Plant Agronomist

 

The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the trade association for cooperative businesses in the United States and an international development organization. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, technical assistance, and advocacy that helps co-ops thrive. For nearly 100 years, NCBA CLUSA has sought to advance and protect cooperative enterprises, highlighting the impact that cooperatives have in bettering the lives of individuals and families. In the last 60 years, NCBA CLUSA has worked in over 100 countries in the areas of food security, agricultural development, strengthening of communities and farmer organizations, community-based health, natural resources management, and empowerment of smallholder farmers, women, and youth. We currently work in 17 countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

NCBA CLUSA is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the positon of Plant Agronomist to support NCBA CLUSA’s Farmer to Farmer Project, based in Chipata, Zambia. The Plant Agronomist will provide training to smallholder peanut farmers from the Chipata District Farmers Association (CDFA)—a farmers association with over 2,000 farmer members—and Community Oriented Development Program (CODEP)—a local NGO that supports over 12,000 farmers.  

ESSENTIAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

OBEJCTIVES:

  1. To sensitize and educate farmers on the importance of adopting improved seeds.
  2. To link Farmers to certified seed suppliers, i.e. seed growers and  community agro dealers
  3. To train farmers on how to produce improved seed at home

 

MAIN TASKS TO BE CARRIED OUT:

  1. Training on the importance and benefits of improved seed
  2. Training on how to identify good quality seed versus bad quality seed
  3. Training in peanut home seed production and management
  4. Training on how to access improved seed

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge of improved peanut seed production;
  • Skills in organizational behavior analysis;
  • Familiarity with membership organizations;
  • Capacity in training;
  • US citizen or green card holder

 

To apply, please send a resume or CV and a cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with subject line “Plant Agronomist– Zambia.” Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please. NCBA CLUSA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity.  All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, and legally protected characteristics for non-merit factors.  

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