Farm Africa NGO Projects Officer Jobs in Elgeyo Marakwet County
Farm Africa Kenya received funding from the DFID Aid Match funding scheme to implement the Growing Futures project.
Growing Futures aims to develop a model to expand agricultural entrepreneurial skills to improve livelihood opportunities for young people engaging in profitable and viable agri-enterprises beyond the traditional maize production.
The post holder will lead in the development of commercial opportunities for farmers in the
French Beans, Peas, and Cabbages among other selected value chains and train farmer in
technical/agronomy skills, agribusiness development and marketing.
The post requires an individual with solid technical expertise and experience in planning, growing and marketing Horticultural value chains in commercial out-grower scheme settingEstablish the needs of youths in horticulture in the county and work with key market players to enhance linkages to the project
Work closely with the project coordinator to identify key business targets, develop and
deliver a plan to create opportunities and to achieve those targets including increase in
production to meet market demand and incomes for the youths
Provide capacity development training and support to the project in Trans Nzoia
County to effectively mobilise and deliver agri-business development services to
beneficiaries (social mobilising, identification of interest youth groups, business planning, and strengthening market linkages).
Coordinate relevant stakeholders and service providers to deliver trainings to project beneficiaries such as financial literacy trainings, agri-business loans, inputs etc
Review existing information in the projects and provide training on identified markets
and viable opportunities in the Horticultural export value chains
Ensure there is up to date information about markets in the Horticultural value chains
and conduct analysis of trends in these value chains: identify, critical constraints and
promising opportunities in order to improve the functioning of the value chains, thereby
improving access to markets
Participate in developing business plans and training programme, and conduct training
to the youth groups and individual farmer on-farm support
Conduct market studies and advise on best implementation strategies that would
ensure that targeted farmer groups have profitable agribusiness ventures
Work with the Agribusiness project officer and project coordinator to train the groups
on business planning and develop bankable business plans for all farmer groups and
Conduct monthly periodic reviews to ensure that all business plans are adhered to and
the entrepreneurial capacity of the beneficiaries is enhanced
Develop a sustainable marketing structure, including an umbrella County commodity
marketing association to enhance market access
Compile monthly and quarterly reports (with illustrations such as graphs) to indicate the
progress of the farmers in pursuing their respective value chains
Develop strategic linkages with other value chain actors with a view of creating
synergistic partnerships/collaborations that would be beneficial to the farmers’ agribusiness enterprises
Recommend relevant improvements in the agri-business enterprises that would enable
the groups realize better returns on their investments
Any other duties as may be directed by the line manager, PM or CD
A degree in Horticulture/Agribusiness
Economics/Agriculture or any other relevant
qualification from a recognised university
Knowledge and practical experience in
value chain development
Demonstrated track record of business
development success with smallholder
farmers in Horticultural value chains
Experience in public private partnerships
Previous work experience with farmer
Experience5+ years work experience in promoting production of horticultural value chains Commercial production of horticultural
crops with small holder farmers
5+Experience in smallholder farmer
agribusiness capacity development
Capacity building of organisations and
Knowledge of the horticulture export sector
in Kenya Participatory training methodologies
Strong background in agronomic
management of horticultural crops from the
Network of private sector contacts
Skills & abilities Possess skills in community mobilisation
A go-getter and able to develop new
business partnerships and ingenious but
practical business ideas
How to Apply
To apply please send your cover letter indicating your expected salary and a detailed CV with the reference being the post title on the subject line to [email protected] by 5pm (GMT+3) 16 August 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Farm Africa is an equal opportunity employer. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
For more information and job application details, see; Farm Africa NGO Projects Officer Jobs in Elgeyo Marakwet County
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