Technical Assistant(Agribusiness)(2 Posts) at Farm Africa

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  • Company: Farm Africa
  • Location: Kenya
  • State: Nairobi
  • Job type:
  • Job category: Agricultural Jobs in Kenya

The purpose of the role is to offer support in agribusiness trainings that include financial literacy, budget, investments, business planning, Linkage to financial services providers, VSLA/table banking and record keeping. Other duties are on input suppliers linkages, vegetable traders and export market follow ups, field production data and sales data collection activities to Growing Futures beneficiaries working in local and export vegetable value chain within Trans Nzoia and Elgeyo Marakwet counties where the project operates.

Responsibilities

Project Implementation

  • Assist the Agribusiness Project Officers in coordinating all GF activities within the counties to ensure that project activities are implemented within the project timeframe.
  • Participate in farmer’s mobilisation all through farmer trainings, follow up on plantings, proper record keeping and clustering of groups
  • Validate and report on GF farmers’ farm records as may be directed by the Agribusiness Project Officer
  • 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.
  • Train all the farmer groups on business plan development and follow through on the printing of the documents and implementing the production plans
  • Engage the farmers in developing production plans and work with agronomists to ensure all target crops are produced
  • Work with the APO on market identification and linkage to the farmer groups
  • Train all business skill related modules as directed by the APO
  • Offer expertise advice to GF farmers in order for them to improve on record keeping and business plan implementation within their vegetable farms in consultation with the Agribusiness Project Officer.
  • Occasionally assist in data entry and analysis as may be required by the project staff.

Stakeholder liaison

  • Maintain good client relations with farmers, agri-input suppliers, vegetable traders and other relevant stakeholders within the County
  • Prepare and submit for approvals, monthly work plans and field accomplishment reports
  • Participate in county stakeholders forums when called upon

Networking and Reporting

  • Establish strong partnership relationships and work effectively to ensure smooth relations between GF and other stakeholders
  • Provide bi-weekly and monthly reports for field work done in a timely manner

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

  • Degree/ diploma level in Agribusiness/ Agriculture economics 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

  • Establishing small holder schemes for vegetable production
  • 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.
  • Deep expertise and insightful evidence-based solutions are at the heart of everything Farm Africa does.
  • Positive change starts with Africa’s people, so our experts work closely with local communities, engaging them in every level of decision-making.
  • We take a long-term view so we can deliver lasting changes for farmers and their families.
  • We model innovative new approaches and are not afraid to challenge strategies that are failing.

How to Apply

If you feel you meet the above requirements for this position, send your cover letter indicating the title of the position and the expected salary along with an updated CV with email and telephone contacts of three professional referees to kenyarecruitment@farmafrica.org before or by 5.00pm on 7th April 2019.

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 etc).

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