9 Aug 2021

Agronomist at Jane Goodall Institute

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Job Description

About Us

The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is a global comunity conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall by conversing chimpanzees and inspiring communities to conserve the natural world we all share, we improve the lives of people, animals, and the environment, we strongly believe everything is connected and everyone can make a difference.

The Jane Goodall Institute Tanzania (JGI-TZ) is a reputable and rapidly expanding non-governmental organization committed to wildlife research, conservation, socio-economic development, and environmental education. The Jane Goodall Institute Tanzania (JGI-TZ) was founded in 1977 by Dr. Jane Goodall. The JGI Tanzania with its partners – USAID and many others makes a difference through landscape and community-cantered conservation, chimpanzees research projects, environmental education to young generation, the innovative use of science and technology, we work closely with local communities in Tanzania inspiring hope through a collective power of individual action.

JGI Tanzania is currently seeking to recruit suitably qualified and competent Tanzanian to fill the following vacant position:

Job Position: Agronomist
Program/Project: Landscape Conservation in Western Tanzania (LCWT)
Duty Station: Kigoma
Reporting Line: Deputy Chief of Party

Overall Job Summary:

The Agronomist shall execute and implement activities funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of the Landscape Conservation in Western Tanzania (LCWT) program. The position bearer shall perform the services outlined below during the period of the fixed term contract.

The Agronomist will positively impact the lives of subsistence farmers in the landscape by providing technical and administrative expertise, including general management, oversight, advice, and implementation of all agricultural and agroforestry support; with special attention to conservation farming techniques and approaches as needed to forward the biodiversity conservation objectives of the project. Experience developing and supporting successful, private sector led, out-grower schemes is also desired.

The Agronomist is required to demonstrate a high level of ingenuity and creativity as a team player since the job bearer will always work with the district extension officers, LCWT program teams or individual staff and the targeted communities. Collaboration with other partners in the landscape might be essential to performing the job.

Key Job Responsibilities & Duties:

Main technical responsibilities will include, but not limited to the following:

  • Review research and literature relating to current best practices in the field
  • Introduce and mobilize farmers through their local government leaders to adapt improved agricultural methods (including conservation farming and agroforestry) that encourage sedentarisation (i.e. sustainable
  • ag).
  • Consult with farmers on cropping practices to increase their economic return from a range of products and in collaboration with private sector partners, through “out-grower schemes.”
  • Consult with farmers and regulators on practices that will lead to more sustainable agricultural land use.
  • Set up and monitor demonstration sites to provide hard evidence for the success of the systems we are promoting.
  • Conduct training for farmers as per above needs.
  • Evaluate crop performance as affected by weather, pests, and management practices, and on occasion give evidence for insurance purposes
  • Work closely with Program Forestry Officer and Land Use Planning Officer in designing and implementing strategies for managing agricultural land sustainably.
  • Prepare and submit activity reports in a timely manner
  • And any other job as may be assigned to you your Supervisor or Management.

Minimum Job Qualifications and other Requirements:

  • Graduate degree in Agronomy, Agriculture, or related field.
  • At least 5 years working experience in technical support to large agricultural programs, c Experience working in rural and remote areas of Tanzania implementing agricultural support programs,
  • Experience supporting equitable relationships between private sector agriculture actors and subsistence farmers.
  • A track record of successful work on complex donor funded projects in a rural context,
  • Previous knowledge and experience in working to support conservation and sustainable natural resources management projects is desirable.
  • Computer literate and ability to use data analysis programs (SPSS), word, Xcel, PowerPoint, Outlook etc. c Ability to work under pressure, tight deadlines and less supervision, self-motivated person, team player, reporting and presentation skills. Able to spend extended periods in rural settings,
  • Good Communication skills – fluent in Swahili and English, both verbal and written. This position involves working with a wide range of people within the institution, local communities, local and international partners, including technical and non-technical colleagues.
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Method of Application

All applications should be submitted together with the most recent Curriculum Vitae (resume), copy of relevant certificates, testimonials, three names of reputable referees, active mobile number or e-mail address, and should be send to the below e-mail address:

Send by e-mail to: E-mail: [email protected]

Only the short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

The deadline for submitting the application is 16 August 2021.

JGI Tanzania is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, national, tribal origin, religious belief, sexual orientation, and marital status. QUALIFIED WOMEN ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

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