materials and extension materials for farmer to farmer learning and extension.

  • Experience in developing and implementing in participatory research and extension

  • Experience of the agriculture and rural development sector will be an asset;

  • Experience as an adviser to a public sector agency in an externally financed development programme will be an asset;

  • Previous experience in Cambodia or a comparable country strongly preferred.

c. Key Competencies

  • Understanding of the design and use of guidelines and training modules on farmer to farmers extension and learning;

  • Understanding of the participatory training and extension approaches and methodologies,

  • Relevant technical knowledge, skills and extensive work experience in design farmer to farmer learning and farmer lead extension guidelines and strategies;

  • Familiarity with extension and education strategy and development managemen strongly preferred;

  • Good teamwork abilities;

  • High level of computer literacy;

  • Personal interest, commitment, flexibility and willingness to work in a highly motivated team of professionals; and

  • Ability to travel to areas of operations.

d. Languages

  • Fluency in English is essential;

  • Knowledge of Khmer is an advantage.

e. Skills

  • Advisory Services
  • Budget Management
  • Capacity Building
  • Client Management
  • Contracts Negotiation
  • Financial Rules and Regulations
  • Knowledge Management
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Multistage Reporting
  • Project Design
  • Project Development
  • Project Management
  • Risk Analysis
  • Stakeholder Management Develop project team

Applications should be submitted by 19 June 2016 via email: or to MAFF Office’s ASPIRE Secretariat at 3rd Floor of the Administrative Department Building, #200, Preah Norodom Blvd., Phnom Penh.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Phnom Penh | Phnom Penh
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Closing Date: 2016-06-19

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