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Farmer Field Assistants at Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT)

Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) is a not-for-profit organization established in Kenya in 2009 by the Biovision Foundation for ecological development in Switzerland and supported by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi. The Trust’s goal is to alleviate poverty and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Kenya and other African countries through supporting dissemination of information and knowledge on appropriate technology to improve human, animal, plant, and environmental health.

Job Purpose & Scope

Contribute to the promotion and adoption of sustainable agricultural practices and technologies through participatory, market-oriented approaches to meet the needs of smallholder farmers while staying relevant to the context of the project.

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for an updated and resource center consolidated database of farmers being (currently submitted monthly via Kobo Toolbox) reached through FCP activities.
  • Carry out farmer trainings to community groups to provide relevant knowledge and skills development on ecological sustainable agriculture practices and technologies.
  • Promote use of organic and ecologically sustainable farming methodologies through establishment of demonstration plots in selected farms.
  • Participate in field days and agricultural shows.
  • Carry out school trainings and participate in other school events to promote knowledge and skills development on ecological sustainable agriculture technologies for school going children.
  • Train farmer groups on sound organizational development in order to benefit from better and more reliable markets.
  • Conduct regular farmer visits and follow-ups to deepen skills and knowledge acquired from other training activities.
  • Using FCP participatory methods and tools, lead farmer groups in participatory needs identification and analysis leading to development of farmer action plans
  • Facilitate linkages with organic sector value chain actors with a focus to support improved access to markets by the target farmers.
  • Promote the use of FCP information and communication pathways (TOF magazine, TOF radio and Infonet) to increase awareness and knowledge on benefits of organic farming and environmental conservation.
  • Proactively engage and coordinate with relevant County governments departments, NGOs and other institutions in your region of operation and foster mutual beneficial partnerships.
  • Respond in a timely manner to queries raised by farmers through visits to the resource centres and BvAT’s Tusemezane platform.
  • Complete in a timely manner staff appraisal with the Farmer Field Officer in line with BvAT’s Appraisal system.
  • Participate in monthly center project review meetings and present your monthly activity plans and reports submit using the provided templates (currently provided under the Kobo Toolbox).
  • Perform other related duties as may be required and assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications

Education and Knowledge

  • Diploma in organic agriculture, agricultural extension, rural development, crop production, livestock development, community development or any other closely related discipline in any agriculture related field

Work experience

  • At least 2 years in a similar position

Specialized Knowledge and skills required

  • Communication Skills (verbal and written)
  • Facilitation skills
  • Report writing skills
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Data collection and entry
  • Computer skills

Personal Attributes

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Self-discipline
  • Flexibility
  • Creativity

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