Agriculture Technology Specialist

Title: Agriculture Technology Specialist, Agricultural Technology Demonstration Centre, Zambia

Reports to: Program Manager and the Director – ATDC (dotted line)

Location: Zambia

Travel: 20% travel, locally and internationally

Partners: The University of Zambia and TechnoServe

The University of Zambia: www.unza.zm
TechnoServe Inc.: www.technoserve.org

I. Program Description:

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have funded a three-year project which will provide technical support to two Agriculture Technology Demonstration Centres (ATDC) in Mozambique and Zambia. The goal of the project is to improve the effectiveness of the Chinese funded ATDC’s as technology and innovation hubs, making them key contributors to country led, inclusive agricultural transformation.

The project includes two core components; the first will support the ATDC leadership and staff to build their management capacity and strengthen organizational functions and the second component will enhance the ATDC’s capacity to identify, demonstrate, and pilot transformative technologies in key value chains. In Zambia, the focus will be on the indigenous poultry (free range or village chicken) value chain which was selected after a study was conducted on behalf of the ATDC. The project involves significant stakeholder engagement of value chain actors including the private sector, NGOs and Government ministries and institutions with the University of Zambia (UNZA) playing a significant role as the primary partner.

II. Position Description:

The Agriculture Technology Specialist is a three-year project funded position. The position will be housed at the ATDC with the first year’s employment through TechnoServe. To align with the goal of ensuring sustainability of the centre, the subsequent years of employment will be through University of Zambia with the vision of continuing beyond the life of the project.

The Agriculture Technology Specialist will be responsible for the introduction of the four-step ATDC Technology Transfer Model for the Agricultural Technology Demonstration Centre program in Zambia.

The Agriculture Technology Specialist’s role is:

To identify, test, and evaluate improved technologies and models;To support the ATDCs to engage with local research institutes, private sector companies, and NGO projects to identify, test, and evaluate existing technology solutions which might be a good fit with SHF needs;To develop and disseminate training-of-trainers (TOTs) programs and materials on selected technologies;To support capacitation of ATDC to implement ATDC Technology Transfer Model (TTM) process, including the development of various frameworks and tools;To engage in dissemination of results from the TTM to relevant stakeholders; andTo support development of communications regarding results of technology demonstrations and broader ATDC communication needs.

Specific core responsibilities include:

Be part of the design of the Industry Strategic Plan (ISP) for indigenous poultry and manage its implementation;Identify relevant technologies to demonstrate and pilot for the indigenous poultry sector;Conduct and manage the smallholder farmer needs assessment; develop data-sets and facilitate the poultry assessment on behalf of ATDC;Develop training materials and participate in the training of farmers taking part in the Project;Monitor and evaluate the success of demonstration plots and assist to determine the technologies which will be piloted;Monitor and evaluate the success of the poultry pilot which will contribute to the strategy to scale-up implementation;Assist the Program Manager in the implementation of program strategy and activities in accordance with overall programmatic practices (donor relations, communications and visibility, special projects, reporting); andAssist in the effective monitoring and evaluation of program activities including monitoring farmer demonstration and pilot plots.

III. Skills & Experience

Qualifications & experience

Zambian citizen or right to work in Zambia;Degree in agricultural science with a specification in animal husbandry or related discipline, Masters preferred;5 years of experience working in the agriculture sector, preferably in the private sectorProven experience working in the poultry value chain with knowledge in poultry production and preferably directly with indigenous (free range) poultry;Strong knowledge of general agribusiness in Zambia and working with small-holder farmers (SHFs);Strategy development and implementation, and development of strategic partnerships is an added advantage; andPrevious experience working in a multi-cultural environment; knowledge of Chinese culture / language is an added advantage.

Competencies

Results oriented, with proven track record of working to achieve business targets;Strong analytical skills, including quantitative;Demonstrated capacity to produce high quality reports in English;Proven ability to create buy-in and build consensus among colleagues and stakeholders;Strong skills in business software (Excel, PowerPoint etc.);Strong interpersonal and communications skills in a multi-cultural environment;Ability to develop well-written, cohesive analyses and reports; andWritten and spoken fluency in English.

To Apply: Please submit your application (by email only) to with email ;protected the position title placed in the subject line. Please include (1) cover letter describing your interest, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) salary history, and (4) telephone contacts of three professional referees. Please include all requirements in one document. Applications will be treated confidentially. Please ensure that you mention www.zambia.jobsportal-career.com as the source of this job advertisement.

Deadline for applications is 5th June 2018.

Note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please

TechnoServe is an equal opportunity employer.

Programme Manager – SC9

ABOUT WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Advanced University Degree in one or more of the following disciplines: Agriculture/Agronomy, Horticulture, Agriculture Economics, Agribusiness, Agricultural Extension, Agricultural Education Range management, and equivalent qualification from a recognized institution or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.

Language: National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.

JOB PURPOSE

The incumbent will provide technical expertise in developing opportunities that will enhance smallholder farmers’ access markets and market services. This will also include fostering linkages with the production side of the value chain where enhanced access to improved farming technologies that climate sensitive and financial services such as input financing done through input credit and/or savings as well as access to weather based index insurance to protect their gains through farming.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

The Programme Officer will lead the planning and implementation of Market support activities targeting smallholder farmers, private sectors (agro-dealers and processors) and aggregators. Specific tasks and responsibilities will include the following:

Market Mapping

Lead the mapping local potential markets focusing on legume (Soy Bean, Cow Peas, Mixed Beans value chainsAnalyze current market trends in terms of market demand and supply, price-scheduling mechanisms, market determinant factors, supply chains and government market regulatory and control mechanismsAnalyze possible potential risks the project beneficiaries may face regarding market access and propose remedial measuresPropose innovative measures to facilitate access to market information for smallholder farmers to enhance their decision-making process which includes gross margin computationExplore partnerships with micro financing institutions in facilitating trade financing for aggregators and how that guarantees market access for smallholder farmers

Value Chain Analysis of Legumes

Assess the resources, skills and capacities of small farmers related to procurement of inputs and production of legumes (soy beans, mixed beans, cow peas and ground nuts);Understand the existing market environment and market negotiations between different market players;Understand the production capacity of smallholder farmers through their farmer Organizations in terms of their ability to access services, credit, information and resources;Suggest improvements in the value chain system to ensure direct linkages of the smallholder farmers to the major markets to increase their agricultural incomes;

Aggregator Management

Develop tailored curriculum to strengthen aggregators’ skills to enhance their market service support to smallholder farmers;Provide lead in ensuring aggregators adhere to standard procedures such as quality of commodities aggregated, packaging and weights and use of recommended and approved implements used in weight checking (scales) and moisture measurements (moisture meters);Provide lead role in rolling out the setting up of Rural Aggregation Centers (RACs) to capacitate smallholder farmers in bulking quantities that will attract off-takers thereby reducing transaction costs;

Partnerships

Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships leading to improved market support to smallholder farmers;Lead the identification of capacity needs for partners (NGOs playing their roles as implementing partners and Government at National, Provincial, District and field levels);Act as liaison person within WFP on all market access support services.Represent WFP during donor meetings and missions to field sites around markets;

Other related tasks

Perform any other tasks required by the Manager and Team Lead of Smallholder Farmers Support Unit and Head of Programme.

DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE

Have minimum of 5 years working experience working in comparable and/or relevant position in the public service or private sector or an International OrganizationHas deepened technical knowledge through exposure to technical teams.Has taken leadership of implementing programmes.Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

Deadline to receiving applications 20th May 2018.

This position is open to Zambian Nationals Only.

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply.

Please ensure that you mention www.zambia.jobsportal-career.com as the source of this job advertisement.

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

Plant Quality Supervisor

Objective

To supervise all activities related to the quality assurance of seed products at the processing plant and advise the supply team on measures to improve quality results during seed processing.

Responsibilities

Promote an actively caring culture for safety amongst all personnel, contractors and visitors.Give technical advice to plant supervisors and operators regarding processing activities in order to maintain high seed quality during processing.Coordinate the implementation and upkeep of the quality management system in the plant.Assist in the collection of reliable data which can be applied in continual improvement for plant and seed processing activities.Collect reliable post-control data and analyze it in order to allow proactive remedial actions where necessary and the application of such data for continual improvement of seed and plant quality.Continuously monitor plant production processes from receiving to final product to ensure that a high standard of quality is maintained.Generate reports and incident rates required for the evaluation and measurement in the quality program.Collaborate with site personnel on internal/external audits, trending efforts, non-conformance investigations and associated corrective and/or preventive action.Participates in plant operations such as packaging, warehouse / inventory management / distribution, carryover, etc.Responsible for the following up regarding quality testing: sample submission and batch results follow up.

Minimum Requirements

Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Science or related field.Must have at least 1 year experience in a similar capacity from a recognized institution.Must be fluent in English.Must know how to use MS Office software (Excel, E-mail, Word, Project etc.).Should possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills.Should possess analytical and problem-solving skills.Should possess strong work ethic and be flexible to work across the departments functional areas.Should be able to positively influence others and deliver results.

Interested and qualified applicants should send their resumes to email ;protected before 23rd April 2018, with the position title as the email subject. Please ensure that you mention www.zambia.jobsportal-career.com as the source of this job advertisement.

Trainee Farm Manager

Trainee Farm Managers

A leading company in the Agro industry is looking for a Trainee Farm Mangers. This is an exciting opportunity to join our organizations expanding and fully integrated agricultural process.
The successful candidates will be trained in the various responsibilities for the day to day management of the farm and its team. Successful trainee managers will have a chance to join the organization full time and be Assistant Farm Managers.

Responsibilities will include:

ensuring all aspects of running the farm are metmaintaining safe working practicesmanaging and motivating a teamensuring welfare of livestockventilation managementfeed managementvaccinationsproduction performancerecord keeping

You will need:

Ability to live in remote and isolated areasEffective people management skillsAbility to carry out manual dutiesProficient computer skillsDiploma in an Agricultural Course, Preferably Animal Science

To apply please email your Curriculum Vitae to email ;protected Please ensure that you mention www.gozambiajobs.com as the source of this job advertisement.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Research Associate (RA) – Zambia

Want to make a difference in our world by meeting the challenges of feeding and powering a growing planet?

Enjoy a challenging and fulfilling career with an international employer. Pioneer Hi-Bred International has business operations in more than 90 countries, and is committed to increasing food production with high quality Pioneer brand products and agronomic knowledge that maximizes agricultural productivity. By combining conventional and advanced plant genetics, Pioneer is delivering solutions to help meet the needs of a growing population’s demand for agricultural seed.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Conducts experiments, to completion, according to specific procedures.
• Effectively manage field activities such as planting, maintaining and harvesting.
• Lead seed processing, preparation and inventory management.
• Inspects, utilizes and maintains research equipment and machinery.
• Hire, organize and supervise seasonal employees ensuring work is performed in safe and efficient manner.

Qualifications

REQUIREMENTS TO BE MET:

Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture or equivalent with 2 years industry related experience.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and computer literate.
• Agricultural research background preferred.
• Demonstrated competency in planning projects.
• Previous experience in operating field and research equipment and planting field experiments.
• May be required to do physical lifting and work in varying ergonomic environments.
• Willingness to work additional hours if required and travel overnight to offsite locations if needed.
• Must have a driver’s license.

FNB BANK ZAMBIA EMPLOYMENT

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Relationship Manager Secondary Agricultural C – IRC131368

purpose
Management of a team of Specialists, Credit Origination and Relationship managers in the Agribusiness unit in driving the growth of bank profitability through the sale of bank products across the country. Implementation of the banks strategic focus year on year to achieve set goals and objectives.

experience and qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, Commercial or relegated field.
3-5 years’ experience.


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Zambia Civil Service Commission Jobs – Ministry of Agriculture.

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The Civil Service Commission invites applications from suitably serving qualified Officers’ to fill a vacant position of Chief Agricultural Economist (L) in the Ministry of Agriculture.

1. JOB TITLE : CHIEF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMIST

SALARY SCALE : L

STATION : HEADQUARTERS

DEPARTMENT : POLICY AND PLANNING

POSITION : 1 VACANCY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Successful Candidate will be reporting to the Deputy Director – Programme Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and shall be responsible for:-

(i) Co-ordinating effectively, donor participation in order to ensure implementation of sectoral programmes;

(ii) Ensuring effective programme planning and design in order to deliver effective programmes and achieve sector goals and objectives;

(iii) Ensuring effective periodic monitoring and evaluation of projects and programmes in order to assess implementation of sectoral programmes;

(iv) Ensuring effective periodic and timely sector performance analysis in order to ascertain achievement of sector goals and objectives;

(v) Supervising effectively, the financial, human and material resources in order to ensure efficient attainment of section objectives; and

(vi) Managing timely, the development of individual and section work plans in order to monitor and evaluate performance.

QUALIFICATIONS

(i) Applicants must be aged thirty (30) years and above;

(ii) Must have:-

· A full Grade Twelve (12) / Form 5 School Certificate with a minimum of five (5) ‘O’ Level Credits including English Language and Mathematics.

· Minimum of a University Degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics or equivalent.

(iii) Minimum of five (05) years’ experience of which two (02) years should be at senior management level in programme planning, projecting management and budgeting.

APPLICATION MODE

(a) All Applications should be handwritten stating clearly the current station, position and salary scale. Note that all applications must be lodged directly with the Civil Service Commission to the address above;

(b) Applications must be submitted with curriculum vitae, photocopies of National Registration Card, academic and professional qualifications to the address given above.

(c) The closing date for receiving applications will be 30th May, 2017.

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Temporary M&E / Database Development Professional

Temporary  (M&E / Database Development) Position (approx. 2 months) to develop an Access database, manage a data entry process and support with GIS mapping and data analysis for a baseline survey carried out under a Dairy Development Programme.

Qualifications / experience:

Degree in a relevant subject, e.g. Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics;Previous experience carrying out surveys, ideally with smallholder farming households;Previous experience developing Access databases and managing the data entry and analysis process;Experience in monitoring and evaluation, including GIS mapping;Excellent skills in report writing;Excellent skills in administration and planning;Attention to detail;Advanced skills in relevant Microsoft Office Packages (Access, Word, Excel)Experience with statistical packages;Good team player.

Ensure that you mention www.gozambiajobs.com as the source of this job advert.

Stores Officer (Agricultural Engineering)

Our client involved in  Agricultural Engineering are looking for a Stores Officer to oversee the operations of the warehouse. Below is the detailed job description;

Job Purpose

The Stores Officer will provide stores support to in the warehouse, controlling the flow of materials, spare parts and items for all operational activities within the company. Ensure that adequate supply material is available at all times and maintain accurate records of all engineering equipment. Monitoring the operations in stores to ensure professionalism and avoid any pilferage and running out of stock.

Key Responsibilities:

Exercising stock control as and when required depending on location.Enter, monitor and control all material in store PC as directed by General ManagerEnsuring that the stocks are safe, secure and in good condition or working orderMonitoring the operations in stores to ensure professionalism and avoid any pilferageKeeping work area clean and tidy at all times.Ensuring the maintenance of cordial, workmanlike relationship with fellow workers customers, both internal and external.Enforcement of Healthy and Safety policies and procedures in the warehousePerforming any other duties that may be assigned by supervisor and managementCollect requisitions, provide code number and forward to commercial department for purchasing.Review stock on a daily basis and advise the GM or Operations Manager stock that needs to be reorderedReceiving and issuing materials as per requisitions.Prepare goods received notes and issue vouchers..Visual inspection of material delivered by suppliers and raise Non-conformance against damaged/defective goods.Prepare the list of on-site/off site materials/equipment/spare parts and forward it to GM and Operations ManagerCoordinate with the buyer on selection of  best local and regional vendorsEnsure timely replacement of damaged tools and safety equipment’s.

Skills and personal attributes

Spreadsheet skillsExcellent communication skillsPlanning and scheduling skillsCoordination and problem-solving skillsSelf-Starter

Qualifications and Experience

Diploma in Purchasing and Supply /Stores Management or equivalent3-4 Years work experience in stores or relatedMust have at least 2 stores experience in mechanical/ Construction / Engineering / Cement / Metals / petroleum environmentMust be conversant with Heathy and Safety policies related to stores managementMust be honesty and reliableMust be conversant with most used Stores Management packagesMust be a member of a relevant professional body.

SEND YOUR DETAILED CV AND COVER LETTER TO; [email ;protected]

Buyer (Engineering)

Our client involved in the Agricultural sector are looking for a Buyer to oversee and managing all sourcing requirements and selection of best suppliers. Below is the detailed job description;

Job Purpose:

The Buyer will develop and using fruitful procurement and sourcing strategies. The buyer will be involved in purchases of engineering equipment, spare parts equipment and mechanical devices. The Buyer will also be responsible for sourcing for best suppliers and prices in the southern region of Africa.

Key Responsibilities:

Develop an efficient and accurate system for monitoring all open purchase ordersLiaises with line mangers (Engineers) to determine their product and service needsHave meetings with engineers to understand the specific parameters you need work with on procuring engineering equipmentWork closely with finance to ensure orders fit into company budget requirements.Work with the inventory management team to ensure that all deliveries are in line with purchase orders and report any back-ordered or missing products / spare partAssist the Operations Manager with maintaining proper inventory levels of materials used on a regular basisMonitors business trends and product availability to pay the best price for company goods without sacrificing quality or delivery timesManage relationships in the region with suppliers to negotiate the best prices for companyIdentifies and researches potential new suppliersResearches new products and services to meet company’s goalsAssesses total costs of company purchasesIn collaboration with the Stores department develop and implement strategies for procuring, storing, and distributing spare parts and maintaining stock levelsMake periodic proposals to engineers / managers on the types of materials available.

Skills and Attributes

Good at NetworkingExcellent Written and Oral Communication SkillsGood Business InstinctsGood understanding of Supply Chain Management ProceduresLogistics SkillsStrategic Planning Abilities

Qualifications and Experience

Advanced Diploma in CIPS or any business fieldA Degree in  any related or Business field will be a plusMust have a minimum of 4 years experiencing in sourcing/buyingMust be conversant with Pastel Evolution or any most used packageMust be well networked with genuine and reliable suppliersKnowledge on procurement / sourcing of engineering/agriculture equipment will be a plusStrong negotiating skillsAbility to work well independentlyMust be a member of CIPS and ZIPS

SEND YOUR DETAILED CV AND COVER LETTER TO: [email ;protected]