• Agriculture Production Lead at Heifer International

  • Posted on: 6 July, 2017 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Dan West was a farmer from the American Midwest and member of the Church of the Brethren who went to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War as an aid worker. His mission was to provide relief, but he soon discovered the meager single cup of milk rationed to the weary refugees once a day was not enough. And then he had a thought: What if they had not a cup, but a cow? That "teach a man to fish" philosophy is what drove West to found Heifer International. And now, nearly 70 years later, that philosophy still inspires our work to end world hunger and poverty throughout the world once and for all. HOW IT WORKS We empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but our approach is more than just giving them a handout. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market. When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses.
     

    Agriculture Production Lead

     

    Function:

    The Agriculture Production Lead provides overall leadership and management to Dairy and Crops activities of the Kenya FTF Crop and Dairy Market Systems Development Activity project. The goal of this project is to ensure inclusive and sustainable agriculture-led growth, strengthen resilience and improve nutrition among smallholder farmers in Kenya. Reporting to the DCOP and Heifer’s Country Director, the Agriculture Production Lead is responsible for the design and implementation of the project’s interventions related to the areas of dairy, feed, crops and horticulture. He/she will work with the project team members to provide the technical input in regards the planning, management and implementation of the dairy and crops components.

    Minimum Requirements:

    1) Bachelor’s Degree in Rural Development, Project Planning and Management, Agriculture, Agribusiness and Animal Science or and other relevant areas.

    2) Seven (7) years of relevant experience in Program management, extension and community development work.

    Preferred Requirements:

    1) Master’s Degree in relevant professional discipline.

    2) Four (4) years of supervisory/managerial experience.

    3) Thorough understanding of programming processes, systems and principles, and the ability to provide leadership and support to staff working at community level.

    4) Solid skill, knowledge and foundation in project management cycle.

    5) Sound understanding of value chain development on various agricultural commodities including dairy and crop sectors.

    6) Sound understanding of integrated development issues and critical analysis of the root causes of poverty in Kenya.

    7) Knowledge of development issues, trends, challenges and opportunities and implications to community development.

    8) Demonstrated knowledge of strategic planning processes.

    9) Knowledge of Swahili, both oral and written, is preferred.

     

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Heifer International career website on heifer-openhire.silkroad.com to apply

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