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Farm Africa Technical Assistants- Agronomists Job

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

Project implementation 

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 

Other Roles 

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

Qualifications
Essential  Desirable 
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

Experience
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 

Organizational skills

Intercultural sensitive
Mastery Adult learning methodologies and  training skills

 

Our Values 

Investing in smallholder farming is the number one way to combat poverty in rural Africa.  Farm Africa is a leading NGO specialising in growing agriculture, protecting the environment  and developing businesses in rural Africa.  

EXPERT: Expertise and insightful evidence-based solutions are at the heart  

of everything Farm Africa does. 

GROUNDED: Our teams and partners work closely with local communities,  

engaging them in every level of decision-making. 

IMPACTFUL: We deliver long lasting change for farmers, their families, and the  environments they live in. 

BOLD: We model innovative approaches and are not afraid to challenge  

strategies that are failing. 

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. 

Farm Africa is an equal opportunity employer and promotes gender equity. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification. Farm Africa does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. (e.g. Application, interview, meeting, processing, training or any other fees).

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