Technical Officer Job Vacancy in Kenya


Position Title: Technical Officer

Overview: Reporting to the Field Relations Officer, the T.O will be responsible for Farmers Liaison Officers, assisting them in: -

  • Field staff recruitment
  • Orchard management
  • Guide farmers on seedlings planting and management
  • Inspection
  • Farmer visits
  • Farmer complaints handling
  • GPS and other data collection as assigned
  • Harvesting activities
  • Crop estimates
  • Advise farmers on cultural practices
  • Competitor activities in the region
  • Submitting reports to the office
  • Record maintenance and completion
  • Implementation and maintenance of Olivado Internal Management System and other statutory requirements
  • Other duties as assigned by immediate supervisor.

Duties and Responsibilities:

A1: Technical and farmer relation activities

  • Mentoring, motivating, and training of Farmers Liaison Officers.
  • Support Farmers Liaison Officers recruit and train harvesting supervisors and pickers.
  • Continuous verification of Farmers Liaison officer’s completed tasks (Farm verifications at least once every two months).
  • Support Farmers Liaison Officers team with farmers group trainings.
  • Ensure and maintain good relations between farmers, Farmers Liaison Officers and the company.
  • Support the Farmers Liaison officers in training the farmers on good agricultural practices including fertilizer use and management, crop protection, Integrated pest management and integrated crop management.
  • Support Farmer Liaison on the operation of Olivado Internal Management System.
  • Prepare and submit all records and documents as required by the Internal Management System in a timely manner.
  • Act as the Company’s Representative with other external Stakeholders in the areas of operations e.g., the HCD Staff, the County Agriculture Officers, the KEPHIS Staff.
  • Provide intelligence information to the Company on Competitor activities.
  • Take Charge of the Company assets and equipment in their control.
  • Regularly advise the management on ways of enhancing farmers relationship, increasing efficiency, optimizing production and profit.
  • Any Other duties as assigned by the management from time to time.

A2. Farm inspection and certification duties

  • Inspection of farms and other Olivado facilities to verify compliance against statutory and voluntary standards and produce timely and accurate reports.
  • Following up on closure of non-compliances identified during the internal inspections.
  • Address areas for improvements noted during the internal inspections or during on farm verification.
  • Coordination of external certification audits in the zones.
  • Implement Corrective Action requests from the Certification bodies.

A3. Data collection duties

  • Verification of collected data in their areas of operation.
  • Informing the company of activities of competitors and other activities that may affect the company’s operations, including county government activities.
  • Provide the data team with weekly reports on technical assistance and verification activities as outlined in the Internal Management System.


  • Degree or Diploma in Agriculture or related discipline with a bias to fruit and vegetable production.
  • Two years’ experience in the production of horticultural crops in a smallholder scheme or exporter out grower scheme.
  • Good knowledge of the key or potential avocado production areas of Kenya.
  • A good understanding of the labour regulations in Kenya.
  • At least one day practical inspection course setting out basic principles of inspection.
  • At least two witness inspections accompanying an auditor could be Global Gap, or Organic, Fair Trade or others.
  • Food safety and good agriculture practice (GAP) training.
    • Training in HACCP principles.
    • Food hygiene training.
    • Plant protection, fertilizer use and integrated pest management training.
  • Excellent Kiswahili and English reading, writing, and speaking skills.
  • Proficient in computer application packages including MS- Word and Excel.
  • Technical report writing skills.
  • Training as a trainer of trainers (TOT).
  • Knowledge in business management skills such as budgeting, expenditure accounting and resource allocation.
  • Charismatic with good marketing and convincing skills.
  • Ability to train, mentor and motivate the Farmer Liaison Team.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team under minimal supervision.
  • Ability to contribute to the planning of the company’s future relationships with farmer suppliers and future strategic development of the company.
  • Valid motorcycle riding license and a valid motor vehicle driving license.

Qualified individuals should submit a cover letter and a Curriculum Vitae as one pdf document, via email with the subject Technical Officer to and cc to reach us on or before 20th October 2023.