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					                                              VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

Job Title:        Project Associate
Reports to:       The Field Manager (Project Supervisor)

Location:         Mpanga Growers Tea Factory Limited, Fort Portal (The Company)


Background:
Mpanga Growers Tea Factory Limited in partnership with Mountains of the Moon University under the technical
advisory service of the British Council is implementing a two year Study project focusing on Restoring soil fertility and
enhancing tea productivity in the Rwenzori region of Uganda. The purpose of the project is to develop guidelines for
the optimised application of inorganic fertilizers according to soil type, clone variety and age of plant across the Mpanga
growing area with a goal to stimulate innovation through a knowledge-transfer partnership for increasing the
productivity of tea cropping systems through grower extension advice, improved and locally adapted soil fertility
technologies for small-scale farmers with better added value products in order to raise their income and well being. The
Company seeks to recruit a qualified and competent Project Associate well versed in soil research to provide the day
today technical support to the project operations and to perform other project implementation role as will be assigned
by the company.

Responsibilities:
     Study the current agronomic and management practices used by tea growers in the region and assess losses at
        every stage along the value chain.
        Design soil fertility management technologies including collection of soil samples, laboratory soil analysis and
        interpretation of results
     Do field trails on the findings with the tea growers in Mpanga Growers Tea Factory catchment area.
     Design of workable soil fertility management model for smaller scale farmers and the company in partnership
        with the partner University
     Training of staff and farmers on sustainable soil fertility management technologies
     Monitor and evaluate of project activities over the period of 2 years.

Academic Qualifications:
        A Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture (soil science option) , or BSc Agricultural Land use and
         Management from a recognised University
        Masters of Science in soil Science or Natural resource management will be an added advantage.
        Should be able to analyse data using any of the statistical packages such as Genstat, STATA, SPSS AND EXCEL.

Experience:

        Minimum of three years experience in soil science research related activities
        Extensive field experience in integrated soil fertility management
Personal attributes:

        Self motivated
        Good interpersonal skills
        Good communication skills
        Ability to conduct agricultural experiments, analyse data, document results and recommendations
        Flexible to work in rural areas
        Should be able to meet targets on time



How to apply:

A detailed description of the job, an application form and a definition guide for the behaviours can be found on our
website http://www.britishcouncil.org/africa-vacancies.htm . Completed application forms should be submitted via
email to info@britishcouncil.or.ug with subject “AKTP PROJECT ASSOCIATE” by 1300 hrs 17 February 2012. Only
applications received on the British Council application form will be considered and only short-listed candidates will be
contacted

The British Council is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity and Diversity and welcomes applicants from all
sections of the community. We guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria.

The British Council is also committed to a Child Protection Policy; applications will be considered only for candidates
who declare their agreement to the Policy.

				
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