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Farmer Trainer: TechnoServe

Farmer Trainer: TechnoServe
Deadline: 18 October 2019

Project: Anglo American Unki Mine Social Development program
Reports to: Agricultural Value Chains Manager
Location: Gweru/Shurugwi
Travel: Domestic: 20%; International: 0%
Grade: 2

About TechnoServe
TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. We are a non-profit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. With more than four decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.

Our four core values embody our deepest beliefs and our highest aspirations. They are the guiding principles that drive and inform our organizational culture at every level—in the field, with partners and funders, throughout headquarters, in all we do.

Collegiality: We share responsibility, ideas and tools in a spirit of connection, collaboration and candor. Integrity: We hold ourselves to high ethical standards, respect the rule of law and behave honestly and openly. Resourcefulness: We are problem solvers who think creatively, act boldly and learn from our mistakes. Results: We are accountable for lasting, measurable impact.

Program Description
This program is the Agricultural component of the Anglo American Unki Mine Social Development program. The program will support smallholder farmers in the horticulture, beef, and poultry value chains, establishing market access through contract production in partnership with private sector companies during a three-year program. The market-driven program will support training of over 600 smallholder farmers in agricultural best practices, facilitate construction of farming and processing infrastructure, creating over 1,900 jobs by year 3.

Role Description
Under the direct supervision of The Agricultural Value Chains Manager, you will – Operations: Support the AVC Manager to recruit, select and train farmers on all aspects of GAP and Good Animal Husbandry Practices; Support farmers on all aspects of crop production, extension, including soil analysis, correction, land preparation and the rest of market-driven pre and post-harvest processes; Implement GAP practices including IPM, traceability, GLOBALGAP and group Quality Management Systems in response to market requirements; Supervise construction of pre and post-harvest infrastructure; Train farmers in accordance with the agreed KPIs.

Stakeholder management: Develop an excellent working relationship with the farmers, farmer groups, Program Manager, AVC Manager, Agritex personnel and all project partner organizations; Develop and nurture excellent working relations with all horticulture, poultry and beef sector stakeholders in Midlands province (exporters, private sector companies, Agritex, financial institutions and local authorities)

Qualifications & Experience
A minimum of 15 years’ on-the-ground hands-on experience in the field of either Horticulture and/or livestock management; Knowledge of horticultural production for export, especially exotic baby vegetables, commercial beef and poultry production and smallholder farming; Demonstrated experience in outgrowers production and private sector production; Demonstrated teamwork and strong interpersonal skills; Tactical experience in several of the following key skills areas – horticulture, poultry production, cattle pen fattening, commercial farming, training, and coaching; Ability to work independently, flexibly and responsively, and adapt to changing working conditions; Prepared to be dirty; Able to prioritize and meet deadlines; Excellent oral & written presentation skills required

To apply
Interested candidates meeting the above specifications should submit their a single word formatted document consisting of cover letter and CV applications with the position “Farmer Trainer” clearly marked in the subject section of the e-mail to: zimjobs@tns.org This is an urgent recruitment; therefore, shortlisting will be done as applications are received. We value all the applicants; however, due to the anticipated large volumes of applicants only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Technoserve, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Created: October 11, 2019
Category: Agriculture, Forestry, Environmental
Expiry Date: Oct. 18, 2019






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