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Agricultural Economist - Nairobi, Kenya

Agricultural Economist - Nairobi, Kenya

Deadline: 14 July 2020

The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) is a non-profit, autonomous international agricultural research center with headquarters in Taiwan and five regional offices around the globe.

WorldVeg conducts research and development programs that contribute to realize the potential of vegetables for healthier lives and more resilient livelihoods. World Vegetable Center is hosted by World Agroforestry (ICRAF), a member of the CGIAR that is headquartered on United Nations Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya.

World Vegetable Center seeks an Economist for the project ‘Veggies 4 Planet & People’ which is expected to be funded by the IKEA Foundation.

1. Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead a participatory appraisal of existing vegetable business networks in different parts of the country.
  • Conduct baseline, mid-term, and end line evaluation studies of the project, using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Facilitation of participatory monitoring and evaluation processes of vegetable business networks using regenerative agricultural technologies, post-harvest practices, and circular agri-business practices.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of vegetable seed supply systems in liaison with private seed companies.
  • Carry out profitability studies of vegetable production and vegetable businesses.
  • In liaison with stakeholders, colleagues and partners, promote innovations and processes that improve efficiencies in the vegetable value chains.
  • Promote youth and gender empowerment in vegetable business networks through implementing partners.
  • Document evidence and lessons learned into high quality documents or media for dissemination.
  • Liaise with Media Officer and media partners to influence behavioral change of producers towards adoption of generative technologies and circular agri-business practices.
  • Interact with policy makers and produce research briefs to influence policy towards a more enabling environment for vegetable business networks and sustainable agricultural practices.
  • Technical progress and other evaluation reports of grammatically correct and scientific standards.
  • Facilitate partner meetings and learning events.
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the Kenya Country Director.


2. Eligibility

  • Master’s degree in agri-business, socioeconomics, or other related sciences.
  • Minimum three years’ experience in an international non-governmental organization (NGO) or company.
  • Proven experience in participatory appraisals, qualitative and quantitative evaluation studies, baseline studies, and impact assessments.
  • Proven ability to extract evidence and lessons learned from evaluation exercises and turn these into high quality documents for dissemination.
  • Proven experience in profitability studies.
  • Affinity with youth and women empowerment approaches, and planetary health.
  • Experience in policy dialogues, advocacy, and media use is an advantage.
  • Experience with the commercial seed sector or research on seed systems is an advantage.
  • Excellent computer skills in MS‐office applications (Word, Excel, Power point).
  • Team player with excellent communication skills in spoken and written English and Kiswahili.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to interact with partners and colleagues in a multi-cultural setting.


3. Terms of offer

We offer a collegial, diverse and gender-sensitive working environment, and we strongly encourage applications from qualified women. This position is remunerated on local terms. The appointment will be for an initial period two (2) years renewable, subject to a six (6) months’ probation period.


4. How to apply

Apply here. CV and Cover Letter should be in PDF and Labelled with the applicants First and Second Names. Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the job requirements will be contacted.

For more information, please read official call





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