Farmcrowdy Job Vacancy for a Maize and Cassava Specialist

Farmcrowdy is an agric-tech platform that gives Nigerians the opportunity to participate in Agriculture by connecting farm sponsors with real farmers for the purpose of producing high-quality farm produce. Our mandate is to empower rural farmers, contribute to food security in Nigeria and provide a healthy means of engaging people with Agriculture from a profit driven perspective.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Maize and Cassava Specialist
Location:
Lagos but willing to travel very often across our farms in 4 regions of Nigeria
Contract duration: Minimum 2 years.
Reports to: VP, Operations & CEO
The Role

  • The Maize & Cassava Specialist is responsible for the Maize & Cassava Farm Operations.
  • The Maize & Cassava Specialist will play a key role in planning, organizing and implementing the production and commercialization plans for all Farmcrowdy’s Maize & Cassava Project Farms.
  • The role requires a reliable, trustworthy, conscientious, self-motivated professional who is always prepared to be a “hands on” practical farm manager when required.
  • He/She will be managing a combined team of Farm Managers, Farm Extension Workers and also the Farmers.

Duties
Farm Management:

  • To co-ordinate management of all Maize and Cassava farm operations within the region.
  • Perform long and short term project management to optimize farm profit and minimize loss
  • Coordinate financial and physical performance of the farms
  • Manage all day-to-day operations in for maize farming
  • Manage seed acreage contract allocations to farmers
  • Land management of cropping systems, nutrients, pests, tillage and other resources
  • To increase yield by variety selection and soil improvement practices
  • Active involvement in Selection of Farm lands, Soil tests etc
  • Co-ordinate an integrated pest management system
  • Develop a cost effective and environmentally sound method of enhancing yields
  • Successful implementation of short and long term business plans in cooperation with the management team and ground staff
  • Manage the initial set-up of the farm from bush clearing, irrigation installations and building up your team
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People Management:

  • To create a stable workforce by providing leadership for effective management of the staff and operations of the region.
  • To provide coaching and training on developing production management programmes which will enhance profitability
  • Risk Assessment and Management
  • Set-up agreed KPIs for the region and ensure targets are achieved
  • Financial Reports on all Farming activities
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Compile and Control Yearly Budgets for the region
  • Maintain regular communication with the Farm Managers and the Farm Extension workers
  • Liaise and interact with Farmers’ co-operatives/ Farming communities located within the region
  • Maintain the Farm Projects’ evaluation program, measuring for effectiveness and productivity of operation areas. Prepare reports as assigned.
  • Facilitate Training programs; Develop and Deliver appropriate training to both Farm Managers and Farm Extension Workers; Coordinate training needs assessment

Core Competencies
Ideal candidates for this role will have:

  • Master’s degree with specialization in Plant Breeding, Agronomy or related fields with at least 5 years experience
  • At least 10 years of hands-on experience in agricultural processes and farms operations with focus on Maize Production Management and Commercialization.
  • Effective leader and team-player receptive to feedback and willing to learn new things and share knowledge and skills; embracing continuous improvement
  • Excellent organizational and negotiating skills
  • Language proficiency (English & other Indigenous Languages)
  • Willingness to Travel
  • Must demonstrate ownership of an Agric Support Network
  • Must belong to a Professional Body (Group) that is related/affiliated to Agriculture
  • Must have access to Federal (State) Ministries and or Parastatals which are responsible for Agriculture (Products, Equipment and otherwise)
  • Must be able to provide evidence on a previous Maize farm project/research work in agriculture with reference from the farm management about a successful out-come
  • Must have knowledge of Irrigation Farming
  • Must have working knowledge of other grain crops and or livestock peculiar to given regions
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to make sound decisions and solve problems
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Remuneration Package
Very attractive (offer)

Note: Farmcrowdy is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in the workforce.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their cover letters and CV’s to: jobs@farmcrowdy.com with the title of the mail as Application for Maize and Cassava Specialist (MCS-01).

Application Deadline: 15th March, 2017.

 

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