Weekly Roundup of Agriculture Jobs—27th June, 2023

1.

Position: National Coordinator – Kenya (Nourishing Prosperity Alliance)

Location: Nakuru

Recruiter / Employer: Land O’Lakes Venture37

About the position: The National Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the effective management and quality implementation of the NPA project in Kenya. NPA will manage demonstration plots and other field activities to promote the production and use of forage across the Rift Valley and Central regions, which show the highest potential for forage market growth and are in close proximity to areas suitable for long-term dairy production, with a few additional sites in Western and Eastern regions. The National Coordinator will also establish or maintain positive working relationships with partner organizations in-country, including the private sector, farmer organizations, women’s groups and cooperatives, and government bodies. This position will coordinate closely with the Program Director and other technical staff that are based in Ethiopia.

Education/ Work Experience Requirements:

  • A Bachelor of Sciences (BSc) degree in agronomy, animal production, agricultural extension, or other relevant field with six years (6) of relevant experience in the agriculture sector.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, including fostering teamwork, developing and motivating others, managing change, conflict resolution, and flexibility.
  • Demonstrated technical knowledge and practical experience in agricultural sciences, preferably within dairy, livestock or adjacent value chains, agriculture market systems development, and extension and technology transfer.
  • Experience in project management coordination and people management skills.
  • Private sector experience preferred.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Ability to collect and analyze data and information, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office and Excel.
  • Ability to coach, lead, stimulate, and inspire professionals in a development context.
  • This position is open to Kenyan nationals only and is compensated according to Venture37’s local compensation plan in Kenya. This position is not eligible for international compensation, allowances, or international benefits.

Responsibilities:

  • In coordination with the Project Director, oversee project implementation in Kenya, ensuring the effective delivery of project deliverables within agreed budgets, deadlines, and quality standards.
  • Contribute to the development of the life-of-project workplan in Kenya and develop and regularly review annual workplans for NPA in Kenya.
  • Prepare monthly updates on field activities for the Project Director and present in project monthly meetings.
  • Contribute to the preparation of donor reports, case studies, and other publications.
  • Ensure compliance with donor rules and regulations in the project agreement as well as policies of Land O’Lakes Venture37.
  • Contribute to the preparation of the annual budget for the project’s activities in country and ensure proper and effective utilization of project resources, regularly reviewing the budget.
  • Coordinate to ensure that reports from project staff are submitted and received in a timely manner.
  • Coordinate and provide technical inputs into internal monitoring and evaluation reporting systems.
  • Conduct regular field visits to supervise and coordinate field activities.
  • Manage project technical specialists under direct supervision, providing support and any necessary training of project staff to build their capacity to perform their assigned responsibilities.
  • Prepare and review staff performance and career development plans for direct reports.
  • Coordinate with project partners and government institutions to ensure smooth implementation of activities and communicate with stakeholders on project performance and learnings.
  • Perform other duties assigned by the Program Director for the achievement of project objectives in Kenya.

How to apply: https://lol.avature.net/Careers

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls will be accepted. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Land O’Lakes Venture37 will never ask you for personable identifiable information, and we will never request money or payment during the recruitment or employment process.

Deadline: 7 Jul 2023

2.

Position: Research Associate – Agriculture

Recruiter / Employer: International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Location: Western, Kenya

Terms of Appointment: This position is at job level HG 10 and it is only open to Kenyan nationals. The position is a 2-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes pension, medical and other insurances.

About the position: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Associate to provide support to the Seed System and Product Management activities specifically in the up-scaling of improved rice cultivation technologies such as Direct Seeded Rice (DSR) technology and the deployment of quality seed of improved, climate-resilient, market-preferred and nutritious rice varieties to ensure high rate of genetic gain to farmers while ensuring equitable access for women and other disadvantaged groups.

Education/ Work Experience Requirements: 

  • Diploma in the Agriculture with 2 years of relevant work experience
  • Basic knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel) or other softwares
  • Experience in rice production
  • Ability to ride a motorcycle on the field and have a valid license for this category or be willing to learn it.
  • Good oral and written communication skills,
  • Good interpersonal skills

Responsibilities: 

Purpose

  • Assist in research activities related to Seed System and Product Management, including coordinating with national research partners (e.g. NARES, NGOs, women groups, and universities) in setting up trails, organizing field days, data collection, and conducting interviews based on the planned research activities and SOPs.
  • Support the deployment and demonstration of various technologies both at the research station and in farmers’ fields with the aim of creating awareness and demand of those technologies among stakeholders.
  • Execute routine protocols to ensure proper positioning of technologies that are ready for up-scaling and provide feedback on farmer and other stakeholder responses and learnings to the technical team.
  • Support researchers and scientists in implementing surveys.

Engagement

  • Provide timely, consistent and accurate information to direct supervisor to ensure smooth flow of research activities, such as farmers’ preferences, unexpected factors that may result to unexpected outcomes of field demo and trials, conflict and other issues, to ensure that research objectives and SOPs are followed.

Delivery

  •  Carry out regular monitoring and maintenance of research facilities and equipment.
  • Lead data collection in the field across identified study areas including those being implemented in collaborations with partners.
  • Assist in advising stakeholders on tested and validated beneficial technologies (e.g. new varieties, climate mitigation practices, practices that enhance water use efficiency etc.) to key stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the deployment of digital tools such as seed cast to enhance efficient monitoring of the rate and extent of adoption of new technologies by farmers and other stakeholders.
  • Contribute to writing reports on findings of Seed System and Product Management activities as well as other research results.
  • Support in the planning and organizing of technical workshops or trainings as part of capacity building for stakeholder on Seed System and Product Management related activities.
  • Perform any other relevant duties as assigned by supervisor from time to time

How to apply: How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the role and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our portal https://ilri.simplicant.com on or before 5 July 2023. The position title and reference number REF: IRRI-/06A/2023 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

3.

Position: Officer Agricultural Livelihoods

Location: Moyale, Marsabit (Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Kenya at the time of application – National Position)

Recruiter / Employer: Concern Worldwide

Contract Type/ Duration: Fixed Term, Twelve (12) Months Contract

About the position: The job holder will be responsible for quality programme delivery at the Sub County level through technical leadership in food security, livelihoods and community engagement in Moyale sub-County in close collaboration with Manager, ASAL Livelihoods. Responsible for timely implementation of program activities guided by the annual work plan and informed by program technical approaches.

S/he will also offer technical guidance in the county in the areas of Disaster Risk Reduction, market systems development, resilience modelling, and climate change adaptation.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical support to the community resource persons, local partners and Sub-county government line officers in charge of key sectors including department of agriculture livestock and fisheries, Water environment and Natural resources, trade, industry and enterprise development amongst others to establish a collaborative working environment; implement high impact and evidence informed interventions
  • Lead in the day-to-day livelihoods program implementation and prudent utilization of resources towards meeting the program mandate in line with the approved work plan, organization policies, and standard operating procedures.
  • Foster linkages with partners and other stakeholders in public and private sector in the Sub-county to enhance synergy, collaboration and learning.
  • Represent Concern Worldwide at sub-county level livelihoods related technical and coordination forums in: Natural Resources Management, livestock sector forums, agriculture sector forums, WESCOORD, contingency planning and early warning systems, social protection systems and cash transfer programming, and others as will be specified by the line manager.
  • Play an active role in generation of new knowledge through documentation of informal interactions and feedback sessions with communities and through participating/supporting surveys and other assessments; and documenting lessons learnt and success stories.
  • Contribute to the development of the annual work plan and quarterly costed work plan and support in tracking implementation and reporting.
  • Support in the implementation of Concern integrated approaches in education, livelihoods, health and nutrition at community level liaising closely with Technical Managers Health & Nutrition, Livelihoods, and Education and government service providers to ensure organized community groups have adequate technical support to develop and implement their action plans that address barriers to basic service delivery.
  • Conduct regular field visits to monitor to monitor progress, receive community feedback, check on the quality and impact of activities approved in the annual program proposal, and quarterly costed work plans.

Others

  • Adhere to and promote the standards outlined in the Concern Code of Conduct and associated policies to their team, beneficiaries, and be committed to providing a safe working environment
  • Participating and contributing towards Concern’s emergency response, as and when necessary
  • Take all possible measure to meet Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS)
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Line Manager

Education/ Work Experience Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture (Agriculture Production, Agriculture Economics, or Agronomics) or a related field.
  • At least three (3) years’ experience in a similar role
  • Proven experience in community engagement and facilitation.
  • Must have a working knowledge of Project Cycle Management, Climate Smart Agriculture, Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction, Animal health, Water supply systems, Natural Resource Management, Pastoral Field Schools, Making Markets work for the Poor and Value Chains Development.
  • Demonstrated experience in implementing livelihoods programs in ASAL areas.
  • Fluency in spoken and written language in English and Swahili
  • Knowledge of local language(s) is an added advantage.
  • Computer literate with good MS Office skills

How to apply: https://reliefweb.int/job

Interested candidates, who meet the above requirements, should send a detailed CV with three referees and Cover Letter Only to nairobi.hr@concern.net with the subject of the email as “Officer Agricultural Livelihoods” on or before Tuesday 4th July 2023. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

4.

Position: Position Of Scout

Location: Naivasha, Kenya

Recruiter / Employer: Savanna Flowers Limited

About the Position: We are looking for a field scout with high sense of professionalism, competence, and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.  

Responsibilities:

  • Monitoring and scouting for pests and diseases.
  • Marking Hot spot areas of high pest and diseases infestation.
  • Use knowledge of growth stages in crops to predict potential problems during that stage of the growing season.
  • Compiling IPM and conventional reports and representing them to management for an action plan 
  • Monitoring efficacy and phytotoxicity of products used for control measures.
  • Doing scout calibration at least once a month  
  • Ensure strict adherence to safety guidelines and company standards.

Education/ Work Experience Requirements:

  • KCSE certificate with a minimum grade of C+ (plus)
  • Certificate in Agriculture / Horticulture will be and added advantage. 
  • IPM level 1 and 2 certificate.
  • 3 years’ experience working in agriculture /Horticulture.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills,
  • Self-motivated and an efficient problem solver,
  • Keen attention to details,
  • Ability to work independently,
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

How to apply: brightermonday

If your profile fits this position, please submit your application including a cover letter, curriculum vitae (CV), copies of academic and professional certificates, email, and telephone contacts of three (3) referees who are familiar with your qualifications and/ or work experience.

Interested applicants should submit applications on or before 30th June 2023

5.

Position: Research Associate III 

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Recruiter / Employer: International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Terms of Appointment: This position is at job level HG12 and it is only open to Kenyan nationals. The position is a 2-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes pension, medical and other insurances.

About the position: International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research associate on behalf of International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The successful candidates will Prepare and implement surveys, contribute to data analysis, and collaborate on quantitative and/or qualitative research relating to the role of gender, youth, and value chain analysis in creating jobs and reducing post-harvest losses along key value chains in Kenya.

Responsibilities:

  • Survey preparation and implementation: The Research Assistant will contribute to the design and implementation of surveys on the role of digital technologies in relation to gender, youth, and food value chain analysis in Kenya.
  • Data analysis: The Research Assistant will support the data analysis process, including quantitative and qualitative research methods, to investigate the potential of digital technologies in creating jobs and reducing post-harvest losses along key food value chains in Kenya.
  • Research on digital tools: The Research Assistant will be engaged in assessing the use of digital tools to reduce post-harvest loss in key food value chains.
  • Operating digital tools in food value chains: The Research Assistant will support the implementation of real-time data collection tools along key food value chains and manage the data for further analysis by the project team members and decision-making by stakeholders.
  • Capacity strengthening and knowledge sharing: The Research Assistant will have opportunities to contribute to capacity-building activities and knowledge sharing among research, government, civil society, and other stakeholder communities.

Education/ Work Experience Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in economics, Agricultural Economics, or a related field.
  • At least five years’ experience
  • Experience with applying quantitative research methods to large survey databases.
  • Excellent drafting skills and analytical mind.
  • Excellent econometric skills on cross-section and panel data analysis.
  • Familiarity with staple food production and value chains in Kenya.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform in-depth statistical analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task as needed, consistently meet deadlines and manage time.
  • Demonstrated professional level of attention to detail and accuracy of work.
  • Ability to work independently and with initiative.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Skilled in computer programming in Stata, R, or Python.
  • Experience in developing web-based or mobile applications.
  • Experience in managing cloud-based workflows.
  • Proficiency in a second language of the U.N. System.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our portal https://ilri.simplicant.com on or before 5 July 2023. The position title and reference number REF: IFPRI/2023 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Deadline: 5 July 2023

6.

Position: ILRI MSc Graduate Fellowship: Cross-sectional study of abortions in dairy cattle in Nandi County 

Location: ILRI – Kenya

Recruiter / Employer: 

Terms of appointment and stipend: ILRI will offer a competitive stipend to cover living expenses, medical insurance cover, and meet research expenses. The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor/s.

About the position: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an MSc graduate fellow to work on Cross-sectional study of abortions in dairy cattle in Nandi County. The successful fellow will be hosted by the Livestock Genetics program at ILRI.

Responsibilities of the fellow:

  • Recruitment of dairy farmers to participate in the baseline cross-sectional study.
  • Collect survey data using ODK.
  • Collect samples from cattle.
  • Run serological and molecular tests for pathogens such as Brucella, Leptospira and BVD.
  • Conduct statistical analysis of data.
  • Preparation of research proposal and thesis for purposes of academic defense.

Education/ Work Experience Requirements:

  • Hold a Bachelor of Science preferably in veterinary science, biomedical science or biotechnology
  • Be enrolled in Master of Science program in a recognized university preferably in epidemiology or public health.
  • Possess field experience recruiting participants, data collection, working in multidisciplinary teams
  • Have working experience using ODK.
  • Demonstrated laboratory experience with PCR and undertaking serology analysis specifically ELISA.

How to apply: Applications should be sent to the Director of People and Organizational Development, ILRI through our portal https://ilri.simplicant.com on or before 7 July 2023. The position title and reference number REF: GF/LG /06/2023 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Closing date: 7 July 2023

7.

Position: Research Associate III – Agronomy

Recruiter / Employer: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Location: Western, Kenya

Terms of Appointment: This position is at job level HG 12 and it is only open to Kenyan nationals. The position is a 2-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes pension, medical and other insurances.

About the Position: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Associate-Agronomy  to Facilitate the planning, designing and implementation on the routine trials, data analysis and other research activities of projects about Rice production improvement in Kenya focusing on the development and up-scaling of improved rice production and post-harvest technologies and on training farmers,technicians and extension officers. Constantly communicate with internal and external project partners and collaborators to exchange conceptual ideas and to effectively gather feedback and research-related requirements for the advancement of technologies. Consolidate, evaluate and analyze research data gathered from trials  groups.

Education/ Work Experience Requirements: 

Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with minimum 5 years work experience from which at least 3 years in rice research/development.

Master of Science degree in Agriculture with minimum 1 year relevant work experience in rice research/development Basic knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel) or other softwares.

  • Proven technical proficiency in conducting research experiments and field trials
  • Has strong experience in field management (layout, irrigation, fertization, pest and disease monitoring)
  • Proven technical proficiency in conducting farmer-field schools
  • Experience in statistical analysis and report preparation
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Has strong technical experience in guiding farmers, technicians and extension officers

Responsibilities: 

Purpose

  • Facilitate the planning, designing and implementation on the routine trials, data analysis and other research activities of projects about Rice production improvement in Kenya focusing on the development of improved rice production and post-harvest technologies and on training farmers, technicians and extension officers.
  • Contribute to the development of the research projects including selection of adequate research tools and equipment, verification of suggested methodologies and establishment of parameters related to rice production intensification.
  • Verification and up scaling of technologies that enhance improved rice yields in farmers’ fields.
  •  Oversee maintenance of the research areas, research fields and technical equipment

Engagement

  • Constantly communicate with internal and external project partners and collaborators to exchange conceptual ideas and to effectively gather feedback and research-related requirements for the advancement of the projects
  • Provide assistance and guidelines to internal and external stakeholders considering efficient implementation of the projects
  • Constantly monitor, evaluate and provide recommendations to improve research and training activities/tasks performed by Research Technicians and contract workers in order to  maintain smooth conduct of field and greenhouse trials as well as to foster a productive working environment
  • Coordinate with required IRRI services and supplies to ensure smooth implantation of experiments/surveys

Delivery

  •  Consolidate, evaluate and analyze research data gathered from the project trials
  • Evaluate, validate and contribute to the interpretation of results, contribute to the writing of manuscripts for reports/publications as well as presentations/posters for national and international conferences
  • Prepare and submit updated research outputs to the Scientist in a timely manner
  • Supervise and lead the maintenance of accurate data recording and updating of database for efficient storage and retrieval of information

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the role and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our portal https://ilri.simplicant.com on or before 5 July 2023. The position title and reference number REF: IRRI/06B/2023 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

8.

Position: Research Officer -GIS

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Recruiter / Employer: International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Terms of Appointment: This position is at job level HG 14 and it is only open to Kenyan nationals. The position is a 2-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes pension, medical and other insurances.

About the Position: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit Research Officer – GIS to Monitoring and characterization of climate smart agricultural practices and assessment of performance of DSR varieties and practices of small holding farmers (SHF) in different rice growing environments of Kenya using different scales of hyperspectral and other earth observation data;The incumbent will support scientists/ project staff by flying the hyperspectral drone over sampled plots and collecting hyper spec datasets and timely field/crop data using handheld instruments and develop standard models to monitor the DSR practices and adoptions at local field scale; Facilitate the execution and implementation of planned Geospatial activities in close coordination with local National partners and other stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities:  

Purpose

  • Monitor the DSR effectiveness in each environment by collecting hyperspectral drone/satellite data and other field/crop parameters over the sample fields.
  • Test the possibility of using hyperspectral data to monitor and characterize the agricultural management practices, DSR yield and DSR adaptation traits in hybrids and varieties in different environments
  • Develop the models to monitor the environment, plant health and assessment of performance of DSR varieties at local field scale
  • Characterize the variation in best practices, fertilizer practices & water use (avoidance or duration of flooding) by reducing flooding
  • Develop multiple RS based indices to assess water, nutrient usage of the plants and generate the empirical equation to determine yield
  • Modeling alternative ways to determine DSR growth and fertilizer and nutrient use will be carried out through usage of Hyper spectral data, environmental variables such as high-resolution DEM, climatic variables and subsequent satellite images for scaling
  • Use lock step scaling of local to satellite Hyper spectral data
  • Analyze the datasets, and contribute to the writing of reports, research papers and other communication material
  • Manage the primary and secondary data collection process in field soil, water, weather, crop establishment methods and practices etc.;

Engagement

  • Acquire, process, transform, and extract information from acquired hyperspectral imagery
  • Inform the immediate supervisor on the development of hyperspectral drone acquisition, image processing, and GIS based activities
  • Work closely with project team members to ensure full understanding of the scope, priorities, and deadlines of the activities
  • Collaborate with scientists at advance research institutes and in the private sector to develop new research products
  • Assist project leaders and/or collaborating partners to define the scope of research activities
  • Contribute to the organization of advisory committee, and other meetings and monitoring/ execution of actions to be taken related to their units /sub-units
  • Lead the efforts on biannual/annual/other reports preparation of institute and associated projects of theme/ sub-theme
  • Actively contribute to the drafting communication materials, news, bulletins, etc.
  • Participation / contribution to visits, meetings, workshops, farmers fairs and etc.

Delivery

  • Ensure timely delivery of processed and orthorectified drone based geospatial products to the project team
  • Ensure the timely completion of high-quality deliverables
  • Collect, store and curate data generated from the analytics
  • Communicate research results and new ideas in a broad array of outlets, including peer-reviewed journals, mass media, policy fora as well as national and international scientific conferences

Education/ Work Experience Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Geospatial Science, Agriculture, Geography, Environmental Science, or other related discipline with at least 4 years’ relevant work experience of application of Remote Sensing and GIS in agriculture
  • Has extensive proven technical proficiency in remote sensing and GIS with proven skills in
  • Experience working with hyperspectral and multispectral image analysis
  • Technical proficiency in operating drone mounted with hyperspectral / multispectral sensors, and
  • Crop types mapping, vegetation phenology, cropping system mapping, and database management, analytics using physical (soil, water and climate) and farmer databases.
  • Proven knowledge of field data collection and agro-management practices
  • Has good working knowledge of remote sensing and GIS software, Database and software such as ERDAS, ENVI and e-Cognition and drone image processing tools like Pix4D, Agisoft and other opensource etc.
  • Substantial experience in scripting such as R and Google Earth Engine
  • Certified Drone pilot license
  • Experience of any of statistical analysis and logical development of
  • Experience working with large team and different disciplines.
  • Experience with working on multiple remote sensing datasets like satellite & drone images

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the role and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our portal https://ilri.simplicant.com on or before 5 July 2023. The position title and reference number REF: IRRI-GIS/06/2023 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

9.

Position: Snr. Farm Manager

Recruiter / Employer: Gap Recruitment Services

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Education/ Work Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in Agribusiness, Animal science, or equivalent.
  • Additional courses in business management, finance or administration are recommended.
  • Extensive experience in a farming-related field.
  • Management experience is a must.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Excellent problem-solving, analytical, and critical thinking skills.
  • The ability to make decisions in stressful environments.
  • Superb communication and interpersonal skills.

Responsibilities:

  • Survey the existing parcels of land and advice on the best products to farm and farming methods depending on aspects such size of the land, climate, farm potential, market opportunities etc.
  • Recruitment and training of all staff members.
  • Oversee infrastructure development and management, irrigation, farm maintenance, safety, cleanliness and organisation.
  • Setting up operations, crops, livestock, staff, and financial documents and recommending most strategic methods.
  • Preparing plans and schedules for planting and harvesting and ensuring staff understand expectations.
  • Visiting the different divisions to inspect crops, livestock, and also perform tests on soil and water.
  • Ensuring seeds, fertilisers, pesticides, and other supplies are regularly stocked accordingly.
  • Scheduling repairs, maintenance, and replacement of equipment and machinery.
  • Handling the marketing and sale of farm produce.
  • Ensuring all staff adheres to health and safety regulations.
  • Collaborating with senior staff to prepare budgets and financial reports.

How to apply: https://www.fuzu.com/jobs

Deadline: Jul 5, 2023

10.

Positions: Lead Regional Technical Specialist (Rural Finance)

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Recruiter / Employer: International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

About the positions: The Regional Technical Lead technically leads country/regional programs as well as the corporate agenda by providing state-of-the-art technical advice throughout the project cycle (strategic and operational). Within their areas of responsibility, the Regional Technical Lead exercises a high degree of independence in providing reliable programme delivery. The incumbent at this level performs the full complexity range of work independently, including the analysis and approval of complex and/or precedent setting cases with the aim to ensure cohesion and synergy in the application of technical advice and provision of programme development support.

Responsibilities:

  • Building relationships and partnerships – Builds and maintains strategic partnerships internally and externally
  • Communicating and negotiating – Acquires & uses a wide range of communication styles & skills
  • Demonstrating leadership – Leads by example; initiates and supports change
  • Focusing on clients – Contributes to a client-focused culture
  • Learning, sharing knowledge and innovating – Challenges, innovates & contributes to learning culture
  • Managing performance and developing staff – Manages wider teams with greater impact on others and on the organization
  • Managing time, resources and information – Coordinates wider use of time, information and/or resources
  • Problem-solving and decision-making – Solves complex problems and makes decisions that have wider corporate impact
  • Strategic thinking and organizational development – Staff in management and/or strategic leadership roles
  • Team working – Fosters a cohesive team environment

Education/ Work Experience Requirements:

Education:

  • Level – Advanced university degree from an accredited institution listed on https://www.whed.net/home.php in a job related field (*):
  • Areas – Finance, Business administration, Agriculture economics, etc.
  • Note: For internal candidates, this requirement will be assessed in line with the provisions set forth in the IFAD’s Human Resources Implementing Procedures.

Experience:

  • At least ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional experience in and demonstrated understanding of, development investment projects and interventions in the field of rural finance, particularly in the formulation of technical guidance and input to promote inclusive and sustainable rural financial services, catalysing private sector finance and investment into rural areas through the use of relevant rural financial mechanisms.
  • Three (3) years in a multi-cultural organization or national organization providing support on a global scope.
  • Position-specific experience: Proven experience in the design and coordination of inclusive and sustainable rural finance projects leveraging on innovative solutions to emerging issues, including the use of digital/ICT solutions, working with the private sector and developing value chain financing instruments/initiatives, blending various sources of finance and instruments to promote, among others, climate finance and other forms of collaborations with the private sector. Experience in international policy frameworks related to global issues for rural finance is an asset.

Languages:

  • Required English (4 – Excellent)
  • Desirable: French, Spanish and/or Arabic (3 – Good)

How to apply: https://www.unjobnet

11.

Position: Technical Advisor, Integrated Water Resources Management

Recruiter / Employer: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Location: Isiolo,Twende Office

Type of contract: Fixed-term (36 months)

About the position: IUCN seeks to recruit a Technical Advisor, Integrated Water Resources Management to lead the implementation of the IUCN component of the integrated water resources management for STAWI Project. This will be a local recruited position and the staff will be based in the project landscapes.

Responsibilities: 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

Reporting to Country Representative, Kenya, the Technical Advisor, Integrated Water Resources Management will work with relevant project with the TWENDE team, county government staffs, service providers, local communities, Water Resources Authority (WRA), DAI partners/staff and IUCN staff from the regional and Kenya country offices as an IUCN technical lead for water management and development interventions both planning and technical delivery.

The Technical Advisor, Integrated Water Resources Management will be responsible for technical and operational delivery of key objectives of the IUCN component of the STAWI project.

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

Under the direction of the Country Representative, Kenya and ESARO Water Programme Officer, the specific responsibilities of the Technical Advisor, Integrated Water Resources Management are to:

Project Management;

  • Facilitate the preparation of detailed work plans, budgets and schedules for project activities implementation in collaboration with partners and stakeholders;
  • Assist in processes related to inception, contracting and start-up of activities including establishment of indicators, benchmarks, work plans and inception workshops;
  • Coordinate and monitor the administration of project budgets and work plans according to approved external contracts and internal agreements, work plans, internal procedures and policies, and donor requirements;
  • Lead the organization’s field level workshops and similar events.

Technical Direction and Capacity building;

  • Support the development of evidence-based water allocation plans through synthesis of data to develop water balances for target counties.
  • Assess the potential for nature-based solutions that will increase water supply for drinking and productive uses
  • Design specific watershed restoration interventions
  • Generate potential financing options for watershed protection measures.
  • Support the capacity building for WRA and Counties to implement the water allocation plans and the sub-catchment management plans (SCMPs).
  • Develop policy-relevant materials to communicate the relevant information arising from STAWI to stakeholders.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Communications and Knowledge Management;

  • In coordination with M&E Officer, develop and apply the projects monitoring instruments and systems.
  • Contribute development and timely submission of all required IUCN reports
  • Undertake regular visits to project sites, evaluate programmatic outputs, and impacts both quantitatively and in terms of quality implementation.
  • Document case studies, best practices and lessons learned and develop communication materials for dissemination to target audiences.

Fundraising and Project Development;

  • Support the identification of new funding opportunities to scale-out project activities in the water sector
  • Support networking with key development partners, national institutions and NGOs to support project implementation.
  • Keep abreast of development needs and Programme opportunities in the landscape including those in line with IUCN’s sectoral priorities and programmatic principles.

Representation;

  • Network and liaise with all the partners and potential partners, developing and maintaining partnerships and strong relationships across all sectors (including the private sector).
  • Maintain good working relationships with MDAs, non-state actors, private sector, community leadership and visiting donor teams
  • Represent IUCN on issues at strategic, political and technical meetings, seminars and other events and processes as may be required from time to time.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Programme Managers

Education/ Work Experience Requirements:

Education;

  • Masters in a relevant field preferably, Water Resources Management, Environmental Studies, Hydrology, Natural resources management.
  • Knowledge on issues related to sustainable agriculture, climate change, will be an added advantage.
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of the water sector in Kenya and related topics such as biodiversity conservation, forest landscape restoration, natural resources management, climate change/REDD+, governance, or in sustainable development.
  • Practical knowledge in the implementation of field projects, with linkages to national policy processes and programmes.
  • Knowledge in fundraising and resource mobilization.
  • Understanding of Multi-Stakeholder Processes, Creation and Facilitation Dialogues, Partnerships and Synergies;

Work Experience;

  • At least 7 years of technical experience in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM);
  • Demonstrated experience in adaptive management, as applied to climate change adaptation projects and ecosystems management;
  • Work experience in the Kenya water sector is preferable;
  • Demonstrable experience in working in ASALs of Kenya;
  • Demonstrable experience in political, advisory and facilitation skills;
  • Demonstrable experience in engaging with governmental institutions at county and national levels especially in the water, natural resources and environment sector;
  • Experience in working with or engaging with the private sector is an asset;
  • Excellent technical leadership and understanding of surface water, catchment planning, ground water, water legislation and regulations;
  • Maintaining active networks on IWRM and related topics with donors, government and other stakeholders at national/county level;
  • Demonstrated affinity with the social, political, gender aspects of catchment-level IWRM;
  • Experience in working for an international organization is an added advantage
  • Computer literacy in relation to office applications (word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint) use of internet and online communication tools

Language Requirements;

  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili (both written and verbal).

How to apply: https://hrms.iucn.org

Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the “Apply” button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

Deadline: 29 June 2023

Expected start date: 01 August 2023

12.

Project: Endline Evaluation Baringo Honey Value Chain

Title of Project: The building Eco-Entrepreneurship Resilience in the Baringo Honey Value Chain

Project Implementation Area: Baringo and Elgeyo Marakwet Counties

Recruiter / Employer: Hand in Hand Eastern Africa (HiH EA)

Period: July-August 2023

Duration: 45 days

About the Position: HIH EA is commissioning an End line evaluation to assess the project progress in conformity with OECD DAC Evaluation criteria of relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability. This evaluation also seeks to compile, consolidate, analyze and synthesize existing and new project data to assess the extent to which the project has delivered the outputs and achieved the desired outcomes. The evaluation also aims at highlighting the best practices, key lessons and performance of the Building Eco-Entrepreneurship Resilience in the Baringo Honey Value Chain project, with a view to informing future strategic and operational decisions.

  • Role of the Consultant
  • The consultant will be engaged through a service agreement and will be required to undertake the following;
  • Desk review of the project documents to understand the design
  • Develop the sample design for the End line survey and any qualitative data collection
  • Design/adapt/refine (as appropriate) the end line data collection tools – both quantitative and qualitative. The indicator data will be disaggregated appropriately into gender, and whether a beneficiary cohort 1 or cohort 2 (extension members).
  • An inception report detailing how the Endline evaluation will be conducted and presented to HiHEA.
  • Conduct a pre-test of the tools and finalize, incorporating changes
  • Identify and train the field supervisors and enumerators
  • Plan the field work logistics
  • Prepare survey implementation and questionnaire user guide documentation e.g. enumerator supervision manuals, etc.
  • Supervise survey implementation and ensure quality control
  • Clean and analyze all datasets
  • Document atleast one success story (most significant change story)
  • Assess the project’s initiatives contributions to outcomes against Hand in Hand’s theory of change
  • Write a concise End line evaluation report, compiling the findings of both qualitative and quantitative datasets, and using the HiH evaluation report template provided.
  • Submit raw, cleaned, and worked datasets to HiH in .xlsx or .csv format
  • Submit the report in English for review and feedback
  • Hold a validation workshop
  • Incorporate feedback from HIHEA and HiH SWE.
  • Submit a final report

Consultants Requirements:

HiH EA requests consultants to submit proposals to respond to this Terms of Reference as outlined above. We expect the consultancy firm or consultant to demonstrate the skills and experience outlined below (or equivalent):

1. The lead consultant must have a background (atleast a Master’s degree) in Social sciences, Project Management, Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics, Livelihoods, Agricultural extension, Cooperative management or related field.

2. The lead consultant should have significant demonstrated experience (a minimum of 10 years) in evaluation of Agricultural Value Chain projects (preferably beekeeping value chains). Solid understanding of agriculture, small, medium and micro enterprises, economics, monitoring and evaluation and value chains.

3. The consultant should demonstrate excellent knowledge about value chain Cooperatives/Farmers organizations in Kenya.

4. The evaluation team must have the capacity to ensure that gender equality is taken into account in all aspects of the evaluation (i.e. design, data collection, analysis and reporting) and thematic knowledge (e.g. agricultural extension, micro-finances, value chains, etc.).

5. The individuals should demonstrate evidence of past relevant evaluation assignments in rural and peri-urban areas of Kenya (share sample reports).

6. Proven track record in analytical report writing

7. Proven track record on working with digital data collection approaches.

8. Proven capacity to assess unintended consequences of a project particularly for women participants.

9. Experience of field work and data collection at household level in rural areas of (Baringo and Elgeyo Marakwet, where the project is implemented.

The proposal should include the following (maximum 10 pages, not including cover page, table of contents, or CVs-proposals exceeding 10 pages may not be considered):

1. Motivational letter (Max 1 page)

2. Understanding of the Terms of Reference (max. 2 pages)

3. A short outline of evaluation approach, research design and methodology for the Evaluation. Max. 3 pages.

4. A proposed process and time frame for the Evaluation setting out the phases, the number of consultants and the number of days. Max. 2 pages.

5. The anticipated challenges and dependencies likely to affect the implementation of the Evaluation and how these should be addressed. Max. 1 page.

6. A description of how to ensure data quality throughout the process/assignment. Max. 1 page.

7. A description of how gender will be mainstreamed throughout the evaluation questions with consideration of how the perspectives of men, women and youths will be sought in the evaluation process. Max 1 page.

8. A narration of how ethical issues will be mitigated/safeguarded throughout the evaluation process. Max 1 page.

9. A summary of the most relevant skills and experience of the proposed lead consultant and the consultant(s) together with her/his CV showing relevant previous assignments and clients. (Annex CVs separately). Max 2 pages per CV.

10. A detailed fee quote and rationale for the consultants and an estimate for the operational costs. Max. 1 page.

How to apply: reliefweb

Interested firms only should submit their proposal by 30th June 2023.

The proposal should be submitted via email: procurement@handinhandea.org specifying the reference number HIHEA/ 016-2023/MEL as the email subject.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *