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The African conservation Tillage Network (ACT) has built a high performance professional team which works with the network stakeholders towards attainment organizational objectives. Opportunities to be part of this team are open to all in line with ACT policies.

Qualification & Criteria

  • ACT is particularly interested in candidates with expertise, experience or interest in conservation agriculture.
  • Applicants should either be recent graduates or students in a recognized university or graduate school programme and have completed at the very least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant to the work of ACT
  • All volunteers and interns would need to demonstrate that they are fluent in written and spoken English, French, and or local national languages and be computer literate.
    Interns would preferably bring their own laptops.

We've posted a selection of vacancies under each category. For details on engagement opportunities please visit the links below:

Volunteering is a great way to participate in skills and knowledge exchange and be a part of ACT Network activities and development. We rely on the valuable support of volunteers with a range of professional skills and experience. Placements are from 3 months up to one year for qualified professionals with at least two years' post qualification experience.

Current Positions

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ACT provides students from all parts of the world with the opportunity to be part of its operations at the headquarters and sub-regional offices as interns. The internship programs are geared to enable students get practical experience which complements their field of study and creates a better understanding of global issues and cultural diversity. Placements are for 1-3 months for students currently enrolled at a higher learning institution/university or graduates of not more than 12months.

Current Positions

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Agribusiness Development Officer

Location: Nairobi

Type: Full time

Posted on 27 Feb-2014

Number of positions



14 Mar-2014

Job Category

Nationally Recruited Staff




Agribusiness Development Officer



Roles and responsibilities

ssess small-scale mechanization opportunities with special emphasis on service demand and supply at both country- and site-specific levels, including market and demand assessment and their implications for agribusiness development.
• Appraise and analyse the financial viability of the conservation-based mechanization technologies for small holder farmers.
• Identify national and local stakeholders (farmers, importers, manufacturers, mechanization and business service providers, financial institutions etc.) involved or interested in supporting the provision of mechanization services amongst smallholder farmers.
• Support the RADS to develop new (or upgraded) commercially viable business models and associated development strategies to deliver small-mechanization options to smallholders.
• Facilitate linkages and contracts between business model stakeholders including importers, distributors, operators, local promoters and farmers.
• Support the RADS in developing appropriate financial products targeting rural service providers and smallholder farmers in consultation with collaborating financial institutions.
• Assist the RADS to train farmers, importers, local manufacturers, equipment hirers, local promoters and associated businesses in business management, financial management and marketing.
• Contribute to the development of promotional materials and marketing strategies by the private sector to support small scale mechanization.
• Assess and enhance the performance of the business models and develop upgrading strategies
• Diagnose national institutional constraints in the delivery of small-scale mechanization to smallholders and formulate policy options.
• Any other responsibilities assigned by the supervisor.

Skill set

• MBA/MSc in Agribusiness, Agricultural Development, or a related field, from a recognized University
• Minimum of 5 - 7 years’ experience in agribusiness development or a related area
• Experience in the provision of business services
• Experience with public-private partnerships
• Experience with agri-business development and market and financial analysis
• Familiarity with agricultural development and technology delivery issues in Kenya
• Experience with conservation agriculture, agricultural mechanization and business services will have clear advantage
• Good written and verbal communication skills in English
• The job holder needs to be a dynamic, innovative, self-motivated, and service-orientated professional
• Ability to work with different nationalities, as a member of a diverse work team
• Ability to analyze complex data, carry out and explain computations or to resolve complex problems
• Experience with conservation agriculture, farm level economic analysis, agricultural mechanization and business services is of advantage

Work experience

5 - 7 years


Agribusiness Development Officer.pdf

Duty station

Nairobi, Kenya

Job Summary

The Agribusiness Development Officer has the responsibility of assessing small-scale mechanization opportunities with special emphasis on service demand and supply; support the Regional Agribusiness Development Specialist (RADS) to develop new commercially viable business models and help to assess enhance the performance among others.

For specific projects and contracts ACT Network works with associate consultants. We believe that our consultants are central to our continued success. The reputation of ACT is maintained and strengthened by the experts that work with us on a regular basis. We want to invest in long-term relationships based on mutual trust and commitment.

Current Positions

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Duty Station: DAR ES SALAAM

The African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT) is a Pan-African not for profit organization
built on and driven by the values and principles required to harness indigenous African
energies, inspiration and commitment to lead and contribute to Africa’s own development.
The thrust of ACT is to add value through strategic partnership in the identification,
adaptation and scaling up of conservation agriculture principles and practices.
Job Profile:
The Accounts Assistant role is to provide accounting support and assist in ensuring
compliance to financial and operational policies and procedures of the organization. The
accounts assistant shall contribute to effective management of financial and accounting
systems, timely reporting and compliance to international financial reporting standards
and best practices.
The incumbent will:
• Provide accounting support to project staff while assuring compliance with
internal control, donor regulations and budget restrictions.
• Register all financial transactions in the accounting system and maintain accounting
records according to agreed standards.
• Liaise with procurement in ensuring all documentation is in compliance with budgets
and procurement policies and procedures.
• Posting of creditors invoices after confirmation of proper supporting documentation.
• Assist in the daily financial accounting procedures of projects including recording all
cash, cheque and bank transfer transactions, maintain cash and bank ledgers, monitor
cash advances and field expense reports and reconcile cash-on-hand.
• Update and maintenance of the Fixed Assets Register.
• Invoicing as per agreement and contracts with donors and implementing partners.
• Process and make payments as provided in the approved budget and ensure that
proper authorization is obtained for all disbursements and proper financial
documentation is used.
• Ensure timely processing and remittance of statutory payments
• Undertake some of the monthly closing procedures including bank reconciliations,
creditors’ reconciliations, staff accounts, Petty cash audit and submitting of monthly
returns to head-office.
• Maintain efficient, accurate, timely, proper and transparent financial filing system of all
documents relating to finance. Ensure complete documentation and audit trail for each
transaction is maintained.
• Undertake any other related duties as may be required by the sub-regional coordinator
and head of department.
• Degree with a bias in accounting/finance or equivalent and professional
qualifications (CPA/ACCA).
• Have at least 3 years experience in a busy accounting environment preferably
• Be proficient in computerized accounting systems and strong spreadsheet
skills. Knowledge in QuickBooks will be an added advantage.
• Must be a self starter who requires minimum supervision and ready to work
under pressure.
• Integrity, commitment to service and respect for diversity;
• Good interpersonal skills and ability to work productively in a multicultural team
• Must be a National
Tenure of Appointment:
• The initial appointment will be for 12 months including a 3 months probation period.
• Contract extension will be subject to performance and availability of funding.
How to apply:
Submit your application including your CV/resumé stating your salary expectation via email
not later than 18th March 2014 to: hr@act-africa.org ACT is an equal opportunity

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Plant Production and Protection Officer

Issued on: 10 November 2014
Deadline For Application: 8 December 2014

Job Description

Organizational Setting

The Regional Office for Africa (RAF) is responsible for leading FAO’s response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO’s priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the Region and, in collaboration with departments and divisions at Headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO’s strategic response to regional priorities. RAF also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization’s Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies. RAF develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs).

The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.

The post is located in the Technical Officers Group RAFT, within the West Africa Team, with duty station in Accra, Ghana.

Reporting Lines

The Plant Production and Protection Officer reports to the Senior Forestry Officer, RAFT, Team Leader of the West Africa Team.

Technical Focus

Develop integrated crop development programs that respond to Africa regional priorities and promote the principles of “Save and Grow” for achieving Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) within the CAADP framework with emphasis on increasing resources use efficiency for increased ecosystem stability in national and sub-regional programs in the West Africa sub-region.

Key Results

Comprehensive technical, statistical, analytical and/or policy analysis services and the development of specialized tools, methodologies, systems and/or databases to support the planning, implementation/delivery and monitoring of the programme of work and related products, projects, publications, and services

Key Functions

  • Plans and leads components of multi-disciplinary teams, leads and/or participates in internal committees, project teams, and working groups and/or provides specialized expertise on technical networks and/or international technical policy and/or international technical policy and standard setting bodies;
  • Develops technical, analytical, monitoring and reporting frameworks, and related methodologies, tools, systems and databases etc. to support the planning, implementation/delivery and monitoring of programmes of work, projects, products and/or services;
  • Designs and conducts research, data collection, validation, analysis and/or reporting activities to support the development of technical standards, international instruments, innovative approaches and strategies, new tools, technologies, technical reports/publications, and/or policy proposals as well as the provision of technical/policy/ specialist/advice and expertise;
  • Responds to country requests for technical and policy assistance, provides technical advice, assistance and solutions to Decentralized Offices and provides technical backstopping to field projects;
  • Collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures the quality / effectiveness of capacity development and knowledge sharing activities within member countries such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning materials, on-line tools;
  • Promotes international cooperation/advocates best practices, increased policy dialogue and provides technical expertise at international/intergovernmental meetings;
  • Participates in resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy.

Specific Functions

  • Identifies, formulates, implements, monitors and evaluates projects and programmes in West Africa related to crop production and protection;
  • Participates in the development and implementation of relevant policies in West Africa at country and sub-regional levels;
  • Collaboratesin the establishment, implementation and follow-up of collaborative partnerships with other agencies and relevant institutions in West Africa with responsibilities in the area of Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (i.e. Conservation Agriculture (CA); Climate Smart Agriculture, (CSA), Seed Systems, Pesticide Risk Reduction and Farmer-Led Extension Approaches), like ECOWAS and other RECs, CGIAR centers relevant to Crop programmes in Africa with particular focus on IITA;
  • Contributes to the development of strong seed systems in Africa working actively with the Headquarter seeds unit and the Africa Seeds network with particular attention to the needs in West Africa;
  • Organizesand deliverscapacity building activities in the areas of plant production and protection;
  • Provides technical support to the statutory bodies and international agreements of relevance to plant production and protection in West Africa.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced University degree in Agriculture, Agronomy, Crop Production and Protection, Plant Sciences or related field
  • Seven years of relevant experience in crop production, crop protection or pesticide management in the field, preferably including experience on main crops in West Africa
  • Working knowledge of English and French


  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable and field experience at both national and regional levels in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly West Africa would be an asset.
  • Extent and relevance of international experience and expertise in plant production and protection, particularly in West Africa.
  • Extent of experience in providing policy advice at local, national, and sub-regional levels.
  • Extent and relevance of experience in project/programme formulation, implementation and monitoring in plant production and protection, particularly in West Africa.
  • Ability to lead collaborative work within organizations and in partnership with external actors, and supervise work of others.
  • Ability to organize and conduct technical meetings, conferences and workshops.
  • Ability to mobilize resources.
  • Excellent communication skills in English and French are considered a strong asset.

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