Call for a Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition Expert Volunteer: Tanzania

21 May 2018

The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) is seeking an experienced Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition Expert, as a volunteer in Tanzania, to assist in training of trainers from various organizations including:

  • Fertilizer companies
  • Extension officers
  • Ministry of agriculture – Agro-Inputs section
  • Presidents Office (officers involved with Agriculture) and
  • Agro dealers


Assignment Title: Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition Expert Volunteer: Tanzania
Host Organisation: The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
Location: Tanzania
Reports to: Senior Director Public Private Partnerships and Investments
Website of Host Organisation:
Duration of Assignment: 4 weeks
Start Date: August 2018

The objective of the assignment is to update and strengthen skills of staff from the aforementioned organizations with skills and current technologies which can then be transferred to a wider community of smallholder farmers and farmers’ organizations in Tanzania.

The volunteer is expected to enhance the overall skills of trainees by providing technical assistance to improve their skills on soil fertility and plant nutrition.


To provide training on:

  • Management of acidic-affected soils
  • Management of alkaline-affected soils
  • Management of salt-affected soils
  • Basics and evaluation of soil fertility
  • Fertilizer application recommendation per crop and soil type
  • General knowledge on plant nutrition


  • Master’s or Doctorate Degree in Soil Science- Fertility and Plant Nutrition, Soil Chemistry or a related area
  • A minimum of 5 years of practical experience on soil fertility management
  • Possess knowledge of Tanzania agriculture/agro-ecological zones/soils
  • Experience on soil research and soil data analysis
  • Relevant experience on agro inputs sector in Tanzania
  • A general understanding of the Fertilizer Industry (products and practices) in Tanzania
  • Proficiency in English and Swahili
  • Experience on working with international organizations


  • Flights: return travel support (airfare, train, bus) to country of assignment
  • Airport Transfers: Airport pick up and drop off in-country
  • Living Allowance (USD 100 per day)
  • Accommodation Allowance. The staff in Tanzania will arrange for accommodation
  • Support: Local in-country team support
  • Insurance: Travel Health Insurance (comprehensive coverage for evacuation and medical emergencies)
  • Pre-Departure Kit: Full project details will be sent
  • Pre-departure vaccination expenses
  • Visa expenses


Qualified applicants, please send your CV, and a cover letter to support your application with a brief summary of your most relevant experiences, results and achievements to

The closing date for submission of applications is 5 June 2018. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.