RTI International Agricultural Productivity Coordinator Job in Kisumu, Kenya

RTI International is an independent organization dedicated to conducting innovative, multidisciplinary research that improves the human condition.

With a worldwide staff of more than 4,000 people, RTI offers innovative research and development and a full spectrum of multidisciplinary services.

Universities in North Carolina founded RTI in 1958 as a centerpiece of the Research Triangle Park.

RTI is currently seeking to fill vacancies for the Kenya Crops & Dairy Market Systems (KCDMS) Activity which is part of the Feed the Future program, America’s initiative to combat global hunger and poverty.

In this regard, USAID is partnering with RTI International on a 5-year (Oct 2017 to Sept 2022) cooperative agreement – KCDMS Activity – to help increase agricultural production and reduce poverty and malnutrition in Kenya.

The project will also spur competitive, resilient market systems in Kenya’s horticulture and dairy sectors.

We are currently seeking  applications for the following position to be based in Kisumu:

Agricultural Productivity Coordinator

Role Summary: Under the guidance of the USAID/KCDMS Senior Agricultural Productivity Specialist and the Technical / Deputy Chief of Party, ensure that all KCDMS project supported activities implemented through sub-grantees are effectively and sustainably integrated throughout the Dairy / Crops value-chain.

S/he leads and coordinates the implementation of the project activities and provide technical expertise focusing on identification of potential and existing technologies/enterprises with potential for growth and the provision of a wide range of business development services (BDS). Maintain relationships with key sector partners, consultants, host county counterparts and stakeholders at county level.

Collaborate with colleagues across KCDMS on technical, and strategic planning initiatives. Ensure best practices and lessons learned are captured and disseminated across project and serve as a representative of the project to clients, stakeholders, and partners, providing key inputs for technical or management decisions. Responsible for managing program deliverables including planning and coordination of all activities.

Essential Duties:

  • Support the development of the Activity’s strategy for Priority Area 2 – Diverse agricultural production and improved productivity.
  • Participate in a review of innovative extension and input supply models in the area of responsibility, identify strengths and weaknesses and identify potential private sector partners for collaboration and joint investment under the Partnerships and Innovations Fund.
  • Identify private sector embedded extension systems; Review business models and viability of incorporating training and extension (T&E) into private sector operations (such as dairy cooperatives or agricultural input suppliers);
  • Build and maintain relationships with county-level public agricultural extension systems; Work with counties to develop extension strengthening plans; Design technical assistance to support sustainable, county-led training programs and information systems.
  • Manage technical and administrative personnel and subcontractors in the implementation of a large, complex activity to build capacity of actors in targeted value chains.
  • Lead in the review of innovative input supply models in Kenya and in the KCDMS zones of Influence, identify strengths and weaknesses, and identify potential private sector partners for collaboration and joint investment under the Partnerships and Innovations Fund.
  • Support the design of, then oversee interventions to improve farmers and relevant actors’ access to quality inputs.
  • Lead the Activity’s support for agro dealers strengthening, including associations-building or platform development and identify and coordinate technology demonstration opportunities.
  • Liaise with Priority Area 1 team to co-design support for “lead firms” that are in the inputs sector (may include business planning, management, accounting, inventory, recordkeeping, capacity building, or investment facilitation.)
  • Coordinate the development, implementation and reporting on detailed management plans that may include implementation plans, deliverable tracking, etc., for activities in Western Kenya.
  • Collaborate with Access to Finance Specialist to design innovative financial products that support the needs of input suppliers and farmers.
  • Facilitate and support market development and business-to-business linkages (especially Producer group to processor).
  • Contribute to grants management with particular attention to the Productivity component.
  • Contribute to monitoring and evaluation, learning, and reporting and provide technical oversight and support all data tracking by the in M&E staff of the sub-grantees with attention to Productivity.
  • Contribute to Social Inclusion activities in line with Productivity.
  • Ensure project activities meet USAID (SUAP) and NEMA environmental compliance requirements
  • Collaborate with staff and partners across all priority areas to ensure cross-fertilization of ideas and coordination of activities.
  • Identify and document technical best practices and lessons learned and compile biweekly/monthly reports on project activities accomplished during those periods.
  • Report directly to the Director for Productivity Component 2 on all aspects that pertains to the achievement of results.
  • Any other duties as assigned by your supervisor.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in agricultural economics, agronomy, agribusiness management or related field and 6 years of experience, Master’s degree and 3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent oral and written skills in English. Fluency in Kiswahili preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to be collaborative across projects, flexible and creative.
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Ability to listen and communicate well both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to obtain proper security clearances as noted by contracts

Application Procedure

Interested candidates should visit this link http://m.rfer.us/RTIfRF7Kh and apply by June 26, 2020 at 5.00 p.m.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

RTI does not permit any payment requests demanded during any part of the hiring process.

If such requests are made, please report it to the RTI Ethics Office via HRethics@rti.org.

Any candidate making any payment will be disqualified from consideration for future employment with RTI.

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Updated: June 15, 2020 — 7:38 pm