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    Weekly roundup of agriculture jobs-- 18th Nov 2022

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    By George Munene

    1.

    Position: Milk Procurement & Extention Manager Based

    Location: Kiambu County

    Recruiter / Employer: Kiambaa Dairy Farmers Co-operative Society Limited

    Salary: Sh45,000 gross 

    About the position: Provide the required support to drive an effective service delivery to both active and non-active farmers in order to achieve high quantity and quality on-farm productivity, and grow delivery of milk to the factory.

    Responsibilities: 

    • Build strong and loyal raw milk supply base from the farmers in the Society’s catchment areas.
    • Monitor and continuously grow milk volumes delivered to Society, and raise any concerns for timely interventions.
    • Offer extension services to the Society’s dairies farmers.
    • Develop and implement strategies on how to reactivate dormant farmers and onboard new farmers.
    • Advice the Management and the Board on ways of improving members’ services and members commitment.
    • Lead the extension department in developing, implementing and conducting comprehensive and effective farmers’ trainings, organized field visits and support services.
    • Coordinate with the Quality Control Officer on quality improvement of milk supplied by members and troubleshooting milk quality issues from the farmer level.
    • Take the lead in guiding the extension department to initiate new technologies for adoption by the Society’s dairy farmers e.g climate-smart dairy farming, use of ICT tools etc
    • Disseminate any relevant information to the members, especially on all services available to them.
    • Provide technical advice on design elements (extension model and relevant approaches) to strengthen and reform extension system.
    • Advice the Management and the Board on how to increase milk delivery by farmers.
    • Lead extension department in developing strategies to support the Society’s farmers to do dairy as a business; aspects of record keeping, reducing the cost of production etc
    • Structure work plan, targets, and reports for the extension department.
    • Coordinate with other relevant departments to support achievement of milk volumes and extension services to member.
    • Submit daily, weekly and monthly reports to the General Manager on activities done, results, challenges and recommendations.

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    Education/ Work Experience Requirements: 

    • Diploma or Degree in Animal Science, Animal Production, Agriculture extension, and education, or any other related field
    • Certificate of good conduct
    • 2 years valid driving license /Motorbike
    • With at least 3-4 years’ experience in Extension services

    How to apply: If you wish to apply for the position, please send your CV to BrighterMonday

    Application Deadline: 22nd November 2022 

     

    2.

    Position: Regional Agronomist

    Location: Nairobi

    Recruiter / Employer: KPLUSS Fertilizers Kenya Ltd

    Contract: Full time

    About the position: The core role of this position is to support and advise on the strategy execution in the emerging Eastern African market. This will be by developing products and markets with global agronomy expertise.

    Responsibilities: 

    • Develop market opportunities in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ruanda, Burundi (Sales & Market Development)
    • Market, product and competitor analysis – this includes pricing and product development
    • Coordination of Agronomy, Trials and Product development
    • Agronomical support in Eastern Africa with focus on K+S Downstream Development
    • Support in product registration and secure regulatory compliance in entire Eastern Africa territory
    • Identify and implement strategic partnerships with Agro Universities, private R&D sector in order to accelerate innovation aligned with K+S vision

    Education/ Work Experience Requirements:

    • Enthusiasm to work in a global leading fertilizer producing company
    • Degree in Agronomy, Horticulture, Plant Nutrition, Soil Science, Fertility Management or a related major is required.
    • Master of an Agriculture related program is a plus.
    • Minimum 5 years working experience
    • Bilingual English and a driver’s license required
    • Proven experience in MS office
    • Extensive negotiation and analytical skills

    How to apply: Career@K+S>

    Start Date: 1st January 2023

     

    3.

    Position: Technical Sales Agronomist

    Location: Nairobi

    Recruiter / Employer: KPLUSS Fertilizers Kenya Ltd

    Contract: Full time

    About the position: The core role of this position is to support and advise on the strategy execution in the emerging Eastern African market. This will be by strengthen the sales activities in Kenya combined with global agronomical expertise.

    Responsibilities:

    • Develop sales opportunities in Kenya (irrigated/field crops) - this includes:
      • new customer acquisition,
      • relationship management,
      • quoting/price management,
      • securing new orders and sampling
    • Market, product and competitor analysis – this includes pricing and product development
    • Support on agronomy advisory in Kenya with focus irrigated/field crops

    Education/ Work Experience Requirements:

    • Enthusiasm to work in a global leading fertilizer producing company
    • Degree in Agronomy, Horticulture, Plant Nutrition, Soil Science, Fertility Management or a related major is required.
    • Master of an Agriculture related program is a plus.
    • Min. 5 years working experience
    • Bilingual English and a driver’s license required
    • Proven experience in MS office
    • Extensive negotiation and analytical skills

    How to apply: Career@K+S>

    Start Date: 1st January 2023

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    4.

    Position: Postdoctoral Researcher in crop modeling for Regenerative Agriculture in East Africa

    Location: Helsinki, Finland

    Recruiter / Employer: University of Helsinki

    Contract: 24 months-Full Time

    Compensation: Salary based on the salary system of Finnish universities. The gross salary of a starting post-doctorate scientist is typically about 3 200 – 3 400 € per month.

    The University of Helsinki invests in the welfare of its employees by offering preventative occupational health services and general medical care. Read more about the employee benefits at the University of Helsinki and why the University of Helsinki is an excellent career choice: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/about-us/careers

    About the position: We are recruiting a Postdoctoral Researcher, who will be part of the international research team working on Regenerative agricultural systems for climate resilience in agroecological gradient in East Africa (REACT) project funded by Academy of Finland

    Responsibilities: 

    • The objective of the Postdoc project is to quantify crop water stress based on field measurements and evaluate feasible drip-irrigation strategies at smallholder farms in Kenya. 
    • You will set up small-scale drip irrigation test sites and analyze drip-irrigated and rainfed agricultural fields using a crop model. 

    University of Helsinki has a research station in the Taita Hills, Kenya (www.helsinki.fi/taita-research-station) which serves as a logistic base for the field studies in the area. The project involves longer working durations in Kenya.

    Education/ Work Experience Requirements:

    • PhD in a suitable field, such as agricultural sciences, hydrology, meteorology, geography, or equivalent. 
    • Successful candidate is assumed to have previous experience in ecosystem or agricultural modeling.
    • Demonstrated capacity in data analysis.
    • Experience in carrying out research independently and working in a team
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
    • Good time management and project management skills 

    How to apply: THEunijobs

    Application deadline: 15 December 2022 (23.59 EET)

     

    5.

    Position: Postdoctoral Researcher in agricultural sciences for Regenerative Agriculture in East Africa

    Location: Helsinki, Finland

    Recruiter / Employer: University of Helsinki

    Contract: 38 months-Full Time

    Compensation: Salary based on the salary system of Finnish universities. The gross salary of a starting post-doctorate scientist is typically about 3 200 – 3 400 € per month

    About the position: We are recruiting a Postdoctoral Researcher, who will be part of the international research team working on Regenerative agricultural systems for climate resilience in agroecological gradient in East Africa (REACT) project funded by Academy of Finland.

    Responsibilities: 

    • Examine effects of cropping, tillage, and water management systems on the dynamics of water balance, crop growth and soil organic carbon. 
    • The chosen postdoctoral researcher will participate in field and laboratory measures, data processing and analyses, and preparing the scientific publications. 
    • She/he also interacts with local stakeholders to co-create regenerative agricultural systems and disseminate the results. 

    University of Helsinki has a research station in the Taita Hills, Kenya (www.helsinki.fi/taita-research-station) which serves as a logistic base for the field studies in the area. The project involves longer working durations in Kenya.

    Education/ Work Experience Requirements:

    • PhD in a suitable field, such as agricultural sciences, agricultural engineering, crop sciences, soils sciences, or equivalent. Successful candidate is assumed to have previous experience in agronomy, managing field experiments and automatic continuous measurements or carbon and nitrogen cycle studies. Experience in agricultural modeling is considered an advantage.
    • Experience in working with large datasets
    • Experience in carrying out research independently and working in a team
    • Good project and time management skills 
    • Good written and oral communication skills in English

    How to apply: THEunijobs

    Application deadline: 15 December 2022 (23.59 EET)

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