Agricultural Research and Development Fellow

About the Job

The Agricultural Research and Development Fellow will be a vital member of the MFK Agricultural team in its mission to assist Haitian smallholder farmers increase both the quantity and the quality of peanuts grown in Haiti. The goal of the team is to facilitate an increase in Haitian peanuts being incorporated into MFK’s supply chain, and to contribute to the development overall of Haiti’s agricultural sector. MFK requires a 12-month commitment working with majority Haitian staff as well as North American and European staff.

Responsibilities

  • Working closely with faculty and students at partner universities and institutions in Haiti, the United States, and Canada, to develop and implement research projects (e.g. soil fertility, planting method, seed variety, aflatoxin abatement and disease control field studies; value chain characterization; uses for aflatoxin contaminated peanuts)
  • Communicating with partner universities and institutions to design, implement, analyze, and report research objectives in a quality suitable for peer-reviewed publication, but also in a way that is useful for Haitian farmers
  • Collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture, Haitian universities, NGOs, agribusinesses, and entities involved in agricultural development initiatives in Haiti. This includes agriculture, microfinance, irrigation technology, seed production, arid/semi-arid cropping systems and aflatoxin abatement as a public health intervention for the entire exposed population.
  • Working with MFK Agriculture Staff to translate research outcomes to farmers and technicians through individual or group training sessions; introduction of improved production methods
  • Sourcing peanuts from smallholder Haitian farmers to produce ready-to-use therapeutic MFK’s food processing facility
  • Working with MFK’s Quality Department to ensure that sourced peanuts and peanut processing meet all international food safety standards, especially aflatoxin contamination of peanuts.
  • Developing funding proposals to ensure continued financial sustainability of agricultural
  • Writing a blog for MFK’s donor community once a month on the day-to-day experiences of working in the agricultural sector in Haiti
  • Other tasks and duties as assigned by the Executive Director or Deputy Director

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, research-driven Master’s Degree preferred, in an agricultural science (e.g., Crop and Soil Science, Plant Science), or agricultural or development economics
  • Experience in agriculture research. Those with experience working on a farm preferred, including knowledge and experience maintaining and operating farm equipment. Experience working in the food industry is a plus
  • Must be able to communicate in English, both oral and written; also must speak at least intermediate French and/or Haitian Creole
  • Proven experience in successfully organizing, managing, influencing and leading others; good problem-solving skills
  • Proven capability in meeting objectives and schedules in a punctual manner. Ability to produce results in an under-resourced environment
  • Willingness to work in a significantly changing environment where uncertainty and new obstacles are an everyday occurrence

Location

Cap Haitien, Haiti

Compensation

  • A monthly stipend to cover food and personal necessities
  • Transportation, consisting of sharing 2 vehicles (manual transmission) with other fellows
  • Housing in an apartment complex with other MFK fellows
  • Cellphone, and access to a laptop and Internet
  • Health and Medical evacuation insurance
  • Five weeks of vacation (two weeks to be taken at factory closing approximately December 22, 2018 to January 7, 2019). Haitian holidays are observed; US and Canadian holidays are not observed
  • Two round-trip tickets (lowest price at least 2 weeks before travel) from country of residence to Haiti per 12-month contract will be reimbursed by MFK

Please send cover letter and resume to Lauren Plummer at lplummer@mfkhaiti.org “MFK Fellowship: Agricultural Development” in the subject line.