Tomato Jos is a private equity-backed, fast-growing, for-profit, social enterprise located in Kaduna, Nigeria, that believes in the power of local production for local consumption. Our company aims to supply 10% of the processed tomato market in Nigeria within the next 5 years. We source tomatoes from smallholder farmers within our network and make high-quality branded consumer products for Nigeria and West Africa. We currently operate a 500Ha commercial farm and run a successful smallholder program with over 500 farmers. In 2020, the company built a tomato processing facility and we will conduct our first production run in Q1/Q2 2021, to launch our first retail packaged product later this year.
We are recruiting to fill the position of:
Job Title: Agronomist
Mission and Long-Term Goal
Using scientific, mathematical, and engineering principles to proffer solutions to agronomy problems and improve processes.
Experiments and plan studies to improve crop yields.
Study, assess, and evaluate soil chemistry and soil testing check for EC and pH values, microbes, soil constituents, and the nutrients level.
Design a seasonal work schedule base on fertilizer regimen, chemical regimen, and general cultural practices for field representatives.
Educate team on best practices and ensure standards are maintained on providing professional, best-in-class service to member farmers and monitor compliance
Collection of Weather data and reporting
Develop innovative research-based techniques in agronomist functions and programs.
Scout fields and make agronomic decisions that are best for the crop and the company.
Collect and maintain an extensive database of all trials
Contribute to project M&E activities, including designing of monitoring tools, regular fieldwork to collect monitoring data, and preparation of monitoring reports
Minimum Qualifications and Experience Required
Bachelor's Degree in Agronomy, Agricultural Sciences, Crop Production, Plant Biology. A Master's Degree is an added advantage
Experience quantitative and qualitative data and data analysis
Strong written and oral communication skills in English;
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;
Ability to work independently and with minimum supervision;
Experience and ability to work in multicultural settings;
Additional Qualifications and Experience That Will Set You Apart
Excellent knowledge of GAP and delivery systems in rural areas.
Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated by the ability to develop and maintain relationships with people from a variety of backgrounds.
Proficiency computer knowledge, as well as strong Microsoft Excel & Microsoft Word capabilities, will have an advantage.
Fluency in Hausa
Expected Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies:
Strong interpersonal and effective verbal and written communication skills
Stamina to work round the clock during peak farming periods
Curiosity, critical thinking, and a demonstrated interest to learn,
Demonstrated behavior of professional and personal ethics, transparency, and openness.
Willingness to undertake regular field visits and interact with different stakeholders, especially with primary stakeholders.
Strong management, coaching, and conflict-resolution skills
Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to stick to the schedule.
Application Closing Date
5th October, 2021.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV to: [email protected] using the Job Title as the subject of the email.