Kenya Job: Fair Trade East Africa, Agronomist

Kenya Job: Fair Trade East Africa, Agronomist

Posted: Feb 28, 2017

Employment at Fair Trade East Africa as Agronomist

Fairtrade Africa (FTA) is an independent non-profit producer network representing all Fairtrade certified producers in Africa. Fairtrade Africa is owned by its members, who are African producer organizations certified against international Fairtrade standards.

‘Growing Women in Coffee’ Project

‘Growing Women in Coffee’ project is a 3-year initiative (March 2015-February 2018) directly targeting 450 Fairtrade-certified smallholder women coffee farmers in Kabng’etuny FCS, Kapkiyai MCS and indirectly 20,000 coffee smallholder farmers affiliated to Kipkelion Union in western Kenya. Activities are implemented by Fairtrade Africa in partnership with Fairtrade Foundation (UK) and Solidaridad Eastern & Central Africa Expertise Centre (SECAEC). Project donors include the Big Lottery Fund (BLF-UK), Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission (GOAC), Jersey Overseas Aid Commission (JOAC) and Dutch Post Code Lottery Fund.

Target outcome areas

  • Improved livelihoods for 300 women farmers in Kabng’etuny FCS resulting from increased use of sustainable farming methods leading to improved quality and yields of coffee.
  • Improved use of and access to natural resources through the adoption of green energy production by 300 households of women farmers in Kabng’etuny FCS, also resulting in lower levels of deforestation and less generation of harmful gases, mitigating climate change.
  • Improved livelihoods for 150 women in Kapkiyai FCS through the transfer of coffee assets from men to women and improved representation and participation for women through the establishment of a Women’s Coffee Association
  • Improved livelihoods for 450 women farmers in Kipkelion Union through support for the sale of branded women’s coffee into domestic markets and through the creation of a learning platform at Union level to spread benefits to women farmers beyond Kabng’etuny and Kapkiyai cooperatives

Key tasks

Fairtrade Africa (FTA) is currently seeking professional services of a qualified agronomist with specific focus on smallholder coffee production to train 140 members of Kapkiyai Women in Coffee Association and 150 members of Kapkiyai Multi-purpose Cooperative Society under outcome 3 of ‘Growing Women in Coffee’ Project for one year i.e. March 2017 – February 2018.

Responsibilities for the Agronomist Job

  • Carry out site visits within Kapkiyai Coffee catchment area
  • Commission soil analysis from sample farms within each zone in Kapkiyai catchment area
  • Conduct theoretical & practical ToT for 40 promoter farmers on GAPs for Coffee
  • Conduct theoretical & practical ToT for 40 promoter farmers on GAPs for other food crops
  • Conduct theoretical & practical ToT for 40 promoter farmers on use of bio-slurry from domestic Biogas plants in Coffee/farm production
  • Develop a Farmer Field School plan and budget for reference in rolling out training
  • Identify demonstration plots per catchment zone as guided by the promoter farmers
  • Identify a feasible coffee input procurement & supply plan
  • Submit a report to FTA on:
  • No. of ToTs trained
  • Kapkiyai Farmer Field School Curricula
  • No. of demonstration plots identified
  • Develop and avail Coffee and other food crops training resource materials i.e. modules/manuals, posters, fliers etc.

Qualifications for the Agronomist Job

  • A degree in Agronomy
  • At least 5 years of experience in training smallholder rural farmers on implementation of Good Agricultural Practices for Coffee
  • A good understanding of Coffee sector in Kenya and Kapkiyai Coffee Calendar
  • Knowledge and experience in adult learning and participatory methodologies and approaches
  • Extensive experience in training communication, presentation and facilitation skills through Training of Trainer’s (ToT) model
  • A good understanding of and ability to access FTA’s project location and target beneficiary groups
  • Fluency in Swahili and local language (Nandi) an advantage
  • A highly motivated and organized individual, working under minimum supervision
  • Good interpersonal, communication and team work skills
  • Understanding of Fairtrade Principles, Standards and FTA Child Protection Policy

How to Apply

Interested persons are requested to submit their application outlining relevant qualifications, experience, thorough breakdown on proposed budget and contact details of three professional referees to [email protected] by 10th March 2017. Successful candidate should be available to commence the assignment immediately.


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