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Jun 1, 2017

TechnoServe Horticulture Technical Director Job in Nairobi, Kenya

TechnoServe Recruitment Notice

Job Title: Horticulture Technical Director
Reports to: Chief of Party
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Travel: 50% of the time
Grade: 11

TechnoServe Background: TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. 

We are a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. 

Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs and wealth for their families and communities. 

With more than four decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.
Program Description: The Kenya Feed the Future Crop and Dairy Market Systems Development Activity is forecasted as a $50M-$60M project. 

Focal value chains are anticipated to include horticulture, staple crops and dairy and will use a market systems facilitation approach. 

The Horticulture Technical Director will report to the Chief of Party.

Key role and responsibility:
  • Oversee implementation and monitoring of horticulture activities that result in increased incomes and increased household consumption of diverse, nutritious foods
  • Oversee relationships with relevant market system actors, including building their capacity and leveraging incentives to encourage their adoption of new behaviors that support system change. This will include a major emphasis on private sector engagement.
  • Lead a team of technical staff to ensure high quality implementation, including regular travel to the field to oversee delivery of horticulture activities
  • Ensure timely and accurate reporting on horticulture activities
  • Collaborate with the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) team to ensure rigorous data collection and analysis
  • Coordinate closely with project leadership to ensure high quality, integrated program delivery
Minimum required skills and experience:
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as agronomy, agricultural economics, or international development and at least 7-10 years of relevant experience. A master’s degree in a complementary field and 5-7 years of relevant experience preferred.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience in horticulture value chain, including increasing production and quality, improving post-harvest handling and reducing loss, marketing to domestic and international buyers, promoting value addition and processing, and promoting uptake of improved practices and technologies
  • Demonstrated understanding of cross-cutting issues in a Kenyan context including: gender, nutrition, food security, youth and vulnerable populations, and climate smart approaches
  • Familiarity with market system actors in Kenya’s horticulture sector, including government actors, private sector and civil society
  • Previous experience in a leadership role on a USAID-funded project, including understanding of USAID policies and procedures is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and communicate effectively and diplomatically with a range of external and internal colleagues
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage activities, including staffing, workplans, deliverables, timelines and budgets
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English required, including a demonstrated track record of producing high quality, well-written deliverables
To Apply:
Please submit your application (by email only) to [email protected] with the position tide placed in the subject line. 

Please include 

(1) cover letter describing your interest.

(2) curriculum vitae. 

Please include all requirements in a single document (pdf).
Applications will be treated confidentially. 

Deadline for applications is 8 June 2017.

Note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
TechnoServe is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females and Individuals with Disabilities.

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