Technical Field Officer (TFO) – Ghana

Scope – Based in Ghana

Place of work: Ghana

BACKGROUND

East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer Foundation (EWS-KT) is a non-profit corporate foundation with unique ties to East-West Seed, a vegetable seed company with a dedicated focus on smallholder farmers and the local markets that they supply. East-West Seed has consistently ranked high in the Access to Seed Index. Its founder, Simon Groot, was recognized by the 2019 World Food Prize for his role in transforming vegetable markets and creating opportunities for income development for millions of smallholder farmers and improved nutrition for countless lower-income consumers. Recognizing that farmers need access to quality seeds as well as knowledge on how to grow crops, the company has long supported intensive training programs for farmers. To ensure that these pre-commercial activities are most effectively geared towards benefiting smallholder farmers, training activities are managed through EWS-KT. 

The mission of EWS-KT is to improve the skills and livelihoods of smallholder farmers in less developed areas of Africa and Asia. By creating opportunities for income development at the farm level, this work catalyzes the development of competitive agricultural-input markets and increases the availability of safe-to-eat and affordable vegetables. By leveraging a market-driven approach, EWS-KT helps to position vegetable production as an attractive and viable business for local communities. 

EWS-KT works hand in hand with farming communities in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Nigeria, the Philippines, Tanzania, and Uganda, and we are very excited to be adding Ghana to this list. 

To propel our operations in Ghana, EWS-KT is seeking to employ Technical Field Officers. Technical Field Officers will focus on supporting EWS-KT’s goal of sharing knowledge on improved fresh vegetable production practices with smallholder farmers.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

The  Technical Field Officer will be responsible for reaching targets and maintaining the quality of project activities within his/her area under the guidance of the Knowledge Transfer Manager, Ghana.

Responsibilities:

  • Identify target villages and select key farmers to work with
  • Support key farmers to set up technical demonstration plots showcasing best production practices from land preparation through harvest 
  • Using demonstration farms as a hub of good production practices, organize short, practical training sessions for neighboring vegetable farmers on all subjects, including land preparation, seedling production, pest and disease management, and nutrient management
  • Organize Field Days to show farmers, input dealers, and other stakeholders the benefits of using high-quality seed alongside improved production practices. 
  • Be the technical point of contact for vegetable production within the area of activities 
  • Collect data on demo farms and training participants

Targets:

  • Provide technical support in 10 to 15 selected villages per year
  • Provide regular technical support to ±20 key farmers per season, for a total of ±40 demonstration plots per year.
  • Train 700 to 1,000 farmers each year
  • Organize one Field Day per village per growing season (approximately 25 per year)

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Diploma or degree in Agriculture or Horticulture from a recognized knowledge institution in Ghana
  • Technical competence in all aspects of crop management
  • Experience in technical training (farmer extension)
  • Ability to analyze the costs and returns of the demonstration plots
  • Ability to build trust in farming communities
  • Good time management and organization skills
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and motorcycle driving skills
  • Willingness to travel and/or relocate
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in the local language
  • English and Twi proficiency
  • Knowledge of Google Suite is a plus

Further Information:

EWS-KT is an equal opportunity employer, and both women and men are strongly encouraged to apply. To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter outlining your interest in the position to [email protected]

Due to the large number of applications we receive, only applicants who are shortlisted for further discussions will be contacted.