Purpose of the position: Under the direction of the Agriculture Specialist, improve on the process of growing farm crops and help farmers use their land more effectively and suggest methods to increase yields. Focus on checking soil quality against the crops that will be planted in the PAMOJA project area. Work with small holder farmers in order to develop better farming conditions through improved planting areas.
Roles and Responsibilities:
Participates in projects and experiments in the field of agronomy. Discusses the orientation and technical demands of agronomic activities and assumes responsibility for the technical aspects in the execution of the same. Performs a variety of specialized technical tasks such as assessing field site characteristics and selecting field locations, and determining requirements for fertilizers and pesticides. Participates in the production, harvest, storage and sale of seeds and crops. Organizes schedule of land and equipment use. Assesses needs and coordinates provision of equipment and materials. Provides technical guidance and extension support concerning best agronomic methods, the use of equipment and techniques, and the analysis of results. Compiles experimental and analytical data and prepares reports. Ensures the proper use of equipment and compliance with safety regulations. Ensures proper storage, handling and disposal of hazardous materials. Operates a variety of farm equipment and machinery such as ploughs, seeders, manure spreaders, harvesters, tractors, trucks, snow blowers and lawn mowers. Uses tools such as drills, saws, soldering and welding tools, and personal computer. Organize, prepare and facilitate ToT and other trainings, as required, to selected community members on specific sustainable and environmentally appropriate agronomic techniques In collaboration with the District extension officers; providing support and mentoring post-training to ensure knowledge is appropriately cascaded to other interested members, and regularly monitoring same in keeping with project requirements throughout the project lifetime. Provide appropriate extension services in crop production and management amongst smallholder farmers, focusing on diversification and intensification of agricultural production, and promoting integration into value chain activities. Work closely with the Agriculture Specialist in designing, planning, and implementing innovative approaches to agricultural and value chain activities. Promote best practice technologies, appropriate for the environments of identified project livelihood zones, to encourage production of agricultural products having potential to increase household income, recommended dietary diversity and market share. In collaboration with the Sustainable Livelihood and Economic Development and the DM&E Specialists, develop and administer pre- and post- knowledge questionnaires to measure impact of knowledge sharing, and other materials related to project training and advocacy. Work closely with the Agriculture Specialist to ensure project activities are in line with World Vision agriculture/livelihood policies, criteria and procedures. Participate in project trainings, surveys, monitoring exercises, and donor, country and head office visits, as required. Compile clear and accurate reports on project trainings and other activities, as required. Participate in project planning and review meetings, as required. Assist the DME Specialist in preparing weekly internal progress reports and quarterly/annual donor reports. Extract lesson learning from project implementation, and compile and share case studies with the organization and other project stakeholders as required. Provide regular and timely communication to your supervisor and field colleagues on progress during project implementation, highlighting successes; delays; risks; challenges; irregularities and opportunities encountered during your work. Carry out any other duties assigned by the Agriculture Specialist or the Chief of Party.
Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience B.Sc. In Agronomy or a related area, such as soil conservation, agriculture education, or general agriculture. Working experience in related field. Experience baseline data collection using GIS tools. Experience in farm equipment and mechanization. Background in cereals, pulses or horticultural promotion projects. Excellent interpersonal skills, proven networking, team-building, organizational and communication skills. Computer literacy is essential.
Must be a committed Christian, able to stand above denominational diversities. As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.