Field Officers at Cereal Growers Association

On Friday, November 22nd, 2013
Work Station: Meru, Kitui and Machakos (One For Each Region)
 
Department: Field Co-Ordination
 
Reports To: Project Officer Saioma Project

The Position’s Objective

 
The broad objective of this position is to mobilize smallholder farmers into business oriented groups that will be used as vehicles to aggregate and jointly market selected traditional staple crops. 

The target crops include: sorghum, green grams, cow peas and pigeon peas. 

In consultation with the Project Officer, the field officer will also take a lead role in the coordination of various capacity building activities including trainings and set up of aggregation centres among other field activities.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Spearhead smallholder farmer mobilization into FBOs and coordinate their participation in project activities.
  • Facilitate the set up of village aggregation centres and supervise their activities in partnership with farmer organizations.
  • Coordinate the training of FBO members, agro-dealers and aggregation center committees on PHH and business skills.
  • Facilitate the efficient aggregation and joint marketing of the target crops.
  • Sensitize and link FBOS to available agricultural credit and finance.
  • Facilitate the linkage of FBOs to Agro dealers and SMEs as local produce buyers.
  • Organize the holding of pre-harvest FBO / buyer interactive meetings.
  • In consultation with the Project Officer, maintain a simple and practical grain production and marketing database within the project area.
  • Preparing weekly, and other periodic reports as directed by the Project Officer on field activities.
  • Any other duties as directed by the Project Officer / Chief Executive Officer.
Education / Academic Qualification:

At the minimum be a holder of a Degree in any Agricultural Discipline or Rural Development

Other Specialized training:

Postgraduate training and / or experience in:  Marketing, Business Management or Strategic Planning is an added advantage.

Relevant Job experience:

At least three (3) years’ field experience in a related field (agricultural extension / marketing / community development work), motor riding skills and thorough geographical knowledge of the assigned area of operation.

Other competencies / abilities/skills:

  • Computer literacy
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability and willingness to work with rural communities
  • Organizational and mobilization skills
External contact:
  • Project partners
  • Farmers
  • Agricultural inputs suppliers 
  • Grain buyers among other local traders
  • Food aid agencies among other NGOs
  • Research organizations
  • Government line Ministries
  • Other business partners

Special working condition: Should be prepared for assignment which could involve travelling at a very short notice and working long hours
Interested candidates to send their CVs to [email protected] indicating their area of interest.

The deadline for receiving applications is 26th of November 2013

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