Skills & Competencies required
Demonstrated ability to work with and influence key stakeholders on agriculture and climate change agenda.
Strong operational knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially MS Excel, MS Word, and MS PowerPoint, along with other computer applications.
Knowledge of collection and management of primary and secondary data.
Strong analytical skills, to analyse field data in relation to climate perspective.
Good communication, writing, and presentation skills.
Good interpersonal, networking, and communication skills.
Language Proficiency: Reading, writing, and speaking proficiency in Hindi and English. Proficiency in Gujarati would be desired.
Project Implementation and Management: Lead, train, manage, and support Project Unit (PU) team on best practices for sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, and decent work.
Coordinating and communicating with the PU team and Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) India Implementation Team.
Conducting IP Readiness checks and PU support visits and support in reporting to BCI Implementation Team.
Understand climate change impacts and adaptations with a focus on agriculture, particularly cotton, and sustainable agriculture-based livelihood.
Review climate risks on agriculture, particularly cotton.
Develop a climate change risk management strategy to develop climate-resilient agriculture, particularly cotton.
Identify best practices for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction in cotton farming and scaling-up plan for climate change mitigation in the agriculture sector.
Prepare a project implementation plan in relation to climate change adaptation and mitigation as per the requirement of the project and organisation.
Enhance capacity building of staff and community on the role of climate change in agriculture and agriculture livelihood.
Provide support to the PU team on natural resource mapping – water, soil, biodiversity – in the project area conducted by the PU team, and interventions identified to manage and restore these resources are implemented effectively.
Establish bio-input centres to promote chemical-free farming in the project area.
Capacity building of PU team on sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, and decent work.
Regularly review the progress of the BCI plan prepared by the PU team and reported to BCI.
Develop communication materials in relation to climate change in agriculture.
Participate in all training given by BCI and cascading with the PU team.
Provide any other support to the project as and when required.
Stakeholder Management: Identify, engage, and collaborate effectively with Research Institutes, Agricultural Universities, Government, IIFCO, GSFC, and other NGOs, who can support the PU in project implementation.
Identify relevant stakeholders to collaborate with, to ensure that the BCI Principle of Biodiversity, Soil Water Stewardship, and Crop protection is implemented in the Project area.
Monitoring & Evaluation: Leading the monitoring and evaluation of project activities for impact assessment, submitting progress reports to the donor as per timeline.