Associate Agronomy Advisor – TechnoServe

Job Summary:
The Associate Agronomy Advisor shall support the implementation of strategies that will enable farmers to achieve sustainable increases in coffee quality and yields.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Planning and management of Farmer Trainers (FTs)
· Supervise 6 to 8 Farmer Trainers (FTs).
· Prepare and submit weekly work plan and monthly training schedules.
· Collect and review weekly training plans and attendance data from FT’s. Ensure completeness, accuracy and clarity of data prior to submission for processing.
· Clearly communicate goals and roles and responsibilities to Farmer Trainers.
· Provide feedback, coaching and development activities related to performance management.
· Develop a team spirit among all reports.
Conduct monthly agronomy training to FTs
· Model monthly agronomy training to FTs at local training demonstration plots.
· Supervise teach-backs and give feedback to Farmer Trainers.
· Prepare and ensure all training materials reach FTs in a timely manner.
Observe FTs delivering training to farmers
· Observe full training delivered to farmers by assigned Farmer Trainers (FTs).
· Check attendance form, cross check with number of farmers seen as present. Ensure reported data is accurate, clear and complete.
· Complete training observation assessment on tablet and give feedback and coaching to the FT.
· Each FT must be observed at least once a month, with a minimum of 9 observations in total per month.
Visit farmer fields and demonstration plots
· Visit randomly selected farmers, discuss training, farmer adoption and challenges and complete best practice check list on tablet.
· Meet with Focal Farmer (FF), check demo plot status and discuss any challenges and innovations.
· Complete demonstration plot assessment on tablet. Give feedback to FT on improvements required. A minimum of 10 demonstration plot visits and assessments to be made each month.

Attendance Monitoring
· Support the FT to develop strategies to encourage the attendance of women at training.
· Collect, check for completion and submit complete set of FTs attendance sheets to the M&E team within 1 week of training completion.
· Compile weekly attendance update and discuss any attendance issues with FTs and develop actions to solve problems.
Prepare & check FTs expenses
· Collect official voucher receipts for transport and accommodation and timely submit to Finance.
Stakeholder Management
· Create a good working relationship with stakeholders and manage quarterly update meetings with local stakeholders including district, sub-county, parish and village leaders.
Program representation and expansion
· Lead and manage the expansion of the agronomy program into a new operational area including needs assessment, stakeholder sensitization, farmer mobilization, group formation and recruitment of FTs.
· Be a program ambassador at the operational area.
· Provide translation and contextualization services to high-level visitors.
· Spearhead efforts in making the agronomy program more gender inclusive and conflict sensitive using local customs etc.
· Provide support to the Uganda country operations as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
· Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Agronomy, Agribusiness, Crop science, Horticulture or related agricultural sciences.
· At least two years’ professional experience – ideally in the private sector – in one or more of the following areas: agriculture, small and medium enterprise development, farmer associations or cooperatives, project management, financing, engineering, community development.
· Strong planning abilities; prior experience working with tight and strict deadlines.
· Ability to lead a team and work collaboratively within a team; prior experience managing direct reports.
· Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills, willingness to spend significant time in rural areas.
· Experience working with farmers is essential.
· Experience riding motorcycles and a valid riding permit.
· Experience working in the project location and knowledge of Luganda is essential.
Success Factors:
· Competency is a combination of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) directly related to successful performance on the job.

Core Competencies include:
· Integrity and honesty: Is widely trusted; seen as a direct, truthful individual; presents truthful information in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; does not misrepresent himself or herself for personal gain.
· Team Work/ Relationships: Works co-operatively and flexibly with other members of the team with a full understanding of the role to be played as a team member and/or leader, to achieve a common goal. Ability to build and maintain effective relationships and networks.
· Learning attitude: Proactively takes advantage of opportunities to learn. Actively identifies new areas for learning; applies and shares new knowledge and skill appropriately.
· Diversity/Inclusiveness: Demonstrates an understanding and appreciation for diversity and supports diversity efforts. Interacts effectively with and inclusively with people of all races, cultures, ethnicities, backgrounds, religions, ages, and genders.
· Communication: Expresses ideas effectively in individual and group situations. Listens effectively; shares information, ideas and arguments; adjusts terminology, language and communication modes to the needs of the audience; ensures accurate understanding; acts in a way that facilitates open exchange of ideas and information; uses appropriate non-verbal communication.
· Decision making/Problem Solving: Is able to analyze situations, diagnose problems, identify the key issues, establish and evaluate alternative courses of action and produce a logical, practical and acceptable solution. Is able to make effective decisions on a day-to-day basis, taking ownership of decisions, demonstrating sound judgement in escalating issues where necessary.
· Results Oriented/ High Quality Deliverables: Stays focused on the efforts necessary to achieve quality results consistent with programmatic or departmental goals. Demonstrates the ability to achieve effective results; works persistently to overcome obstacles to goal achievement.
Accomplishes tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks.
· Planning & Time Management: Establishes a course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a specific goal. Effectively plans, schedules, prioritizes and controls activities; identifies, integrates and orchestrates resources (people, material, information, budget, and/or time) to accomplish goals. Prioritizes work according to the program or department’s goals, not just own job responsibilities; manages own time effectively.
· Business Acumen: The ability to use information, ask the right questions and take decisions that make an impact on the overall business performance.

Job Specific/Technical Competencies include:
· Partnership/Donor Management: program staff should understand and apply techniques to develop, maintain and manage business relationships with clients, donors and internal or external partners in order to implement and manage projects and/or identify new business.
· Financial & Resource Management: an important competency program staff must possess to enable them budget properly based on facts and change course when necessary, knowledge of finance to develop and manage budgets.
· Innovative Mindset: program staff should know how to ask questions and seeks out information from multiple sources, learn from mistakes, and see change as an opportunity.
· Analysis, Research, Report Writing: Experience in business planning and analysis, modeling for feasibility and execution. Able to analyze and express oneself clearly in business writing.

Managerial Competencies include:
· Emotional Intelligence: Empathetic, understands attitudes, interests, needs of others; predict others behavior. Self-aware and keeps own emotions from interfering with work. Understanding both the strengths and limitations of others.
· Trust to Delegate: Appropriately allocates decision‐making authority and/or task responsibility to others; maximizes the organization’s and individual’s effectiveness.
· Strategic Thinking: Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks.
· Staff Development: Planning and supporting the development of individuals’ skills and abilities so that they can fulfill current or future job responsibilities more effectively.
· Coaching/Feedback: Recognizes and acknowledges strengths in others. Provides timely guidance and feedback to help others develop knowledge and skill areas to accomplish tasks or solve problems.
Career Pathways:
The position that might be next career opportunities for employees in this job title include Agronomy Advisor.

How to Apply:
Qualified and interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter in one single Microsoft Word document to ug-jobs@tns.org

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