Farm Africa is a different kind of charity, working to end hunger and bring prosperity to rural eastern Africa. Our sustainable, community-led projects help Africa’s farmers feed Africa’s people – for the long-term.
We want to double our impact by 2015 and are looking for talented staff to help us achieve this. We can reach more farmers by being experts in our field, pushing boundaries, working flexibly and sharing knowledge.
Posts in our country offices are recruited in-country and advertised in national papers, as well as ReliefWeb.
We cannot respond to unsolicited requests and applications for employment or volunteer opportunities.
Head of Market Engagement, Kenya
Location: Nairobi with significant national travel and some international travel
Salary: Competitive, dependant on skills and experience
Farm Africa’s mission is to reduce poverty permanently by unleashing African farmers’ abilities to grow their incomes and manage their natural resources sustainably. A core part of our strategy is to ensure that our interventions are both economically sustainable and scalable. The systematic integration of market linkages in implementing programmes is crucial to our ability to scale our interventions cost-effectively.
We are seeking an agricultural value chain and market engagement expert who will take forward our increasing focus on linking smallholder farmers to demand-driven value chains. Ideally from a private sector background, the Head of Market Engagement will help Farm Africa advance the idea that a successful and growing engagement with agricultural markets and agri-business is vital for helping smallholders grow their incomes sustainably.
We are looking for someone with the ability to drive and prioritise innovative engagement with the private sector and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector. You will have lived and worked in sub-Saharan Africa, have excellent hands-on programme management experience. Exceptional multi-tasking, networking, relationship-building and management skills are pre-requisites.
If you are interested in this role more information can be found in the job description. If would like to apply, please send a CV and one page covering letter detailing how you meet the person specification to email@example.com by 5pm on Friday 14 March 2014.
If you have any questions regarding this role, please submit them in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. *Note: we will not be answering telephone enquiries about this role, all questions must be emailed.
Project Officer – Community Based Seed Systems (CBSS)
Location: Kitui County, Kenya
Duration: One year fixed term contract
Farm Africa’s mission is to reduce poverty permanently by unleashing African farmers’ abilities to grow their incomes and manage their natural resources sustainably. A core part of our strategy is to ensure that our interventions are both economically sustainable and scalable. The systematic integration of market linkages in implementing programmes is crucial to our ability to scale our interventions cost-effectively and sustainably. We work with different types of farmers (pastoralists, agro-pastoralist, smallholders and forest dwellers) in a range of regions in eastern Africa. We believe that Africa has the power to feed itself.
We are currently seeking a Project officer for our Community-Based Seed Systems for Drought Tolerant Crops project in Kitui County. The project aims to increase knowledge of selection, production, treatment and storage of DTCs, increase availability of affordable quality seeds and test a strategy for the dissemination of improved seeds/planting materials.
Under the supervision of the Project Coordinator, you will be responsible for implementing the day to day implementation of the CBSS for DTCs project.
Key duties will include:
- Initiate, coordinate and implement the community seed project related to production, processing and quality control
- Assess local DTC seed system
- Identify, mobilize, recruit and register farmer groups
- Identify suitable sites for establishment of field schools and demonstration plots
- Train farmer groups on community seed system and post-harvest handling
- Establish farmer field schools and linking community seed banks with authorized dealers
- Link seed producers with relevant government bodies for certification and coordination including relevant arms of the county government
- Train farmer groups on DTC production and marketing
We are looking for someone with a proven track record in community based seed systems preferably within private sector, knowledge of agri-business models and farmer participatory approaches and excellent project planning and execution skills and strong communications and facilitation skills necessary to provide field level training.
You will have a relevant degree level qualification, preferably seed technology or agronomy, with at least 3 years experience, sound knowledge of seed certification procedures and national seed policies, and agri-business experience particularly regarding DTC production and marketing in Kenya .
If you are interested this role, more information can be found in the job description. Applicants can submit a maximum 3-page CV, a one page application letter with the reference: ‘2014 PO – CBSS’ in the subject line to: email@example.com by 5.00pm, Friday 14March 2014.
Farm Africa is an equal opportunity employer. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted
Supporter Services Administration Volunteer
Duration: 1 – 2 days per week, for 3 months
Location: London, Bastion House, 140 London Wall, London EC2Y 5DN
Our Supporter Services team works to support the wider Fundraising & Communications Team to deliver our exciting 2014 strategy. We are looking for someone with an excellent attention to detail to help out with a wide range of administrative tasks, including data entry onto our supporter database – Raisers Edge.
If you are interested in this kind of work more information can be found here. If you would like to volunteer, please email a copy of your CV and a supporting statement of no more than one A4 side detailing why you are interested in volunteering for our supporter services team to Christine Weir- firstname.lastname@example.org by 16th March 2014.
Location: UK wide
We’re looking for new speakers throughout the UK. You don’t need any previous public speaking experience, just a passion for Farm Africa and our work.
More information about being a speaker can be found here.
We offer a full days training and on-going support for all of our speakers.
We work with volunteers in our London office. We’re looking for people of all backgrounds who can spare some time to join our valued team of volunteers.
Find out more about volunteering