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Sunday, March 19, 2017
One Acre Fund Agricultural Trials and Research Specialist Job in Kenya
One Acre Fund
Job Title: Agricultural Trials and Research Specialist
Wanted: Exceptional professional with experience running agricultural trials and a passion for sustainable development. East African candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
Job Location: Kakamega
Duration: Minimum two year’s commitment, full-time job.
Job Description: Agricultural research and development is a critical component of our agricultural trial pipeline. Each season, we have about 4,000 farmers involved in trials on a variety of topics, including fertilizer use, seed varieties, growing methods, long-term soil health, and new crops.
These trials are our first opportunity to test new agricultural technologies and methods with clients, and these are the gateway to scaling up innovations to more than 200,000 smallholder farmers in Kenya.
Agricultural Research: You will conduct and synthesize research on a wide range of agricultural innovations and provide input into the design of our agricultural trials and overall strategy. This will include literature research, synthesizing data from internal and external sources, and consulting with experts and other institutions to prepare research summaries.
Technical Input & Field Team Support: You will support the team of field leaders, managers, and officers that are executing our on-farm trials on the ground during the design, implementation, analysis, and reporting of trial activities. This will include providing advice and guidance, training and capacity building on agricultural topics, and supporting with mentorship and management of on-farm trial staff.
Trials Coordination: You will assist in coordinating the implementation of all on-farm trial activities in Kenya, including procurement of inputs and materials; managing and scheduling of trial input deliveries and field activities; communication and systems coordination across departments; writing farmer trainings, surveys and materials; and tool creation.
Career Growth and Development: One Acre Fund invests heavily in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews.
We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about. You will have access to regular and ongoing professional development opportunities aimed at building the soft and hard skills required for quick rapid professional growth.
Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.
We are seeking an exceptional professional with experience running agricultural trials in Kenya.
Specific qualifications include, but are not limited to:
Master’s degree or above in agriculture, PhD preferred and a strong advantage. Strong connections to universities and other institutions doing agricultural research in the region.
Deep familiarity with the current state of agricultural research and context in Kenya, including knowledge on a wide range of agricultural topics and experience with agricultural context.
Project planning, management, and execution experience, including work with systems thinking and coordination; some logistics experience preferred. Ability to implement multiple projects simultaneously, while tracking and reporting on many activities within each project.
Leadership and mentorship experience, including a clear record of leading teams and providing professional development support for others.
Strong writing analytical and English writing skill, including the ability to concisely synthesize scientific and technical information from a variety of sources. Strong Excel and computer skills.
Good teamwork, humility, willingness to do work focused on execution.
Proficient in both Kiswahili and English.
Strong work experiences. Examples include a demanding professional work experience, or successful entrepreneurial experience (e.g. leading a conference, starting a business, solid Peace Corps accomplishments).
Leadership experience at work, or outside of work
Top-performing academic background (include GPA on your resume)
Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service to join our growing family of leaders.
Language: English required
Preferred Start Date: Flexible
Compensation: Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with raises for performance.
Benefits: Housing, transportation, and airtime allowance.
Note: We will not be able to sponsor a visa for this position.