24 Jul 2014

Agriculture Field Officers Job Vacancy

Equity Bank is the region’s leading bank whose purpose is to transform the lives and livelihoods of the people of Africa socially and economically by availing them modern, inclusive financial services that maximize their opportunities.

With a strong foot print in Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda and Tanzania, Equity Bank is now home to nearly 9 million customers – the largest customer base in Africa.

Currently the Bank is seeking additional talent to serve in the role outlined below:Agricultural Field Officers

Agriculture Field Officers will be an integral part of the ‘Unlocking Agriculture Potential’ project, a 3-year program that is designed to strengthen 2,000 medium sized farms across Kenya.

The Field Officers will provide direct support to farms and will manage day-to-day implementation of the capacity building program.

The officers should have working knowledge of farming and value chains and will be expected to travel to farms on a regular basis.

Key Responsibilities

  • Train farmers on good agronomic practices and enterprise development
  • Support the development or refinement of necessary tools based on engagement with farmers
  • Visit assigned groups of farms (80-100 farms) on a regular basis to provide training and track implementation of the project
  • Respond to farmer queries, research questions that are not readily accessible and disseminate information to other farmers in the program
  • Implement farm level ICT and management systems programs and train farmers on use of the systems
  • Work with the Project Director and M&E specialist in evaluating every phase of the project.
  • Provide monthly and quarterly status reports to Field Managers and Branch Managers
  • Act as a link between farmers and Equity Bank credit Relationship officers for information on credit facilities and other Bank products.
  • Provide regular input on the program to Field Manager or Branch Managers

Desired Qualifications

  • At least an O- level pass of C+
  • A bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Agribusiness, Development studies or related fields.
  • An advanced degree in above fields will be an added advantage.
  • Must have at least 3 years’ experience executing agricultural programs with regional and national organizations
  • Good understanding of smallholder farmers’ dynamics of food security and household incomes.

Desired Competencies

  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills
  • Ability to achieve excellent results in the training program
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Attention to detail with good organizational, analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Flexible to adjust to work schedules and able to work in dynamic environments.
  • Hardworking and result oriented
  • A valid Driving License (Motorcycle – Class G or F)

If you meet the above requirements, please submit your application together with a detailed Curriculum Vitae quoting the job you are applying for to by Saturday, 26th July 2014.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Equity Bank is an equal opportunity employer.

We value the diversity of individuals, ideas, perspectives, insights, values and what they bring to the workplace.

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