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Field Assistant

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12.5 km Peg Mazowe Road P.O. Box MP228 Mt. Pleasant Harare, Zimbabwe

Description :

The Position:
CIAT, on behalf of HarvestPlus Program is seeking to recruit Field Assistant – Seed Systems who will work under the direct supervision of the designated Seed Systems Officer, with overall guidance from the Country Manager. The person will be responsible for implementing a country seed systems strategy which triggers widespread and sustained adoption and utilization of biofortified crops (vitamin A maize, Iron beans and Vitamin A sweet potatoes), as well as generate demand in the market. He/she will work with different key stakeholders especially farmers, extension agencies, nutritionists, seed producers, agro-dealers, food processors, commodity brokers, retailers, consumers and the media to facilitate production, processing and consumption of biofortified crops. The positions will be based in a project target districts outside Harare.

Main duties and responsibilities include:

 Planning, coordination and management of community-based seed production in collaboration with
extension agents and other implementing partners
 Coordination of training of lead farmers, extension agents and seed merchandisers on production,
promotion and utilization of biofortified crops
 Coordination of the identification of anchor demo farmers and target beneficiaries in collaboration
with extension agents and other implementing partners in target districts
 Procurement and distribution of anchor demo agricultural inputs and branding materials
 Distribution of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials on biofortified crops to
target communities in collaboration with the Demand Creation Officer
 Coordinate nutrition and utilization training of extension agents, lead farmers and nutrition and
health officers on biofortified crops
 Coordination and management of anchor demos in collaboration with extension agents and
implementing partners
 Data collection for any studies, including seed systems studies using supplied tools
 Conduct seed systems studies in target areas aimed at improving adoption of new biofortified maize
and bean varieties
 Any other duties as assigned by supervisorsThe candidate shall have the following competencies, skills and experience:
 A minimum of a Diploma in Agriculture or related field
 At least three (3) years of relevant experience in implementing a seed systems and delivery strategy
 Strong and proven experience in working with farmers to strengthen adoption, production and
consumption of new crops
 Valid drivers’ license acquired not less than 4 years ago.
 Ability to ride a motorbike and valid class 3 driver’s licence.
 Excellent training and facilitation skills
 Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
 Must be fluent in English and good in Shona/Ndebele with strong oral and written communication
 Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision, but also participate as a team member
in accomplishment of duties
 Ability to conceptualize and initiate development programs especially in the area of agronomy
 Have demonstrated success in working in multi-disciplinary teams and partnerships in collaborative
research work
 Ability to travel extensively within the project target areas.
 Ability to multi-task and work under pressure
 Willingness to travel extensively
 Commitment to CIAT’s mission and core values

Terms of employment:

The position is nationally recruited and based in a project target districts outside Harare. The contract will be for
one (1) year period, subject to probation period of three (3) months, renewable depending on performance and
availability of resources. CIAT offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and
excellent benefits; we believe that the diversity of our staff contributes


How to apply

Applicants are invited to visit Here to get full details of the position and to submit their applications, clearly indicating position applied for as HV-2216 Field Assistant – Seed Systems .Applications should be saved as one document using the candidate’s lastname, first name for ease of sorting. CIAT does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or
training). CIAT also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

Applications closing date: 30th November 2018
Please note that email applications will not be considered.

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