Agricultural Project Associate Job CIAT

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Position summary:

The Alliance on behalf of HarvestPlus, is seeking to recruit a highly-motivated Project Associate who will be part of a team working to enhance commercialization of biofortified crops under the CBC (Commercialization of Bio Fortified Crops) project. The CBC project seeks to build long term sustainability in the biofortification value chains. The project is a partnership between HarvestPlus and GAIN.

Main duties and responsibilities include:

· Assist in coordinate partner organizations and county government agronomists on crop husbandry including post-harvest handling of biofortified crops (Vitamin A Maize and High Iron Beans)

· Facilitate use, and support scaling up of innovative, varied and affordable market and dissemination options (e.g. viable seed packs, mobile seed shops, voucher system etc.), to reach smallholder farmers, particularly women

· As a field contact person, build and sustain strong partnerships of various value chain actors and institutional linkages to deliver on project‘s expected results and targets

· Support organizing and implementing training of farmers and farmer groups and other stakeholders in biofortified crop production, aggregation and marketing

· Assist in coordinate data collection at various stages of the value chain (seed production, seed sale, planting, harvesting and marketing) to support evidence-based learning and documentation of case studies

· Maintain up- to- date data system of monitoring data that capture a value chain approach to biofortified crops commercialization

· Support the Project Coordinator in organizing various partner and field engagement and meetings

· Represent the project in relevant activities and forums

· Participate in preparation of periodic reports

The candidate shall have the following competencies, skills and experience:

· Bachelor’s degree in relevant field of Agriculture

· Demonstrated experience in similar roles

· Excellent interpersonal skills with advanced written and verbal communication skills in English, Swahili and local languages

· Strong project management skills, including effective communication and decision-making abilities

· Strong ability to co-ordinate, prioritize and organize workload; take initiative and work under pressure

· Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team as is the case for a value chain approach

· Demonstrated experience in interacting with stakeholders at various levels

· Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, but also participate as a team member in accomplishment of duties