Global Communities Agricultural Productivity Specialist (Feed the Future Program) NGO Job in Kenya

Jul 5, 2017

Global Communities
 
Job Vacancy: Agricultural Productivity Specialist, Feed the Future - Kenya

Job ID:
2017-1345
 
# of Openings: 1
 
Category: Field – Technical Advisor / Component Lead

Overview: Global Communities, formerly CHF International, is an international non-profit organization that works closely with communities worldwide to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable.

Global Communities seeks an Agricultural Productivity Specialist for the anticipated USAID - funded Feed the Future Kenya Crops and Dairy Market Systems Development Activity, a five-year, $60M USD program. 

The purpose of the Crop and Dairy Market Systems Development Activity is to achieve the following objectives in targeted areas in support of the Global Food Security Strategy:

(1) Inclusive and sustainable agriculture-led growth;

(2) Strengthened resilience among people and systems; and

(3) A well-nourished population.

Responsibilities:

The Agricultural Productivity Specialist is responsible for the following:
  • Provide strategic direction and lead interventions aimed at diversifying agricultural production and improving productivity of target commodities, including nutrient-rich products.
  • Oversee strengthening of agricultural inputs system, including its ability to source, develop markets, and increase demand for a wide range of affordable productivity-enhancing technologies, practices, and services.
  • Strengthen role of youth and women in targeted agricultural value chains and ensure that program activities are inclusive of marginalized groups.
  • Promote tailored behavior change strategies that diversify diets and encourage food safety.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Solid foundation in a broad range of agriculture production subjects preferred, including but not limited to soil quality, natural resources management, climate smart agriculture, water systems management, fertilizer, IPM, and post-harvest storage and handling.
  • Deep understanding of agricultural operations and businesses; quality and food safety requirements for the Kenyan market; ability to work with both producers and their organizations as well as private sector buyers, aggregators and apex organizations.
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills.
Qualifications:

Education:
Bachelor’s Degree a field related to agricultural development such as: agricultural economics, marketing, agronomy, agribusiness management or related fields. Masters’ degree preferred

Experience:
  • A minimum of 10 years’ international experience with successful value chain development projects in the technical area of management responsibility.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience on projects with similar magnitude and complexity in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated success in implementing projects aimed at increasing the productivity and inclusiveness of value chains using facilitation approaches.
  • Technical expertise in a field related to agricultural development such as: agricultural economics, marketing, agronomy, agribusiness management or related fields.
The position requires excellent verbal and writing skills and preferred experience working with USAID and/or other major U.S. government donors. 

Management experience where relevant. 

How to Apply

Please apply by sending your CV, cover letter, and include in your subject line the position you are applying for to the email address listed below:
Localrecruitment@globalcommunities.org to be received not later than 12th July 2017.

Kenyan citizens are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. 





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