Agriculture Field Officer

Farming Systems Kenya is a registered Faith Based NGO that has been operating in Kenya since 1981 to reduce poverty through agricultural and community development interventions .
The organization works with and supports small-holder farmers to improve their productivity and incomes. To this end, the organization wishes to recruit a competent, qualified and result oriented person to fill the position of Agricultural Field Officer who will be responsible for implementing project activities with farmers and farmer producer groups in Laikipia County (Sipili and Olmoran) for an initial 8 months period.

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Role

The Field officer’s key role will be to ensure successful implementation of the program in the mentioned areas where FSK is currently implementing its activities.

Desired traits

Essential Character and Character traits Born again, Result oriented, values committed, self motivated, accountable, good presentation skills and honest

Responsibilities

Specific responsibilities will include but not limited to the following:-
Conduct farmer contact meetings and follow up meetings
Facilitate the selection and recruitment of Lead farmers
Provide training and support to Lead farmers and farmer groups on the aspects of sweet potato farming and the general agriculture skills
Training small and medium scale farmers in Agriculture, Kitchen gardening and other related technologies in close collaboration with County Agriculture officers
Ensure that work plans, budgets, monthly reports, program monitoring and evaluation and other program reports are completed on time.
.Assess the training needs of farmers and various stakeholders and discuss these needs with project officer and management on a regular basis.
Supervise and facilitate the implementation of the FSK’s goats pass-on model

Support and help the farmers groups in having their tree nurseries registered with relevant government arms to enhance their marketability
Enhance linkage and connection to input suppliers and markets
Undertake any other roles as assigned by the supervisor and Management

Requirements:

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Good planning and organizational skills
Tact and diplomacy in dealing with stuff related to work environment needs
Willingness to learn on the job and take strategic direction
Ability to work independently with minimum supervision

Minimum Requirement

Education and Experience A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or Diploma in Agriculture with at least two years of experience
Experience in Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) or dry land farming preferred
Experience in community mobilization and working with farmer groups will be an added advantage.
Strong written and verbal communications skills and demonstrable ability to deliver technical training
Fluency in Microsoft Excel and Word
Motorbike riding skills are an added advantage

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