Job Opportunity at Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) - Coffee Agronomist

Job Opportunity at Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) - Coffee Agronomist

Coffee Agronomist

Title of Position: Agronomist

 Organization, Country: Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung Africa –Tanzania

About Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung

Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) is a non-profit foundation. HRNS is headquartered in Germany while the organization is active worldwide. With the objective of promoting sustainable development, HRNS implements hands-on projects to improve the working and living conditions of farmers and their communities.

Working for HRNS you will find yourself surrounded by colleagues who are passionate about and dedicated to the mission and vision of the Foundation. Joining HRNS means being part of a diverse team with varied backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We follow the principle of equal opportunity and are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment.

Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung Africa has a strong presence in Tanzania with projects currently being implemented in Arusha, Kilimanjaro, and Mbeya Regions.

For its office in Mbeya, Tanzania, HRNS is recruiting an Agronomist

Purpose of Position

Increasing the farmer’s income through sustainable coffee farming and the promotion of income diversification.

Key responsibilities

1.     To enhance agronomical understanding of POs and their members

·      To enhance agronomical understanding of Farmer Groups and their members.

·      To supervise and support FFS facilitators and CFs in the preparation of PO agronomical work plans.

·      Conduct monthly feedback meetings with CFs, LFs, and FFS facilitators.

·      To monitor the progress and improvements of coffee demonstration plots in the assigned areas.

·      To enhance maintenance and supervision of the improved coffee nurseries.

·      To coordinate the collection of all demonstration plots and nursery records for M&E purposes.

·      To participate in survey data collection and support external consultants in monitoring activities.

·      Training of GAP for QEP adopters to POs and selected AMCOS.

·      Facilitate farmer field day and regular field days.

·      To manage all Agronomical activities of the program in collaboration with the Team Coordinator – Agronomy and climate.

2.     Continuous capacity building to ToTs

·      To enhance the farmer-to-farmer extension system by training AMCOS LCFs, CFs, and FFS Facilitators on agronomical practices and conservation agriculture technical trainings.

·      Backstop and supervise the planning, implementation, and reporting of agronomy and conservation agriculture activities conducted by AMCOSLFs, FFSFs, and CFs at the AMCOSs and POs level.

·      To monitor the performance of FFSFs on regular basis and submit their reports timely for the M&E updates.

·      To facilitate AG feedback meetings for FFSFs and CFs.

·      To supervise and monitor the performance of the Assistance agronomist as instructed by the Team Coordinator.

Coffee Agronomist Job Vacancy at Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS)

3.     Supervision of shade tree coffee nurseries

·      Conduct coffee and shade tree nursery establishment and management training.

·      Supervise the distribution of nursery inputs for supported nurseries and records keeping for all nurseries.

·      Backstop seed sowing and seedling potting.

·      Assist in marketing activities of the supported nursery in your area.

·      Conduct nursery assessment for all nurseries.

4.     Coffee & climate

·      Support the day-to-day implementation of c&c Activities

·      Dissemination of knowledge generated under coffee&climate innovation via the coffee&climate toolbox

·      To monitor the progress and improvements of coffee and climate demonstration plots in the assigned areas.

·      To participate in developing and establishing trial plot sites, data collections, monitor the progress, and report as directed by the supervisor.

·      Facilitate the distribution and planting of the trees seedlings to the identified areas

·      Monitor and supervise the implementation of the coffee and climate activities

·      Facilitate the implementation of the agreed community adaptation plans at the landscape level

·      Facilitate the Local Expert Committee meetings and to facilitate exchange and learnings on various climate change adaptation tools and technologies.

·      Facilitate exchange, learnings and cooperation with climate-smart agricultural programs in Tanzania

·      Adapt relevant training and information materials

5.     Planning and reporting

·      Report to the Agronomy Team Leader in a timely and efficient manner on a weekly and monthly basis and additionally as required.

·      Prepare and share quarter targets as discussed by Agronomy Team Leader.

·      Prepare monthly and weekly work plans, reports, and quality checks of collected and provided data.

·      Monitoring and compiling field reports.

·      Participate in survey data collection and support external consultants in monitoring activities.

·      Coordinate the collection of all demo plots and nursery records for M&E purposes.

6.     Gender integration

·      Adopt approaches and methodologies that are gender-sensitive and promote gender equality.

·      Facilitate equitable participation of men and women in all activities of the program and projects.

·      Promote ideas of gender equality in communications with partners and stakeholders.

7.     Others

·      Carry out any other duties as required by management or Team leader for the successful implementation of the program and to act with honesty and integrity at all times.

·      To cooperate closely and support the OD team.

·      Assist in cross-checking attendance forms to ensure they are properly filled by Assistant Agronomists.

·      Supervise the distribution of demonstration inputs and keep annual records for all demonstration inputs and recipients.


·      Weekly work plans will be prepared and shared with the AG Team Leader for the preceding week.

·      Regular updates of relevant information are shared on monthly basis and provided to M&E through the AG Team Leader using provided forms and templates after checking the quality of the collected data.

·      Under your supervision, all FFSs within your area of operation are active and meet regularly.

·      Regular follow-up and updating of QEP sample farmers in the database.

·      All targets are met on the agreed timeframe as discussed by AG Team leader.

·      FFS facilitators are identified as per the number of respective groups within your area of operation and they are trained and facilitate regular FFS sessions.

·      The established nursery is monitored and managed properly.

·      Trees have been planted on the identified water catchment areas and forest reserves

·      All nursery holders maintain up-to-date records and use them for their business planning.

·      Nursery marketing activities are supported.

·      Adopters names are submitted to the M&E department for proper recording.

·      All demo plots (CA and coffee) within the area of operation are properly managed.

·      Identified environmental committee members have been trained and monitored on the implementation of the coffee and climate activities.

·      Community adaptation plans are implemented in respective AMCOS

·      Demonstration inputs have been distributed and the demo holders are maintaining the records.

·      Weekly and monthly reporting and work planning.

·      Gender equity is promoted, and gender mainstreaming is taken up by farmer organizations.

·      Successful implementation of the c&c activities on your work area in close cooperation with the AG-Coordinator.

Coffee Agronomist Job Vacancy at Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS)

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Qualifications and Requirements

·      Minimum of bachelor’s degree in Agronomist

·      Minimum of three (3) years experience in an agronomy-related field. Experience in working with donor-funded projects.

·      Excellent Computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite applications (Excel spreadsheets, word processing, and electronic mail along with data entry experience). Excellent communication skills

·      Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work effectively in a diverse team

·      Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude

·      Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities

How to apply

Both female and male applicants are encouraged to apply for this position. Applicants should send a resume and cover letter outlining how they will meet the specific requirements of the position to latest by 22nd July 2022. The Agronomist is expected to be available latest by 1st Sept 2022.

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis hence early applicants will improve their chances for an interview.

Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung Africa

P.O. Box 502, Farm No. 61/7/2 (E.P. Lot No. 429)

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