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Pyxus Agriculture Limited is a subsidiary of a trusted provider of responsibly sourced, independently verified, sustainable and traceable agricultural products and ingredients, operating in Malawi servicing the needs of its shareholders and their customers. Pyxus has been awardeo a matching grant funding by the Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund (MICF) to set up a seed production unit under irrigation. The cooperative project will look at engaging smallholder farmers that reside and farm around Pyxus operated Lisandwa Estate in Kasungu and providing the opportunity to develop farmers’ land with pivot irrigation that will be used to grow contract groundnut seed in rotation with food crops in the winter. A career opportunity has arisen in our organisation for the position of Cooperative Extension Officer for an initial period of 30 months.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: COOPERATIVE EXTENSION OFFICER

The successful candidate will report to the Groundnuts Projects Coordinator and will provide extension services during the development & implementation phase of the Malawi Challenge Innovation Fund (MICF) co-funded cooperative development project.

Key responsibilities

  • Supports farmers in registration of Cooperatives and the development of their constitutions
  • Facilitates farmer and cooperative member trainings on production, organisation development & cooperative management
  • Ensures Cooperatives are operational as per the established cooperative laws & constitution
  • Provides training and advisory services to Cooperative members.
  • Coordinates with project partners&Cooperative management to prepare training schedules
  • Conducts sensitization and progress update meetings with Traditional Authorities and Cooperative Executives
  • Represents the company and Cooperative members at stakeholder meetings within the project geographical coverage including Area Development Committee (ADC) and District Agriculture Executive Committee (DAEC)
  • Facilitates the development of production and off-take agreements between the company and Cooperatives
  • Conducts periodical data collection exercises for monitoring, evaluation & learning
  • Prepares & submits periodical reports

Qualifications & Experience
  • Diploma / Degree in Agriculture specialising in Agricultural Extension, Community Development or Agribusiness Management
  • 3 to 5 years work experience in community development/ mobilisation or extension services
  • At least 2 years work experience in cooperative or farmer organisation development
  • Work experience in crop production and farm management is essential

The Person
  • Must possess good computer skills including knowledge of MS Office applications.
  • He or she must possess great negotiation and conflict resolution skills, must be a self-starter, must be willing to work and live in rural areas, and must be able to work under pressure with minimum supervision.


How to apply

Send your application clearly marked “Cooperative Extension Officer” to the address below, no later than 14th November 2019

The Human Resources Manager,
Pyxus Agriculture Limited,
P.O. Box 40048,
Kanengo,
LILONGWE 4.

Email: MWLilongweRecruitment@aointl.com 

URL: www.pyxusintl.com 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted


Skills Required


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  • Location
    Kasungu
  • Company
  • Type
    Full Time
  • Positions
    1
  • Apply Before
    15 Nov, 2019

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