KickStart International prides itself in being an award-winning, global nonprofit social enterprise that develops and mass- markets low-cost irrigation solutions that are bought by thousands of small-holder farmers in developing countries and used to increase their income by up to a factor of ten, enabling them to lift themselves sustainably out of poverty.
FUNCTION: Programs and Partnerships
LOCATION: Zambia or Zimbabwe
The Regional Agropreneurship Trainer for Southern Africa hub will help strengthen KickStart’s partnerships with NGOs, governments and private sector partners who are organizing and working with small-holder farmers in the region of their operation through capacity development.
Reports to: Regional Head Southern Africa
Staff directly reporting to this post: N/A
Works with: Country Manager Zambia, Senior Training Coordinator in Nairobi, Regional Sales and Partnership Staff in Zambia, Malawi, DR Congo, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and any other SADC countries.
Training of Small-Holder Farmers, on:
  • The set-up, operation, use and maintenance of KickStart’s MoneyMaker pumps and accessory irrigation products.
  • Optimum use of different types of irrigation technologies including; watering cans, hand-held sprayers/hosepipe irrigation, basin and furrow irrigation, sprinklers, low pressure drip-irrigation, etc.
  • Every stage of planting, cultivating, soil fertility needs, pest and disease management, harvesting, processing, nutritional value and selling high value irrigated crops—especially fruits, vegetables, green maize, cocoa, etc.
  • Deciding what crops to plant and irrigate to meet the local market demand, the best timing for planting/harvesting these crops and the amount and type of irrigation required  soil fertility, pests and diseases to watch for at various stages
  • The selection and storage of planting materials;
  • Preparation/establishment of seed beds and planting, spacing,  irrigating, cultivating and transplanting of seedlings;
  • Land preparation, planting, cultivation,  weeding, harvesting of the final crops and processing
  • Preparation and use of compost and the selection and efficient use of inorganic fertilizers
  • Intercropping, crop rotation and sequenced planting
  • Detection and control of plant diseases and pests using both  Integrated Pest Management and relevant chemical pesticides;
  • The optimum use of different types of irrigation technologies including; watering cans, hand-held sprayers/hosepipe irrigation, basin and furrow irrigation, sprinklers, low pressure drip-irrigation, etc.
  • Post-harvest handling, storage and transport of high value horticultural crops
  • Efficient and effective marketing methods especially bulk marketing of crops.
  • Develop and Implement Training Offerings for NGOs/Partners
  • Help KickStart’s Southern Africa countries sales teams to develop and build partnerships with NGOs, governments and private sector partners who are organizing and working with small-holder farmers in Kenya.
  • Understand the mission and goals of the partner organizations and identify their relevant training needs.
  • Develop training plans and schedules, and develop realistic budgets for the provision of the required training programs.
  • Participate in developing relevant training materials capturing key features and benefits/impacts of using our MoneyMaker pumps for farmers and for partners – including presentations, Flip Charts, posters and handouts.
  • Conduct live demonstrations of KickStart’s irrigation products to trainers and/or lead farmers
  • Implement the required training courses for the farmers working with the partner organizations.
  • Participate in developing a conducive system to evaluate the training and its impacts.
  • Training groups of farmers assisted by KickStart’s partners including groups of women and/or youth
  • Identify the relevant training needs of the farmers  through farm visits, interviews and focus groups
  • Participate in preparing the required training collateral including Power Point slides, printed Flip Books & take away materials for the farmers for the different trainings
  • Administer all aspects of the training Modules as developed by KickStart
  • Administer a developed evaluation process to measure the impacts of the trainings.
Report Writing
  • Write reports to be shared with KS management, the partners and/or donors on the process and impacts of the training
  • Collect and write-up case studies from training participants and especially on follow-up training to establish the impacts of the irrigation pumps and the training.
  • A degree holder in Agriculture/Horticulture/Agronomy
  • Four (4) years relevant hands-on experience working with and training small-holder farmers and developing and administrating farmer and/or training-of-trainers training courses
  • Excellent knowledge of all aspects of agronomy related to the cultivation (from land preparation, planting material  selection to post harvest care and sale) of high value irrigated horticultural crops, including the use of organic and inorganic fertilizers and pest control, crop rotation, intercropping, etc
  • Good understanding of the Agricultural sector and working with small scale farmers
  • Excellent training skills including, needs assessment, course development, scheduling,  collateral development,  implementation of training and the training impacts
  • People management experience in working with partners and managing a small team
  • Results/Performance Orientation – proven “self-starter” who is flexible and adaptable with an entrepreneurship spirit.
  • Excellent personal communication & negotiation skills
  • Good report writing and communication skills
  • Strong analytical abilities and detail oriented
  • Ability to speak fluent English and Portuguese for the Southern Africa Hub
  • Ability and desire to work both across the Southern Africa. The job will require a lot of travel within hub. (~70% travel time)
If you feel you are the right candidate to fill this position, please send your CV and Cover letter to quoting the position title on the subject line by COB Friday 16th September 2016.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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