VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

JOB TITLE: Field Technical Assistant (6 positions)

JOB TYPE: Full time on contract employment

LOCATION: In south Rift (negotiable in Bomet, Kisii, Kericho, Nakuru Nyamira or Kisii

Counties),

SUPERVISOR/MANAGER: Field and Out-growers Manager or designated authority.


BACKGROUND

Biofarms Limited is a leading horticultural production and marketing company,

specializing in fruits, mainly avocado, mango and passion fruits. We envision to be the

leading dealer and exporter of organic certified Fruits in Kenya. Biofarms prides itself in

quality and reliability, positioning as a supplier of choice in the horticulture export

sector. Please refer to our website www.biofarms.co.ke for further information


PURPOSE OF JOB/Position

The position is under the Avocado value chain and primarily focus on avocado

farmer mobilization and integration in Biofarms Limited supply chain in South Right

Region primarily Bomet and neighboring counties including Kericho, Nakuru, Narok,

Nyamira and Kisii.


MAIN DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the direct supervision of the Field and Outgrowers Manager and / or

designated authority, the position will be responsible for farmer mobilization in

one of the designated regions and lead in identification and recruitment of outgrowers

(farmers and farmer groups), technical extension support, harvesting

coordination/supervision as well as farm compliance.

Specifically, you will undertake the following roles and responsibilities;

1. identifying and mobilizing farmers (individual farmers and farmer groups) in

Biofarms Limited supply chain;

2. Provide technical support to farmers to ensure increased and sustained

production and supply in line with company targets.

3. Ensure sustainable avocado production for smallholder farmers to promote

increased incomes for farmers.

4. Provide extension services on crop-husbandry and post-harvest management to

farmers.

5. Ensure that newly engaged farmers are well inducted and trained on agronomic

practices in avocado production.

6. Regularly conduct food safety and quality checks in order to determine areas of

improvement and ensure the systems meet Global GAP, Social and Environmental

requirements and any other standards the company may be implementing.

7. In case of non-compliances, follow up with Technical Manager to ensure such are

addressed and closed in timely manner.

8. Ensure farmers maintain updated records on production and crop management

in line with good agricultural practices;

9. Act as the custodian of all company records and documents in the area of

oversight;

10. Conduct spot checks on contracted farms to verify that policies and procedures

are implemented as required.

11. Prepare weekly monitoring reports on accomplished tasks and make

recommendation on actions requiring urgent attention.

12. Develop harvesting program in close consultation with the Operations and

packhouse manager to ensure synergy with market program;

13. Plan and coordinate all harvesting activities and ensuring timely harvesting and

delivery of produce.

14. Undertake any other duties related to the function as may be assigned from time

to time.


SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

Academic Qualifications:

1. At least diploma in Horticulture, agriculture, agronomy or related discipline /

field

2. Certificate plus two year of additional practical experience is acceptable

Work Experience:

3. At least 1 years’ practical experience in avocado value chain is required.

Technical and practical expertise in avocado production and post-harvest

management is key for this position.

4. Practical experience in other value chains is added advantage;

5.  Current network with farmer and farmer groups in related value chains

(Avocado) is distinct advantage;

6.  Computer and report writing skills is required.

Core values and Required skills:

7. Good planning skills, organized and able to meet tight deadlines

8. Highly reliable, dependable and trustworthy personality,

9. Client oriented, demonstrated communication skills

10. Team player and good team management skills


Application

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to submit a one-page application

cover letter and updated curriculum vitae with 3 professional referees to

hr@biofarms.co.ke. The deadline for application is Friday 9th April 2021. Applications will

be accepted until the position is filled. Please indicate the title of the position applied on

the email subject


Posted

1 week ago

Contacts

+254 723 078 250 | info@biofarms.co.ke | © 2021 biofarms.co.ke

Aviation Centre, Block 43, North Airport Road, Nairobi, Kenya