Vegetable Agronomist Dutch Embassy ISSD Programme Jobs - Wageningen UR Uganda



Job Title:        Vegetable Agronomist
Organization: Wageningen UR Uganda
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Vegetable Seed Manager

About US:
Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) is the interdisciplinary and internationally focused unit of Wageningen University & Research Centre. CDI works on processes of innovation and change through facilitating innovation, brokering knowledge and supporting capacity development. The proposed Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Plus Uganda programme is coordinated by CDI and implemented by Wageningen UR Uganda, the legal entity in Uganda. The four-year ISSD Plus project to be funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Kampala. The programme aims to strengthen the development of a vibrant, pluralistic and market-oriented seed sector that is able to address key challenges that hamper the seed sector development such as seed quality assurance and availability of foundation seed.

Job Summary: The Vegetable Agronomist will provide practical, technical assistance and guidance to the private sector in implementing the in-depth farmer training and commercial variety demonstrations. The focus is on promotion of advanced vegetable varieties.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Work closely with (Dutch) seed companies and their Ugandan distributers to ensure that the identification and selection of location and host farmers for the training sites/variety demonstrations conform to ISSD specifications.
  • Guide the set-up of the variety demonstrations/training sites to ensure conformance to the ISSD specifications.
  • The jobholder will identify production constraints or bottlenecks and develop means to address them
  • Responsible for quality assurance in regard to variety demonstrations and training delivered to the farmers
  • Monitor and assess agronomic practices at the variety demonstration and training sites and advise on timely corrective actions to implementing partners where necessary
  • Follow-up with implementing partners for timely submission of reports on the demonstration sites and training activities.
  • Assist seed companies/ local distributors to organize field days and assist in mobilisation of farmers to attend the field days
  • Conduct training programs for both the sector professionals and vegetable producers.
  • Prepare and submit reports as required.
  • Participate in preparing Radio messages that are key in promoting use of advanced

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate must hold Diploma in Agriculture from a reputable institution. Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture related fields is an added advantage
  • At least three years’ experience working in Ugandan Vegetable private sector
  • Hands-on experience in agronomic practices related to the use of advanced vegetable varieties.
  • Skills and experience in setting up demonstration plots
  • Previous experience in training of trainers (TOT) and development of training programs
  • Practical attitude, hands-on and self-motivator
  • Willingness to travel extensively within Uganda
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Proven ability to work as a team with strong interpersonal skills
  • Previous experience in delivery of extension services
  • Strong computer skill, proficiency in word processing MS Word, MS Excel, and Internet use;
  • Excellent conceptual and analytical skills directly related to the work in the vegetable production sector, including excellent writing skills.
  • Fluent in English with good reporting skills

How to Apply:
All suitably and qualified and interested candidates should send their application letters and updated CVs (max. 3 pages) to hr@issduganda.org

NB: DO NOT attach certificates or academic qualification.

Deadline: 11th July 2017

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