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Rice Agronomist

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Agriculture, fishing, forestry, wildlife
  • Expert (non-managerial)
  • Full Time
  • Permanent
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Job Summary

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries received funding from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to support government of Uganda’s efforts to attain rice self-sufficiency through “Enhancing National Food Security through Increased Rice Production (ENRP) Project.” The project will contribute to the increase in production, marketing and consumption of rice for improved Nutrition, Food Security and Incomes in Uganda as well as support, build and strengthen the institutional and technical capacities, for sustained agricultural growth that contributes to the poverty alleviation and food security.

Job Summary:
The Rice Agronomist will be coordinating the planning and implementation of all project rice agronomic activities and ensure close liaison with the project management and steering committee.

  • The Rice Agronomist must hold an honours Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture or Crop Science, or Agricultural Economics from a recognised university or institution.
  • Must have post-graduate qualifications in any of the above fields from a recognised university or institution.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience of working in the field of Agricultural Production from government or reputable organisation.
  • Familiarisation with the small-scale rice-based farming systems in Uganda will be an added advantage.
  • Good knowledge of rice agronomy approaches and techniques with farmers is an added advantage.

Applicants should fill Public Service Commission (PSC) Form 3 (2008) here:, in triplicate and attach certified copies of academic certificates and testimonials, appointment letters as evidence of working experience and two referees, one of whom must be a current or previous employer and most recent passport photographs. Applications should be addressed to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, P.O. Box 102, Entebbe, and delivered to the Open Registry.


  1. Responsible for ensuring a productive rice crop under irrigation in the project area through a comprehensive framework from acquisition of seed through soil preparation to post harvesting and storage.
  2. Prepare all rice agronomy related documents to facilitate the planning, development, procurement of services, and implementation of the Project;
  3. Develop guidelines on basic techniques of irrigated agriculture (rice irrigation agronomy)
  4. Promote water management and soil conservation techniques
  5. Ensure sustainability of irrigation infrastructure through functional Water User Associations (WUAs)
  6. Develop with farmers a comprehensive cropping calendar, irrigation schedule and farm planning system
  7. Liaise with District Local Government, Private Development Partners, NARO, NAADS on research, extension and technologies in rice
  8. Promote Basic Practices: An Agronomic Technology Package.
  9. Put in place systems for sustainable soil and fertilizer use and management
  10. Carry out quality assurance in accordance with the project quality plan.
  11. Review and finalize the list of equipment as well as assist Procurement Specialist to purchase of the equipment.
  12. Conduct on-farm tests and demonstrations of the identified technologies and transfer them to farmers through NARI and NAADS.
  13. Review rice crop management practices at all irrigated rice schemes in the country to serve as a basis for identification of improved and appropriate rice production and post-production technologies.
  14. Review the results of activities of the project and provide recommendations for the improvement of the project’s work plan.
  15. Perform any other duties as may be delegated by the Supervisor.

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Permanent
Job type: Full Time
Location: Entebbe
Area of work: Agriculture, fishing, forestry, wildlife
Seniority: Expert (non-managerial)

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required skills: Crop harvesting; Soil management; Operative planning; Use of agricultural machinery (harvester, plougher, others); Project implementation; Agriculture and natural resources
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

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Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (Uganda)

GovernmentalCompany size: 1000+ people

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries consists of MAAIF headquarters and eight ‘semi-autonomous’ agencies. MAAIF HQ consists of two commodity-based Directorates (Animal Resources and Crop Resources) each with three Departments, two stand-alone Departments (for Planning and Finance and Administration) and three other specialist units. The agencies are NARO, NAADS, the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA), the Cotton Development Organisation (CDO), the PMA Secretariat, the Dairy Development Authority (DDA), the National Genetic Resource Information Centre and Data Bank (NAGRIC&DB), and the Coordinating Office for the Control of Trypanosomiasis in Uganda (COCTU). Each of these agencies, operating at both national and sub-national levels, is responsible for the execution of approved plans and resources in their budgets, leaving MAAIF HQ to concentrate on agricultural policy formulation, support and supervision (especially of Local Governments), sector planning, regulation, standard setting, quality assurance and sector monitoring and guidance. This structure dates back to the 1998 post-constitutional restructuring put in place in response to the legal and policy changes that followed the enactment of the Local Governments Act (1997). In a bid to further improve the structure, and in light of changes arising from the establishment of the PMA framework, a Core Functional Analysis of MAAIF was undertaken in 2001. This made clear the sub-optimal nature of the Ministry at that time and proposed a new structure. However, this was not implemented, largely because of lack of consensus within MAAIF and other key ministries. The result is that a structure which was judged inappropriately configured in 2002 is still in place now, as MAAIF gears up to address the major challenges ahead. The Ministry has responded already however, by mounting a number of studies to try to forge a way forward. In 2009, a MAAIF Restructuring Report (MRR) was submitted to the Ministry of Public Service (MoPS), recommending changes to the structure. In the course of the dialogue with MoPS, a further study (the Review of the MAAIF Restructuring and Reform Process, GoU, 2010) was undertaken and, following wide consultations with MAAIF stakeholders, and having regard to previous efforts at restructuring, the work developed a modified structure to the one proposed in MRR. Essentially this was based on a four Directorate structure with two new Directorates (Fisheries Resources and Policy, Planning and Support Services) being created. The proposals were presented at a MAAIF Restructuring Workshop on 4th February 2010 and the MAAIF Top Management team and the Development Partners (DPs) approved the proposed macro-structure. This will be described and elaborated in Programme 4 below, along with the plan for how to transition to this new structure.

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