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Hiring Regional Agronomist

Dec. 16, 2019

The deadline is December 31, 2019.

The regional agronomist will provide technical supervision and agronomic guidance to the WCR portfolio of all coffee research trials and to the coffee seed sector and nursery development activities. The Regional Agronomist will carry out agreed deliverables under the direction of the WCR Latin America Director; and he or she will coordinate for the execution of their activities with WCR programs and projects leaders and with the technicians of the Coffee Institutes in the PROMECAFE region.

The Regional Agronomist position is a position based on service deliverables; those deliverables will be established in the annual work plans approved by WCR Latin America Director.

Accountabilities

Coordination of the agronomical activities for the program "Maximizing opportunities in coffee and cocoa in the Americas (MOCCA)"

Develops and manages annual work plans of activities, budgets and timelines.

Supports the WCR Latin America Director in the execution with TechnoServe the scientific and technical activities included in MOCCA.

Tracks progress of activities and prepares reports as required by WCR Latin America Director.

Management of the regional WCR agronomic trials

Supports the agronomic planification’s activities of WCR’s research programs and projects in the Latin America Region.

Works with the WCR agronomic staff and strategic partners to determine the coffee varieties and advice the best agricultural practices of the trials from projects and programs in Latin America, considering resilience to the climate change, production and quality.

Reviews agronomic field data of the trials to ensure they are accurate and reliable.

Revises data collection problems in the field by making sure WCR agronomic staff do it right.

Tracks progress of activities and prepare monthly, quarterly and annual reports as required by WCR Latin America Director.

Co-Management and collaboration of the regional technical network.

Develops proposals for webinars on results of WCR global trials, scientific results or about good agronomic practices and harvest, among others.

Establishes and maintain good working relationships with industry organizations, coffee farmers, partner agronomists, government and private coffee agencies inside the PROMECAFE region.

Implements activities according to WCR’s standardized procedures.

Management of agronomic practices on the WCR research farm.

Oversees and reviews agronomic aspects in the research plots at ECR “Flor Amarilla” farm in Santa Ana, El Salvador with the research Technician in charge.

Facilitates visits by specialists to conduct assessments or agronomics coffee trainings.

Qualifications

Education

University degree, master's degree or higher in agriculture, related field or equivalent.

Experience

Minimum of 8 years of experience in the coffee agronomy sector.

Experience in coffee farming agronomy, as well as in establishing and maintaining good relations and understandings with national coffee institutions, government and international and regional cooperation institutions.

Experience in project management.

Knowledge

Ability to work in Spanish and English is necessary. The ability to write reports in English is required.

Skills

Excellent computer skills, especially in PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Skype or other channels media communications.

Excellent written and oral communication skills. 

Abilities

Ability to be flexible and adjust to changing circumstances.

Must be self-motivated and organized.

Enjoys working with a diverse, international team of people; team player.

Ability to work and communicate effectively with different groups of people, such as rural farmers, government workers and scientists.

Available to travel to travel in the region.

Interest in the broader scope of WCR.

Other considerations 

The place of work will be the WCR office in Santa Ana, El Salvador. There will be regular travel within the Central America region and Peru to visit partners and trial sites. 

The start date is the beginning 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 with copy to (cc) salvador@worldcoffeeresearch.org by Dec 31, 2019: 

(1) A letter of interest (in Spanish and English)

(2) CV or Resume (in English)

Please add names and email addresses of the professional references indicate in your CV or Resume.

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