Technical Field Officer

East-West Seed

JOB SUMMARY: Technical Field Officer, Knowledge Transfer

To provide technical knowledge to small-scale farmers; promoting and showcasing profitable and sustainable production practices. This position will support the pre-commercial activities of EWS. By increasing the productivity of vegetable production with smallholder farmers it is expected that this will lead to long-term opportunities for EWS to develop new markets in high-quality vegetable seeds.

Key Responsibilities

Supporting key farmer demonstration plots:

  • Identify villages in collaboration with project partners
  • Select and coach key farmers in collaboration with project partners
  • Provide regular technical advice to farmers on all aspects of vegetable production
  • Share monthly follow-up and training plans with the KT Manager and project partners
  • Place signboards around the demonstration plots to inform other farmers of the current activity.
  • Take photos of the demonstration plot at different growing stages
  • Share farm records with farmers and key partners

Conduct farmer training:

  • Identify training needs per crop season of the different groups in villages
  • Plan training of farmers
  • Share training plan with KT Manager
  • Conduct short village-level training courses on vegetable production, as per the project document
  • Collect data for Project Lead
  • Evaluate training and training materials in collaboration with project partners and KT Manager
  • Ensure regular participation of farmers in the training
  • Distribute extension materials
  • Be proactive in organizing and supporting women farmers’ groups

Organize field days

  • Plan field days during harvest on all successful demonstrations
  • Share the plan with project partners and the KT Manager
  • Advertise and inform the community and stakeholders
  • Record information and observations from field days
  • Distribute extension materials

Technical point of contact for vegetable production within the area of activities.

  • Participate in other events organized by EWS (commercial field days etc.)
  • Be proactive in keeping up to date with new varieties, new techniques, and new products on the market
  • Be proactive in setting trials in demonstration farms, and record accordingly results.
  • Closely coordinate activities with input dealers and collectors and support them with technical information
  • Support in organizing and conducting radio programs for farmers on selected topics
  • Closely follow up on Arifu’s mobile SMS and offer needed support to farmers

Data collection in coordination with the KT Manager

  • Report accurate and timely farm records
  • Record data for monitoring – training number of participants, field days participants
  • Record observations, and remarks that could be important in evaluating and managing activities
  • Submit reports as required by the administrator, Technical, and KT Manager

Are we looking for you?

  • Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture
  • Ability to communicate with all levels; particularly smallholder farmers
  • Must have technical competence in all aspects of crop management
  • Experience in technical training (farmer extension)
  • Ability to transfer improved farm management practices through key farmers
  • Able to build trust in farming communities
  • Good time management and organization skills
  • Able to coordinate with input dealer, collector, and relevant partner
  • Ability to solve problems(analytical thinking) and share relevant information
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in the Swahili language, and proficiency in English a plus
  • Ability to ride a motorcycle and possession of a valid driving license preferably class A
  • Computer literacy is a plus

East-West Seed has competitive packages on offer for outperformers

Application Deadline: September 30th, 2023.


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