Agronomist at Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD)

  • Administrative & Office
  • Full time
  • 8 months ago
  • Abuja
  • Job Qualifications MSC/MBA/MA
  • Number of vacancies 1 opening
  • Job experience 5 years

Job Description

Location: Abuja, Nigeria (temporarily work-from-home due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, until it is safe to work from PAD’s office)
Start date: As soon as possible

Job Description

  • We are looking for a driven, creative and independent person to join a high-performing, flexible team as an Agronomist to support PAD’s new operations in Nigeria.
  • You will work in a non-hierarchical team and have opportunities to work closely with PAD staff and substantially contribute to PAD’s programs that test new ideas, measure their impacts, and scale them up.


  • The Agronomist will be responsible to provide ongoing agronomic expertise and support to PAD’s operations in Nigeria.
  • The Agronomist will report to the Nigeria Research and Operations Manager and will work with the relevant Program Leads and project team members.
  • The position will be located in Abuja, Nigeria and will temporarily be a work-from-home position due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
  • When it is safe to do so, this position will be based from PAD’s office in Abuja, Nigeria and will require frequent travel to field locations in Nigeria. PAD is a start-up organization and will require flexibility from all staff with regards to roles and responsibilities.

The Agronomist will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Work closely with PAD team members and our partner organizations to execute project implementation;
  • Provide overall agronomy expertise and information to the team in Nigeria;
  • Gather and compile scientific evidence on key agriculture topics to better inform the design of mobile phone-based agricultural advisory services in Nigeria;
  • Collect and maintain an extensive database of all major crops in Nigeria, and map out season-wise and territory-wise crop prospects;
  • Support current projects that PAD undertakes in content development, simplification, and customization with regard to  major agronomic practices, pest and disease management, post-harvest management, etc;
  • Develop, refine and revise agronomic content of mobile phone-based agricultural advisory services implemented by PAD and/or other partners;
  • In collaboration with partner organizations and PAD staff, the Agronomist will be responsible for exploring new engagement areas and new project opportunities;
  • Support and supervise other (junior) agronomist staff within the team;
  • Provide support in managing relationships with key partners across multiple projects and provide technical backstopping to partner organizations;
  • Contribute to project M&E activities, including designing of monitoring tools, regular fieldwork to collect monitoring data, and preparation of monitoring reports.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in agronomy, agricultural sciences, crop production or agroecology;
  • At least 5 years’ experience implementing agriculture, livelihood or value chain development projects  in the developing world;
  • At least 2 years’ experience working directly with smallholder production systems in sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Practical experience drafting agricultural curricula and implementing trainings;
  • Experience carrying out focus group discussions and gathering qualitative data from farmers;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English;
  • Strong organizational and planning skills;
  • Experience in writing reports and communicating scientific topics to laypeople;
  • Willingness and ability to work under tight timelines, and flexibility to engage in multiple projects;
  • Willingness to travel to field sites in Nigeria and internationally;
  • Ability to work independently and with minimum supervision;
  • Experience and ability to work in multicultural settings;
  • Ability to engage effectively with diverse stakeholders.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:
Our preferred candidates are likely to have some, but not all, of the following qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the Nigeria agricultural sector.


  • Commensurate with experience

Method of Application

Work Authorization

  • This position is contingent upon the candidate being able to get work authorization in Nigeria.

Note: The job position  will be reviewed on a rolling basis and open until the position is filled.

Interested and qualified? Go to Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD) on to apply

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