Job Opportunity for Consultant- Technical Expert – Improved Agriculture & Animal Husbandry at Oxfam India in Kalahandi

Website Oxfam India

Background about the organization:

Oxfam India (OIN) is a movement of people working to end discrimination and create a free and just society.

We work to ensure that Adivasis, Dalits, Muslims, Women & Girls, and Informal Sector Workers have violence free lives with freedom to speak their mind, equal opportunities to realise their rights, and a discrimination free future. We research to find lasting solutions to end rising inequalities and exclusion of marginalized communities from getting decent jobs, quality free education and healthcare. We campaign with the public to demand policy changes from governments for creating a just and inclusive country as envisioned in the Indian Constitution. We mobilise support to save, protect and rebuild lives of the poorest of poor affected by crisis and humanitarian disasters.

By putting the rights of marginalized at the heart of everything we do, we work to create a discrimination-free India where everyone lives a life of dignity, free from injustice and inequality. Since 2008, we have changed lives of millions of people not just in our six focus states—Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Assam—but also across India. We are also part of the Oxfam global confederation with affiliates in 21 countries fighting together to build a better world.

Oxfam has been in India since 1951. It first came to India to respond to Bihar famine. In 2008, Oxfam India became an independent affiliate and an Indian NGO. Oxfam India is an autonomous Indian organisation and has staff and board members from within India. Government of India has registered Oxfam India as a non-profit organisation under Section 8 of the Indian Companies Act, 2013.

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

All our work is led by three core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness.

·         Accountability – Our purpose-driven, results-focused approach means we take responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable. We believe that others should also be held accountable for their actions.

·         Empowerment – Our approach means that everyone involved with Oxfam, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can make change happen.

·         Inclusiveness – We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.

Oxfam India is an equal opportunities employer. To know more about Oxfam India please visit:

Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.

Purpose of the assignment:

A Consultant-Technical Expert – Improved Agriculture & Animal Husbandry with experience of handling such projects will be responsible for implementing the project to create sustainable communities, building sustainable community institutions (Strengthening Producers Groups, Farmer Producer Company & developing road map for promotion of agriculture productivity enhancement, agribusiness and market linkages. Expert of Agriculture & Animal Husbandry to create sustainable communities by socio economic empowerment of marginal communities by enhancing sustainable livelihood option and improving essential service through women centric approach.

Major tasks and coordination required under this assignment:

Task of the Consultant will be as follows:

  • Needs Assessment: Conduct a comprehensive assessment of the agricultural needs and challenges faced by rural communities. This involves understanding the local context, climate, soil conditions, available resources, and the socio-economic background of the farmers.
  • Agricultural Planning: Develop and implement agricultural development plans based on the needs assessment. This includes setting goals, identifying appropriate farming practices, selecting suitable crop varieties, promoting sustainable and climate-smart agriculture, and integrating modern techniques and technologies.
  • Capacity Building: Organize training programs and workshops to enhance the knowledge and skills of farmers and agricultural extension workers. This can cover topics such as crop management, soil conservation, pest and disease control, irrigation techniques, post-harvest handling, and marketing strategies.
  • Farming Systems and Practices: Promote the adoption of improved farming systems and practices that increase productivity and sustainability.

Key Deliverables (as per background and requirement of assignment):

·         To Work in conjunction with the project implementation team and implementing partner.

·         Accountable towards developing and nurturing community institutions (Producer Group- P6, Village Forum, Producer Organization etc.)

·         To ensure formation of Producer Groups in the clusters is based on agri business principles.

·         To monitor and provide support in field implementation.

·         Develop business road map of village level Rural Business Centers and Producer Organization to initiate sustainable and responsible business.

·         To inculcate elements of business orientation among PGS, FPOs, entrepreneurs by way of intensive orientation:

·         To develop a clear strategy towards formation of vibrant rural business clusters.

·         To establish Business / market linkage.

·         To counsel and guide prospective agri-entrepreneurs on their business idea and support them by developing a bankable business plan.

·         To create awareness and encourage local entrepreneurs to start agri-enterprises towards strengthening rural economy.

·         To build sustainable livelihood through trades like goatery, poultry etc

·         To produce quality field reports and documentation etc. for internal and external communication purposes.

·         MIS and reporting as per monitoring framework of the project.

·         To conduct periodic review and planning meeting with project implementation team. Liaison with line departments.

·         To actively participate in and contribute to all team processes leading to programme development, management and effective functioning of the team s/he is part of.

·         To contribute to the Oxfam India’s regional team goal by working effectively as a team player adopting collaborative 8 consultative ways of working

·         To assist Project Manager/ Finance Officer/Regional Manager in performing other responsibilities as and when required.

Skill and Competence

·      Graduate in agribusiness, social sciences, or related discipline.

·      Substantial knowledge and experience in the development field (at least 5 years)

·      Sensitivity to gender and diversity issues

·      4- 5 years of Experience in implementing complex projects

·      Ability to think strategically and creatively, with strong analytical skills

·      Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to work in a team

·      Ability in writing and speaking skills in English and Hindi. Preference will be given to candidates speaking and writing Odia.

·      Adapt in using online and offline communication tools and quick at learning new online tools

·      Should be a self-starter, have good negotiation skills

·      Physical fitness for travel and a willingness for sustained fieldwork.

·      Strong interpersonal skills to work as part of a team


During the course of consultancy, the post holder may be required to move base on a temporary or permanent basis to any workplace controlled by Oxfam India

Timeline of the assignment): 01/07/2023 to 31/03/2024 OR Co-Terminus with the Project

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