Africa harvest implementation officer

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County Implementation Officers.

About our organization:

Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International is a Non-Governmental International Organization with Headquarters in Nairobi Kenya and working with rural communities across Kenya & Africa to address challenges of food, nutrition, and income insecurity by streamlining agricultural value chains.

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The organization implements programs in Cereals, Horticulture, tubers, legumes, poultry, and Dairy goat value chains with the aim of enhancing production and productivity, catalyzing the development of SMEs and generating dignified and fulfilling jobs for Youth and Women.

Our programs are designed to enhance resource utilization, livelihoods, enhance ecosystem management and, contribute to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the social, environmental and economic pillars.

About the position:

The County Implementation officers will be responsible for ensuring the timely implementation of field activities as per the project work plan and implementation schedules.

The referenced project seeks to generate dignified and fulfilling jobs for 120,000 Youth by scaling the adoption of Drought Tolerant Crops (DTC) value chains (Sorghum, Finger Millet, Pearl Millet, Groundnuts, Green grams and Pigeon Peas) in 10 Semi-Arid Counties in Kenya: Busia, Siaya, Homabay, Elgeyo Marakwet, Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Kitui, Machakos, Makueni and Taita Taveta.

Successful candidates will report to the Project Coordinator.

Duties and Responsibilities
These include:

Project promotion at community and local authorities’ level, and advocacy on AHBF interventions.
Conduct beneficiaries’ selection and mobilization and provide continuous technical support in value chain development.
Support, plan on seed and inputs distribution.
Deliver training on agronomy (GAPs) and production of Drought tolerant crops to farmer beneficiaries and assist in the organization of farmer (youth) groups.
Train farmers on soil and water management, Climate Smart Agriculture practices, agri-prenuership, seed production, value addition and marketing.
Continuously follow-up with farmers on training and agricultural activities
Conduct field visits and provision of technical support to farmers and project beneficiaries
Establish and monitor demonstration plots under the supervision of the PM.
Train on youth group dynamics and management to enhance project success.
Work to establish and train community women and youth groups on savings (VSLA) and financial management.
Support groups with registration and linkage to financial service providers.
Work with the project manager to collect and organize all relevant field data
Organizing field monitoring missions/visits with donors, local authorities’ representatives, and organization’s staff.
Make timely request for field activity funds and account for the same.
Inform and document lessons and the challenges encountered during the implementation phase of the program and proposed field level management measures.
Support in building and keeping cordial relationships between Africa Harvest and county authorities and other value chain actors.
Prepare weekly work-plans and reports and submit in good time.
File, document and report work progress to the PM and M&E officer on a weekly basis.
Work with the M&E/communication office in collecting and documenting information on beneficiaries’ success stories.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate should have:
MUST BE 40 YEARS OLD AND ABOVE.
Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture/ agribusiness or any related fields.
Past working experience of at least one (1) year in agricultural programs targeting youths.
Must be well conversant with local community and language in the county where one is applying to.
MUST be residing in the community or willing to relocate in the community one is applying to.
Previous experience working in ASALs is an asset.
Previous experience with Drought tolerant crops is a strong asset.
Knowledge of English, Swahili and local languages where the project is implemented.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products.
At least 3 years’ experience working with smallholder farmers and market actors in agricultural value chains.
Knowledge of Agricultural value chain development
Knowledge of financial Inclusion strategies including VSLA is valuable.
Demonstrated ability to work independently, with and through teams.

Required Skills

This is a full-time position for an initial 5 years subject to annual performance evaluation and availability of funding. The successful candidate will be based at the County headquarters. The following competences are essential:
Strong research, decision making, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
Good analytical, communications, negotiations, and interpersonal skills.
Proven ability to manage and work with multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams, programs and consortia.
Ability to write well and generate documents and reports without supervision.
Ability to multi-task and work across various projects/programs.
Competence in the use of technology-based tools and data assessment programs/platforms.
Should be able to or willing to learn how to ride a motorcycle

 

Terms of offer:

We offer a supportive, diverse and gender-sensitive working environment. This position is remunerated on Local Terms based on a performance-based remuneration approach. Women, youth and persons with disability are encouraged to apply.

How to apply:

Please send your application including a Cover letter, updated CV (with 3 professional references) and testimonials to recruitment@africaharvest.org and at the subject line SPECIFYING THE COUNTY APPLIED FOR.
Applications should reach us by 20th November 2022. Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.

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