Deputy Sustainable Agriculture Advisor

Job Description

Reports to: Sustainable Agriculture Advisor (SAA).
Contract Type: Fulltime 
Location: Gorta Self Help Africa Head Office, 17 - 22 Parkgate Street, Dublin 8.
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

Purpose of the Role:

Self Help Africa is committed to technical excellence, improving programme quality across the organisation and becoming a leader in innovative development practice. The purpose of this post is to support the Sustainable Agriculture Advisor in Head Office in the improvement of programme quality across the whole organisation ensuring excellence in programme design and implementation and success in proposal submissions as well as improving support to and learning from sustainable agriculture practices and approaches.

Under the leadership of the Sustainable Agriculture Advisor, this post will explore and advise on best practice within SHA and experiences from other development actors to ensure programmes across all Self Help Africa countries are providing effective advice and support that promote agriculture practices, approaches and technologies that in both the short and medium-to-long term increase sustainable agricultural productivity, promote economic viability and lower environmental and social costs for resource poor farmers. The post holder will encourage innovation and facilitate learning in this specific technical area ensuring these practices and technologies are low-cost, readily available and well-tested to facilitate adoption and dissemination to smallholders. This will mean advising, training and mentoring key programme staff in Self Help Africa’s countries of operation. Through close collaboration with the Sustainable Agriculture Advisor, Programme Quality Manager, the Programme Quality Team (PQT) and in close association with Programme staff at country level, this post plays a key hands-on role in developing Self Help Africa’s programming and will be critical to enabling greater credibility and a significant scale up of Self Help Africa’s work.

Pre-requisites (to entail person specification, academic qualifications and experience):
In order to succeed in this role, it is expected that you will have:

  • Masters in agriculture, rural development, social or development studies or a related discipline
  • At least 10 years’ experience of working in rural development projects/programmes in Africa with Sustainable Agriculture related functions
  • Very good knowledge and experience of programme cycle management
  • Extensive experience in report writing for funding agencies
  • Strong research, evaluation and analytical skills
  • Experience in using participatory approaches in project design, monitoring and evaluation
  • Excellent written English essential, French desirable
  • Computer literate (particularly Word, Excel and Powerpoint)
  • Flexibility and the ability to work in a multi-cultural and diverse team
  • Willing to travel up to 35% of the time
  • Commitment to working with a value-based organisation
  • Self motivated with good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good organisation, planning and management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure

To apply for this position please download and send completed application form and detailed CV with accompanying cover letter to
Hard copy applications will not be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Fundraising office volunteers

Job Description – Fundraising office volunteers needed

Reports to: Direct Marketing Manager.
Contract Type: Volunteer.
Contract Duration: 2 - 6 months.
Location: Gorta Self Help Africa Head Office, 17 - 22 Parkgate Street, Dublin 8.
Closing Date: Open

Fundraising office volunteers needed

Gorta Self Help Africa implements innovative and effective strategic partnerships with some of the world’s poorest communities focusing on – food and water security, livelihoods that create prosperity and enterprise developments for local communities.

We work in a manner that strives to achieve social, environmental and economic justice for all.

Gorta Self Help Africa has a fantastic opportunity for office volunteers to join the Fundraising team in Dublin and assist with upcoming campaigns.

Are you looking to gain experience with an NGO?

Are you available and flexible during office hours?

Do you have any of the following skills?

  • Practical office experience, over 1 year
  • Proficiency in excel databases and Microsoft Office suite
  • Strong communication skills, verbal and written
  • Excellent telephone manner
  • Excellent organisation skills

We are looking for energetic people to join the team, either full time or part time for the duration of our Spring and Summer campaigns.

Please send your CV to


Gorta is committed to equal employment opportunities

Based in Dublin, Gorta Self Help Africa is Ireland’s longest established not-for-profit development agency and was set up in 1965. Our focus has always remained on long term sustainable projects which we complete with partner organisations on the ground in our target countries.