Senior Project Manager - Agriculture and Dairy
The objective of the program is to leverage our expertise of working in the Diary sector, design the supplier extension model; establish program governance systems; establish program management and monitoring systems; identify microfinancing opportunities for program farmers; and define the scope of the digital extension platform. TechnoServe would assist to create an extension model that builds the capacity of producers and suppliers, improve the capacities of actors at all levels of the supply chain and enhance systems and processes to achieve desired results. The proposed program will adopt a multi-pronged approach consisting of the following components:
1. Build the capacity of women, who are often primary operators of family-run small dairy farms, by identifying opportunities to promote gender equity in the program interventions
2. Establish governance and accountability systems to improve overall performance of clean milk supply chain
3. Identify opportunities for farm improvement and program intervention for different dairy-oriented financial needs
4. Identify and implement digital extension platforms
i. Stakeholder management with regard to technical aspects of design of training and extension plan;
ii. Spearhead the technical deliveries of the project with the support of field team.
iii. Design and conduct analysis of internal and external contexts including gender analysis to identify capacity-building needs of the farmers
Extension program design
i. Based on capacity-building need assessment, development of training and extension module for dairy farmers;
ii. Conducting cost-benefit analysis of the recommended practices as per finalized training and extension plan
iii. Setting up an Input Delivery mechanism for the interrupted supply of feed, nutrition and preventive care of the dairy farmers
iv. Undertake demonstration of the selected training and extension plan in one of the selected villages
v. Review the training and extension design based on the learning of the demonstration
i. Support in human resource planning and operations planning, support in on-boarding of the required extension staff;
ii. Providing technical back-up support to selected extension staff for on-farm handholding support to farmers;
iii. Enhance knowledge sharing through exposure visits, sharing experiences of projects undertaken, approach paper, Development of manuals; guidelines; good practice notes; knowledge materials etc.
iv. Pilot Digital farmer training solutions through digital technology providers.
Must have a Master’s Degree in Dairy Sciences / Agriculture / Agribusiness / Rural Development
14-18 years of working experience in dairy management focused on clean milk procurement
Experienced in designing and implementation of training and extension services;
Prior experience of working with renowned national / multinationals / agencies engaged in milk procurement and supplier development;
Knowledge and experience of innovative technologies being used in dairy sector;
Experience working with international donors / projects would be an advantage
Strong team collaboration, Stakeholder management and leadership skills is desirable.
Should possess good report writing, documentation and presentation skills
Experience of managing teams and multiple project components