Extension Specialist Career Job – Grameen Foundation

Reports to: Manager, Content
and Services
Grameen Foundation
About Grameen:
client Grameen Foundation is a non profit organization that is seeking to
recruit result driven and motivated individuals for the Vacancy above;
Job Summary: The Extension Specialist
will be responsible for creating ICT based extension models leading to high
quality extension services to GF’s end users and other parts of agricultural
value chains, enabling improvements in the efficiency, effectiveness,
profitability, and sustainability of agriculture (Increasing adoption and
impact), with a strong linkage to research.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Develop innovative and practical  Agricultural
    extension models
  • Train teams (Super CKWs, Filed officers and Data
    Validators) on essential extension methodologies
  • Lead the content packaging  and development of
    agriculture first aid kits
  • Support the dissemination of key adoption
  • Support the quality assurance process on the different
    agricultural  products
  • Support research and product development/Assist in
    developing prototypes and field testing them with farmers
  • Create and develop research partnerships to strengthen
    Ag knowledge feedback loop.
Key Tasks and Technical Performance Areas
  • To encourage farmers/CKWs  to adopt better
    practice through exposure to new knowledge, information, skills, inputs
    and processes (especially technical, management, market) to improve the
    long term performance of their farms /businesses;
  • To develop the capacity of
    farmers/CKWs/ Field officers to  adopt and implement better practice
    through exposure to new knowledge, information, skills, inputs and
    processes to improve the long term performance and adoption in the farming
  • To provide technical services for farmers in key parts
    of value chains where it is more effective and efficient for this capacity
    to remain with Farmers  or associated agencies (e.g. for integrated
    pest and disease management, post-harvest handling, marketing  etc.);
  • To develop closer relationships and improved engagement
    with other parts of the value chain, especially input suppliers and
    customers to ensure quality inputs, including new products; as well as to
    track market needs and quality requirements;-
  • To establish strong research linkages and improved
    access to better practice  to ensure a continued flow of new
    knowledge and innovation, across a range of technical, management and
    market disciplines, through formal and informal relationships;
Qualifications, Skills & Experience:
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and a post graduate
    in extension services/ agribusiness or related field
  • 4+ years’ experience of professional practical
    agriculture extension
  • Knowledge of, and experience in, the application of
    Good Agricultural Practices
  • Ability to take initiative and work without constant
  • General professional experience
  • Knowledge and practical work experience in the field of
    agricultural extension, farm advisory work and/or small farmer training
    and development
  • Work in enhancement of rural livelihoods and
    sustainable development of rurally based business.
  • Has a deep commitment to eradication of
    poverty and alignment with Grameen Foundation’s mission
  • Believes in the potential to leverage information and
    communication technology (ICTs) to promote agriculture
  • Is able to think creatively about the commercial side
    of  extension product development
  • Has strong written and oral communication skills/
    ability to speak several local languages is a big plus
How to Apply:
follow the instructions as stated below as failure to do so could lead to
Send an Application letter and CV/Resume.
Merge these two documents into one document in either word or pdf format.
Do not attach or send any scanned documents, these are sometimes too large for
our inbox.
Include the job title and/or reference number in the subject line of the email
address   and send your application by email to
5. Only
successful candidates will be contacted. For all other inquiries please
contact our offices directly.
25th Jan 2013
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