3 Field Assistants Jobs in Kenya

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Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT), a not-for-profit organization
established in Kenya in 2009 by the Swiss-based Biovision Foundation for
Ecological Development, is situated on the main campus of the International
Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Kasarani, Nairobi. The
Trust’s goal is to alleviate poverty and improve the livelihoods of smallholder
farmers in Kenya and other African countries, through dissemination of
information and knowledge on appropriate technology, to improve human, animal,
plant, and environmental health. BvAT supports the Biovision Farmer
Communication Programme (FCP), the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative
(EOA-I), Knowledge Centre on Organic Agriculture (KCOA) and other agro-based
initiatives in Africa.

BvAT is seeking to recruit qualified persons for the following
vacant positions:

FARMER FIELD ASSISTANTS (FFA) – 3 POSITIONS
IN MURANGA, BUNGOMA AND MAKUENI COUNTIES

Job Purpose & Scope:

Contribute to the promotion and adoption of sustainable
agricultural practices and technologies through participatory, market-oriented
approaches to meet the needs of smallholder farmers while staying relevant to
the context of the project.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for an updated and resource center
    consolidated database of farmers being (currently submitted monthly via
    Kobo Toolbox) reached through FCP activities.

  • Carry out farmer trainings to community groups to
    provide relevant knowledge and skills development on ecological
    sustainable agriculture practices and technologies.

  • Promote use of organic and ecologically
    sustainable farming methodologies through establishment of demonstration
    plots in selected farms.

  • Participate in field days and agricultural shows.

  • Carry out school trainings and participate in
    other school events to promote knowledge and skills development on
    ecological sustainable agriculture technologies for school going children.

  • Train farmer groups on sound organizational
    development in order to benefit from better and more reliable markets.

  • Conduct regular farmer visits and follow-ups to
    deepen skills and knowledge acquired from other training activities.

  • Using FCP participatory methods and tools, lead
    farmer groups in participatory needs identification and analysis leading
    to development of farmer action plans

  • Facilitate linkages with organic sector value
    chain actors with a focus to support improved access to markets by the
    target farmers.

  • Promote the use of FCP information and
    communication pathways (TOF magazine, TOF radio and Infonet) to increase
    awareness and knowledge on benefits of organic farming and environmental
    conservation.

  • Proactively engage and coordinate with relevant
    County governments departments, NGOs and other institutions in your region
    of operation and foster mutual beneficial partnerships.

  • Respond in a timely manner to queries raised by
    farmers through visits to the resource centres and BvAT’s Tusemezane
    platform.

  • Complete in a timely manner staff appraisal with
    the Farmer Field Officer in line with BvAT’s Appraisal system.

  • Participate in monthly center project review
    meetings and present your monthly activity plans and reports submit using
    the provided templates (currently provided under the Kobo Toolbox).

  • Perform other related duties as may be required
    and assigned by the supervisor.

Requirements:

Education and Knowledge

  • Diploma in organic agriculture, agricultural
    extension, rural development, crop production, livestock development,
    community development or any other closely related discipline in any
    agriculture related field

Work experience

  • At least 2 years in a similar position

Specialized Knowledge and skills required

  • Communication Skills (verbal and written)

  • Facilitation skills

  • Report writing skills

  • Monitoring and evaluation

  • Data collection and entry

  • Computer skills

Personal Attributes

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision

  • Self-discipline

  • Flexibility

  • Creativity

How to apply:

If you believe you are the right candidate for any of the above
positions and can clearly demonstrate your ability to meet the requirements,
please submit your detailed CV and application letter indicating summary of
your key qualifications and expected salary to

[email protected]

The closing date for applications is 9th November
202
0Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for
interviews.

Biovision Africa Trust is an equal
opportunity employer.

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