Research and Development Agronomist Job in Kenya

Kentegra Pyrethrum Company Limited located in Nakuru is looking to recruit a Research and Development Agronomist.

This position will be located mostly in Turi.

Key roles for this position are:-

Duties & Responsibilities:

·  Act as a liaison between research department and the field department regarding research products and processes dissemination and the field adoption.

·  Setting-up pyrethrum demonstration fields at specified zones within the pyrethrum growing regions.

·  Set-up and coordinate demos in approved field days, demo fields and agricultural shows

·  Participate in collection of required plant, tissue or soil samples from specified farmer fields and all nurseries.

·  Coordinate the delivery of all research samples to partner laboratories and research institutions.

·  Prepare training modules and schedules.

·  Rank, cluster and prioritize research issues for right cropping of pyrethrum.

·  Design trial methodologies and layouts

·  Train staff on data collection

·  Provide technical support to the field Agronomists- Research outreach.

·  Provide updates on the status of running research.

·  Generate a list of all the research and development items/programs and the material requirements.

·  Prepare impact assessment reports on issues relating disease and pest invasion.

·  Generate analyzed reports on concluded trials.

·  Identification and verification of all planting materials in our nurseries. (Mother Clones and other clones in our germplasm)

·  Offer technical assistance and guidance of mother clones purification.

·  Develop a DUS (Distinctiveness, Uniformity & Stability) data for all the existing mother clones and varieties.

·  Identification and mapping of the geographical distribution of clonal material with farmers and getting them for trials and research.

·  Guide the nursery team on an elaborate and targeted collection of pyrethrum plants with desirable characteristics from different farmer fields.

·  Help in sourcing mother clones of interest that can be incorporated in our gene bank.

·  Advice and guide on the steps for developing new and superior varieties.

·  Act as a link to help in accessing scientific publications and other relevant pyrethrum research articles from relevant people and organizations.

·  Lead the efforts in providing solutions that have hindered high production of flowers in the fields. (Agronomy practices, nutrition, pests and diseases)

·  Develop and lead research protocols for the nurseries.

Qualifications and work experience required for this role

·  Diploma or Degree in any agriculture related field from an accredited institution

·  At least 2 years hands on work experience with small holder farmers

·  Proven experience in research programs.

·  Proven experience in farmer training

·  Excellent Interpersonal and Communication skills.

·  Experience in reporting skills.

·  Excellent strategic, analytical, creative and presentation skills.

·  Excellent decision making and organizational skills.

·  Ability to plan, multi-task and manage time effectively.

·  Motivated and self-driven.

·  Have a valid 2 years Motorcycle Driving License.

·  Proficiency in MS Office and database skills

·  Proficiency with field data collection tools and systems

Please apply only if you fulfill the above credentials and send your application as one word/pdf document with the title Research & Development Officer to by 18th November 2022.

Applications will be reviewed on receipt.

Only successful applicants will be contacted.