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Advisor , Climate Smart Agriculture

  • 5-15 yrs
  • Not Disclosed

Job Description

Organization: ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUNDJob Title: ADVISOR , CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTUREReports to: SENIOR DIRECTOR, GLOBAL CLIMATELocation: MAHARASHTRAIntroduction: With world attention focused on building a strong economy and a healthy environment, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and leaders from business and civil society turn for win,win solutions. For decades EDF has leveraged its economic, scientific and political expertise to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, China, and around the world. With its growing economy and population and rising global influence, India has become central to meeting these global challenges.Read more about EDF's work at: https:,,www.edf.org,Since 2011, Environmental Defense Fund has been working with partners in India to slow and, ultimately, reverse the rising trend in agricultural GHG emissions that currently constitute 20% of national emissions, while aligning with the national food and water security requirements. A core component of this effort has been to fix the broken agricultural value chains in order to establish an enabling environment for innovation and farm level efficiency. In the state of Maharashtra, this is being addressed by using the agri, entrepreneur model to provide various agricultural services to small holders and increase their income as well as create sustainable livelihoods for young rural entrepreneurs (AE). An AE brings together services such as credit and market linkage, access to high,quality input and crop advisory for a group of farmers.Roles and Responsibilities:, Oversee and support the implementation of the climate smart agriculture (CSA) program with state and non,state partners in Maharashtra. , The role will require coordination between multiple stakeholders including but not limited to state policy makers, agriculture scientists, NGOs, Private sector, Community Based Organizations, and Farmer Producer Organizations, with a focus on supporting and enabling local agriculture entrepreneurs to drive productivity and efficiency at the farmer field level , Be a part of a team that is empowering farmers and rural agriculture entrepreneurs to improve service delivery to farmers in the state to drive efficiency across the agriculture value chain by developing and testing Package of Practices (rice, wheat, other cereals), and curriculum development for the training of AEs , Assist in the development of ICT tools,platform to enable peer to peer learning among AEs and the farmer community, for the uptake of the CSA interventions in the two districts. , Designing and deploying surveys, research instruments,protocols to capture the effectiveness, co,benefits and impact of CSA interventions deployed across the two districts, Work with the broader team to assess current state agriculture and agriculture related policies for climate resilience. Co,lead with the state agriculture environment ministry a process to identify new policies better suited to promote climate resilience , Take initiative to organize other associated multi,stakeholder consultations to conduct government outreach, sharing regular updates and results of the program in the two districts , Mapping, researching and analysing state schemes and programs across key policy documents, Connecting with technical advisors and experts for inputs and areas where they can contribute on agriculture policy documents of the state government, Regularly participate in agriculture and land use related round,table stakeholder discussions, and invite only meetings, hosted by concerned state departments,ministries to share the work and outcomes of the tested CSA interventions, Participates in advancing EDF DEI goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF valuesNote: The roles and responsibilities outlined above are not meant to be an exhaustive list of tasks. The need for flexibility is required and the job holder is expected to carry out any other related duties that are within the employee's skills and abilities whenever reasonably instructed.Must Haves: , 5 years relevant work experience , Masters in Agronomy,Agricultural Science, Environment,Sustainable Development, Climate Change, Land,use or Agriculture Policy , Proficiency in written and spoken English , Ability to manage and analyse large datasets , Solid understanding of the state policy development processes in India , Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment , Proven ability to multitask , Strong relationships building and management skills. , Knowledge of Hindi is required , Demonstrates self,awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds, High level of computer literacy Preferable:, Ideal candidates will have a process,level understanding of agronomy, Some preference for candidates who can use different geospatial or statistical analysis packages (e.g., R or ArcGIS), Preference for candidates who have a rich background and experience in designing and conducting impact assessment, baseline, mid,line and end,line assessments, specifically in the areas of agriculture and allied sectors, Previous experience in policy mapping and analysis, specifically in agriculture, Land use or environment policy preferred, Knowledge of Marathi is preferred.Contract will be awarded based on the above qualifications and ensuring equal treatment and non,discriminationThird Sector Partners is a pioneering cause,connected executive search firm and has been retained for this position. Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.