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Cultivation Specialist Uganda , Uganda

Working for Royal Van Zanten
Royal Van Zanten is an innovative company with a history going back more than 150 years, operating successfully within international ornamental plant cultivation. We do this by continuous genetic improvement, by creating synergy in breeding and propagation technologies and by cooperating intensively with our partners in the chain on marketing activities. Together we develop new species and varieties and improve the current crops within our core products. These are the cut flower varieties of alstroemeria, bouvardia, chrysanthemum and statice, the bulbous lily and the potted products of aster, celosia, chrysanthemum and multiflora. We supply this starting material to our customers, who are professional breeders all over the world.

The production of basic plant propagation material and some of the breeding activities take place on our two sites in Uganda: Mukono and Wakiso. Production in these locations is mainly focused on pot and cut flower chrysanthemum cuttings as well as bouvardia, celosia and aster. Both farms are located at approximately 30 km from Kampala. Over 500 commercial varieties are produced in Uganda on 21 hectares of greenhouses by a total of over 1000 employees.
For our farms in Uganda we are currently seeking to recruit an

Experienced Cultivation Specialist m/f

In this role you will be responsible for all technical cultivation aspects of the two farms in Uganda. You will monitor the cultivation processes, detect any deviations and make adjustments. In addition, this role will particularly focus on:
- Spotting improvement opportunities and developing them to implementation
- Directing the cultivation aspects of management, including climate, irrigation, lighting,
the use of fertilisers, pesticides etc.
- Introducing and controlling new methods and technologies
- Transferring cultivation knowledge within the organisation
- Creating a cultivation dashboard (control system / cultivation methods)
- Creating / implementing / monitoring / directing towards cultivation KPIs (relationship between irrigation, radiation sum, EC, pH)
- Creating / implementing / monitoring / directing towards crop protection KPIs (insect burden, crop protection schedules etc.)

Requirements:
- Relevant Higher Professional education
- Proven breeding knowledge combined with a number of years of experience
- Knowledge of varieties, properties and cultivation protocols
- Knowledge of state-of-the-art crop protection (biological and chemical)
- Knowledge of climate control systems, fertilising systems, horticultural technology
- Good communication skills
- Meticulous and quality-focused
- Analytical and problem-solving abilities

We offer:
A varied role with appropriate responsibilities and personal development opportunities. You will be working in a beautiful country as part of a great team. You can expect competitive primary and secondary terms of employment.

For more information, please contact Jan Willem de Putter, Managing Director, Royal Van Zanten Uganda Ltd, Tel: +256 752 775120 or Dik van Alphen, Cutting Products Manager, Tel: +31 – 297 387000 80.
Please send your CV and cover letter to: sollicitatie@royalvanzanten.com, with reference to “Cultivation Specialist” vacancy

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Expiring: Feb 25, 2019
Farm Manager Uganda , Uganda

Working for Royal Van Zanten
Royal Van Zanten is an innovative company with a history going back more than 150 years, operating successfully within international ornamental plant cultivation. We do this by continuous genetic improvement, by creating synergy in breeding and propagation technologies and by cooperating intensively with our partners in the chain on marketing activities. Together we develop new species and varieties and improve the current crops within our core products. These are the cut flower varieties of alstroemeria, bouvardia, chrysanthemum and statice, the bulbous lily and the potted products of aster, celosia, chrysanthemum and multiflora. We supply this starting material to our customers, who are professional breeders all over the world.

The production of basic plant propagation material and some of the breeding activities take place on our two sites in Uganda: Mukono and Wakiso. Production in these locations is mainly focused on pot and cut flower chrysanthemum cuttings as well as bouvardia, celosia and aster. Both farms are located at approximately 30 km from Kampala. Over 500 commercial varieties are produced in Uganda on 21 hectares of greenhouses by a total of over 1000 employees.

For one of the farms in Uganda we are currently seeking to recruit a

Farm Manager m/f

As a farm manager your responsibilities include, among others, the production on one of our sites. You will manage the various teams and coach, train and motivate the team leaders. Besides breeding-specific requirements (you will have a solid background in plant breeding), it would be an advantage for you to have technical insight (with regards to the fleet of machinery, installations, etc.). In addition, this role will focus on:
- Managing the production and logistical processes on the farm, in particular their cultivation aspects with regards to climate, lighting, the use of fertiliser and pesticides etc. You will be supported by a cultivation specialist.
- You will formulate and implement the work plan
- You will support and if necessary deputise for the MD
- You will liaise with the MD, Finance Manager, the Farm Manager at Mukono and other departments
- You will be responsible for quality control, setting up the requisite working procedures, checks etc.

Requirements:
- Relevant Higher Professional education
- Proven breeding knowledge combined with a number of years of experience
- Knowledge of climate control systems, fertilising systems, horticultural technology
- Good communication skills
- Authority and essentially having natural leadership qualities
- Meticulous and quality-focused
- Analytical and problem-solving abilities

We offer:
A varied role with appropriate responsibilities and personal development opportunities. You will be working in a beautiful country as part of a great team. You can expect competitive primary and secondary terms of employment.

For more information, please contact Jan Willem de Putter, Managing Director, Royal Van Zanten Uganda Ltd, Tel: +256 752 775120 or Dik van Alphen, Cutting Products Manager, Tel: +31 – 297 387000 80.
Please send your CV and cover letter to: sollicitatie@royalvanzanten.com, with reference to “Farm Manager” vacancy

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Expiring: Feb 25, 2019
Operations Associate in Kenya , Kenya

Who We Are

Komaza is revolutionizing African forestry by unlocking the potential for small-scale farmers to serve booming wood markets. By combining high-scale operations with digital intelligence, we are currently planting commercial-grade forests at a rate of over 1 million trees with 5,000+ new farmers per year, making us Kenya’s largest industrial tree planter. We hold the only sustainable blueprint for meeting Africa’s $30B wood supply crisis - by leveraging farmers’ contribution of land and labor, Komaza can access nearly limitless land and establish a hectare of trees for far less than big plantations.

We have been recognized with numerous awards and investments, including The Climate Policy Initiative, The Nature Conservancy, Forbes, and Novastar Ventures.

About the Team

The Forestry Operations Division owns the beginning of Komaza’s value chain including our Nursery, Field Operations, Farmer Relations, Forestry Innovations and Harvest teams. We grow millions of top quality seedlings. We partner with rural farmers to plant and grow thousands of hectares of new woodlots. We sustainably manage the woodlots we’ve planted through efficient harvest operations. We lead research and innovation in technical forestry for smallholder farmers. We leverage data, mobile technology, training, and user-centered business systems to empower rural farmers to become the future of African forestry. We are equally comfortable white-boarding new solutions to complex business problems, digging into excel and GIS, or getting our boots muddy talking to farmers in their fields. Whether you like conducting farmer focus groups, designing business systems, working with big machines or analyzing complex data sets - then Forestry Operations has a place for you.

About the Role

Are you a critical and logical thinker who can design and execute operational systems? Are you excited about designing and implementing systems that support our complex and rapidly growing forestry operations? Then this role is for you! As the Forestry Operations Associate, you will create innovative systems that support the harvest department. Together with the team, you will design and troubleshoot processes to ensure operations run smoothly and cost-efficiently. While the role is primarily office-based, you will travel to the field regularly to interact with the Harvest Team to understand farmer behaviours and identify patterns to support in better decision making. If you’re looking for a role that allows creation of engaging and impactful systems in a rapidly changing environment, then this is the job for you.

What You Will Do
- Build and implement innovative scalable systems to meet harvest operational needs
- Identify problems and inefficiencies in operating processes and materials
- Analyse & report on trends in harvest data to support in decision making
- Collaborate with your team members to create solutions for the harvest department
- Participate in field operations to better understand farmer behavior and patterns

What You Have
- A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
- At least 2 years work experience in a demanding work environment, preferably in positions where frequent interaction with end-users of systems
- Experience in building operational data systems on large
- Comfortable in working with Excel, Python or GIS or any relevant quantitative software
- Experience in working in the East African region preferred

You’re Also
- Flexible and used to working in a fast-paced informal environment
- Logical, innovative and creative thinker
- Critical thinker that enjoys different challenges
- Collaborative and values teamwork
- Willingness to learn

If you like variety in your work, love learning and you are looking for a role that will allow you to make a real impact and build a successful career, join us! This role is based at our headquarters in beautiful Kilifi, Kenya. The role offers competitive salary and benefits with potential for further career growth.

Are you interested in becoming an Operations Associate in Kenya? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Apr 04, 2019
Project Manager Technical Assistance in Nigeria , Nigeria

Job Description Project Officer, Technical Assistance Seeds 4 Change Program (S4C)
NABC is the leading Africa-focused network for trade and investment facilitation in the Netherlands. We are at the forefront of creating mutually beneficial relationships between the Netherlands and Africa that overtime we believe leads to sustainable economic development. Founded in 1946 in the Netherlands, the NABC today leads a network of over 350 engaged (private sector) members across diverse sectors and has access to a community of over 10,000 African and European businesses, knowledge institutes, and government entities. To facilitate mutual beneficial and long-term partnerships between the Dutch and African private sector, we coordinate impact cluster programs. An impact cluster is a 3-year program (partly funded by the Dutch government) for a cluster of (Dutch) companies exploring market/sector opportunities together with local partners while developing and contributing to local (private sector) development.
From the 1st of January 2019, NABC and 6 Dutch companies in improved inputs started one of these cluster programmes called the Seeds4Change (S4C) program in Kano, Nigeria with the following objective: development of the vegetable sector (five crops) in the Kano region by the provision of quality input materials adjusted to local circumstances. Supported by trials, demonstrations and capacity building activities/knowledge transfer focused on crop management and good agricultural practices.

Job description
The Project Officer, Technical Assistance (TA) will be responsible for providing technical support to the S4C project in Kano Nigeria in close consultation with NABC and the project stakeholders and partners. The project officer TA will report to the Program Manager at NABC in the Netherlands and will be responsible for implementing trials, demonstrations and coordinating the knowledge transfer and capacity building activities of the S4C program.

Project officer TA’s responsibilities and tasks
- Develop, execute and manage vegetable seeds trials in 2 locations ensuring that both trial sites well managed and easily accessible for project stakeholders, and in addition conduct 2 trials per site one in the rainy season and another in the dry season for all variety of vegetable seeds included in the S4C project;
- Ensure that all vegetable seed trials are well documented and the progress and results are captured in a professional and clear manner;
- Provide bi-weekly reports on the progress and outcomes of the trials and demonstrations being undertaken to the program manager and the cluster of companies involved in the S4C project;
- Support a network of demonstration farms ensuring that all demonstration farmers are well informed at all times and have the support and knowledge they need to offer demonstrations of the seeds they are growing;
- Ensure all demonstration farms and trials sites secure all the inputs required to undertake both the trials and demonstrations;
- Plan and organize for a minimum of 6 farmer field days (FFDs) per year ensuring active participation of farmers in the region and continued engagement of the trial and demonstration farms. Develop detailed reports on the participation, issues, queries and outcomes of the FFDs to the program manager and other S4C stakeholders;
- Plan and organize at least 6 On Farm Trainings (OFTs) per annum in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders and report on all OFTs giving details of the participation, issues and queries arising from the OFTs;
- Maintain close contact with all farmers, farms, extension officers and other stakeholders to ensure that the S4C project results and outcomes are shared and discussed;
- Monitor the use (volume and type of hybrid seeds used) of hybrid seeds in Kano among the project participants and beneficiaries throughout the project life cycle and report on a monthly basis to the cluster on this;
- Monitor the farm gate, market and retail prices of all 5 vegetables i.e. tomato, water melon, onion, cabbages and cucumbers on a bi-weekly basis. The market price should be captured for both formal and informal retail in Kano and in Lagos;
- Be up to date on all developments and regulations on the registration and sale of seeds and hybrid seeds in Nigeria;
- Offer support to all S4C cluster companies at the trial, demonstration sites, FFDs and OFTs to be organized as and when required by the cluster companies;
- Develop and execute a thorough knowledge transfer program based on the network of demonstration farms and model farms to be selected;
- Develop and execute on capacity building applying the network of demonstration farms, model farms, OFTs and FFDs to be organized;
- Report on a bi-weekly basis on the progress and outcomes of the knowledge transfer and capacity building exercise; and
- Support the development of terms of reference for external consultants; monitor and supervise the work of external consultants and provide support when they are present locally.

Duration, location and nature of appointment
The appointment will be 0.8-1 FTE for 2.5 to 3 years, starting from the 1st of April 2019 (this is the intended start date, but it can be changed depending on the circumstances). The project officer TA will be based in Kano with occasional travel to Lagos, Ibadan, Kaduna, Abuja and the Netherlands. The offer is a one year contract renewable annually based on performance.

Qualifications
- Proven in depth practical and theoretical knowledge of modern (state of the art) vegetable production in Nigeria, specifically on tomato, watermelon, onion, cabbage and pepper. This includes all farm management aspects like knowledge and use of equipment, inputs, planning, crop rotation, land preparation, plant propagation, irrigation, fertilization, disease protection management (scouting, control, PHI, etc.), post-harvest, etc.;
- Ability to determine causes of issues in crop growing and action taking to improve and/or repair the issues. (thus should have good analytical skills);
- Ability to transfer knowledge and experience;
- Ability to interact and work effectively with peers, farmers, suppliers, etc. of all levels;
- At least 5 years of working experience in a similar or related role;
- Minimal Bachelor’s degree, but preferably a master’s degree in relevant subjects such as plant science, agronomy or biology;
- Experience working with or in international organizations with implementation of participatory projects;
- Previous working experience in Kano, Nigeria;
- Demonstrated written, analytical, presentation, reporting and computing skills and familiarity with modern communication systems (internet, worldwide web, email etc.);
- Experience in organizing farmer field days or events around training of farmers;
- Fluency in spoken and written English, Hausa (and written: Arabic);
- Proven in depth practical and theoretical knowledge of the Nigerian horticultural sector. (Experience and understanding in all aspects of the horticultural business and processes);
- Strong (proven) planning, monitoring and communication skills;
- Ability to work and interact effectively with the regional and overseas partners;
- Strong proactive attitude, a self-starter; and
- Good proven knowledge of MSOffice (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).

NABC appreciates all expressions of interest, however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted. More Information about our organization is available at www.nabc.nl

What we offer
A competitive salary that is compatible to local market standards, based on your level of education and experience. You will work in a professional, multicultural and international working environment that will expose you to a number of multinational companies. Possibility of international travel, please note travel locally is expected. Based on your performance and willingness to learn you will also get an opportunity to build a career in the agribusiness sector.

Are you interested in becoming a Project Manager Technical Assistance in Nigeria? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Apr 01, 2019
Local Coordinator in Nigeria , Nigeria

Job Description Local Coordinator Seeds 4 Change Program (S4C)

NABC is the leading Africa-focused network for trade and investment facilitation in the Netherlands. We are at the forefront of creating mutually beneficial relationships between the Netherlands and Africa that overtime we believe leads to sustainable economic development. Founded in 1946 in the Netherlands, the NABC today leads a network of over 350 engaged (private sector) members across diverse sectors and has access to a community of over 10,000 African and European businesses, knowledge institutes, and government entities. To facilitate mutual beneficial and long-term partnerships between the Dutch and African private sector, we coordinate impact cluster programs. An impact cluster is a 3-year program (partly funded by the Dutch government) for a cluster of (Dutch) companies exploring market/sector opportunities together with local partners while developing and contributing to local (private sector) development.
From the 1st of January 2019, NABC and 6 Dutch companies in improved inputs started one of these cluster programmes called the Seeds4Change (S4C) program in Kano, Nigeria with the following objective: development of the vegetable sector (five crops) in the Kano region by the provision of quality input materials adjusted to local circumstances. Supported by trials, demonstrations and capacity building activities/knowledge transfer focused on crop management and good agricultural practices.

Job description
The Local Project coordinator (LR) will be the local S4C project representative responsible for the management and implementation of the S4C program in Kano, Nigeria, in close consultation with NABC and the project stakeholders and partners. The LR will report to the Program manager at NABC in the Netherlands and will be responsible for the planning reporting and execution of activities in Nigeria.

LR Responsibilities and tasks
- Give bi-weekly updates to the cluster members (through NABC) and update and have meetings with third parties that play an active role in the execution of the activities. This may also include consultants that are hired on behalf of the impact cluster;
- Maintain close contacts with relevant partners and projects in and around Kano, ensuring adequate communication of S4C activities to all stakeholders including Government, private sector and NGO partners, and invite and encourage multi-stakeholder participation;
- Annual planning of activities in Nigeria, monitor and supervise execution of activities, provide updates on changes and ensure the timely and responsive delivery of outputs and reports;
- Periodical (financial) reporting on progress of project activities and deliverables and issues arising;
- Facilitate workshops/incoming visits from the Netherlands for the cluster, including preparing itineraries, appointments, workshops and travel/logistical arrangements
- Stay up to date and informed on the developments in the Nigerian seed sector (and security situation) including maintaining an updated list of all stakeholders). Inform NABC of problems and obstacles that need attention and specific assistance;
- Give practical support to the participants of the impact cluster and the local partners
- Holland Branding activities. Support the preparation and execution of cluster participation in trade fairs (Pavilions) and expert presentations at these Fairs.
- Support the development of terms of reference for external consultants; monitor and supervise the work of external consultants and provide support when they are present locally
- Liaise with relevant government stakeholders, NGO’s, other partner organizations and projects, to ensure good coordination and collaboration, including co-funding arrangements are well managed and delivered.
- In consultation with NABC and cluster partners, determine dates, agendas, budgets and participation of multi-stakeholder meetings and upon approval of these plans, undertake the organization and conduct of these meetings below
- Set up a bi-annual seed platform bringing together relevant horticulture and (seed) sector stakeholders in Kano addressing vegetable (seed) sector challenges
- Set up a bi-annual Public Private Dialogue addressing and promoting and addressing an enabling environment.
- Set up cluster meetings with the Dutch project partners and public and private representatives (B2B or B2G).
- Facilitate the development of financial and off-taker partnerships with both formal and informal channel actors including traders and retailers.

Duration, location and nature of appointment
The appointment will be 0.8-1 FTE for 2.5 to 3 years, starting from the 1st of April 2019 (this is the intended start date, but it can be changed depending on the circumstances). The LR will be based in Kano with occasional travel to Lagos, Ibadan, Kaduna, Abuja and the Netherlands. The offer is a one year contract renewable annually based on performance.

Qualifications
- At least 10 year of working experience in agriculture or agribusiness, agricultural (project) management or related fields in a commercial or public sector setting;
- Minimal Bachelor’s degree, but preferably a master’s degree in relevant subjects such as Agriculture/ Horticulture, (agrofood related) Business Management, Economics or related field;
- Strong management skills including ability to provide strategic guidance, project oversight and planning, develop workplans, and manage budgets and project expenditures
- Good interpersonal and communication skills with experience in networking with partners at all levels (ministry, private sector (organizations), farmer organizations, knowledge institutes, international organizations, NGOs and local community-based organizations);
- Experience working with or in international organizations with implementation of participatory projects;
- Previous working experience in Kano, Nigeria;
- Preferably with an established network in the agricultural (horticultural) sector in Kano State;
- Demonstrated written, analytical, presentation, reporting and computing skills and familiarity with modern communication systems (internet, worldwide web, email etc.);
- Experience in organizing multi-stakeholder (public/private) events;
- Fluency in spoken and written English, Hausa (and written: Arabic);
- Proven in depth practical and theoretical knowledge of the Nigerian horticultural sector. (Experience and understanding in all aspects of the horticultural business and processes);
- Strong (proven) planning, monitoring and communication skills;
- Excellent inter-professional skills as well as strong analytical and process orientation;
- Ability to work and interact effectively with the regional and overseas partners;
- Strong proactive attitude, a self-starter;
- Good understanding of financial reporting; and
- Good proven knowledge of MSOffice (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).

NABC appreciates all expressions of interest, however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted. More Information about our organisation is available at www.nabc.nl

What we offer
A competitive salary that is compatible to local market standards, based on your level of education and experience. You will work in a professional, multicultural and international working environment that will expose you to a number of multinational companies. Possibility of international travel, please note travel locally is expected. Based on your performance and willingness to learn you will also get an opportunity to build a career in the agribusiness sector.

Expiring: Apr 01, 2019

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