Agricultural Extension Officer, Field Assistant and Agronomist Jobs ,kenya

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Job Description

Job Title: Agricultural Extension Officer

Location: Kwale County

Reports To: Technical Director – Agriculture

Purpose of the Job
The job holder will be responsible for: preparing physical and financial plans; planning and organizing training; controlling work and cost; liaising with outgrowers and community leaders; hiring of labor; implementing working guidelines and manuals; and preparation of periodic reports.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identifies suitable sugarcane production areas and selects farmers who are eligible to outgrowers scheme.
  • Establishes farmers working groups to enhance proper communication and sharing of limited resources.
  • Provides or coordinates the distribution of agricultural inputs.
  • Facilitates the reimbursement of loans/credits to farmers.
  • Manages and ensure the recording of all material and financial resources diverted to outgrowers.
  • Coordinates and facilitates logistical and technical support for land development, seedbed preparation, cane cultivation, harvesting, loading and transporting.
  • Offers technical support and advisory services to farmers in conducting field adaptation/demonstrations /observation trials, technology transfer, problem assessment and surveys (soil, plant, cane sampling), etc.
  • Offers and organizes trainings, workshops, field days, visits, etc.
  • Prepares planting and harvesting schedules jointly with the Agriculture Extension Manager.
  • Advises farmers on proper utilization of inputs and cane money to improve their livelihood.
  • Facilitates the undertakings of on-farm research.
  • Coordinates and facilitates the maintenance of road networks.
  • Inspects and suggests corrective measures on quality of cane production operations;
  • Implements performance monitoring and evaluation system;
  • Prepares periodic plans and budget.
  • As deemed necessary, carries out other tasks assigned to him.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • B.Sc./Diploma in agriculture/plant sciences or related fields
  • 3-5 years relevant experience
  • Skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet stipulated deadlines.
  • Display professional demeanor with qualities such as strong work ethics, trustworthiness, and self confidence.
  • Strong influencing skills and consultative skills to bring efficiency and pro – activeness.
  • Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Excellent organizational, time and stress management skills

Job Title: Field Assistant

Location: Kwale County

Reports To: Agricultural Extension Officer
Purpose of the Job: The job holder will be responsible for: preparing physical plan; facilitating training; controlling work and cost; liaising with outgrowers and community leaders; implementing working guidelines and manuals; and preparation of periodic reports.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinates the distribution of agricultural inputs.
  • Facilitates the availability and reimbursement of loans/credits to farmers.
  • Manages and facilitates the recording of all material and labor resources diverted to outgrowers.
  • Coordinates and faci
  • Establishes farmers working groups to enhance proper communication and sharing of limited resources.
  • litates logistical and technical support for land development, seedbed preparation, cane cultivation, harvesting, loading and transporting.
  • Offers technical support and advisory services to farmers in conducting field adaptation/demonstrations /observation trials, technology transfer, problem assessment and surveys (soil, plant, cane sampling), etc.
  • Facilitates trainings, field days, visits, etc. for outgrowers
  • Coordinate the planting and harvesting operations as per set schedules.
  • Advises farmers on proper utilization of inputs and cane money to improve their livelihood.
  • Facilitates and implements the recommended on-farm research.
  • Coordinates and facilitates the maintenance of road networks.
  • Records performance monitoring and evaluation data;
  • As deemed necessary, carries out other tasks assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Diploma/certificate in agriculture or related fields
  • 0-2 years relevant experience
  • Required Skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet stipulated deadlines.
  • Display professional demeanor with qualities such as strong work ethics, trustworthiness, and self confidence.
  • Strong influencing skills and consultative skills to bring efficiency and pro – activeness.
  • Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Excellent organizational, time and stress management skills

Job Title: Agronomist

Location: Kwale County

Reports To: Technical Director – Agriculture

Purpose of the Job

The job holder will be responsible for: Planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, managing and controlling the activities and resources of the Crop Production Research Program in order to help attain targets of the Agriculture Operations in economical way.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Planning, organizing, directing coordinating, managing, monitoring and evaluating the activities and budget of the Crop Production Research Program;
  • Developing, directing and implementing appropriate agricultural research strategies, policies, standards, and procedures in view of the Companies objectives;
  • Planning, coordinating, facilitating and directing the adoption, adaptation, development and promotion of agricultural research results and technologies.
  • Developing and promoting improved research management systems or new research methods/techniques in view of continual improvement research performance;
  • Conducting applied research that promote and maintain high cane and sugar yields and reduce cost of production;
  • Establishing agronomic standards, and production systems;
  • Enabling the mill to have high quality cane and through optimal choice of production inputs such as varieties, use of appropriate ripeners, herbicides, fertilizers as well as efficient use of water and improved sugarcane harvesting practices.
  • Undertaking crop/nursery management monitoring/ audit with respect to standard cultivation practices;
  • Planning and managing primary nursery;
  • Developing and undertaking monitoring of plant nutrient status and recommending cost effective fertilizer management strategies;
  • Developing and/reviewing working/operational standards needed for core agricultural operations;
  • Providing advisory services both to the nucleus and outgrowers;
  • Designing and establishing research and technical support systems to both the nucleus and outgrowers;
  • Conducting hands on training program at site for the technical staff of the Agriculture Operations employees;
  • Conducting seminars on progress of research projects and on new technologies available elsewhere;
  • Developing and implementing the research strategy in the fields of cane agriculture and undertakes the required capacity building activities accordingly;
  • Participating in undertaking skill gap identification (training need assessment) of Agriculture Operations; and
  • Running and managing meteorological station;
  • Preparing periodic performance reports;
  • Performing other relevant tasks.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • M.Sc. in Agronomy but having relevant research/operation experience is preferred
  • 3 years relevant experience

Required Skills

  • Excellent writing & communication skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet stipulated deadlines.
  • Display professional demeanor with qualities such as strong work ethics, trustworthiness, and self confidence.
  • Strong influencing skills and consultative skills to bring efficiency and pro – activeness.
  • Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Excellent organizational, time and stress management skills

How to Apply

If you are up to the challenge,& you meet the above minimum qualifications and experience send your Application letter along with your Current CV as One Word Document, and a daytime telephone contact to;
The Human Resource Manager P.O Box 46279-00100 Nairobi.

OR email: [email protected]

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