Farm Radio International – The seed for Farm Radio International was planted nearly 40 years ago in rural Zambia when a man named George Atkins had a simple, but really good idea.
It was 1975 and George, a Canadian farm radio broadcaster, was out in the Zambian countryside with his African colleagues as part of a workshop he was running. As they travelled around interviewing farmers, George asked them about the radio shows they had created recently.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Volunteer
Locations: Benue, Cross River , Kaduna, Kano, Nasarawa, Ogun, Oyo, Plateau,
Employment Type: Volunteer
Reports to: Radio Officer
Length of contract: April 1 2021 to February 26, 2022
- Farm Radio is implementing a short duration project for the German international development agency, GIZ, Green Innovation Center GIAE. The project will use a variety of strategies to increase awareness, knowledge and uptake of good agricultural, nutrition, health and gender equality practices.
- The project will be executed in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, which means that distance methods, not just for broadcasting but also for design and training, will be at the forefront.
- Farm Radio International is a Canadian organisation that has been working since 1979 to harness the power of radio to meet the needs of small-scale farmers.
- We work with more than 1,000 radio organizations located in more than 40 African countries to fight poverty and food insecurity. With the benefit of FRI resources and training, our broadcasting partners deliver practical, relevant, and timely information to tens of millions of farmers, including women farmers.
- We also work with a range of partners to implement radio projects that address specific development challenges and community needs.
- Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) volunteers are responsible for monitoring and evaluating radio programs, calling radio stations regularly to give reminders and support, as well as working in collaboration with the Radio Officer to resolve problems on-site and support radio program implementation. Below are the main tasks required from an FRI Monitoring and Evaluation volunteer in the framework of the Radio for Green Innovation at Scale REGIS project.
- Execute radio craft responsibilities for Radio for Green Innovation at Scale REGIS Project.
- Under the supervision of the Radio Officer, ensure that all Radio Craft components of the REGIS project are delivered effectively and to the highest standards.
- Ensure that all REGIS radio episodes broadcast by Selected Radio in your State are uploaded to Uliza Log within one week of broadcasting
- Using Uliza Log and to monitor and evaluate all REGIS episodes broadcast by Radio located in your State to ensure they are in-line with: FRI VOICE quality standards, FRI Good, Better, Best (GBB) evaluation criteria, and program design documents
- In collaboration with the Radio Officer and on weekly basis, ensure that all weekly episodes are aired according to the program outline
- The Volunteer is to call each radio station at least one hour in advance of the scheduled broadcasting time to ensure that arrangements are made for resource persons and gender consideration is confirmed
- Alert the Radio Officer to any issue in program quality including but not limited to:
- Power outages, poor signal, or other technical issues
- Changes to or omission of agreed upon content as set out in the program design document
- Comments which are against FRI policies (such as the Gender Equality policy)
- Failure of the radio station to meet FRI Good, Better, Best (GBB) evaluation criteria and/or FRI VOICE quality standards, including the respect and promotion of gender equality
- Failure to acknowledge FRI, GIAE, and GIZ, in a given episode
- Following the guidance of and in collaboration with the Radio Officer, offer support, coaching, and follow up, in-person or remotely, to selected Radio stations as necessary. —Support, coaching, and follow up to be provided to the radio station might include:
- Verification of issues at the radio stations such as break downs, power outages, etc.) and communication of said issues to the Radio Officer to achieve resolution
- Supporting broadcasters’ use of Uliza Log
- Providing relevant FRI resources from scripts.farmradio.fm to broadcasters to support the production of REGIS Program episodes and/or help orient broadcasters on the usage and navigation of scripts.farmrafio.fm
- Provide regular updates to the Radio Officer as requested and/or appropriate
- Support project coordination activities for REGIS project
Monitoring, learning, evaluation, and reporting:
- Support regular reporting processes undertaken by the Radio Officer
- Support the Radio Craft Officer as requested in the coordination, execution, and logistics of field visits to the State
- Listen and share questions recorded on the uliza poll with agricultural extensions officers
- Translate and transcribe all audio voices on Uliza poll under the REGIS project each week
- Take pictures of project processes and results for use in reports and communications
- Collaborate with the FRI communication team to document project impact/success stories to be shared online and in regular reporting processes
- Help Record content for DI interactive platforms.
- Support the Radio Craft Officer as requested in the coordination, execution, and logistics of in-station training for the selected radio station for each State:
- Undergo orientation processes
- Be available for orientation processes in March
- Be available to begin the role immediately thereafter
- The minimum academic qualification is at least Diploma or first Degree
- 1+ year experience in radio and/or communication for development programming
- Experience in quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation
- Knowledge and experience in gender equality and women’s rights
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
- Knowledge of information Communication Technology (ICT)
- Knowledge of the local language will be an asset
Deadline: 5th March, 2021
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send a CV and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org and Eucharia Uranta-Okonkwo email@example.com. During submission, candidates are advised to use the position applied for, names and location as the email subject (E.g: M&E Volunteer, John Green – Kano State); and language(s) spoken should be captured in their application letters.
Note: Farm Radio International believes in promoting gender equality. Hence, applications from both male and female candidates are highly encouraged.