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Vegetable Crops Supervisor/Agronomist (1 Post)


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The Clinton Development Initiative (CDI) develops and operates agribusiness projects that empower smallholder farmers to increase their economic potential. In Malawi, Tanzania, and Rwanda, CDI integrates commercial farms and other agribusinesses with smallholder outreach to increase smallholder farmers’ access to local markets and enable them to participate equitably in those markets. CDI’s mode puts farmers first by increasing their access to knowledge, inputs, services, and markets to improve their crop yields and increase and diversify their incomes. CDI works in close collaboration with governments, nongovernmental organizations, social investors, and farmer organizations.

Title:Vegetable Crops Supervisor/Agronomist (1 Post)

Location: Matimba

Position Description:

The Vegetable Crops Supervisor/Agronomist is responsible for assisting the Farm Manager at Matimba Farm in all aspects relating to vegetable cropping programme, cropping budgets, land preparation, planting, fertilizer application, scouting for pests and diseases, spraying, harvesting and measuring yields.

The Vegetable Crops Supervisor/Agronomist will oversee the cropping programme for vegetables at Matimba Farm and the neighboring out –grower farmers; he/she will also be responsibility for the supervision of land preparation, crop rotations, plant population, pests/diseases prevention and elimination, soil fertility, soil conservation, vegetables harvesting, grading and packaging.

Required Expertise& Experience:

Degree in Crop Science or Agronomy with a minimum of 3 years’or diploma in Crop Science, Agronomy with a minimum of 5 years work experience in commercial vegetables and fruit production preferably in a commercial farming environment.
Advantage:

Additional qualifications and experience in business management
Experience in training farmers on improved agricultural technologies and supervision;
Agronomy familiarity  with i) horticulture agronomy , ii) crop diseases and pests and relevant pesticides, insecticides and fungicides, iii) common weeds and herbicides and iv) large mechanized farm equipment, and v) irrigation systems and their operation
Business knowledge in crop markets and their timing as well as extensive understanding of business profit maximization

Skills:

  • Critical thinker and fast learner and ability to help farmers, local leaders, and other stakeholders in the assigned area in their decision to join the program;
  • Knowledge on the use of GPS-equipment on mapping and area calculation; previous experience using Farm Force software
  • High level people skills and ability to build relationships with a diversity of people at all levels.
  • Must be detail oriented, with strong reviewing skills and a high degree of accuracy is essential.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision;
  • High levels of integrity
  • Proficiency in MS Office (including Excel, Word and PowerPoint), and strong computer skills
  • Must have strong numerical skills (ability to run basic financial and economic analysis e.g. gross margin analysis, fertilizer calibration, determination of plant population, etc.)
  • Fluent in Kiswahili, with good command in English language to participate in meeting and communicate with supervisors.
  • The Clinton Foundation maintains a strong policy of equal opportunity in employment. Our Equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, Compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits and terminations.



To Apply

Please apply online https://forms.clintonfoundation.org/view.php?id=16007;
To Apply

Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged reception of their applications.

 Application closing date: 5:00PM - Sunday, July 1, 2016.

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