Western & Rift valley Region
Mid-level 3 years+
Degree or Masters
Agricultural Mechanization in Farmer Self-Help Groups (Machinery Rings)
Machinery Rings (MR) are farmer-based self-help groups for providing farm mechanization service to small holder farmers. In Europe Machinery Rings are registered as associations which are operated by a professional manager. The MR-manager manages the inter-farm use of machines within the members of the MR. Machinery Rings enable their members to use modern technology and participate in mechanization and technical progress without having to take the risk of unprofitable investments. On the other hand, they improve the utilization of existing technology in inter-farm use.
With the support of the German Machinery Rings, a two-year project has started with the target to initiate farmer self-help organizations as Machinery Rings in Kenya.
For organizational and operation support to develop Machinery Rings in western Counties of Kenya, in Bungoma, Kakamega, Nyandarua and Nakuru County, from October 2021 until June 2023, the German Machinery Ring project is looking for Professional Managing Staff
In your position, you are responsible for the strategic alignment and operational implementation of individual, future-oriented business segments and projects in the organization. You determine this together with the board of farmers. You will also advise the farmers at various points.
In the beginning the main task will be the presentation of the MR concept to farmers and creating awareness for this farmer - to -farmer based community with the target of recruiting members. Parallel you will determine the technical requirements and the existing technical capacities in the local area. Calculation and definition of costs and prices for different machines will follow.
You bear responsibility for the financial result of the local Machinery Ring and will report to the board of farmers and the German Machinery Ring project.
You are an agricultural engineer or have comparable qualification with practical agricultural experience and have an understanding and passion for agriculture and family farms. You are familiar with common office and IT applications. You are looking for a new challenge to improve the agricultural environment in Kenya. You are willing to take responsibility for project results and are able to work self-organized and flexible as well as team oriented. You have good communication abilities and are reliable. You are results oriented and committed to look for solutions instead of describing problems.
You bring along competence in Kiswahili for the dialogue with farmers. You are also proficient in spoken and written English for cooperation and reports to the German Machinery Rings.
Full time and part time positions in the target counties and office infrastructure. You will be thoroughly trained and backed up by the local MR-project office in Nakuru. You have the prospect of well-founded additional training to become a Machinery Ring manager. We offer flexibility in the establishment of the MR office with back-up by MR-experts.