SNV NGO Agronomist Jobs in Kenya

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization, working in Agriculture, Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. Founded in the Netherlands in 1965, we have built a long-term, local presence in more than 30 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Our global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organizations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

The Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Programme is a 5-year, € 39 million project being implemented in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The project uses an inclusive Business Development approach to support the international and Dutch efforts on climate change and sustainable production in arable farming.

The programme will work with and through the private sector and supports public sector partners in creating an institutional environment for wide-scale adoption of CSA-practices. It is driven by 3 pillars: i) adoption of CSA practices & technologies in arable crop production farming systems; ii) acceleration of investments and business growth in selected value chains; iii) improved enabling environment for scaling out of CSA.

Interventions are centered around business cases which are derived from a thorough climate risk assessment and financial analysis of value chains in pulses, oilseeds, potatoes and grains. A climate smart business case matching grant facility aims to further improve access to finance and facilitate scaling.

The programme is implemented by a consortium consisting of SNV, Wageningen University & Research (WUR), the CGIAR research programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Agriterra and Rabobank, and is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS).

SNV NGO Agronomist Agronomist /CSA Advisor Jobs in Kenya

Job Description

The Agronomist /CSA Advisor will be responsible for guiding adoption of climate smart technologies by farmers and SME’s. S/he will advise on specific climate smart interventions and extension systems in the business cases, and in the matching grants for innovation pilots and scaling.

S/he will coordinate with the research and financial partners to contribute to cost/benefit analysis which will underpin the investments for effective climate resilient production systems. Support will be provided to SMEs and farmer groups/cooperatives on the most appropriate climate integration strategies, which enhances income of producers/agribusiness.

The incumbent will contribute to the joint learning of smallholder producers and SME adoption of climate smart agriculture. S/he will coordinate, manage and supervise local extension providers in the business cases and pilot result based performance contracts. S/he will support as well Dutch technical expert missions to strengthen farmer organisations/cooperatives and SMEs in arable crop farming and management.

Key Responsibilities

  • Participate in the value chains and climate risk assessments of prioritised commodities (pulses, oilseed, potatoes and grains);
  • Co-design climate
    smart interventions based on farming systems approach and farmer typology and profiling;
  • Train and coach extension providers on climate smart adoption;
  • Supervise and evaluate performance of extension providers according to result-based payment scheme;
  • Coordinate and support (Dutch) technical missions on arable crop farming;
  • Support extension providers in delivering needs-based and practical trainings to male, female and young farmers;
  • Support the testing of profitable climate smart innovations with smallholder farmers in collaboration with the research partners;
  • Support SMEs in the promotion, market uptake and scaling of evidence-based climate smart technologies;
  • Support the integration of renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions in the farming systems and value chains;
  • Coordinate the provision of tailor made information to producers and SME’s on crop suitability, climate risks and cost effectiveness/viability of interventions;
  • Advise on the implementation of business cases and the co-investment fund;
  • Identify and analyse the barriers for the uptake of climate smart technologies and formulate recommendation to SME’s, financial institutions and government;
  • Contribute to learning on scaling CSA;
  • Contribute to improved service delivery to farmers by cooperatives in collaboration with consortium partners;
  • Broker and create improved linkages between farmers, cooperatives, public and private service providers, SME’s and other relevant stakeholders


  • A relevant academic qualification in agronomy and/or farming systems
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience of working in Agronomy advisory;
  • Knowledge of technical aspects of priortitised commodities (pulses, oilseed and grains) and farming systems in east Africa;
  • Experience in famer extension and SME advising;
  • Experience in climate smart agriculture design and financial analysis of climate smart technologies;
  • Experience working with female entrepreneurs and gender integration approaches;
  • Knowledge climate smart innovation and farmer adoption;
  • Experience with result-based service provision and farmer organisation strengthening;
  • Excellent communication (written and oral), reporting and presentation skills;
  • Willingness to travel to all project locations

    Additional Information

    This is a full-time national role with the successful candidate being contracted on a 3-year basis with the possibility of renewal. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a competitive secondary benefit package.

    How to apply

    Please apply by clicking on the “I AM INTERESTED” tab on this page and submitting a cover letter and CV in English before the 20th of May, 2018.

    Open for Kenyan Nationals only.

    For more information and job application details, see; SNV NGO Agronomist Agronomist /CSA Advisor Jobs in Kenya

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