Technical Assistants- Agronomists Job, Agricultural Jobs In Kenya
JOB DESCRIPTION AND PERSON SPECIFICATION
JOB TITLE: Technical Assistants- Agronomists
REPORTS TO: Project Officers (PO)
REPORTING TO POSTHOLDER: None
LOCATION: Embu County and Tharaka Nithi County
DURATION & HOURS: Full time contract, renewable based on performance and availability of funds.
REQUIRED: 2 Technical Assistants -Agronomists (One in Embu and one in Tharaka Nithi)
Purpose of the role.
To provide agronomic support and training for “Building regenerative, sustainable and profitable smallholder agricultural transformative systems in upper eastern Kenya” (AGRA project) by supporting the beneficiaries in providing technical trainings to the AGRA project agronomic function including Recruitment, training and follow-up of VBAs, Assist and monitor in demonstration establishment, crop management using RA practices, Good agricultural practice trainings, record keeping, pre and post-harvest handling, mobilization of farmer groups and/or organizations capacity development to participate in VBAs, resource mobilization and management; and working alongside Markets to ensure required volumes of produce are reached.
Duties & Responsibilities
Assist in coordinating AGRA-RA activities within the counties and ensure that project activities are implemented within the project timeframe.
Assist to mobilise and recruit VBAs and farmers in Embu/ Tharaka Nithi.
Organise VBAs into clusters for ease of delivery of trainings and any other information Follow up on planting as per the protocol, deliver agronomic trainings to all the groups and formed clusters. The trainings delivered according to the set curriculum
Work with farmers to identify demonstration areas for agronomic trainings; Demarcate and establish demonstration plots according to the demo guide; Monitor demo management and follow up on the crop management of the crops in the demo
Enhance market relationship between the farmers and the new or existing market players
Offer expertise advice to AGRA farmers in order for them to improve on crop husbandry and management practices within their vegetable farms in consultation with the Project Officer.
Work alongside the Business development officer to ensure that the farmers are growing the crops as a business entity
Establish volumes demanded and product specifications and communicate the same to farmers
Validate and report on AGRA farmers’ farm records as may be directed by the Project Officer
In collaboration with the PO – liaise with implementing partners for GAPs to establish projected volumes for proactive planning for market engagement
Support farmers in developing logistics for aggregation and active marketing
Engage farmers in developing production plans and work with project officers to ensure all target crops are produced and offer expertise advice to RA farmers.
Monitoring and Reporting
Support M&E team in conducting field surveys (e.g. sampling, data collection and reporting) and actively participate in preparations of farmer field days and linkages forums within the county.
Regular data collection and reporting according to the project monitoring and learning plan
Occasionally assist in data entry and analysis as may be required by the project staff Document success stories on market linkages, productivity and sales
Participate in M&E meetings/sessions
Write reports on deliverables using the formats provided
Participate in community feedback sessions and take lessons for improving project delivery
Support the project in organising and facilitating market linkage forums and field days To participate and represent the project and Farm Africa in relevant forums as directed by PC
Any other related duty as directed by line manager or Farm Africa management team
|Education, qualifications & other knowledge|
|Degree/ diploma level in Horticulture / General Agriculture or any other related field||Experience of working with commercial enterprises|
|Knowledge of the agriculture sector in Kenya||Experience in working with small holder farmers|
|Minimum 3 years relevant work experience in the agricultural crop input sector||Previous experience working in the
horticultural sector in Kenya
|Previous experience working in the
horticultural sector in Kenya
|Knowledge & practical experience of economic horticultural models|
|Skills & abilities|
|Communication (both verbal & written) Multi stakeholder facilitation skills
|Mastery Adult learning methodologies and training skills|
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How to ApplyHow to Apply
If you meet the above requirements for this position, submit your cover letter indicating the title of the position and the expected salary (maximum 1 page) along with an updated CV (maximum 4 pages) with email and telephone contacts of three professional referees addressing to [email protected] with the subject line Technical Assistant Agronomist before or by 14th July 2022
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
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