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Research Associate – Agronomist and Nursery

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

  • Minimum MSc degree in Agronomy, Agribusiness, Agricultural Development, or a related field;
  • At least six years’ experience in agriculture in general of which 3 years working with potato, of which at least 2 years with differing classes of seed potato.
  • Excellent skills in managing partnerships with senior level officials to farmers
  • Excellent knowledge and experience in supporting nurseries to produce apical cuttings of potato
  • Excellent knowledge and experience in supporting seed businesses to produce seed potato from apical cuttings
  • Excellent skills in coordinating and monitoring large scale agricultural training programs with several partners
  • Collecting diverse kinds of data form all activities
  • Excellent data analysis, synthesis and report writing skills
  • Advanced level of MS Office.
  • Advanced written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Fluent in Kiswahili.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate field activities for potato seed system development with focus on apical cuttings and new varieties
  • Conduct capacity building interventions for seed multipliers, farmers, partners, private sector enterprises;
  • Coordinate and support planning and delivery of field days and training sites managed by partners.
  • Provide technical backstopping to nursery operators producing apical cuttings and seed producers producing seed from cuttings
  • Work with partner to coordinate and monitor activities, such as extension training of trainers followed by farmer training, and monitor collection of all event and field data.
  • Produce progress report of the field activities including maintaining database of monitoring data and managing and analyzing technical and economic data.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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