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Project Officer - Agriculture & Livelihood

Practical Action

Practical Action

People & HR
Posted on Friday, November 10, 2023

We are an international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world. We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.

We are committed to advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment through all our work. At a minimum, we ensure that all our work is gender sensitive, seeking gender transformative approaches as our overall ambition and in accordance with context.

We are a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent development publishing company and a technical consulting service. We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.

We are implementing a five-year project being implemented in Homabay, Siaya, Kisumu, Migori, Nyamira, Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia and Vihiga Counties. The project aims to make agriculture an attractive and resilient employer for young people by promoting agricultural livelihoods for the youth underpinned by agro-ecological principles and practices. The project aims to break the cycles of low productivity and increasing rural poverty, through a holistic approach which will enable young men and women to increase their income through agri-business.

Practical Action seeks to recruit a Project Officer – Agriculture & Livelihood to be based in Kisumu field office. The Project Officer will coordinate the field level activities in the project intervention areas with the primary responsibility of promoting agribusiness activities among youth ages between 18 – 35 years. The function involves directly supporting young people to start and/or grow their agribusinesses while earning an income to support their livelihoods. This will include supporting the young people access skills and knowledge, finance and markets as well as working with different stakeholders to ensure an enabling markets and policy environment that supports growth of youth led agri businesses. The role will work closely with the technical staff both in the Kenya and UK office.

To be successful in the role, you require:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Agriculture/Agribusiness/Natural Resource Management/Social Science/Development studies or any other relevant subject.
  • Over five (5) years of relevant work experience with at least three (3) years’ experience in a rural development field with demonstrated ability to work with young people and create space for youth leadership.
  • An innovator with excellent understanding of low input systems and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).
  • Public and private sector engagement skills including building linkages between youth entrepreneurs and multiple market actors.
  • Experience implementing market-based agro-enterprise initiatives in rural contexts.
  • Strong experience in activity planning and implementing in a way that ensures gender inclusion is embedded.
  • The project requires extensive engagement with youth in the county of operation hence the Project Officer will be expected to either relocate or already live within their county of operation. The operations office for Practical Action will be Kisumu field office.


Detailed Job Profile can be accessed from the download section on our website

If you have the experience, skills and the ability we are looking for, please email your application letter stating your motivation and suitability for the role and an up to date CV to: [email protected] with the title “Project Officer – Agriculture & Livelihood, Nyamira” not later than 23rd November 2023. All information/data given will be in the strictest confidence and will only be used for recruitment purposes.

Practical Action is an equal opportunities employer, and we encourage applications from under-represented groups.  We stay committed to cultivating an inclusive and diverse working environment and believe that people from different backgrounds or cultures give us different perspectives, and the more perspectives we have, the more successful we will be. By building a culture where everyone feels heard, respected, and valued we give everyone working with us the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Practical Action is committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.