Agribusiness Officer – Arid Lands Information Network – Nairobi

ALIN wishes to recruit a dynamic, energetic and committed person to join its team as an Agribusiness Support Officer. The officer will support the implementation of the “Powered by the sun: climate smart irrigation systems in Kajiado County” project. The officer will support farmers and farmer groups in Kajiado County on agribusiness, market linkages, agro-processing, post-harvest management, value chain development, solar-powered drip irrigation, enterprise development and business linkages.

Key Responsibilities
Training and advising farmers on matters related to crop production, value chain development, market linkages, and solar-powered drip irrigation among others
Support farmers and farmer groups in agricultural business planning and entrepreneurship development
Advice and develop concepts on the design of strategies and policies related to agricultural marketing and inclusive and sustainable agri-food value chain development
Set up and maintain strategic collaboration with relevant partners in the area of agribusiness and solar-powered drip irrigation
Formulating and advising farmers and farmer groups on strategies for value addition
Promoting the adoption of solar-powered drip irrigation
Developing the capacity of farmers and farmer groups to identify sustainable agro-based economic opportunities
Provide technical expertise in areas such as enhanced agricultural production, post-harvest handling, storage, and processing, improved food security, and improved market linkages
Work with the project team to design data collection methods and capture all the anticipated benefits from value chain interventions
Continuous follow-up with farmers on training and agricultural activities

Qualification and Experience
Bachelor of Science degree in any of the following fields: – Agriculture; Agricultural Economics; Agriculture Extension; Agriculture Education; Agribusiness; Horticulture; Food Science; Home
Economics; Food Technology; or any relevant and equivalent qualification from a recognized institution
Have a minimum of three (3) years of relevant work in agricultural investment, agribusiness advisory services, agribusiness investment, linkage with the private sector, project
formulation, preparation, appraisal and management; and/or business development
Experience with value chain strengthening, processing, and marketing systems development, especially in horticulture
Demonstrated experience in facilitating value chain development, value chain analysis, and in building the capacity of value chain actors and in identifying key intervention areas within given value chains
Demonstrated understanding of climate-smart agriculture
Knowledge of technologies and issues for value chain development, business development, and rural livelihoods
Knowledge of the latest developments in advancing best practices in value chain development and market systems development
Knowledge of certification processes regarding production traceability, sustainability, and calculation of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions
Experience in implementing programs aimed at increasing the competitiveness, commercialization, and inclusiveness of value chains
Successful experience preparing and presenting detailed cost of production analyses
Knowledge of the local language as well as residing in Kajiado County is an added advantage
Having private sector experience will be an added advantage
Commitment to gender equality and knowledge of gender mainstreaming principles and approaches

Method of Application
If you meet the above qualification send your cover letter, curriculum vitae with contact details ofthree professional referees and documents to by COB 23rd September 2022. ALIN is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, political affiliation, age, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation or national origi