East Africa Agronomist at Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD)

PAD is a small, but fast-growing global non-profit that uses tech, data science and behavioral economics to provide targeted information to farmers in developing countries. Providing the right information to the right people, in the right way and at the right time, increases incomes, protects the environment and improves well-being. We are evidence-based: we test our interventions with randomised control trials to prove our impact and cost effectiveness, to simultaneously learn from and improve our service, and also to demonstrate our value to funders and partners. There are few programmes in international development that are as demonstrably cost-effective as ours. We currently work in seven countries in Africa and Asia, and we are expanding as more governments and organisations look for innovative ways to use new technologies to get information to people across the developing world.
We are looking for a driven, creative and independent person to join a high-performing, flexible team as an East Africa Agronomist. You will support PAD agronomy operations and scale-up activities in Kenya and East Africa by strengthening PAD agronomy expertise and by developing the content of PAD mobile information campaigns.
The East Africa Agronomist will be responsible for the following main tasks:

Provide overall agronomy expertise and information to the PAD teams in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, and any new East African countries where PAD may expand to;
Develop, refine and revise agronomic content of mobile information campaigns implemented by PAD or by PAD's partners (including Governments, NGOs, etc.);
Gather and compile scientific evidence on key agriculture topics to better inform the design of mobile interventions in PAD countries in East Africa;
Support on-going projects in Kenya (MoA-INFO SMS platform, One Acre Fund projects), in Rwanda (One Acre Fund projects), Uganda (UCAT project), and Zambia;;
Support any new projects that may require agronomic expertise in East Africa;
Support and supervise PAD Agronomy Associate in Kenya as well as other (junior) agronomist staff within the team, including interns;
Provide support in managing relationships with existing partners across multiple projects; and
Support partnership development activities by identifying and meeting potential partner organizations in East Africa.

Qualifications and experience

Master's degree in Agricultural Sciences, Agronomy or a closely related field
Excellent organizational skills, detail-oriented, and ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
Fluency in English. Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills.
Strong experience in agricultural extension work and farmer-facing trainings
3-4 years' experience working with smallholder production systems in the tropics/subtropics
Strong interest in and commitment to PAD's mission to leverage technology to improve the lives of the poor at scale
Ability to work under time pressure, solve problems creatively and work in inter-disciplinary environment
Willingness to travel to project sites and conduct field work.
Experience working on agricultural programs and developing content.
Previous work experience in developing countries.

Position details

Full time
Start date: January 2020
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Compensation: Commensurate with experience

To apply, please visit the PAD website and use the online application form. The job position will be reviewed on a rolling basis and open until the position is filled.

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