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Earn 39K Pounds as Technical Manager for Agriculture NGO Jobs – Farm Africa

Job Title:         Technical
Manager for Agriculture
Organization: Farm Africa
Duty Station: Flexible:
Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania or Uganda, with frequent travel
Salary: £39,000 – £41,000
About US:
Farm Africa is an international non-governmental organization working
to end hunger and bring prosperity to rural Africa. We work to increase the
incomes and improve food security of smallholder farmers, pastoralists,
agro-pastoralists, and forest dwellers in East Africa. A core part of our
strategy is to ensure that our interventions are both economically sustainable
and scalable. The systematic integration of market linkages in implementing
programmes is crucial to our ability to scale our interventions
cost-effectively.
Job Summary: The Technical
Manager for Agriculture will produce knowledge that will help to shape both
Farm Africa’s and our partners programme of work, this knowledge will also
support technical excellence within our work through the development of our
approach, people, tools and learning.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Co-ordinate a central knowledge base and tools development across key
identified target crops:
·        
To strengthen the technical capacity and
knowledge base of Farm Africa, develop the following information and tool
enablers for Farm Africa (FA)
o  
Tools: Develop and implement a set of tools that
enable projects to use the areas of the agriculture approach (land & water
management, technology, climate smart agriculture)
o  
Approaches: 
embed FA Approaches in practice
·        
Knowledge repository: Information and insight.
Design and manage a system that provides expert recommendations to maximize
production.  This will include for
(estimated 15 crops)
o  
Soil recommendations for crop types
o  
Soil analysis of project areas
o  
Input recommendations for crop types : seed,
fertilizer, pesticide (and a set of recommended suppliers)
·        
Production: systems, crop rotation, density.
·        
Harvesting and storage
·        
Decision support. Ensure that project teams and
senior staff are kept abreast of key developments within the agricultural
technology.
·        
Provide input into external technical and
knowledge management.
·        
Developing agricultural assessment tools to be
used in assessments/baselines 
Develop Farm Africa’s Agriculture thematic area and embed technical
excellence within Farm Africa’s market intervention delivery
·        
Support high quality programme design and
implementation, by providing expert input and quality assurance at key, defined
points in the project plan:
·        
Ensuring that central knowledge base is being
used across field teams to inform best practice
·        
Approve key project design deliverables at
proposal stage (e.g. Theory of Change, Log-frame etc.) with an agriculture
element in the design process.
·        
Work with the Quality and Impact team in the
design of Agriculture specific indicators within the monitoring framework.
·        
Work with the Quality and Impact Team to
coordinate sharing of evidence-based learning of effective agriculture
interventions.
·        
In line with Farm Africa’s growth in the
thematic area, lead in the recruitment and management of expert Agriculture
staff and recruitment of consultants to build the deployable technical capacity
of Farm Africa.
·        
Develop and mentor agriculture community of
practice to share expertise across the portfolio.
·        
Support the preparation of capacity building
plans of local institutions and actors in relation to Farm Africa’s ongoing and
emerging project initiatives.
·        
Deliver discrete products with project teams on
agricultural production and identify products for external publication in
coordination with the Director of External Relations.
·        
Work with other technical teams and personnel to
ensure cross-dissemination of learning and future design initiatives between
agriculture, market engagement and natural resource management.
·        
Coordinate with other technical leaders in the
organisation to support the overall development of Farm Africa’s technical
capacity.
·        
At a portfolio level (i.e. all FA’s projects),
take an overview of the effectiveness of FarmAfrica’s work on small-holder
agriculture and raising incomes, also work with the Technical Manager (Markets
and Value Chains) on linking small-holders to markets and sources of finance,  identifying opportunities for cross project
learning and sharing of good practice.
Building partnerships with the private sector and other not-for-profit
actors in the agriculture sector
·        
Work in close coordination with the Country
Management Teams and External Relations UK, identify and engage with key
agriculture sector players to improve Farm Africa’s network of African and
international agri-businesses and service providers.
·        
Identify and develop key partnerships with
potential partners, including private sector companies(international input
providers) to support agricultural production and advance the delivery of the
Farm Africa
·        
With the Markets Technical Manager, the
jobholder will identify and develop opportunities for partnerships between Farm
Africa and local, national and international agri-businesses and for-profit
organisations within agricultural value chains to coordinate into Farm Africa’s
existing or prospective value chains.



Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The applicant must hold a post graduate qualification
in agriculture or related field;
·        
Have detailed and in depth knowledge of global
best practice and cutting edge development thinking in agriculture;
·        
Previous experience in a commercial organisation
in an agricultural capacity preferably in Africa;
·        
In-depth knowledge of key staple and cash crop
production systems in East Africa
·        
Good track record as a thought-leader and
influencer in crops-related approaches
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to send an updated CV
and a cover letter that explains how your experience fits this role to recruitment@farmafrica.org
Deadline:  Tuesday 2nd January 2018 by 9:00am
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