2 Agronomy Technician Non-profit Job Placements – World Coffee Research (WCR)

Organization: World Coffee Research (WCR)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About US:
World Coffee Research (WCR) is a collaborative,
not-for-profit agricultural research organization formed in 2012 to ensure the
future of coffee in the face of threats like climate change. Our mission is to
grow, protect, and enhance supplies of quality coffee while improving the
livelihoods of the families who produce it. We have research programs underway
in 25 countries around the world. 

Job Summary: The technicians will establish
partnerships to install and maintain coffee field trials in Kasese and Elgon
regions in order to advance knowledge of coffee variety performance and farming
practices to improve farm profitability. The successful candidates are expected
to start in January 2020.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
·       
Become proficient in and implement activities
according to WCR’s standardized procedures.
·       
Establish and maintain good working
relationships with industry partners, coffee farmers, partner, and government
agronomists.
·       
Coordinate and oversee all activities and data
collection for trials in the respective area, while ensuring that activities
are on time and carried out according to WCR’s protocols.
·       
With support of the country agronomist organize
trainings on farm trial installation, maintenance and data collection.
·       
Develop an annual work plan of activities and
visit trial sites on a regular basis.
·       
With the support of the Country Agronomist, he
or she is responsible for calculating plants needed for trials, overseeing
growth in nurseries, delivery and planting at the appropriate time.
·       
Together with Country agronomist, organize
farmer field days to increase learning from the trials.
·       
Prepare regional monthly reports.
·       
Perform any other duties as assigned by the
supervisors.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       
The applicant must hold a University degree or
two-year diploma in agriculture, related field, or equivalent.
·       
At least five years of experience in agronomy,
preferably coffee agronomy.
·       
Strong experience in agronomic data collection
·       
Experience in establishing and maintaining
professional partnerships.
·       
Ability to write and speak English is necessary,
and proficiency in any work station local language (Lugisu for Elgon and
Lukonjo for Kasese) is desired.
·       
Must be self-motivated, organized, and able to
operate well both independently and in a team.
·       
Must be able to communicate effectively with
different groups of people, such as rural farmers, business representatives,
government workers and scientists.
·       
Computer skills, especially Microsoft word
packages (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint) and Skype.
·       
Interest in the vision and work of WCR.
How to Apply:
All candidates should send a cover letter and updated CV
both in English, addressed to Maureen Namugalu maureen@worldcoffeeresearch.org
and Pascal Kalisa pascal@worldcoffeeresearch.org
Deadline: 12th
January 2020
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