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JKUAT-SRISTI-USAID Project: Transfer of Indian Farm and Food Processing Machinery Technology to Promote Food Security in Kenya

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Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) is collaborating with Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI-India) with the support of USAID-India to enhance investment in agricultural mechanization to enable farmers intensify production and improve their quality of life as well as contributing to national food security.

The proposed project directly supports the global food and nutritional security as part of U.S. Government’s “Feed the Future initiative”

The project will enhance the small holder farmers’ access to technology and capacity building, producers’ groups and entrepreneurs in production, marketing, application and management of proposed technologies and foster enabling environment to ensure sustainability.

The program also supports USAID/India’s objective of sharing Indian agriculture innovations that address constraints to agriculture sector productivity and enhance climate resilience, fostering enabling environment, expand markets and trade.

The overall goal of the project is to “To improve agricultural productivity and food security in Africa by fostering agriculture mechanization among the small-holder farmers using Indian grass-root innovations.” Kenya is one of the selected countries in Africa to pilot the project.

Specific project objectives include the following:

1. Promote the use of machinery in agriculture to reduce dependency on manual labor and draft animal power for increasing agricultural productivity;

2. Foster a conducive environment for adoption of Indian innovation in agriculture mechanization in Kenya;

3. Promote learning and exchange of Indian experience and best practices to support food security in Kenya

The project invites applications from suitable candidates to fill the following positions:

1. Project Manager

(1 Post)

Duties and responsibilities

  • The Project Manager who will report to the Director, Nairobi Industrial and Technology Park will be expected to:
  • Execute the project implementation plan in consultation with the JKUAT project Engineer to ensure that all activities are completed in a time bound manner.
  • Co-ordinate with SRISTI Project Manager to ensure the smooth functioning of the project.
  • Procurement of project supplies as per USAID regulations and JKUAT guidelines in liaison with JKUAT Chief Procurement Officer.
  • Will be responsible for maintaining proper project accounts and submitting the same to accounts and grant administrator (SRISTI).
  • Plan and execute the capacity building; workshops; field work and dissemination programs of the project in consultation with JKUAT and SRISTI Engineers.
  • Guide and supervise project staff
  • Produce quarterly and annual project progress reports
  • The Project Manager will be in the field for the implementation of the project work at least 1 5 days in month.

  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering.
  • Three (3) years work experience in agricultural mechanization or related fields.
  • ICT compliant.
  • Have ability to conduct independent research.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Reasonable knowledge in financial management and project management.

2. Project Assistant

(2 Posts)

Duties and responsibilities

The Project Assistants will report to the Project Manager and will be expected to:
  • Assist the project manager in each activity of the project.
  • Will be responsible for field mobilization, demonstrations, keeping contacts with field collaborators and clients, data collection and feedback information.
  • Provide monthly report on field implementation activities to project manager.
  • Will be in the field at least for 20 days in a month.

  • Diploma in Agriculture/Agricultural Engineering.
  • Two (2) years work experience ¡n agricultural production or related fields.
  • ICT compliant.
  • Have ability to conduct research.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Reasonable knowledge in financial management and project management.
  • Have ability to disseminate information.

3. Field Officers

(2 Posts)

Duties and responsibilities
  • Reporting to the Project Assistant
  • Responsible for field activities pertaining to the project including community mobilization and demonstrations, data collection and feedback information
  • Provide weekly report to project assistant.
  • Will be posted at selected grassroots in the target regions.

  • Certificate in Agriculture/Agricultural Engineering.
  • Two (2) years work experience in agricultural production or related fields.
  • ICT compliant.
  • Have ability to conduct research.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.

Successful applicants will be hired on a fixed contractual term of 3 years.

Applications clearly marked application for jobs under JKUAT-SRISTI-USAID PROJECT indicating the position applied for should be addressed to:

The Deputy Vice Chancellor
(Administration Planning and Development)
P. 0. Box 62000-00200,
Nairobi, Kenya

The closing date for the applications is Wednesday 5th February, 2014.

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