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Agricultural specialists

We need experienced agricultural specialists to develop strategies for increasing poor communities’ food security, reducing their vulnerability to climate change and increasing income.

Roles are generally longer term, ranging from one to two years, but we also have occasional short-term assignments for up to six months.

You’ll be qualified to degree or diploma level, with at least two years of experience (five years for short-term roles) in agricultural production and marketing, small-scale farm development, post-harvest production or agricultural/food regulations.

Experience of developing food security strategies, livelihood assessments and working with rural and agricultural communities is essential.

What you'll be doing

You’ll be placed with a small, local NGO, a farm cooperative or a local government ministry.

The nature of your day-to-day work will obviously depend on the role, but might include things like training local farmers in better crop production, storage, processing and pest control techniques. You could also be working to develop and implement business plans, increase crops, develop new markets and add value to existing markets.

Example placement

Placement for: Agro engineering instructor

Country: Tanzania

Teach agro mechanics technologies to students and help to develop agricultural practices to increase food security for Tanzania's people.

What does the role involve?:

  • Participate in developing curricula for training on agriculture technicians
  • Deliver modules in agro engineering equipment, maintenance and application instruction tutors and Diploma students
  • Set up short courses on agro mechanics for external partners and businesses
  • Support staff on building their capacity in agriculture engineering
  • Troubleshoot agro mechanics equipments, implements and machinery
  • Conduct needs assessment on appropriate simple agro mechanics to help SHF and the Kizimbani Institute in order to develop the industry in the region.

Skills, qualifications and experience required

You'll have a degree in agricultural engineering or a related field with experience of teaching in a vocational or academic field. Practical experience of the fabrication and maintenance of agricultural equipment is desirable. Overseas experience is desirable and working on projects for the poor would be advantageous.

You'll have excellent communication and facilitation skills to assist you in meeting the need of a wide and varied group of stakeholders - both staff and students, as well as external organisations and partners.

And the rest...

Unguja is a hilly island and is the island of the Zanzibar Archipelago that has the most developed tourism industry as well as a strong agricultural focus. The staple diet in Tanzania consists of either maize, usually ground into flour and cooked into a stiff porridge called Ugali, or rice (on the coast), or bananas (north west region). These are usually served with a sauce of beans or spinach and sometimes meat or fish. The national language, Kiswahili, is Bantu in origin, with the addition of many words taken from Arabic as well as some from Portuguese, German and English.

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