AgriSol Energy Tanzania Ltd. is seeking a Director of Extension Programs to establish agricultural extension programs for smallholders and communities surrounding Kilele Farms in Lugufu, Kigoma Region. The Director will create educational programs to improve the productivity of local smallholders and lay the foundations of an outgrower program to supply maize, soybeans and other crops for the production of grains and animal feed, cooking oil and other value-added agricultural products at Kilele Farms.
Director will oversee all of Kilele Farms’ extension programs including any additional program staff and educators brought in to teach specific classes. S/he will also interview, hire and manage Tanzanian interns.
Director will conduct baseline demographic research of the surrounding villages to document current conditions and track future progress. This will include conversations with smallholders to determine their needs and aspirations, which will be incorporated into the design of the extension programs.
Director will create and oversee training to improve the production capacities of smallholders. Additional programs will provide all villagers with “lifestyle education” in areas such as health, hygiene, nutrition, personal finance, and other areas requested by smallholders.
Director will develop educational materials in Kiswahili for extension program participants. S/he will also work with the Director of Communications to write a weekly blog post summarizing activities and compile periodic reports and metrics to document the progress of the programs.
Director will help design and oversee the construction of small-scale (under 5 ha) demonstration farms. These farms will incorporate global best practices with regard to efficiency, sustainability, health and safety, as well as affordability.
Director will formulate and implement a medium-term plan to transition smallholders from subsistence to commercial production with the option of becoming outgrowers for Kilele Farms.
Director will coordinate the logistics of the Kilele Foundation’s partner NGOs and other organizations providing services in the area including: health care/vaccinations, community organizing, special education services, etc.
Minimum of B.S./M.S. degree in agronomy or related field, 5–10 years experience and demonstrated skills in farm production and excellent communication skills in Kiswahili and English. Other valuable experience: design and implementation of outreach/extension programs, including outgrower programs; creation of materials for smallholders; managing and directing applied agricultural research program and familiarity with micro-finance. Tel: +255 (0)22 2772036, 331 Kambarage Road, Mikocheni A, Dar es Salaam.
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Benefits: Provisioning for housing, transportation, medical insurance and out-of-pocket business related expenses