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Technical Intern - Prosoil & Prosilience

Closing: Jun 19, 2024

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Published: Jun 5, 2024 (10 days ago)

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Background

In Kenya, and in particular in the Western regions, soils are highly diverse and subject to continuous degradation as a result of wind and water erosion, nutrient depletion and
acidification. These phenomena are often compounded by inappropriate agricultural
practices and deforestation and intensified by climate-change processes affecting all Agro-ecological zones in Western Kenya to differing degrees.  Virtually all the agricultural land in the region is so heavily degraded that the cultivated land provides only part of the households’ food requirement.

 

The German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through GIZ implements a global soil program “Soil protection and rehabilitation for food security” in six countries, Kenya being one of them. In Western Kenya, the project “Soil
protection and rehabilitation of degraded soils in Western Kenya’’ aims to facilitate the implementation of sustainable approaches for the inclusive promotion of soil conservation and for the rehabilitation of degraded soils.


The project has three key outputs to deliver including:

 

  1. Implementation of soil conservation and rehabilitation measures in the 3 counties of Bungoma, Kakamega and Siaya.

  2. Mainstreaming of the topic of soil conservation and rehabilitation at political and institutional level in the three counties and within the national authorities.

  3. Mainstreaming of findings and lessons learned with regards to soil conservation and rehabilitation into policy discourse.

 

The project therefore is addressing the underlying issues through a comprehensive approach that promotes a number of measures including physical and biophysical measures, conservation agriculture, and integrated soil fertility management based on soil testing, agroforestry, catchment protection and policy support.

 

It is in reference to these outputs that GIZ has been building capacities and supporting the three Western counties to effectively implement the project in collaboration with other key partners and stakeholders.

 

ProSoil is therefore recruiting a technical intern to support its staff in the implementation of project activities at field level in the target project counties.


Responsibilities

Background

In Kenya, and in particular in the Western regions, soils are highly diverse and subject to continuous degradation as a result of wind and water erosion, nutrient depletion and
acidification. These phenomena are often compounded by inappropriate agricultural
practices and deforestation and intensified by climate-change processes affecting all Agro-ecological zones in Western Kenya to differing degrees.  Virtually all the agricultural land in the region is so heavily degraded that the cultivated land provides only part of the households’ food requirement.

 

The German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through GIZ implements a global soil program “Soil protection and rehabilitation for food security” in six countries, Kenya being one of them. In Western Kenya, the project “Soil
protection and rehabilitation of degraded soils in Western Kenya’’ aims to facilitate the implementation of sustainable approaches for the inclusive promotion of soil conservation and for the rehabilitation of degraded soils.


The project has three key outputs to deliver including:

 

  1. Implementation of soil conservation and rehabilitation measures in the 3 counties of Bungoma, Kakamega and Siaya.

  2. Mainstreaming of the topic of soil conservation and rehabilitation at political and institutional level in the three counties and within the national authorities.

  3. Mainstreaming of findings and lessons learned with regards to soil conservation and rehabilitation into policy discourse.

 

The project therefore is addressing the underlying issues through a comprehensive approach that promotes a number of measures including physical and biophysical measures, conservation agriculture, and integrated soil fertility management based on soil testing, agroforestry, catchment protection and policy support.

 

It is in reference to these outputs that GIZ has been building capacities and supporting the three Western counties to effectively implement the project in collaboration with other key partners and stakeholders.

 

ProSoil is therefore recruiting a technical intern to support its staff in the implementation of project activities at field level in the target project counties.


A.     Responsibilities

 


The key responsibility of the intern is to support ProSoil and Prosilience project teams in the implementation of project activities as per set goals and objectives.   The intern with guidance from technical teams will undertake the following tasks: -

 

  • Support the project manager and technical team in execution of technical and
    administrative tasks e.g., developing concept notes and making presentations; capturing meeting notes, documenting training reports
  • Participate and network in forums, meetings and workshops related to ProSoil and ProSilience and compile summary notes/minutes
  • Support in quick reviews through desk research for required technical knowledge and information
  • Participate in planning and execution of activities together with project partners
  • Analyzing spatial and non-spatial data based on Geographic Information Systems tools 
  • Design maps for the ProSoil project both for internal use and external use 
  • Contribute to knowledge management and communication especially in content creation
  • Support in event organization and execution including logistical follow-ups with
    administration team
  • Assist in other technical and administrative duties as may be assigned from time
    to time

 

  

B.    Required qualifications, competences and experience

 

  •  Recent graduate with Bsc Agribusiness, Agroecology, Agriculture or comparable qualification.

  • Not more than 1 year after graduation.

  • Ability to work in teams

  • Good planning and organizational skills

  • Proficiency in ICT technologies and computer applications

  • Good documentation skills ability -compile reports, meeting minutes

  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.

  • Willingness to travel within Western Kenya.

  • Good written and spoken English and Kiswahili language

  • Good communication skills.

 

 

  1. Duration of Assignment
  • The contract duration is six months.

 


  1. Duty Location
  • The duty location is Kisumu with field travels to Siaya, Kakamega and Bungoma counties.

 


  1. Submission of Application
  • Vacancy Reference Number:            GIZ/ARD/01/06/2024

 


GIZ is an equal opportunity employer.

 


All applications should be received by 19th June 2024.

 


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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