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:
TechnoServe Inc.:

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.


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 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.

Employment Opportunities at TECHNOSERVE ZAMBIA

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TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. We are a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs and wealth for their families and communities. With more than four decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives. China has invested in Agriculture Technology Demonstration Centers (ATDCs) across Africa to share Chinese experience, model, and technologies for the benefit of African smallholder farmers (SHFs). The project will provide technical assistance to the Zambia and Mozambique ATDCs to drive organizational change management and partnership building between the centers and local government and non-government stakeholders; demonstrate and scale-up technologies in rice and poultry value chains; and develop the centers’ capacity for technology sourcing and evaluation. The project will require significant stakeholder management between Chinese, Zambian and Mozambican private sector stakeholders, government agencies, the ATDCs and smallholder farmer representatives to ensure alignment on the future of the ATDCs and position them for success. This is a high profile opportunity to lead an international, multi-sectoral team and align multiple local and international stakeholders to ensure the ATDCs develop into sustainable centers making a significant impact at a national level. 1502046390585TechnoServe encourages diversity in all levels and across all facets of our organization. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, HIV/AIDS status, protected veteran status, disability and all other protected classes.

Country Manager, Agriculture Technology Demonstration Center


The program will have one country manager for each target country—one in Zambia and one in Mozambique. The Country Manager will mentor and advise the ATDC in their country to develop a business and change management plan and to execute against that plan
The country manager will manage a program staff of three to ensure that ATDC activities are aligned to identify, demonstrate, pilot and scale agricultural technologies in targeted value chains that have positive benefits for farmers
The manager will need to influence local for profit and non-profit partners to participate in the testing and scaling of the technology
Facilitating market development of the identified technologies will be a key function
As Country Manager: Country Team Management
Develop business plan and change management plan for the ATDCs
Build the business case for value chains the ATDCs will focus on Leverage research to identify what drives impact for the farmer and value to the supply chain, and build the model that will achieve scalable sustainability and improved quality of technology distribution
Develop and execute detailed country work plan that identifies, prioritizes and sequences the activities required for successful delivery
Ensure each country team member is executing to the work plan and meeting targets and milestones associated with all program work streams
Stakeholder Management
Lead interaction with ATDCs and country stakeholders
Support ATDC staff to implement against the business plan and change management plan
Develop and maintain close working relationships with key personnel in local and Chinese governments, Chinese operators, research institutions, and the private sector including processors, seed companies, financial institutions, NGOs, farmers and other industry stakeholders in the areas of operation

Program Director


Lead the inception phase diagnostic to inform program implementation
Identify staff training needs and oversee staff capacity development as required
Maintain good working relationship with donors, partners, financial institutions and key government stakeholders
Lead overall program strategy and fund management
Ensure that program objectives, outcomes, and deliverables are met on time and within budget and that financial, operational, and reporting requirements of the donor and TechnoServe are adhered to
Liaise with business service providers in Zambia to fulfill technical assistance needs of SMEs
Guide team to develop effective monitoring and evaluation plans, turn data into actionable insights to guide implementation, and disseminate results and learning
Develop and share internal and external project performance metrics
Manage the activities and performance of project staff and consultants, ensuring high-quality execution and delivery of project targets
Supervise, mentor and develop staff capacity to ensure program delivery, staff performance, and retention, overseeing the recruitment of new staff as needed
Manage budget for respective project work-streams, ensuring operational plans are aligned with project budgets
Monitor project expenditures and manage budget variances, realigning as required


A masters degree in development, business administration, economics, marketing or related discipline, MBA preferred
Eight years of post-graduate experience in a combination of enterprise development, access to finance and development stakeholder management (donor and government management)
Experience in implementing private sector or SME development assistance programs, particularly relating to agricultural SMEs strongly
Knowledge of private sector/SME landscape in Zambia is strongly preferred
Strong interpersonal and communications skills in a multi-cultural environment
Ability to work with tight deadlines while managing multiple tasks and projects
Ability to develop well-written, cohesive analyses and reports
Proven experience managing and motivating teams
Experience in leading/managing donor funded projects required
Written and spoken fluency in English
This position is contingent upon funding and donor approval

Team Lead, Agriculture Technology Demonstration Center Project


The Team Leader is expected to supervise the day-to-day activities of the ATDC Project. The Team Leader will be responsible for providing the overall strategic leadership, leading the overall delivery of impact, and building the parameters of any future work
The Team Leader is expected to manage relationships with key stakeholders, provide direct advisory to the ATDCs as appropriate, monitor the overall program budget and work plan, and ensure timely and cost-effective delivery of results as agreed upon with the donor

As Team Leader you will

Strategic Leadership and Team Management
Develop and implement the vision of strengthening the ATDCs and embedding ATDCs in the local market context
Ensure that the scope and projected impacts of the program strategy are clearly defined and understood by all team members
Develop detailed work plan which identifies, prioritizes and sequences the activities required for successful delivery
Ensure sufficient resources are mobilized (e.g. financial, human and information) to deliver on the work plan activities
Ensure each member of the program team has clarity as to their role, responsibilities and short-term activities and goals
Ensure the team and each team member is executing to the work plan and meeting targets/milestones associated with all program work streams
Proactively raise issues of concern with country leadership
Support program opportunity development, where required, in building the business case for rice and poultry production in particular
Use research to understand what drives impact for the farmer and value to the supply chain, and build the model that will achieve scalable sustainability and improved quality
Stakeholder Management
Lead interaction with stakeholders at the national and international level, ensuring that communication is consistent and aligned with the program’s approach
Develop and maintain close working relationships with key personnel in local and Chinese governments, Chinese operators, research institutions, and the private sector including processors, seed companies, financial institutions, NGOs, farmers and other industry stakeholders in the areas of operation
Monitoring & Evaluation
Understand all reporting requirements (donor as well as internal to TechnoServe)
Oversee that all necessary data is accurate and gathered in a timely manner
Review data being gathered to make suggestions for course correction to country leadership, as necessary
Reporting, Compliance, Budget Management
Lead preparation of narrative reports for submission to the donor
Ensure spending is in line with the donor-approved budget
Ensure activities carried out are in accordance with TechnoServe, as well as donor, requirements
Other Duties as Assigned


A bachelor’s degree and at least 10 years of experience. A master’s degree and at least 7 years of experience strongly preferred
Proven ability to conceptualize and lead the implementation of complex multi-stakeholder change management processes at systemic and organizational level
Exceptionally strong project management and analytical skills as evidenced by leading roles on engagements of significant scale
Proven ability to build rapport among internal and external stakeholders, particularly government and private sector stakeholders
Experience working in China and/or with Chinese organizations preferred
Understanding of agricultural dynamics in Southern Africa preferred
Demonstrated ability to effectively service clients, particularly in the for-profit sector
Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills
Excellent oral & written presentation skills required
Willingness to travel up to 60%
Fluency in Mandarin and/or Portuguese preferred
Fluency in English required
This position is contingent upon funding

How to apply
Send your applications to the undersigned: