Agribusiness Consultant & Trainer Contractual Job in Nyandarua, Kenya

Internal / External Vacancy

Corporate Smarts & Insights Africa Ltd (CSIAL) was established in 2004. CSIAL was founded to provide specialist recruitment, training & development services to both individuals and businesses operating in in both Agribusiness & Non-Agribusiness industries in Africa to solve personal and organizational challenges.

CSIAL is currently seeking a motivated, dynamic and experienced short-term Agribusiness Trainers services:

Agribusiness Consultant & Trainer  
Location:    Nyandarua 
Duration of Contract: 3 Months 
Starting Date: Immediately 
Age Limit: 40 Years 
Salary Scale Level: Technician

Supervised By: Project Manager   
Supervises: None
To support Ministry of Agriculture- Smallholder Horticulture Marketing Programme (SHoMaP), and its development partners (IFAD) in the implementation of the National Service Providers For Capacity Building Of Domestic Horticulture Value Chains Players On Entrepreneurship And Business Development Skills in Nyandarua County through providing training, mentoring and Capacity Building Of Domestic Horticulture Value Chains Players.

Objective 1: Training Preparation

  • Work with the Program Manager to develop a capacity building plan based on training needs assessments. (The needs assessment is led by the Program Manager)
  • Develop training materials for selected training modules.
  • Develop training evaluation feedback form, attendance sheets, and other formats.
  • Notifying CSIAL and PMUs about training sessions, including facilitating the selection of appropriate trainees for each training module.
Objective 2: Conduct training for ABCs and FBOs

  • Conduct training to DHVCP members in identified curriculum areas including:
  • leadership and entrepreneurship (FBO & ABC)
  • organizational management and group dynamics (role of board members, equity and inclusiveness) (FBO & ABC)
  • record keeping (FBO & ABC);     financial management (basic level for FBO & ABC, and advanced level for ABC)
  • business planning and crop production planning
  • operational management and logistics: sourcing of raw material, transport and distribution system, quality control, etc.
  • marketing and price setting
  • contracts and contract negotiation
  • staff recruitment and management
  • legal issues and preparation for registration as limited liability company (for selected ABCs)
  • Maintain training records, such as training attendance sheets, training evaluation forms, training materials, records for payment of allowances, etc.
  • Prepare regular training reports using an agreed format.
Objective 3: Coaching and mentoring the Domestic Horticulture Value Chains Players 
  • Develop tools and formats for coaching, mentoring and monitoring the DHVCP’s.
  • Visit DHVCP on a monthly basis, and conduct coaching and mentoring sessions as agreed. 
  • Monitor how the training has been applied in the operations of DHVCP s, assess achievements, and make recommendations for further training and coaching / mentoring, as appropriate.
  • Maintain coaching records, such as attendance sheets, minutes, report and other related documents on CSIAL and PMU’S management.
Objective 4: Training management
  • Workplanning: Ensure that individual work plans are updated as required, and shared with team members.
  • Reporting: Prepare monthly reports as required.
  • Logistics: Ensure that the arrangements are made for training sessions, including procurement of training materials, allowances, vehicles, etc.
  • Monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL): Support monitoring, evaluation and learning within the project.
  • Partnership and stakeholders: Work collaboratively with CSIAL and PMU’s as required.
  • Other activities as agreed with the CSIAL- PMU’s.
Qualifications required
  • A degree in Agricultural Economics or Agriculture & National Diploma in Agribusiness Management will be an added advantage.
Required skills:
  • Experience in conducting agribusiness training and coaching.
  • Excellent skills in training and coaching people with low levels of literacy and numeracy.
  • Expertise in agribusiness, market facilitation, entrepreneurship, organizational managements, ABC financial management, records keeping, business planning, crop production planning, agricultural marketing and price setting, contract and negotiation, company registration.
  • Experience in working with donor funded programmes or working on the Smallholder Horticulture Marketing Programme (SHMP) is highly desirable.
  • Fluency in English, Kiswahili and local languages (an added advantage)
  • Strong communication and computer skills
Note: Strictly, applications sent by E-mail that meets the above stated Qualifications & Experience will be responded to 
Applicants should submit their application letters with three referees, CV and copies of professional certificates to:

Project Manager- (Smallholder Horticulture Marketing Programme)
Corporate Smarts & Insights Africa Limited
Suite 110/111, Chege Plaza, Government/Tom Mboya Road
P.O. Box 17512, 20100 General Post Officer
Nakuru, Kenya

Deadline for applications: 14th June, 2013. 
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by Corporate Smarts & Insights Africa Ltd for a written test and interview and please mark your expected salary at the top right hand of your application letter/envelope.