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 agronomist for the project ‘Veggies 4 Planet & People’ which is expected to be funded by the IKEA Foundation.
I. Duties and Responsibilities
- Assist the Project Economist in conducting a participatory appraisal regarding existing regenerative agricultural practices in vegetable value chains; assist in mid-term and end line evaluation studies.
- Providing comprehensive training and technical guidance to field officers of project partners and government extension staff regarding organic horticultural practices, biocontrol of pests and diseases, regenerative agricultural practices, post-harvest technologies, and circular agri-business solutions.
- Carry out participatory on-farm research on regenerative vegetable technologies and post-harvest technologies: odesign experiments with scientists from headquarters and farmers in the fieldoimplement; monitor, collect and report dataoconduct preliminary analysisoreflect with farmers, partners and researchersoreport findings and conclusions
- Create partnerships and synergies with the private seed sector to improve availability, accessibility, affordability and quality of vegetable seed supplies to vegetable producers.
- Technical progress reporting of grammatically correct and scientific standards.
- Liaison with the Media Officer to produce information and materials to be used for influencing social behavioral change towards adoption of regenerative practices and increased consumption of traditional and other vegetables.
- Facilitate partner meetings and learning events.
- Perform any other duties assigned by the Kenya Country Director.
- Master’s degree in agriculture, natural resource management, or horticulture related sciences.
- Minimum three years’ experience in an international non-governmental organization (NGO) or company.
- Proven experience in training of field workers.
- Proven experience in conducting or facilitating on-farm participatory research.
- Thorough knowledge of vegetable agronomy, and preferably also knowledge of traditional African vegetables.
- Affinity with youth and women empowerment approaches, and planetary health.
- 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.
III. 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.
IV. 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.
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