MAP International Non-profit Jobs – Agronomist

Job Title: Agronomist
Organisation: MAP International
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Team Leader –
Karamoja
About MAP:
MAP International, is a global non – profit faith based organization
that was founded in 1954, that supports humanitarian, health, relief and
development initiatives in vulnerable communities to improve the health and
overall welfare of people in more than 130 developing countries. MAP
International maintains an affirmed commitment to diversity and equal
opportunity in the fulfillment of its global mission. MAP offers its services
to all people, regardless of their religion, gender, race, nationality or
ethnic background.
Job Summary: The Agronomist
will be responsible for the facilitation of the improvement on the process of
growing farm crops and help farmers use their land more effectively and suggest
methods to increase yields. Focus on checking soil quality against the crops
that will be planted in the Project area. Work with small holder farmers in
order to develop better farming conditions through improved planting areas.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
  • Participate in projects and experiments in
    the field of agronomy.
  • Discus the orientation and technical
    demands of agronomic activities and assumes responsibility for the
    technical aspects in the execution of the same.
  • Carry out a variety of specialized
    technical tasks such as assessing field site characteristics and selecting
    field locations, and determining requirements for fertilizers and
    pesticides.
  • Participate in the production, harvest,
    storage of seeds and crops.
  • Organize schedule of land and equipment
    use. Assess needs and coordinates provision of equipment and materials.
  • Offer technical guidance and extension
    support concerning best agronomic methods
  • Organize, prepare and facilitate
    trainings, as required, to selected community members on specific
    sustainable and environmentally appropriate agronomic techniques
  • Work closely with the District extension
    officers; provide support and mentoring post-training to ensure knowledge
    is appropriately cascaded to the project sub clusters, and regularly
    monitoring same in keeping with project requirements throughout the
    project lifetime.
  • Offer appropriate extension services in
    crop production and management, focusing on diversification and
    intensification of agricultural production, and promoting integration into
    value chain activities.
  • Take part in designing, planning, and
    implementing innovative approaches to agricultural and value chain
    activities.
  • Promote best practice technologies,
    appropriate for the environments of identified project livelihood zones,
    to encourage production of agricultural products having potential to
    increase household income
  • Work closely with M&E officer, develop
    and administer pre- and post- knowledge questionnaires to measure impact
    of knowledge sharing, and other materials related to project training and
    advocacy.
  • Participate in project trainings, surveys,
    monitoring exercises, and donor, country and head office visits, as
    required.
  • Compile clear and accurate reports on
    project trainings and other activities, as required.
  • Participate in project planning and review
    meetings, as required.
  • Support the M&E Officer in preparing
    weekly internal progress reports and quarterly/annual donor reports.
  • Extract lesson learning from project
    implementation, and compile and share case studies with the organization
    and other project stakeholders as required.
  • Offer regular and timely communication to
    supervisor and field colleagues on progress during project implementation,
    highlighting successes; delays; risks; challenges; irregularities and
    opportunities encountered during your work.
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the
    supervisor.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The applicants must hold a B.Sc. in
    Agronomy or a related area, such as soil conservation, agriculture
    education, or general agriculture
  • Past experience in a related field
  • Past exposure and experience in baseline
    data collection using GIS tools
  • Posses a background in cereals, pulses or
    horticultural promotion projects
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, proven
    networking, team-building, organizational and communication skills
  • Computer literacy skills are essential.
How to Apply: 
All qualified and interested
applicants must send an updated resume/CV, cover letter, statement of faith,
previous salary history, minimum salary requirements, three professional
references (e-mail address and phone number to include Supervisors), and a date
of availability to mapuganda@map.org.
NB: Only
short – listed candidates will be contacted.
The email subject line MUST
include the following: Agronomist – Kotido Uganda and attach to the email
enclose the information as outlined in the paragraph above.
Deadline: 18th July 2014

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