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Hiring PhilCAFE project coordinator, Philippines

Dec. 2, 2019

Position Description for World Coffee Research Country Agronomist & PhilCAFE project coordinator, Philippines

WCR will hire a Country Agronomist in the Philippines to implement and coordinate World Coffee Research’s activities in the Philippines, with an emphasis on implementing the Global Coffee Monitoring Program. He or she will report to the Regional Coordinator and to the Global Coffee Monitoring Program Director and will establish partnerships to install and maintain field trials in coffee farms to advance knowledge of coffee variety performance and farming practices to improve farm profitability. He or she will work closely with WCR program management staff to implement and coordinate WCR’s coffee seed sector and nursery development activities, variety trials, and other research and development activities under the PhilCafe project.    

The Country Agronomist position is a service deliverables-based position. The Agronomist will operate remotely and independently, and a workspace will be established at a PhilCAFE project office.

Roles and Responsibilities

Program management

  • Coordinates and oversees all activities and data collection for trials in the Philippines, ensuring that activities are carried out according to schedule and WCR’s protocols.
  • Develops and manages annual work plans of activities, budgets and timelines.
  • Learns and applies WCR’s protocols and standardized procedures for coffee nursery development, on-farm trials and multi-location trials.
  • Determines the coffee varieties and agricultural practices for each trial in coordination with WCR staff and strategic partners.

PhilCAFE project coordination

  • Coordinates with ACDI VOCA to ensure that WCR activities are being carried out according to schedule and within budget.
  • Works closely with other WCR staff and or consultants to coordinate project visits or ensure that deliverables and other project activities are completed
  • Works with the Global Programs Director and the Administrative staff to comply with the project reporting requirements
  • Representation of WCR in project meetings and activities

Partnership building & outreach

  • Establishes partnerships to install and maintain field trials in coffee farms to advance knowledge of coffee variety performance and farming practices to improve farm profitability.
  • Establishes and maintains good working relationships with industry organizations, coffee farmers, partner agronomists, and government agencies. Facilitate visits by specialists to conduct project-related assessments or trainings.
  • Collaborates closely with WCR colleagues in other countries.
  • Organizes and leads trainings and workshops on farm trial installation, maintenance and data collection, and farmer field days to increase learning from the trials.

Reporting & data management

  • Tracks progress of activities and prepare monthly, quarterly and annual reports as required.
  • Calculates the # of plants needed for trials, oversees growth in nurseries, delivery and planting at the appropriate time and according to planned schedule
  • Reviews field data to ensure it is accurate and reliable. Corrects data problems and enters field data into spreadsheets. Follows preset schedule. 

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in the coffee agronomy sector.
  • University degree in agriculture, related field, or equivalent.
  • Experience in agricultural research or other research.
  • Experience in project management.
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining professional partnerships.
  • Ability to work in English and Tagalog is necessary, some Cebuano is highly appreciated.
  • Must be self-motivated, able to take initiative, organized, and able to operate well individually and on a team.
  • Must be able to work and communicate effectively with different groups of people, such as rural farmers, business representatives, government workers and scientists.
  • Excellent computer skills, especially in Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Skype.
  • Interest in the vision and work of WCR.

Other considerations and instructions:

The place of work will most likely be in Mindanao, Davao or Bukidnon, and will be determined together with WCR. There will be regular travel within the Philippines to visit partners and trial sites. 

The start date is the middle of January 2020. The duration of the contract is one year. Renewal of the contract will be dependent on satisfactory progress of activities and completion of the deliverables.

To apply, send the following to Maud Nicolas at maud@worldcoffeeresearch.org by December 17th, 2019 (1) a letter of interest (in English) and (2) CV or resume (in English)

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