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Head Agronomist – Malawi at aQysta

  • Full Time
  • Malawi
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aQysta

Agriculture, Agronomy, Agroforestry

BASIC JOB INFORMATION

  • Job CategoryAgronomy, Agriculture, Farming

  • Job Level: Full time

  • No. of Vacancies: 1

  • Job Location: Lilongwe, Malawi (with frequent traveling within Malawi)

  • Offered Salary: Competitive

TEAM AND ROLE OVERVIEW

  • The Head Agronomist is being recruited, in a full-time position, to be a part of aQysta Malawi’s team.

  • The Head Agronomist will be responsible for strengthening the knowledge of smallholder farmers in Malawi on growing for high-value crops to increase income. The work will be a significant contribution to the training/knowledge component of the GROWN farm incubator development.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Extent aQysta’s crop types evaluation on economic and practical suitability/limitations in the local conditions with field work research.
  • Collect field data on e.g. local soil composition to determine nutrient and fertilizer needs
  • Provide advise to end user farmers on agricultural practices to optimize quality, yield and income. The advise will be on irrigation (with hydro/solar powered pumps), fertilizer application, growing periods, seed types, planting preparations, weeding & pest control and prevent diseases, for high value crops, based on local soil conditions.
  • Consult farmers and team about environmental sustainable practices
  • Monitor plants growth and health
  • Recommend solution to farmers when problems occur.
  • Develop/update training manuals for selected high value crops that can be used for the training of farmers.
  • Assist to implement the farmer training
  • Provide feedback about the training to aQysta
  • Provide support in potential scaling of the model in Malawi, but also make it adaptable to other aQysta focus countries, with possible traveling to those other countries.
  • Develop agriculture intervention programs of the company
  • Develop knowledge on scientific farming (crop calendars, farming manuals) for selected crops to increase yield and profitability in focus countries of aQysta
  • Collect and analyze data related to agriculture intervention programs of aQysta
  • Building partnerships with agriculture related knowledge and development organizations
  • Build agriculture value chain partnerships

BACKGROUND AND SKILLS

  • Intrinsically driven (motivated)
  • BA/Master agri-business, agriculture, agronomy or related field
  • Experienced in providing agricultural advise and developing related documentation materials
  • Knowledge and experience of agri-business practices with smallholder farmers is preferred
  • Passionate about renewable energy technologies, water and agriculture sector
  • Ability to work independently (set and meet own targets)
  • Good English language skills: written and verbally.
  • Willing to travel to rural areas within Malawi.
  • Willingness to travel internationally, to surrounding countries and other focus countries if needed (Nepal and India)
  • Organized and punctual (meet deadlines).
  • Team-player
  • In possession of a valid drivers license 

JOB PROFILE

  • Are you entrepreneurial, proactive, unafraid to sharing new ideas to diverse group of stakeholders?
  • Do you have a good network of farmer groups and knowledge on crop pocket areas of Malawi?
  • Do you want to bring in innovation in agricultural value chain so as to make farming profitable for Malawian smallholder farmers?

If the answers to above questions are yes, then this could be the perfect position for you where you can apply your professional passion to lead in the job role of Head Agronomist. As such, the Head Agronomist will be at the heart of aQysta’s mission of empowering small holder farmers.

WHAT WE OFFER & EXPECT

At aQysta, you will join a diverse international team of driven, ambitious, young professionals who proudly own the company’s purpose – ‘to enable smallholder farmers to sustain themselves and their families with just farming.’

aQysta provides an open-minded and safe working environment that encourages innovative thinking, ownership, and taking on responsibilities as well as providing ample room and tools for you to unleash your creativity and skills to excel in the work you do.

As a company, aQysta adopts the global best practices and believes in taking an active role in its employee’s growth, by providing them with challenges, freedom and support required such that they hone their skills, develop confidence and shine as stellar professionals.

Method Of Application

Applications are accepted only via email.

To apply, please send your updated resume and cover letter to the email address careers@aqysta.com