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GFRAS Vacancy: Programme Officer

Terms  The Global Forum on Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) seeks a qualified Programme Officer for the GFRAS Secretariat, based at Agridea in Lindau, Switzerland.Job Description
  • Maintain personal and organizational contacts with GFRAS members and affiliates
  • Assure communication (information, contacts, knowledge sharing)
  • Mobilise, motivate, and coordinate between stakeholders such as working groups, regional networks, and GFRAS secretariat
  • Prepare, conceptualise, organise, and coordinate network events or thematic discussions, especially the annual meeting
  • Coordinate and support organising committee and host to conceptualise and plan
  • Assure quality control of logistics & programmes
  • Perform administration and ensure logistics of the programmes
  • Contribute to strategic planning and management (including monitoring & evaluation) of GFRAS activities
  • Perform financial management of the programme
  • Contract and supervise service providers
  • Coordinate with the host organisation AGRIDEA
  • Represent GFRAS at various international events
  • Support the Executive Secretary as needed
  • Master’s degree in international cooperation, agricultural extension or agricultural education, or related field
  • Work experience in a developing country (minimum 6 months)
  • Knowledge of and experience in project management
  • Able to act in a team (interpersonal skills, cooperation, communication and mutual coaching)
  • Communication capacities (face to face as well as through Web-tools)
  • Analytical, strategic, independent and proactive thinking
  • Willingness to travel internationally (several times a year)
  • Languages required: Excellent grasp of oral and written English is a must. Candidate must also speak French or Spanish. Additional languages such as German, Portuguese, and Russian are an asset.
The Programme Officer reports directly to the GFRAS Executive Secretary who works in South Africa. He/she will be directly hired by AGRIDEA, the Swiss Association for the Development of Agriculture and Rural Areas ( Appropriate status to obtain a valid work permit according to current Swiss legislation is required. The final grade level will be determined by demonstrated experience and educational level.If interested, send letter of interest detailing why you should be considered together with CV in English to with a copy to The application must be received by 10 March 2014. Shortlisted candidates will be informed by 17 March 2014. Interviews will take place as soon as possible thereafter. Start time is as soon as possible; latest 1 July 2014. The position allows for full or part time, depending on further negotiations.For further information, contact Kristin Davis,
GFRAS Website