Joint Aid Management: Agricultural Field Monitor

Joint Aid Management
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Wednesday, 10 April, 2013
Opportunity type: 

Joint Aid Management (JAM) is a humanitarian nonprofit organisation that works to empower Africans to create better lives for themselves.

JAM seeks to appoint an Agricultural Field Monitor, based in Gauteng.

S/he will monitor all programming activities by collecting data, checking pre-school warehouses and liaising with pre-school officials through scheduled and unscheduled school visits. S/he will also act as the JAM representative at community level. Collect and report accurate information through to his/her supervisor for the Nutrition Programme Database.

This is a fixed-term contract position ending in December 2013.


Programme monitoring: 35%

  • Monitor programme activities at least twice per month at assigned pre-schools;
  • Ensure the pre-school is distributing, managing, storing and preparing food at least 90% of required days;
  • Ensure that 100% of the data captured at the pre-school/community-level is accurate and fully inclusive of the programme;
  • Ensure that pre-schools have the resources and capacity to execute all JAM programmes in the school and target the community;
  • Work with assigned pre-schools to identify priorities for improvement and provide support to move towards compliance and registration with Government;
  • Assist to coordinate all programme activities with field supervisor and HQ office staff;
  • Achieve 90% project success rate within areas assigned;
  • Perform other duties as assigned;
  • Ensure JAM Porridge posters are displayed in the schools;
  • Maintain the audits/assessments done at the schools and ensure the data is entered on to the database;
  • Go through the full assessment checklist when visiting schools – after checking areas of relevance, to be submitted to the regional supervisor for input into the database, so they can be highlighted for use on the website, or newsletters, and sent to the communications department.          

Community interaction, partnership and support : 20%

  • Act as a representative of JAM programming to the pre-school, community and beneficiaries explaining JAM’s objectives within the local community as well as the CCDA model interventions;
  • Identify and meet with other stakeholders operating in the community to outline activities and possible areas of joint interest with JAM (e.g., Government representatives, community-based organisations, religious institutions etc.);
  • Any relevant information obtained should go into the monthly report showing a plan of action for any meetings with government departments for the following month to enable co-ordination of the right material planning and training for these meetings;
  • Assist the supervisor to organise and complete an annual community evaluation of all related programmes. 

Programme reporting – to the regional programme supervisor: 25%

  • Submit complete, accurate monthly reports by the 5th day of the month.
  • Report any recommendations, issues and/or critical challenges in a timely manner.
  • Submit, as necessary, project ideas and opportunities for expansion.               

Policies and procedures compliancy: 10%

  • Ensure all activities are compliant with JAM policies and procedures, donor requirements and regional specifications for the programme;
  • Be familiar with and receive training on the SOP and the JAM field tool kit;
  • Complete a first aid course;
  • Complete the fire and safety course (can be facilitated by the JAM International Health and Safety Officer).       

Requirements: 5%                                                                                   

  • Knowledge of commodity related procedures is an added advantage;
  • Knowledge of community and local contexts;
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation procedures;
  • Candidate should be a self-starter, who can accomplish the tasks with little or no supervision;
  • S/he must be diligent in paperwork;
  • Ability to cooperate with warehousemen, truck drivers and transporters;
  • Basic computer skills;
  • Previous knowledge, background or experience in an ECD environment is an added advantage;
  • Mature Christian who shows a desire to serve humanity and to strengthen his/her relationship with the Lord;
  • Willingness to get a drivers license and pass the JAM driving test.

Personal skills and attributes: 5%

  • Confidence;
  • Integrity;
  • Ability to speak English and at least one (local) other official African language;
  • Ability to speak to community forums;
  • Communication skills;
  • Energetic and enthusiastic disposition;
  • Initiative and an ability to motivate and encourage people working in the pre-school environment;
  • Attention to detail.

Spiritual input

  • Character introduced (Jesus/Mary/Joseph);
  • Principle taught (obedience/faithfulness etc.);
  • Memory scripture (children’s ability to memorize);
  • Children-practitioner rapport;
  • Coloring page (understanding and fine motor skills);
  • Songs (this little light of mine/Jesus love me the little one etc.).

Education required 

  • Prospective candidate should have a minimum of a high school level education with a basic understanding of storekeeping and proven relevant experience. Candidates with College diplomas and University degrees will have an added advantage;
  • Basic training in the rudiments of storekeeping could/should be provided through JAM onsite systems.

Experience preferred

  • Candidates who will be favoured are those who have at least two years of experience in a related field preferably with an NGO working in monitoring. They should live in close proximity to the area they represent as a JAM monitor, and be active in their community.

Limits of authority: None

Resources required

  • Access to JAM Office space and equipment;
  • Transport (e.g. vehicles, reimbursement);
  • Cellphone;
  • Field Toolkit including SOP’s and all supporting documentation and material;
  • Access to JAM SA computer to punch in weekly data collected.

To apply, submit a CV and motivational letter to

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Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.

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