Agroforestry Specialist

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Title: Agroforestry Specialist

Location: Thies, Senegal or Bamako, Mali

Reports to: Agroforestry Manager

Language Requirements: French and English fluency

About myAgro

myAgro is an award-winning non-profit social enterprise based in West Africa. We have pioneered a mobile savings model that allows farmers to invest their own funds in high-quality seed, fertilizer, and agricultural training to increase their harvest and income by 50-100%. Our North Star is to help 1 million farmers increase their incomes by $1.50 per day by 2025 and lift themselves out of poverty. Learn more from myAgro’s founder and CEO.

About the Role

Reporting to the Agroforestry Manager, the Agroforestry Specialist uses their expertise in agroforestry systems to support the agroforestry lead in developing agroforestry packages.

  • You have specific technical expertise in agroforestry systems. You will use this expertise to make appropriate recommendations to increase farmer return on investment balanced with myAgro’s business model, the supply chain, the field team capability, and farmer behavior.
  • You are an open-minded listener. You are focused on the organizational goals and therefore work starting from the end-users of the programs you design for (both farmers and field staff). You are not one to get stuck on perfection at the cost of delivering on organizational goals.
  • You are experienced creating and running agroforestry specific M&E systems. You have the data analytics skills to summarize the findings and the capacity to communicate the successes in a compelling way

We operate in a part of the world already experiencing the harsh consequences of climate change, and our farmers are among the most vulnerable populations. The Agroforestry specialist is a new and crucial role to help myAgro with its ambition to create sustainable and climate resilient income sources for these farmers, setting them up for a better and more food-secure future.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Research agroforestry crops, varieties and techniques
  • Conduct desk research on the successful agroforestry innovations that could benefit our farmers
  • Connect and work with research centers and other specialists to stay up-to-date with recent development in the agroforestry space
  • Visit and interview farmers to identify and get feedback on agroforestry innovations
  • Support design and manage farmer pilots trials
  • Propose agroforestry crops/varieties/techniques that agree with myAgro’s business model and North Star
  • Propose farmer pilot projects to test innovations in real-world conditions
  • Develop detailed trial protocols
  • Support monitoring and evaluation of agroforestry systems
  • Develop impact measurement process on agroforestry systems
  • Analyse data and summarize insights

You are RIGHT for this role if…

  • You have at least 5 years of experience as an expert advisor on agroforestry programs, preferably West Africa
  • You have an academic background in agroforestry or agriculture systems
  • You have held a position on the crossroads between multiple departments.
  • You are fluent in French and speak English at a good level – enough to understand this job advertisement.

You are NOT qualified for this job if…

  • You do not have more than 5 years of agriculture or agroforestry experience.
  • You have never managed a team of 5 direct reports for more than a year.
  • You are not fluent in French.
  • You have no experience working in Africa.

Our Benefits:

  • Comprehensive health insurance
  • Paid leave
  • Retirement plan contributions match
  • Flight benefit
  • Laptop and professional development stipends
  • The opportunity to make a difference in the lives of farmers everyday.

myAgro provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, marital/parental status, national origin, age, disability, political opinion, social status, veteran status, and genetics. myAgro complies with all applicable federal, provincial and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.