Mechanization Field Officer NGO Vacancy United Nations Zimbabwe

  • Permanent
  • Anywhere

Duties and Responsibilities:

  •  Establish mechanization and irrigation service providers in the Activity areas in partnership with private sector and financial partners and other Feed the Future (FTF) activities.
  •  Provide technical support to mechanization and irrigation service providers and collect and process their mechanization business/income, expenditure, and repair and maintenance data.
  •  Establish and monitor on-farm mechanization and irrigation trials/demonstrations as per protocols and collect and organize machinery, soil, and agronomic data as per instructions provided.
  •  Organize awareness meetings, field days, fairs, and other promotional activities in partnership with project partners.
  •  Assess new and existing farm machinery and other technologies, collect user feedback, prepare reports; and improve machinery in partnership with local manufacturers.
  •  Support local manufacturers (manufacturing machinery or spares) and local machinery and spare part dealers at the project district.
  •  Demonstrate, repair, and maintain farm machinery, irrigation equipment, and engines.
  •  Develop training curricula and train farmers, mechanization service providers, manufacturers, dealers, NGO staff and other partners on operation, repair, trouble shooting, maintenance, and fabrication of farm machinery and irrigation equipment.
  •  Provide technical support to the SPs, record their machinery problems, and develop solutions in partnership with local manufacturers and machinery suppliers.
  •  Develop and regularly update database of machinery suppliers, manufacturers, part dealers at project districts.
  •  Support preparation of technical bulletins, leaflets, and other promotional materials.
  •  Liaise with other USAID FTF and related activities in the locality and identify and implement activities of mutual benefits.
  •  Assist Activity team in implementing their research and field activities.

Required academic qualifications, skills, and attitudes:

  •  MS in Farm Machinery/Mechanization or related field or BSc Agricultural Engineering with minimum three years of relevant experience.
  •  Have experience in establishment and monitoring of research experiments involving seeders and other smallholder machinery.
  •  Clean Class 3 & 4 driver’s license is a must. Defensive Driving Certificate will be an added advantage.
  •  The selected candidates must exhibit the following competencies: Critical Thinking, Teamwork, Client Orientation and Communication.

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