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Sept. 24, 2019

World Coffee Research is hiring a Country Agronomist for Malawi

World Coffee Research (WCR) is a collaborative, not-for-profit agricultural research organization formed in 2012 to ensure the future of coffee in the face of threats like climate change. Our mission is to grow, protect, and enhance supplies of quality coffee while improving the livelihoods of the families who produce it. We have research programs underway in 25 countries around the world.

WCR is hiring a Country Agronomist in Malawi to implement World Coffee Research’s activities in Malawi, with an emphasis on the Global Coffee Monitoring Program. He or she will report to the Regional GCMP Coordinator (RC) based in Rwanda and to the WCR Global Coffee Monitoring Program Director based in France 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.

The Country Agronomist will operate remotely and independently, and a work space will be established at one of WCR’s partner offices. The GCMP in MALAWI will begin with the installation of 7 farm trials in 2019- 2020, with additional trials in following years. The RC and the Global Coffee Monitoring Program Director shall determine the actual work schedule based on the needs of the organization.

Role and responsibilities:

  • Become proficient in and implement activities according to WCR’s standardized procedures.
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with industry partners, coffee farmers, partner agronomists, and government agronomists.
  • Coordinate and oversee all activities and data collection for trials, ensuring that activities are on time and carried out according to WCR’s protocols.
  • Organize and lead trainings on farm trial installation, maintenance and data collection.
  • With the RC, develop an annual work plan of activities and visit trial sites on a regular basis.
  • With the support of the RC, he or she is responsible for calculating plants needed for trials, overseeing growth in nurseries, delivery and planting at the appropriate time.
  • Review field data to ensure it is accurate and reliable. Correct data problems and enter field data into spreadsheets.
  • Organize and lead farmer field days to increase learning from the trials.
  • Prepare and use annual work plans, monitoring documents and budgets.
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly reports.


  • 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 Chewa is necessary, some local language 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 be near coffee-producing areas in Malawi and determined together with WCR. There will be regular travel within the country especially where Mzuzu coffee planter’s cooperative union partner trial sites are located.

The start date is in the beginning of November 2019. 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 (1) a letter of interest and (2) your CV (both in English) to Pascal Kalisa Gakwaya at by October 12, 2019.

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