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Agricultural Specialist

Hope Alive!, a WorldVenture child sponsorship ministry, is planning to start a primary, secondary, and vocational school in the Gulu area. A significant amount of land has already been purchased and the building will begin in 2018. The primary school is expected to start in 2020, the secondary school around 2021, and the vocational school after that. Some of the land will be used for agricultural projects to provide food for the children and to make the school more self-sustainable. We are looking for someone knowledgeable in sub-Saharan agriculture who is willing to train young Ugandans to develop the land. The vocational school will focus on agriculture, so there will be an opportunity to teach practical skills in the school setting as well. Agricultural training to the local communities is another potential opportunity.

Some practical agricultural experience and/or training, ideally tropical agriculture. Compassionate, teachable, team work, able to work among poor with limited resources. Willing to have very broad impact by training others. Flexible and self-motivated.
Uganda generally has a wonderful climate, average temps 70's-90's, getting warmer as you head up north. You would be based in Gulu, which during the dry season from January through March is hot and often dusty. During the rainy season it’s warm, but pleasant. You would likely live in “Western” house that would have water and electricity, although electricity is spotty at times. At times challenging internet access, although that has steadily improved. Gulu has some amenities, like a supermarket and western restaurants, but is still a pretty small town in terms of amenities. The majority of the people in the surrounding area and in parts of town still live in the traditional huts. In the capital Kampala (a 5-hour drive from Gulu) you can get almost everything you would need.
You will work in close partnership with local and Western Hope Alive! staff, but you are also free to explore partnerships with like-minded colleagues from other organizations here in Gulu.
Uganda, Africa