Field Research Technician
Field Research Technician (FRT) is responsible for supporting the promotion of integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) practices and 4R’s of nutrient stewardship through agro-vet, agricultural cooperatives, local government, and development partners in the various project activities; arrangement of logistics, conduct field trials, demonstrations, farmer’s field days and trainings.
Specifically, she/he will be responsible to perform the following jobs:
- Support the identification of beneficiaries and distribution of soil health cards to target farmer groups.
- Organize training on crop best management practices (BMPs) and 4Rs of nutrient stewardship in collaboration with partner cooperatives, and agrovets.
- Support field activities under the maize commercial model (MCM) and conduct effective networking and engagement with key project personnel from public, private and cooperatives.
- Conduct fertilizer trials and demonstrations with new fertilizer products such as Nano urea on NSAF targeted crops.
- Organize farmers field days (FFD) in demonstration plots to illustrate the performance of new fertilizers and compare with farmers practices. Collect farmers perception on new fertilizer products.
- Coordinate with partner cooperatives, related GON officials, agrovets, development partners sub-grantees at local level to implement project activities.
- Monitor field activities, collect field data and provide feedback to supervisor at regular basis.
- Participate in beneficiary-based survey (BBS), identify clusters and provide farmers list and supervise enumerators during field survey in respective districts.
- Assist in organizational survey to capture targeted crops yield, area coverage, volume of sales through collaborators (cooperatives, agrovets, PMAMP super-zones).
- Facilitate farmers to use ICT tools (sms and app) to follow up the training activities so that project BMPs are disseminated to farmers on time.
- Collect field data (trials, demos, socio economic survey etc.) and submit to supervisors.
- Compile field report and submit on a bi-weekly basis to supervisor.
- Perform other duties as and when required by the supervisor.
Qualifications and Skills
- Bachelor’s degree in agriculture (agronomy or soil science or other closely related discipline.
- At least three years of working experience in promoting and facilitating agriculture extension.
- Demonstrated experience in field work, data collection, training and activity implementation with end-users.
- Knowledge of integrated soil fertility management principles an advantage.
- Able to operate MS office packages and other data analysis tools.
- Excellent work ethics and demonstrated potential to work independently with minimal supervision and to work in inter-disciplinary teams.
- Ability to undertake multiple tasks and work under strict deadlines.
- Valid motorcycle driving license, preferred.
- Ability to travel and undertake fieldwork in rural contexts.
Candidates must go through the link below and submit the application with detailed information no later than August 29, 2023.
Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.