Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry

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Project Coordinating Unit (PCU) of the Smallholder Commercialization and Agribusiness Development Project (SCADeP) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

Sector: Agriculture

Position Advertised:
1. Grants Manager

Issue Date:  Friday 14th January, 2022

The Government of Sierra Leone, through the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) received funding for the implementation of the Smallholder Commercialization and Agribusiness Development Project (SCADeP), with an original estimated US$ 40 million financing and an additional financing of US$30 million from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank Group. The Government intends to use part of the project financing to recruit a Grant Manager for the Project Coordination Unit of the Project.

The Project Development Objective is “To promote smallholder commercialization by fostering productive business linkages between smallholder farmers and selected agribusiness firms and other commodity off-takers in Sierra Leone”, and has five Components:

 Women are particularly encouraged to apply

Deadline for all submissions is COB Friday 28th January 2022

Recruitment of PMU Staff - Rice Agro-Industrial Cluster Project (RAIC) for Torma Bum

Sector: Agriculture

Position Advertised:
1. Project Manager

2. Project Accountant

3. Procurement Expert

4. M&E Officer

Issue Date: December 2021

The Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry (MAF) has obtained a Grant Financing from the African Development Bank (AfDB) as partial funding for the implementation of the Rice Agro-Industrial Cluster Project (RAIC) under the National Agric. Transformation 2023 programme. Part of these funds are going towards supporting a Program Management Team to be located in Torma Bum, Bonthe District.

The goal of the Rice Agro-Industrial Cluster Project (RAIC) is to contribute to rice self-sufficiency in Sierra Leone and improve the livelihoods of rural households. The specific objectives are to: (i) increase the productivity and production of rice by providing farmers access to quality inputs, land and water management, mechanization and extension services; (ii) improve the value chain through the processing of high-quality rice; (iii) promoting the consumption and marketing of locally processed rice. RAIC will consist of four components: (i) Agricultural Production Systems: (ii) Green Agro-processing Cluster Development: (iii) Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening and (iv) Project Management:

 Women are particularly encouraged to apply

Deadline for all submissions is COB Friday 28th January 2022

Recruitment of PMU Staff - Agricultural Value Chain Development Project (AVDP)

Sector: Agriculture

Position Advertised:
1. Financial Manager

2. Head M&E/Knowledge Management

3. Financial Accountant (2)

4. Procurement Officer

Issue Date: December 2021

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is implementing the agriculture value Chain Development Project. The Project is in its third year of implementation and will be implemented over six years with the overall goal of improving livelihoods, food security and climate resilience of rural farming households. The project’s development objective is to increase incomes for smallholder farmers through the promotion of agriculture as a business. The project is financed by IFAD, the Adaption Fund, the private sector, the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) and beneficiaries. IFAD is supervising the project.

The project is working in all the country’s 16 districts, primarily with Farmers Organizations, Service Providers, and SMEs in the rice, vegetables, cocoa and oil palm value chains though crop diversification to enhance nutrition and create alternative income streams will figure prominently in project activities. The ADVP is adopting a value chain approach, intervening either directly or through partners in all links in the value chain from seed supply through processing and marketing. The project has been structured to maximize synergies with two World Bank funded projects, one AfDB and one IsDB that are intervening in the same value chains.

For the implementation of this project MAF is recruiting some staff of the Project Management Unit whose positions have been declared vacant. Below is the technical requirement for these staff.

 Women are particularly encouraged to apply

Deadline for all submissions is COB 30th December 2021

Recruitment of PMU Staff - Agricultural Value Chain Development Project (AVDP)

Sector: Agriculture

Position Advertised:
1.Financial Controller

2. Head M&E/Knowledge Management

3. Financial Accountant

4. Procurement Officer

Issue Date: October 2021

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is implementing the agriculture value Chain Development Project. The Project is in its third year of implementation and will be implemented over six years with the overall goal of improving livelihoods, food security and climate resilience of rural farming households. The project’s development objective is to increase incomes for smallholder farmers through the promotion of agriculture as a business. The project is financed by IFAD, the Adaption Fund, the private sector, the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) and beneficiaries. IFAD is supervising the project.

The project is working in all the country’s 16 districts, primarily with Farmers Organizations, Service Providers, and SMEs in the rice, vegetables, cocoa and oil palm value chains though crop diversification to enhance nutrition and create alternative income streams will figure prominently in project activities. The ADVP is adopting a value chain approach, intervening either directly or through partners in all links in the value chain from seed supply through processing and marketing. The project has been structured to maximize synergies with two World Bank funded projects, one AfDB and one IsDB that are intervening in the same value chains.

For the implementation of this project MAF is recruiting some staff of the Project Management Unit whose positions have been declared vacant. Below is the technical requirement for these staff.

 Women are particularly encouraged to apply

Deadline for all submissions is COB 12th November 2021

Recruitment of Project Management Team Staff (Project Manager and Procurement Specialist) Sierra Leone Agribusiness and Rice Value Chain Support Project (SLARiS)

Sector: Agriculture

Position Advertised:
1. Project Manager

2. Procurement Specialist

Issue Date: 2021

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry with funding from AfDB is implementing the Sierra Leone Agribusiness and Rice Value Chain Support Project (SLARiS). The overall goal of the project is to stimulate a viable upstream agribusiness sector in Sierra Leone in order to promote economic diversification, food security, sustainable employment opportunities and improved livelihoods.  The specific project objective is to transform the agricultural input supply sub-sector as a viable and inclusive business opportunity, in order to promote enhanced production and productivity required to improve the livelihoods of beneficiaries along priority value chains (rice and maize).

This objective would be achieved through: a) support and promotion of reliable access to quality input markets (seeds, fertilizers and pesticides) through liberalisation, adequate regulation and certification of the sub-sector sector which in turn is expected to facilitate the entry of new actors and expansion of business opportunities by the existing players; b) creation of an enabling environment for private sector led agribusiness growth upstream in the value chain through support to the emergence and growth of private seed producers and agri-input (seeds, fertilizers and pesticides) agro-dealers;  c) empowering young men and women to engage in the agriculture sector; d) supporting growth in farmer efficiency, productivity and income through providing improved technologies, climate-smart farming techniques, innovations and good agricultural practices; and e) increasing reliable output market through strengthening outgrower farming models.

The project consists of the following components: (1) Support to Enhancement of Agricultural Input Production & Distribution Systems; (2) Support to Agribusiness Development; and (3) Project Management and Institutional Capacity Development.

The SLARiS project which will be executed in the identified high potential agro-ecological zones in the country (specifically Kambia, Kenema and Moyamba) will be implemented over a period of five (5) years (2019 – 2024).

Deadline for all submissions is COB Friday 20th April, 2021. 

Recruitment of Project Management Staff - Sierra Leone Regional Rice Value Chain Development Project funded by IsDB.

Sector: Agriculture

Position Advertised:
1. Irrigation Engineer

2. Agriculture Extension Officer

3. Gender and Youth Officer

4. Agribusiness Development Officer

Issue Date: 3rd September, 2020

Sector: Agriculture

Position Re-Advertised: 1. Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator

2. Data Analyst

Issue Date: 3rd February, 2020

The International Fund for Agric. Development (IFAD) through the AVDP is supporting the MAF to set up the Agric Delivery Team (ACT) for the implementation of the National Agric Transformation Programme 2023. The Agricultural Coordination and Transformation (ACT) team is to enhance delivery systems and structures within the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The mandate of the ACT team, as a delivery unit, is to facilitate, coordinate and report on the implementation of the National Agriculture Transformation Programme (NAT 2023).

Closing Date: All applications must be in by 12:00 mid-day Sierra Leone time on Thursday 18/02/2020.

Other Vacancies

Sector: AGRICULTURE

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST VACANCIES – INDIVIDUAL SELECTION)

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is implementing the Regional Rice Value Chain Program (RRVCP) funded by the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB). This project is part of a Regional Rice Value Chain Program (RRVCP) for which there are 10 beneficiary countries. The five year program was announced by the President of IsDB at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors at Tunis in April 2018. The first set of five countries to benefit from this regional rice development project include The Gambia, Guinea, Niger, Senegal and Sierra Leone.
The overall goal of the program is to contribute to the countries ambitions of becoming self-sufficient in rice given that most are currently importing significant amounts and at high costs. The National Rice Self Sufficiency Plan of the GOSL aims at reversing this situation by 2029.
Achieving this goal requires supporting smallholder farmers that dominate the rice production systems in the target countries. It is within this context that this specific Sierra Leone country project aims at improving the production and commercialization of the smallholder rice sector in the country. This is critical to the national self-sufficiency and import substitution goal of the country. Value chain approach is the main delivery mechanism of the regional program and its specific country projects.

Date of Issue: 28th November, 2019.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has received fund from the Government of Sierra Leone towards the implementation of the SIERRA LEONE SEED CERTIFICATION AGENCY (SLeSCA) Act. SLeSCA is the National Seed Quality Control and Certification Agency of Sierra Leone. It is a Government Agency under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) that spearheads the development of the seed industry including the implementation of the Seed Act. SLeSCA is charged to facilitate the release and registration of superior crop varieties; certification and quality assurance of crop seeds and facilitation of seed import and export as contained in the Seed Act, 2018 and Seed Regulations, 2019.

Closing Date: All applications must be in by 12:00 mid-day Sierra Leone time on Thursday 28/09/2020. 

Sector: Agriculture

Date of Issue: 4th November, 2019

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has received fund from the Government of Sierra Leone towards the implementation of the NATIONAL FERTILIZER REGULATORY AGENCY (NaFRA). Fertilizer is considered as a critical input in addressing low productivity associated with soil infertility and soil nutrient deficiencies, there has not been any regulation on fertilizer quality control in the country. This undermines government’s effort to achieve food security and reduce the hunger gap. The need for quality assurance in fertilizer marketing and use is a concern for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) in its drive to increase crop yields. Fertilizer dealers import and sell fertilizers without being checked by the government to ensure that they are appropriate and meet minimum standards to support crop growth and environmental sustainability. Issues of nutrient deficiencies, adulteration, short weight and misleading claims and utilization are not being addressed thus resulting to little or no response to crop growth as well as production and productivity. It is against this backdrop that the National Fertilizer Policy and Act were developed and ratified by Parliament in February and November 2017 respectively.

Application Procedures.

Expressions of interest accompanied by curriculum vitae and copies of degree(s) and certificates must be delivered to the address below by 9th December, 2019 at 12pm (GMT) Sierra Leone time and mention “Position you are applying for”. Attn: The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry 1st Floor, Youyi Building Brookfields, Freetown, Sierra Leone +232-76-601-492 or +232-76-97-97-27 Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Closing Date: Tuesday 9/12/2019

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