Fruit Agronomist

  • Accra, gh
  • Full-time

Company Description

SNV Netherlands Development is a not-for-profit international development organization that has built a long-term local presence in 38 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin-America. SNV Ghana implements projects to improve individual lives and contributes to solving global challenges in the areas of Agriculture, Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. SNV’s implementation approach focuses on developing innovative solutions to alleviate poverty through sustainable and locally-led development.

SNV has been in Ghana since 1992 and currently implements projects in all ten (10) Regions, providing capacity strengthening support to individuals, communities and businesses. In Ghana, we focus on poverty reduction as articulated in the Ghana Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy as well as in the sustainable development goals. In all sectors of work, SNV incorporates gender & youth, governance for empowerment and other cross-cutting themes to achieve impact, scale, inclusiveness and sustainability.

Among SNV’s Agriculture Projects is the Horti-Fresh Programme. The aim of the programme is “A sustainable and internationally competitive vegetable and fruit sector that contributes to inclusive economic growth, food
and nutrition security”.  The Programme will contribute to three major areas that have been identified and that are in line with Ghana’s development policy:  a competitive and innovative high-value fruit and vegetable sector; an inclusive and sustainable fruit and vegetable sector and a conducive business climate that facilitates the development of the fruit and vegetable sector. 

Job Description

Position Summary

Horti-Fresh is currently seeking candidates for a full-time position of Fruit Agronomist, and this will be based in Accra. The Fruit Agronomist is responsible for providing hands-on support to fruit farmers, exporters and processors, input dealers and service providers; coordinating the agronomy modules, conducting research for business plans and Training of Trainers, as well as the organization of demonstrations, field days and variety trials.

Under the supervision of the Project Manager, key responsibilities of Fruit Agronomist will include:

  • Provide hands-on advice to partner companies and the fruit cluster (sub-) projects, including smallholders who are involved in company supply chains, outgrower schemes, etc.

  • Prepare, support and execute Training of Trainers as assisted by Wageningen Research.

  • Explore with Universities and Agricultural Colleges the inclusion of the Agronomy Modules in their Curricula.

  • Follow-up with trainers on disseminating the knowledge to their farmer groups and outgrower schemes, through setting up demonstration sites, field days and trainings.

  • Coordinate a number of trials with NGOs and research institutes; ensuring that trials are implemented according to protocols with highest standards of crop management.

  • Contribute to the documentation of the program’s achievements in terms of: reports, publications, brochures and/or guidelines.

  • In collaboration with partner companies and clusters, promote inclusion of smallholders, especially women and youth.

  • Gather data for the development of new business models, business plans, and financial products.

Qualifications

Candidate must have relevant experience in farmer training (development, training, evaluation, setting up field demonstrations and trials. They need excellent writing, communication and facilitation skills

  • Minimum seven years’ of experience working in agricultural advisory services, preferably in the West African fruit sector, both with companies and with smallholders;

  • At least three year experience in project management, organizing events, workshops and/or trainings;

  • Master’s degree in one of the following: plant sciences, agronomy or horticulture;

  • Excellent English, while a good working knowledge of French will be an advantage.

Additional Information

Application Guidelines: Please read these carefully. Failure to comply will adversely affect your application.

  • Interested applicants are kindly requested to send their applications in English in the form of a one-page letter and current CV outlining experience, qualifications and three reference contacts not later than 5:00pm, April 27th, 2018.

  • Only those applicants whose work experience and education meet the mandatory requisites below will be considered for the position.

  • Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

 

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