Recruitment of District Mission Manager at Department of Agriculture - Govt. of Maharashtra

ORG- Department of Agriculture - Govt. of Maharashtra
Closing Date- 30th September, 2019


About
Department of Agriculture was established as recommended by the Famen Commission of the Year. Work was initiated to include all the departments associated with the agricultural sector and provide necessary support from the state government to increase agricultural production in the rural areas.

Position
District Mission Manager

Project Background
The Maharashtra government has set up a mission for promoting organic agriculture in the state by passing a government resolution on 16 October 2018 under the state sponsored scheme of organic farming/poison free farming. The mission has been named Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Organic Farming Mission. The mission will help the farmers in production, certification, processing and marketing of farm products such as fruits, vegetables, pulses and grains, which would be free from pesticides and insecticides.

Scope of Position
The assignment involves working with organic farmers, producer groups, Cluster Aggregation Centre (CAC), Farmer Producer Companies (FPO), Non-Government Organizations (NGO), Organic Certification Bodies (CB), Regional Councils (RC) of Participatory Guarantee System(PGS), Buyers, Exporters, Private Companies, Agriculture Universities and various Government departments related to Agriculture with an objective of capacity building of farmers in organic agriculture methods, community organization of organic farmers in producer groups and marketing, processing and value addition of organic produce and help the farmers in doubling their income in 3 years.

Eligibility
Essential:

  1. Master of Science in Agriculture or Master of Science in Horticulture or Master of Science in Fisheries or Master of Science in Forestry or Master in Veterinary Science or
  2. Master in Rural Management or Master in Business Administration in Rural Management or Master in Business Studies in Rural Management or Master in Business Management in Rural Management or
  3. Master in Business Administration in Agri Business Management or Master in Business Studies in Agri Business Management or Master in Business Management in Agri Business Management or Post Graduation diploma in Agri Business Management (Two Years) from recognized university
  4. With total 5 years working experience for promotion of organic agriculture practices and allied activities based livelihoods or managing commodity business in scale or certification or sourcing or value addition or marketing, experience working in any part of the value chains of organic produce,
  5. Experience of roll-out of PGS or Third party certification with at least 500 farmers, experience in handled procurement / marketing / supply chain for organic agricultural produce, developing a business / vertical for promotion of organic farming, practices within an organization / corporate institution would be preferred, Proven experience of leading professional staff and builds their initiative and enables them to function as members of efficient and effective teams,
  6. Developed and managed partnerships in market side, supply side, for technical know-how of implementation of organic farming, Demonstrable experience of project management, ensuring the delivery of high quality programmes as well as managing internal learning processes across virtual teams,
  7. Managed a team of at least 5 members.
  8. Knowledge of MS Office is Essential and Knowledge of Marathi is desirable.
  9. Experience will be calculated as on 1st March 2019

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Act as an important link between PMU and cluster aggregation centres (CAC)
  2. District Mission Manager will be responsible for making reporting arrangements, structures, channels and formats for producer groups, Lead Resource Person (LRP),Master Trainers, Cluster Aggregation Centres (CAC), project implementation agencies (PIA),Certification Bodies (CB) and Regional Councils(RC), including from producer group level to stat level reporting and ensure that all the reports are submitted timely. Based on reports District Mission Manager would appraise the Project Director/Deputy Director and Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of Mission Project Management Board (MPMB) and Project Manager.
  3. Planning, execution and monitoring of the organic producer groups in the cluster through regular field visit and review
  4. Cluster level planning and roll out of cluster aggregation centre
  5. Rolling out certification in the clusters
  6. Support the LRP, Master trainers and Manager Organic agriculture business in development of value addition and market linkage strategies for organic produce
  7. Development of protocols, package of practices for organic farming. Also, facilitate workshops, consultations necessary for developing the same.
  8. Mapping of value chains, analyzing value chain competitiveness, project strategy, business plans, and standard operating processes for Producer Enterprises and Producer Groups taking up marketing of organic produce
  9. Maintain information regarding produce of the Organic producer groups, cluster aggregation centres for marketing (prices and trends), and commodity-wise details.
  10. Identifying institutional buyers / local buyers, conducting buyer seller meets
  11. Development of new proposals in organic cluster development
  12. Developing and executing capacity building plans for the project staff, LRP, Master trainers and producer groups and value chain development
  13. Develop manuals and guidelines to facilitate implementation of value chain development Identify and document best practices
  14. Co-ordination with the Project implementation agencies for development and implementation of organic clusters
  15. Ensuring data collection and entry into MIS for monitoring and evaluation
  16. District Mission Manager will document the case studies, success stories and innovative models emerging from the clusters initiative of the mission and disseminate them at various platforms. District Mission manager may be required to draft press notes in consultation with the project director/ deputy director on major milestones achieved in the mission.
  17. Ensuring systematic maintenance of the mission components related records and documentations for audit and make sure that timely audit is done
  18. District Mission Manager will be responsible for liaison with organic farmers, producer groups, Cluster Aggregation Centre (CAC), Farmer Producer Companies (FPO), Non-Government Organizations (NGO), Organic Certification Bodies (CB), and Regional Councils (RC) of Participatory Guarantee System (PGS), Buyers, Exporters, Private Companies, Agriculture Universities and various Government departments for smooth functioning of mission.
  19. Assist the project director/ deputy director, Mission Project Management Board (MPMB) and Project Management Unit (PMU) in achieving the mission objectives
  20. Perform any other duties assigned by the Project Director/ Deputy Director and Chairperson /Vice Chairperson of Mission Project Management Board (MPMB)

Desired Domain Knowledge and Experience:

  1. Knowledge of organic certification standards - both third party and PGS certification systems
  2. Knowledge of compliances for both export and domestic markets for organic produce.
  3. Knowledge of organic farming methods, agro-ecological practices
  4. Experience in setting up systems and processes to roll-out organic farming in the States Good data analysis and conceptualization skills
  5. Ability to write concept notes, proposals etc., and make effective presentations
  6. Ability to build and sustain effective partnerships with Government Agencies and private sector organizations
  7. Proven ability to coordinate the work of others and to work as part of team and share knowledge with others
  8. Demonstrated openness to change and ability to manage complex situations

Desired Competency and Attributes:

  1. Ability to recognize complexity, analyze and act – Proactive in identifying issues and bottlenecks with ability to think Out of Box for innovative solutions.
  2. Intensity, Integrity and Intelligence – Willingness to travel ‘extra mile’ in order to work for communities with the ability to translate knowledge into purposeful action
  3. Inclusive Approach – Sensitive to needs to vulnerable and marginalized communities and including them in the development process
  4. Team Player- Thrives working in a large team with the ability to demonstrate leadership skills wherever required.
  5. Integrative Skills - Understands relevant cross-sectoral areas how they are interrelated;
  6. Articulate and demonstrate clear results – Possesses effective communication skills to deal with different stakeholders with ability to achieving objectives in challenging situations

How to apply
Interested candidates shall submit their applications in prescribed format along with photocopies of all necessary documents to the address mentioned below by post or Email on address pdorganicfarmingmission@gmail.com  till 30th September 2019, by 05.30 PM.

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