Senior Assistant Soil Fertility Expert (20120440)

International Fertilizer Development Center Muscle Shoals , AL 35662

Posted 3 weeks ago

The International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC) is a non-profit, public international soil fertility and agricultural development center. As a center of excellence with expertise in fertilizers, IFDC serves the needs of developing countries by helping them solve their food-deficit problems by focusing on the development of fertilizers and nutrient management practices to meet the special needs of their tropical and subtropical crops, soils, and climates. IFDC is presently implementing several projects within our East and Southern Africa Division (ESAFD) with strong agronomic components. The projects aim at improving rural livelihoods and food security across several African countries. To support its projects, IFDC wishes to recruit a Senior Assistant Soil Fertility Expert.

Position Summary

The Senior Assistant Soil Fertility Expert will work under the supervision of the Soil Fertility Expert and will assist in training, preparation of training materials, evaluation of field trials, statistical analysis, literature reviews, and synthesis of information on soil fertility and plant nutrition. The position is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Regional travel will be necessary from time to time to visit IFDC projects in various countries in East and Southern Africa, including Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique, and possibly DRC, Tanzania, Zambia, and Ethiopia. This is a full-time position with an initial probationary period.


Specific duties will include but not be limited to:

  • Implementation and statistical analysis of fertilizer trials

  • Evaluation of ongoing demonstrations and trials in various countries

  • Reviewing literature and synthesis of essential of essential information from the same, and preparing drafts for publications

  • Performing basic statistical analyses, and writing up results for publication

  • Training of agronomists in various countries

  • Preparing drafts of experimental protocols

  • Preparing PowerPoint presentation

  • Representing IFDC at meeting with partners and stakeholders

  • Any other duties falling within the professional purview of an agronomist as may be requested by the Soil Fertility Expert

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