The Greening Agricultural Smallholder Supply Chains (GRASS) project, which is a follow-on project to the previous “Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains in Indonesia” and builds on the results and experience gained through this project, will be implemented by GIZ in collaboration with its main government partner, the Directorate General of Estate Crops of the Ministry of Agriculture. The project aims to “improve the resilience of smallholder farmers at the basis of global supply chains,” and will target independent estate crop smallholder farmers in Kapuas Hulu district, West Kalimantan (focus on rubber, oil palm, cocoa, and coffee). The project will develop and/or test, and implement digital and other approaches, tools and procedures supporting sustainable, resilient, and climate-smart smallholder agriculture in selected sub-districts in Kapuas Hulu. Successfully tested approaches, tools and procedures will be promoted proactively and made available for up-scaling at the provincial (West Kalimantan) and national levels, in cooperation with other projects and development partners. The GRASS project contributes to the overall BMZ “Forest and Climate Protection” programme in Indonesia, by reducing deforestation for agricultural land by the targeted smallholder farmers.
The project objective shall be achieved through the production of four main outputs: (1) The capacities to implement resilient and sustainable smallholder farming have been improved; (2) The participation of smallholder farmers in local and global supply chains has been strengthened; (3) Government agencies at provincial and local levels have been sensitized on the requirements of resilient and deforestation-free supply chains; and (4) Digital technologies, e-learning tools and other field-tested approaches to support smallholder farmers are available for provincial and national up-scaling.
To increase the resilience of estate crop smallholder farmers to negative external impacts, e.g., from global market price fluctuations or from impacts of climate change, the project will advise, and strengthen the capacity of, the targeted smallholder farmers in aspects of sustainable and climate-smart agricultural practices, including integrated farming, intercropping/agroforestry, permaculture, and regenerative farming. Agricultural extension staff from the government, civil society, and private sector will be targeted to include the aspects of resilience and sustainability in their support to smallholder estate crop farmers. The project approach will include the use of field-tested e-learning and blended learning formats for sustainable, resilient, and climate-smart smallholder agriculture, and will actively promote successful concepts and approaches at the provincial and national levels.
To support project implementation and to develop the capacity of local universities, GIZ GRASS in collaboration with Tanjungpura University and Politeknik Negeri Pontianak (POLNEP) in Pontianak / Kapuas Hulu will jointly start the traineeship Student Program for selected students who meet with specific criteria. The students will get the opportunity to learn and gain experience in an international environment within an international development corporation organization. Selected students will work together with a GRASS advisor as the mentor for a period of six months. This program will focus on increasing knowledge and technical skill of how direct impact of technology penetration can increase farmer livelihood by strengthening their knowledge. This traineeship student program is a specific cooperation between GRASS, Politeknik Negeri Pontianak and/or Tanjungpura University*)
*) local hire (candidates from local domicile are preferred, relocation will be provided upon discussion)
Trainees Program for West Kalimantan Provinces
The Agriculture Technology Trainee in close collaboration with the Digitalization and Monitoring Advisor and the entire GRASS team of technical advisers and support staff, shall support the implementation of the GRASS project and the achievement of the project outputs and targets. The areas of opportunity to work in this traineeship program including:
- Together with technical advisor develop strategy and products for introducing e-learning platform application to extension agent and farmer beneficiaries.
- Together with technical advisor learn coordination of learning journey from experts to extension agents and from extension agent to farmer beneficiaries whilst capture it in digitalization.
- Support the technical advisor in explaining technology features to extension agent and/or farmer beneficiaries.
- Deliver activity report at the end of their assignment to the supervisor.
- Complete the mandatory web-based training required by GIZ.
- Trainees assist advisor in digitalization planning at Kapuas Hulu District and aid disseminating HOW TO of the application. They assist in long term plan for farmers using digitalization in farming process. Interns will be assigned tasks according to their placement in the aforementioned topics.
- Support extension agent in working with Farmer Groups/Community, particularly related to digitalization penetration at the village level.
- Help advisor organizing meeting with partner, extension agent and farmer to capture learning journey and socializing digital application.
- Assist in organizing and documenting events (e.g., taking pictures and/or videos) such as webinar workshops, and trainings.
- Support the program by documenting and filing materials for knowledge management purposes.
- Report and present the results of the internship as part of the work report. These activity reports must be individual and free from plagiarism, as developing writing skills is an essential learning objective and will be evaluated. This requirement emphasizes the importance of originality and individual growth throughout the program.
- Attend the Introduction Training conducted after contract signing.
Other duties/additional tasks
- Participate in GRASS’s regular weekly meetings (attendance is mandatory on Monday).
- Supports administrative team in preparing administrative documents, such as creating attendance lists in accordance with GIZ regulations, and collecting administrative materials related to financial reporting.
- Contributes to the coordination process in the implementation of GRASS activities.
- Participate in networking events related to GRASS strategic areas.
- Performs other duties and tasks at the request of management.
- Expected to contribute one or more articles, depending on the theme of their activities, to the GRASS knowledge management repository, composed using detailed and informative activity sheets
- University degree in digital or information technologies or agriculture.
- Fresh Graduate are encouraged to apply.
- Good working knowledge of ITC technologies (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g., Microsoft applications).
- Able to write and speak English.
- Willingness to domicile and travel within Kapuas Hulu district and other requested region.
- Demonstrated ability to contribute to a teamwork.
- Willingness to upgrade skills as required by the tasks to be performed.
Duty Station: Boyan Tanjung and Batang Lupar
Working Hours: 5 working days per week, 8 working hours per day
Period of Traineeship: 6 (six) months
Reports to: Commission Manager
Expected Joining Date: ASAP
How to Apply
Interested candidates shall submit comprehensive resume and a motivation letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org before October 2nd, 2023.
Please put: GRASS Trainee as your email subject and name the files using following format:
[Your Complete Name]_[Motivation Letter/CV]
Only short-listed candidates will be notified.