Website Good Nature Agro
"Cultivating a better future"
Good Nature Agro is a fast-growing social enterprise that works with small-scale farmers in Zambia to generate lasting income. We train farmers to develop skills to manage their fields for long-term productivity and profitability while growing for our guaranteed market. Our multifaceted model includes a loan program for specific crops, a farmer-to-farmer training program, comprehensive tracking of practices and results, and a guaranteed market. Our seed brand, Good Nature Seed, delivers access to quality, affordable seed for farmers and farms across the country.
Good nature Agro was founded in 2014. Although young, we are growing rapidly, with the goal of increasing farmer incomes by $600 per farmer by 2020.
This posting solicits, highly-motivated and certified Seed Inspectors to fill the role of Field Supervisor. We are looking for enthusiastic, self-motivating individuals who possess the team spirit, creativity, and initiative to help us achieve our goals and vision.
JOB OVERVIEW & RESPONSIBILITIES
Good Nature Agro is looking for suitable and qualified Seed Inspectors to fill the role of Field Supervisor. Field Supervisors, reporting to the Regional Manager, are responsible for executing Good Nature’s day to day field operations. You will train, support, and develop a network of leading farmers to become Private Extension Agents (PEAs) and work together with them to ensure farmers have an answer to every question. As a Field Supervisor, you must be technically sound in agronomy, a confident manager who is comfortable leading a diverse group in a rural setting, and responsive to a rapidly changing program and environment. Your responsibilities and duties will be shaped by the season, varying from, selecting and sensitizing farmers in new sites, training our trainers (PEAs), leading our innovated month-long training, PEA college, growing the capacity of PEAs under focused supervision.
In the growing season, you will serve as Good Nature’s eyes and ears in the field, supporting extension requirements – monitoring program delivery and quality, aggregating information from farmers’ fields and PEA reports. You will work closely to bridge the gap between monitoring what is produced by our rural growers and what is processed by our Quality Control Officer at our processing plant, playing a critical role in maintaining our high quality standards and aim to be Zambia’s leading certified legume seed producer. As our local representative, you will coordinate the essential buy-back process ensuring smooth crop collection and farmer remuneration.
EXPECTED DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Work with Agricultural Manager and Regional Manager to recruit new farmers – clearly introduce Good Nature’s model
- Manage 10 Private Extension Agents (PEAs) and in turn, their 400 farmers
- Deliver high-quality training on group management, financial education, and agronomy to as many as 50 PEAs at a time
- Grow the capacity of PEAs to deliver trainings, monitor fields and farmers, and conduct themselves in a professional and productive manner
- Respond to requests from PEAs to visit farmers’ fields and crops – providing sound agronomic guidance
- Manage the implementation of Good Nature’s Land Improvement Program including all related measurements and monitoring of demo trials
- Monitor Good Nature inputs and manage distribution – inclusive of seeds and inputs
- Coordinate aggregation of production and collecting of loan payback seed
- Monitor and tabulate data on farmers’ and PEAs’ performance throughout season
- Represent Good Nature at community- and District-level meetings
- Aggregate and communicate local seed and commodity prices to farmers in Good Nature
- Work with our local partners to introduce beneficial products/initiatives
- Prepare relevant reports of operations in-field and on the ground operations
- Represent and attend necessary updates and trainings related to Good Nature
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Seed certification license accredited by the Seed Control and Certification Institute(SCCI) –
- Minimum Diploma from an accredited college or University in agronomy or a related field
- At least one (1) year experience in work and management of farmer groups or extension outreach and training
- Knowledge of crop production and agronomic tracking
- Strong communication skills both to farmers and head office
- Ability to communicate clearly and fluently in English and Nyanja
- Ability to write professional, legible reports
- Skills in conflict resolution and management of rural groups
- Motorcycle license or interest and ability to pass motorcycle licensing exam as requested
WORKING CONDITIONS & PHYSICAL DEMANDS
This is a field based job and requires the successful candidate to fully immerse themselves in the community, living and working closely with the PEA’s and grower’s they will be supporting. It is essential you are invested and comfortable with the following:
- Riding a motorcycle for field transportation and operations
- Walking in fields in various types of weather and other conditions
- Inspecting seed crops, managing farmers and conducting training
- Writing, collecting and creating legible reports as needed
- In some circumstances living off-grid with little or no electricity
The role has a competitive salary and given the rural setting of the position a Rural Location Allowance will be included. Regrettably Good Nature Agro is unable to provide housing and relocation allowance.
Field Supervisors report to the Regional Manager and the Agricultural Manager.
Please send your Cover Letter, 2 paged Curriculum Vitae and Qualifications (a copy of the SCCI certificate will be priority) to [email protected], the application is open from 09th October 2017 to 27th October 2017 any applications sent after the deadline will not be reviewed. The email should have the subject ‘Field Supervisor Application.
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