Description

Description

Crop Lead
TNS India Foundation
Location: Dindori, Nashik, Maharashtra


Job Title: Crop Lead  

Job Category: Program Support and Advisory 

Location: Dindori, Nashik, Maharashtra 

About TNS India Foundation 

We work to democratize access to opportunities for under-resourced individuals to unlock their economic potential, while focusing on diversity and inclusion, by building sustainable growth systems. 

TNS India Foundation is a Mumbai-based non-profit developmental organization that has been undertaking interventions to facilitate the socio-economic transformation of under-resourced yet enterprising individuals in India for over 11 years.  

TNS India Foundation recognizes the economic potential of the nation and works to lead it to economic transformation through our interventions in areas of youth skilling & employability, entrepreneurship,  and agri-value chains- with an underlying theme of women empowerment across all interventions.  Women constitute over 70% of our beneficiary pool. 

TNS India Foundation is a non-profit development organization with over 11 years of experience in implementing robust, effective and, demand-driven programs working towards national economic reconstruction, with a special focus on women. By connecting enterprising individuals to transformative opportunities, we have been able to create an enduring impact for them, their families and, communities.  

PROJECT DESCRIPTION  

TNS India Foundation has been working to help farmers earn greater incomes through holistic development of agricultural value chains and improvement of market systems. A new project is being commissioned by a reputed global company under its CSR program in Dindori district of Nashik to promote sustainable livelihoods for farming households. The program aims to support in improving local agricultural production systems, water use efficiency, market access, and building capacities of farmers and farmer groups and enabling women to be financially literate and empowered. 

Execution Approach 

Sustainability: Building profitable farms and enterprises; and capacity-building of farmers, farmer  groups, service providers and rural enterprises to ensure sustainability 

Measurable results: Rigorous monitoring & evaluation framework which connects the project goals  and outcomes to outputs and activities, and defines Key Performance Indicators 

Partnerships: Build and nurture partnerships with government and private organizations  

POSITION DESCRIPTION 

TNS India Foundation is currently seeking a motivated and skilled candidate to join its Program Support team as a Crop Lead. This is a full-time position based in Nashik, Maharashtra. The incumbent would have overall project and operational management responsibilities gained through work with leading development and corporate sector organizations. 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Planning and monitoring of grapes, vegetables and other crop demonstrations at farmer’s field.  
  • Designing crop specific training modules and related communication materials, conduct ToT programs for Internal teams.  
  • Providing post training technical advisory services to farmers. 
  • Strengthening technical capabilities of the team through various training programs.  
  • Conducting various field activities on the Demonstration farms for promotion & extension of best horticulture and agriculture practices amongst farming community and maintaining a strong MIS  for the same.  
  • Liaising with the various project partners especially with the research institutes, Department of  Agriculture, local KVKs and agro-input industries for suitable convergence in the project.  
  • Project activities with respect to Procurement, Input Mobilization, Statutory registrations as per  project requirement.  
  • Monitoring the project progress and providing inputs and action points to the team.  
  • Donor & stakeholder reporting.  
  • Experience and thorough knowledge of working in rain-fed climate conditions is a Must. 
  • Knowledge management and delivery of participatory approaches in capacity building programs for communities, project functionaries, etc.
  • Strong team collaboration, Stakeholder management and leadership skills is desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team.  

REQUIREMENTS 

Master’s degree or equivalent in Horticulture, Agriculture and allied activities.  

Minimum 4-7 years of experience in the development sector or corporate organizations with strong project management, people management, process & stakeholder management skills. In  the overall experience, substantial experience in knowledge management and delivery of participatory approaches in capacity building programs for communities, project functionaries,  etc. is desirable.  

Experience in working with small and marginal farmers and supporting farmer producer organizations will be preferred.  

Flare for travel as the job profile requires 70% travel time.  

Candidate should have excellent communication skills (oral as well as written) and should be proficient in MS power point, MS word and MS excel.  

Proficiency in Marathi language is a must.  

Flexible for relocation to any project location.  

DATE OF JOINING: Immediate

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS 

Qualified and interested applicants should submit a Word-formatted single document consisting of  cover letter, resume (in MS Word format) and salary history (optional) to bsingh@tnsif.org. Please identify the position for which you are applying in the subject line.