Agronomic Consultant (Colombia)

Implementation · Bogota, Bogota
Department Implementation
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Precision Development (PxD) is a global non-profit organization that harnesses technology, data science and behavioral economics to empower people living in poverty to improve their lives. By providing actionable information to the right people, in the right way and at the right time, PxD empowers poor people living in developing countries to improve their livelihoods, mitigate risks, and advance environmental sustainability. PxD, through its primary project, Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD), delivers customized agricultural advice to smallholder farmers via their mobile phones. PAD implements this pioneering model of agricultural extension in collaboration with partner organizations to maximize scale, and continuously experiments, iterates, and gathers evidence on impact to improve service delivery and demonstrate value. PAD currently works in nine countries in Africa and Asia, is launching operations in Latin America, and is rapidly expanding as governments and organizations look for innovative ways to utilize new technologies to deliver actionable information to people who need it. As of the end of the third quarter of 2020, PAD was serving 3.6 million farmers through a range of services providing tailored information on crop optimization, pest management, input utilization and environmental stewardship. PxD is piloting the use of mobile technology to deliver information in sectors beyond agriculture, including the use of SMS to facilitate math education in Kenya.


We are looking for a driven, creative and independent person to join a high-performing, flexible team as an Agronomic Consultant to support PAD’s new operations in Colombia. You will work in a non-hierarchical team and have opportunities to work closely with PAD staff and substantially contribute to PAD’s programs that test new ideas, measure their impacts, and scale them up.


Responsibilities:

 

The Agronomic Consultant will be responsible to provide ongoing agronomic expertise and support to PAD’s operations in Colombia. The  Agronomic Consultant will report to the Colombia Country Launch Manager and will work with the relevant Program Leads and project team members. The base location of this position is in Bogota and will temporarily be a work-from-home position due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. When it is safe to do so, this position will be based out of the project’s office and will require frequent travel to field locations in Colombia. PAD is a start-up organization and will require flexibility from all staff with regards to roles and responsibilities.

 

The Agronomic Consultant  will be responsible for the following tasks: 


  • Work closely with PAD team members and our partner organizations to execute project implementation;
  • Provide overall agronomy expertise and information to the team in Colombia;
  • Gather and compile scientific evidence on key agriculture topics to better inform the design of mobile phone-based agricultural advisory services in Colombia;
  • Collect and maintain an extensive database of all major crops in Colombia, and map out season-wise and territory-wise crop prospects;
  • Support current projects that PAD undertakes in content development, simplification, and customization with regard to  major agronomic practices, pest and disease management, post-harvest management, etc;
  • Develop, refine and revise agronomic content of mobile phone-based agricultural advisory services implemented by PAD and/or other partners;
  • In collaboration with partner organizations and PAD staff, the Agronomist will be responsible for exploring new engagement areas and new project opportunities;
  • Support and supervise other (junior) agronomist staff within the team;
  • Provide support in managing relationships with key partners across multiple projects and provide technical backstopping to partner organizations;
  • Contribute to project M&E activities, including designing of monitoring tools, regular fieldwork to collect monitoring data, and preparation of monitoring reports.


Qualifications


 Required Qualifications and Experience

 

  • Masters degree in agronomy, agricultural sciences, crop production or agroecology;
  • At least 5 years’ experience implementing agriculture, livelihood or value chain development projects  in the developing world;
  • At least 2 years’ experience working directly with smallholder production systems in Latin America;
  • Practical experience drafting agricultural curricula and implementing trainings;
  • Experience carrying out focus group discussions and gathering qualitative data from farmers;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and Spanish;
  • Strong organizational and planning skills;
  • Experience in writing reports and communicating scientific topics to laypeople;
  • Willingness and ability to work under tight timelines, and flexibility to engage in multiple projects;
  • Willingness to travel to field sites in Colombia and internationally;
  • Ability to work independently and with minimum supervision;
  • Experience and ability to work in multicultural settings;
  • Ability to engage effectively with diverse stakeholders.


Position details 

 

  • Full time
  • Start date: As soon as possible
  • Location: Bogota, Colombia (temporarily work-from-home due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, until it is safe to work from PAD’s office)
  • Compensation: Commensurate with experience
  • Work authorization: This position is contingent upon the candidate being able to get work authorization in Colombia


To apply, please visit the PxD website and use the online application form. The job position  will be reviewed on a rolling basis and open until the position is filled.

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  • Location
    Bogota, Bogota
  • Department
    Implementation
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced