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  • Posted: Mar 27, 2023
    Deadline: Not specified
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    Vibrant Village is a private foundation working to improve food security, family health, financial wellbeing, and education in communities around the world. We make grants to non-profit organizations and directly manage programs from our field offices in Ecuador, Ghana, and Kenya.
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    Key areas of responsibilities are:

    Program Planning & Development

    • Play an active role in all the stages of the program from design to all the phases of implementation
    • Be responsible for the design of the annual work plans, tools and processes for the effective implementation of the program activities
    • Work with the head of finance and operations in preparation of the program budget in line with the proposal and annual work plans
    • Be the key link between the program and ACT and other program partners and stakeholders

    Lead Implementation of Agricultural Extension services

    • Provide leadership in mobilization, recruitment, organization and strengthening of farmers and farmer producer groups
    • Provision of on-ground advisory extension services to farmers
    • Promote & support commitment of farmers to soil health improvement
    • Provide leadership and on the ground guidance in the setting up of RA/CA demonstrations and organizing field days, farmer exchange visits
    • Support capacity development of farmers on CA through the VVF -Trainer of Trainers (TOT)
    • Extension Model (designed/provided by ACT)
    • Facilitate development and signing of contract farming agreements between farmers and aggregators
    • Provision of ground oversight, enforcement of contract farming and address emerging issues
    • Provide findings/feedback to the farmers and other stakeholders

    Program Strategy Leadership

    • Work with ACT and the program M&E team in the development of M&E strategy and in the establishment of baselines and follow-up of program indicators
    • Work with and provide leadership to the M&E team in the data capture systems and tools that properly monitors and evaluates the program objectives.
    • Monitor the progress of the project and adoption of the technologies and provide feedback to all the key program actors and the other stakeholders
    • Ensure that crop production systems and activities among the program farmers and farming communities contribute to sustainable agriculture
    • Ensure the CA/RA values and principles being promoted by Vibrant Village Foundation are fully embraced by the farming communities and other key program stakeholders
    • Lead design of appropriate practices and provide technical agricultural value chain support in the areas of crop production and livestock keeping
    • Keep up to date with developments in the sector, including best practice examples, to ensure on going organizational and personal development and learning
    • Provide technical support to the post-harvest handling and marketing of local crop products
    • Monitor and document the project progress, lessons, good experience and impact in collaboration with the farming communities and other program stakeholders
    • Identify any challenges and obstacles to the achievement of the program vision and goals and trouble shoot in a timely manner
    • Advice program teams on best practices to ensure quality outcomes for all crop production activities

    Administrative Responsibilities

    • Provide technical and administrative leadership to all the program staff including ensuring all staff JDs are up to date and facilitation of their capacity development
    • As part of the senior leadership team, play an active role in setting the strategic priorities for the organization
    • Actively monitor the program progress and preparation of reports on a monthly, quarterly, bi-annual and annual basis
    • Performs other duties as assigned by the line manager.

    These essential functions are not to be interpreted as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other job-related duties as required.

    All work responsibilities are subject to having performance goals and/or targets established.

    Education, qualifications & other knowledge

    • MSc/BSc in Agronomy, Plant Sciences, Crop sciences, Arid land agriculture, Extension or other related disciplines
    • Knowledge of the agriculture development & policy environment in Kenya
    • Knowledge of agriculture value chains, mechanization uptake among small scale farmers and the principles of Conservation Agriculture
    • Knowledge of gender and social inclusiveness


    • At least five years of practical work experience in the field of agricultural crop production, agricultural mechanization, RA/CA and related.
    • Previous NGO work experience in rural development,
    • Good Experience in rural development particularly in diversified livelihood and participatory research approaches.
    • Experience with international organization, public sector institutions
      and/or funding agencies
    • Practical experience in providing training on crop production and protection to staffs and smallholder farmers.
    • Experience of project planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.

    Skills & abilities

    • Excellent ability to develop and translate plans into cost-effective operations and activities in line with identified and available resources.
    • Very good English and Swahili language skills (written and spoken)
    • Understanding of Luo/Luhya and sensitivity to local cultures
    • Computer literacy, crop-related computer software applications, excellent record keeping and report writing
    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
    • Good team building skills and the ability to work in a multi partner approach
    • Training need assessment and training facilitation
    • Willingness to spend up to 50% of work time with rural farming communities, ability to work with minimum supervision
    • Strong sense of integrity and personal commitment to the goals and values of Vibrant Village Foundation
    • Good community level facilitation and coordination skills

    Method of Application

    Those who meet the above requirements should submit their short CV (maximum of 4 pages) and cover letter (maximum 1 page) addressing with the subject Agronomist for PRAT Program.

    Indicate your expected renumeration in the cover letter

    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the right candidate is identified

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