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The African conservation Tillage Network (ACT) has built a high performance professional team which works with the network stakeholders towards attainment organizational objectives. Opportunities to be part of this team are open to all in line with ACT policies.

Qualification & Criteria

  • ACT is particularly interested in candidates with expertise, experience or interest in conservation agriculture.
  • Applicants should either be recent graduates or students in a recognized university or graduate school programme and have completed at the very least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant to the work of ACT
  • All volunteers and interns would need to demonstrate that they are fluent in written and spoken English, French, and or local national languages and be computer literate.
    Interns would preferably bring their own laptops.

We've posted a selection of vacancies under each category. For details on engagement opportunities please visit the links below:

Volunteering is a great way to participate in skills and knowledge exchange and be a part of ACT Network activities and development. We rely on the valuable support of volunteers with a range of professional skills and experience. Placements are from 3 months up to one year for qualified professionals with at least two years' post qualification experience.

Current Positions

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ACT provides students from all parts of the world with the opportunity to be part of its operations at the headquarters and sub-regional offices as interns. The internship programs are geared to enable students get practical experience which complements their field of study and creates a better understanding of global issues and cultural diversity. Placements are for 1-3 months for students currently enrolled at a higher learning institution/university or graduates of not more than 12months.

Current Positions

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For specific projects and contracts ACT Network works with associate consultants. We believe that our consultants are central to our continued success. The reputation of ACT is maintained and strengthened by the experts that work with us on a regular basis. We want to invest in long-term relationships based on mutual trust and commitment.

Current Positions

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Duty Station: DAR ES SALAAM

The African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT) is a Pan-African not for profit organization
built on and driven by the values and principles required to harness indigenous African
energies, inspiration and commitment to lead and contribute to Africa’s own development.
The thrust of ACT is to add value through strategic partnership in the identification,
adaptation and scaling up of conservation agriculture principles and practices.
Job Profile:
The Accounts Assistant role is to provide accounting support and assist in ensuring
compliance to financial and operational policies and procedures of the organization. The
accounts assistant shall contribute to effective management of financial and accounting
systems, timely reporting and compliance to international financial reporting standards
and best practices.
The incumbent will:
• Provide accounting support to project staff while assuring compliance with
internal control, donor regulations and budget restrictions.
• Register all financial transactions in the accounting system and maintain accounting
records according to agreed standards.
• Liaise with procurement in ensuring all documentation is in compliance with budgets
and procurement policies and procedures.
• Posting of creditors invoices after confirmation of proper supporting documentation.
• Assist in the daily financial accounting procedures of projects including recording all
cash, cheque and bank transfer transactions, maintain cash and bank ledgers, monitor
cash advances and field expense reports and reconcile cash-on-hand.
• Update and maintenance of the Fixed Assets Register.
• Invoicing as per agreement and contracts with donors and implementing partners.
• Process and make payments as provided in the approved budget and ensure that
proper authorization is obtained for all disbursements and proper financial
documentation is used.
• Ensure timely processing and remittance of statutory payments
• Undertake some of the monthly closing procedures including bank reconciliations,
creditors’ reconciliations, staff accounts, Petty cash audit and submitting of monthly
returns to head-office.
• Maintain efficient, accurate, timely, proper and transparent financial filing system of all
documents relating to finance. Ensure complete documentation and audit trail for each
transaction is maintained.
• Undertake any other related duties as may be required by the sub-regional coordinator
and head of department.
• Degree with a bias in accounting/finance or equivalent and professional
qualifications (CPA/ACCA).
• Have at least 3 years experience in a busy accounting environment preferably
• Be proficient in computerized accounting systems and strong spreadsheet
skills. Knowledge in QuickBooks will be an added advantage.
• Must be a self starter who requires minimum supervision and ready to work
under pressure.
• Integrity, commitment to service and respect for diversity;
• Good interpersonal skills and ability to work productively in a multicultural team
• Must be a National
Tenure of Appointment:
• The initial appointment will be for 12 months including a 3 months probation period.
• Contract extension will be subject to performance and availability of funding.
How to apply:
Submit your application including your CV/resumé stating your salary expectation via email
not later than 18th March 2014 to: hr@act-africa.org ACT is an equal opportunity

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Plant Production and Protection Officer

Issued on: 10 November 2014
Deadline For Application: 8 December 2014

Job Description

Organizational Setting

The Regional Office for Africa (RAF) is responsible for leading FAO’s response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO’s priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the Region and, in collaboration with departments and divisions at Headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO’s strategic response to regional priorities. RAF also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization’s Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies. RAF develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs).

The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.

The post is located in the Technical Officers Group RAFT, within the West Africa Team, with duty station in Accra, Ghana.

Reporting Lines

The Plant Production and Protection Officer reports to the Senior Forestry Officer, RAFT, Team Leader of the West Africa Team.

Technical Focus

Develop integrated crop development programs that respond to Africa regional priorities and promote the principles of “Save and Grow” for achieving Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) within the CAADP framework with emphasis on increasing resources use efficiency for increased ecosystem stability in national and sub-regional programs in the West Africa sub-region.

Key Results

Comprehensive technical, statistical, analytical and/or policy analysis services and the development of specialized tools, methodologies, systems and/or databases to support the planning, implementation/delivery and monitoring of the programme of work and related products, projects, publications, and services

Key Functions

  • Plans and leads components of multi-disciplinary teams, leads and/or participates in internal committees, project teams, and working groups and/or provides specialized expertise on technical networks and/or international technical policy and/or international technical policy and standard setting bodies;
  • Develops technical, analytical, monitoring and reporting frameworks, and related methodologies, tools, systems and databases etc. to support the planning, implementation/delivery and monitoring of programmes of work, projects, products and/or services;
  • Designs and conducts research, data collection, validation, analysis and/or reporting activities to support the development of technical standards, international instruments, innovative approaches and strategies, new tools, technologies, technical reports/publications, and/or policy proposals as well as the provision of technical/policy/ specialist/advice and expertise;
  • Responds to country requests for technical and policy assistance, provides technical advice, assistance and solutions to Decentralized Offices and provides technical backstopping to field projects;
  • Collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures the quality / effectiveness of capacity development and knowledge sharing activities within member countries such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning materials, on-line tools;
  • Promotes international cooperation/advocates best practices, increased policy dialogue and provides technical expertise at international/intergovernmental meetings;
  • Participates in resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy.

Specific Functions

  • Identifies, formulates, implements, monitors and evaluates projects and programmes in West Africa related to crop production and protection;
  • Participates in the development and implementation of relevant policies in West Africa at country and sub-regional levels;
  • Collaboratesin the establishment, implementation and follow-up of collaborative partnerships with other agencies and relevant institutions in West Africa with responsibilities in the area of Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (i.e. Conservation Agriculture (CA); Climate Smart Agriculture, (CSA), Seed Systems, Pesticide Risk Reduction and Farmer-Led Extension Approaches), like ECOWAS and other RECs, CGIAR centers relevant to Crop programmes in Africa with particular focus on IITA;
  • Contributes to the development of strong seed systems in Africa working actively with the Headquarter seeds unit and the Africa Seeds network with particular attention to the needs in West Africa;
  • Organizesand deliverscapacity building activities in the areas of plant production and protection;
  • Provides technical support to the statutory bodies and international agreements of relevance to plant production and protection in West Africa.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced University degree in Agriculture, Agronomy, Crop Production and Protection, Plant Sciences or related field
  • Seven years of relevant experience in crop production, crop protection or pesticide management in the field, preferably including experience on main crops in West Africa
  • Working knowledge of English and French


  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable and field experience at both national and regional levels in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly West Africa would be an asset.
  • Extent and relevance of international experience and expertise in plant production and protection, particularly in West Africa.
  • Extent of experience in providing policy advice at local, national, and sub-regional levels.
  • Extent and relevance of experience in project/programme formulation, implementation and monitoring in plant production and protection, particularly in West Africa.
  • Ability to lead collaborative work within organizations and in partnership with external actors, and supervise work of others.
  • Ability to organize and conduct technical meetings, conferences and workshops.
  • Ability to mobilize resources.
  • Excellent communication skills in English and French are considered a strong asset.

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Deadline:13th February 2015


Concern Worldwide is a non-governmental international humanitarian and development organization that is committed to helping families in poor communities improve their lives and achieve substantial reductions in extreme poverty. Concern Worldwide has been working in Zambia since 2003 and is currently implementing projects in Western and Central Provinces to improve food and nutrition security, promote sustainable livelihoods, increase agricultural production, and empower women and girls.

Since 2010, Concern has implemented a Conservation Agriculture[1] (CA) project in three districts of Western Province. The project works with farming households, predominately women, to encourage their adoption of CA through training and asset transfers in order to both increase and diversify household crop production of cereals and pulses. The program also provides farmers with a measure of resiliency against droughts that are a frequent occurrence in Western Province.

While there is strong evidence of the potential for CA to increase productivity, CA implementation and research remains largely a production-oriented methodology. The primary goals of CA revolve around the sustainable intensification of agriculture through better soil fertility management. Accordingly CA research has largely been agronomically-oriented, measuring primary indicators such as increase in productivity, returns on labour, etc. An initial review of existing literature suggests that the understanding of the impact of CA on the nutritional status of household members is still very limited and there is very little discussion as to how CA interventions can become more nutrition sensitive.

2. Objective of the consultancy

To address, these issues, the specific research objectives of this proposed consultancy are;

1. To assess whether CA has the potential to impact nutrition security at the household level and nutrition status of pregnant and lactating women and children under 2 years;

2. To identify and describe which pathways between agriculture and nutrition are influenced under the current promotion of CA and to develop a conceptual pathway model for CA and nutrition which outlines potential as well as actual pathways;

3. To identify opportunities and make recommendations to increase the nutrition sensitivity of CA interventions and share these widely amongst stakeholders within Zambia.

4. To make recommendations for future research related to CA and nutrition.

For More Information Download The Terms of Reference:[1]

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[1] Also known as Conservation Farming