We seek people that are positive, passionate and dedicated to designing, implementing and demonstrating solutions for a sustainable future. Our current team consists of a variety of working professionals, interns and volunteers with a wide range of experience.
Kusamala Institute of Agriculture and Ecology (Kusamala) is a local, non-governmental organization that promotes household-level permaculture and agroecology systems in Malawi. Founded in 2009, Kusamala houses Malawi’s largest permaculture demonstration site, Nature’s Gift Permaculture Centre. Through the Centre’s demonstrations, Kusamala educates individuals and communities on how to improve nutrition, income generation, and environmental health. Through grants and programs, Kusamala conducts outreach, research, and advocacy with the aim to show the viability of permaculture as a local and national agricultural strategy. In a country where approximately 80% of the population are subsistence farmers, Kusamala demonstrates how local resources can meet human needs while improving quality of life both for people and the environment.
We are currently seeking suitable Candidates to fill the following vacant positions;
- Research Officer
The Research Officer will support the work of our grant funded project through the German Ministry of Cooperation and Development (BMZ) called Multisectoral Food and Nutrition Security for Young Smallholders in Malawi which is being implemented in partnership with the Welt Hunger Hilf (WHH) and Zankhalango Cooperative. The project utilizes principles of permaculture and agroecology to improve food and nutrition security of smallholder households with young parents. The goal of the project is to see 4500 family members of 900 smallholder households with young parents (about 60% being women) using the resources available to them optimally to feed their families, for income-creation and the general development of both the natural and cultural environment. The position will be based at our Head Office in Lilongwe.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Conduct research on topics related to agroecology and sustainable agriculture
- Plan, identify and manage appropriate and innovative methods to generate qualitative and quantitative evidence.
- Writing up and analyzing research material,
- Write up research in styles appropriate for publication and dissemination in various forms.
- Assist with project monitoring and evaluation.
- Identify and develop new research themes and small-scale research project ideas which are relevant
- Communicate results through the drafting of various outputs for presentation at relevant workshops and conferences
- Engage and influence stakeholders based on research results.
The Ideal candidate:
- Exceptional candidates with excellent BSc in Social Science – with statistics as a major, Agriculture/Agroecology/Natural Resource Management and other related fields.
- Substantial research experience (at least 5 years)
- Excellent programming skills in SPSS, STATA are highly appreciated.
- Long term commitment
- Experience in local and indigenous seeds and agroecology would be a valuable asset
- Good command of English and Chichewa.
- Ability to work in teams as well as independently.
- Record of previous publication in either local or international journals. supervision.
- And other duties as assigned from time to time.
- Extension Officers (Agriculture/Forestry)
The Extension Officer position will support the work of our grant funded project called Mwanaalirenji through the William Jackson Food Group(WJFG). This project advocates the use of organic farming standards implementation and certification, cooperative development and agribusiness, gender, HIV and AIDS awareness to increase food and income security and reduce vulnerability amongst organic farming families in T/A Makwangwala – Ntcheu District.
This position will be based in Kusamala’s target communities in Ntcheu District and will be Kusamala’s representative in the field. The overall responsibility of this position will be to work closely with community members to train and support them in implementing permaculture and agroecology practices, monitoring and evaluation activities.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Directly responsible for community mobilization and dedicated to implementing permaculture and agroecology, and coordinating subsequent activities with the communities.
- Effectively and efficiently training community groups in permaculture and agroecology techniques
- Providing on-going support and guidance to community groups throughout the lifespan of the project
- Supporting community farmer managed seed systems.
- Acting as Kusamala’s representative in the field and supporting all related activities
- Monthly reporting on project activities, including baseline and regular data collection through community surveys
- Working closely with other extension officers to share knowledge and pool resources
The ideal candidate:
- Diploma in Agriculture with 5 years relevant job experience preferred
- Have experience in community organizing, project management, teaching or facilitation
- Excellent time management and organizational skills; ability to work in a self-directed environment
- Experience with reporting and data collection preferred
- Experience with mapping, GPS, and photography
- Willingness to work with different communities, including riding a motor bike.
- Excellent people skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in Chichewa
- Working knowledge of English
- Self-motivated and have the ability to work and communicate well in a team
- Have knowledge of or experience with permaculture, agroecology, and agroforestry
If interested, please send your application to: [email protected]. The application should include a cover letter and curriculum vitae with three traceable referees and should be received not later than March 15th, 2019. Please specify in the subject of your email which position you are applying for. Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged. Kusamala’s salaries and benefits are commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Kusamala occasionally offers residential internships for qualified, motivated candidates based on our project specific needs and the learning goals of the individual. While we do not currently have any intern openings, if you have a specific project you would like to propose, please feel free to contact us.
Kusamala would like to partner with academic institutions, both nationally and from abroad, to conduct research into various aspects of permaculture and agroecology.
If you or your organization are interested in partnering for research purposes please contact us.
Currently we are only seeking volunteers who have specific projects that align with our organizational needs. We are not accepting general volunteers at this time. If you have a volunteer project you would like to propose, please contact us.