Open position: Consultant Urban agriculture

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    The Urban Agriculture Unit of ETC Foundation is looking for a new senior team member.

    ETC Foundation is a not-for profit development and advisory organisation. Its main office is based in Leusden, the Netherlands and (independently managed) regional and country offices are located in Kenya (East Africa), Peru (Andes), India, Sri Lanka and the UK.

    ETC’s approach is characterised by process-based, participatory and gender-positive working methods that build on local initiatives and knowledge, facilitate multi-stakeholder social learning and contribute to local capacity development, sustainable innovations and poverty alleviation.

    ETC Foundation has 30 years of experience in advising national and local governments, NGO’s, universities, farmer organisations and private enterprises in a large number of developing countries (as well as in Holland and Eastern Europe) on sustainable development and innovation, human resource development and institution building, transition to ecological farming, participatory agricultural research and extension, farmer organisations, sustainable energy, public health, a/o. It has been Involved in the field of urban agriculture since 1994 and was co-founder of the Global Support Group on Urban Agriculture (SGUA).

    ETC-Urban Agriculture is one of six Leusden based units of the ETC-Foundation and at present is formed by 3 senior advisors, 1 junior advisor, 1 programme assistant and 1 secretary (see

    ETC-Urban Agriculture focuses on the following three strategic themes:

    (a) Urban agriculture, poverty alleviation and local economic development (with special attention for women and youth)

    (b) Urban food systems, food security and nutrition (including link with HIV-Aids)

    (c) Agriculture in urban planning and management (productive urban landscapes / edible building, multi-functional peri-urban agriculture)

    The services of ETC-Urban Agriculture include:

    * Institutional strengthening of partner organisations and networks
    * Capacity development and training (development of training materials, organisation of
    training workshops, distance learning, exchange visits)
    * Policy analysis and advocacy (fact sheets, policy papers, policy seminars, study visits)
    * Support to local multi-stakeholder processes for situation analysis, policy design and
    collaborative action planning on urban agriculture
    * Applied research; Monitoring and evaluation studies
    * Gender analysis and mainstreaming
    * Information, communication and knowledge management (maintenance of databases,
    publications a/o the Urban Agriculture Magazine, RUAF-website).

    See for more information and

    Main tasks:

    The consultant will be responsible for:

    * Design, coordination and implementation of advisory, training, applied research and information support activities regarding urban farming systems innovation and participatory technology development, micro-enterprise development (processing) and marketing (from Seed to Table approach), in close coordination with Southern partner organisations of ETC-UA.
    * Regular progress and financial reporting on assignments and projects in coordination
    with the Coordinator of ETC-UA and the ETC financial department
    * Maintaining good working relations with donor agencies and other sources of funding
    and identification of innovative financing strategies and possibilities
    * Periodic sharing of experiences with colleagues in ETC-UA and with other units and offices of ETC-Foundation and contributions to the coaching and education of junior staff.
    * Contribution to further development of the development strategy of ETC-UA


    * At least ten years of experience in development cooperation
    * Strong interest to assist farmer organisations, NGO’s, Municipal departments and other local stakeholders in the development of sustainable small scale farming systems with (groups of) poor urban households
    * MSc or equivalent/higher education in tropical agriculture (agronomist, horticulturist, livestock specialist) with expertise in participatory agricultural action-research, training and extension
    * Proven ability to operate as an individual advisor and trainer in developing countries and experience in the development of practical training materials
    * Gender sensitive
    * Strong network and contacts with donor agencies; proven ability for funding leverage
    * Resistant to stress, creative, good sense of humour, capable of working in a team as well as independently
    * Availability to travel to a variety of countries for short missions
    * Fluent in English; Good working knowledge of French, Spanish and/or Arabic is an advantage
    * Extensive computer skills (Word for windows, Excel, Access, Internet, etc)

    Labour Conditions

    * A 50%-100 % contract (to be negotiated) with a probationary period of six months.
    * Gross salary, depending on the level of education and experience, between Euro 2750 and Euro 3950 (full time) with an additional 8% holiday allowance and substantial employer contribution to the pension scheme.
    * Based in Leusden, the Netherlands or willing to be regularly present in Leusden for extended periods


    More detailed information can be obtained from the coordinator of ETC-Urban agriculture: Ir Henk de Zeeuw ([email protected]; tel: +31-33- 4326000)


    Please send your application (in English and clearly responding to each of the requirements)
    before August 15, 2006 with curriculum vitae to:

    Coordinator ETC-Urban Agriculture
    P.O. Box 64,
    3830 AB Leusden,
    the Netherlands

    or by email to: [email protected]

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