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Drawing on Mercy Corps’ experience implementing the AgriFin Mobile, AgriFin Accelerate and AgriFin Digital Farmer programs, GIZ has engaged Mercy Corps to understand how young technology innovators can be supported in scale and operational viability by engaging with emerging models of digital platforms. The GIZ smart development hack is a six-month, €1,300,000 initiative to work with a cohort of partners in Kenya and Nigeria to develop digital solutions that address challenges in the agriculture sector especially brought about by the Covid 19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to the complex fragility of many countries, highlighted most clearly in the interplay of public health, markets and food systems. Early warning signs are emerging that the continent is on the brink of an unprecedented food security crisis. In Kenya it is estimated that there are sufficient strategic reserves for three months, but disrupted food systems, logistics and evidence of food hoarding may shorten that timeline, particularly as the largest desert locust invasion in 70 years.
This project aims to promote zero contact and prevent the spread of COVID-19 by utilizing technology to expand access to food, improve distribution of agriculture outputs by consumers through support farmers utilize updated agriculture extension information to bolster production, cultivation, marketing and distribution of food in Kenya.
The OKTA - Sprout Smart Farmer Innovation (SSFI) Program intends the Sprout Platform to play the role of a global public good, where content can be consolidated and shared with farmer-facing organizations and distributed to smallholders through their various digital channels, supporting farmers to leverage the information to build their capacity and become more resilient. The program aims to develop and pilot the delivery of hyperlocal services for farmers via the Sprout Platform.
Sprout, The Open Content Agriculture Platform, a project of Mercy Corps Agrifin (MCA), is partnering with KALRO to provide a content marketplace/exchange for expert content developers to offer high quality digital-ready, farmer-friendly content that can be used free of charge by content distribution partners. The goal of Sprout is to enable MCA partners to cost effectively, acquire and use this content to build productivity, earned income and resilience of farmers at scale.
Purpose / Project Description:
The Site Reliability Engineering Consultant will be expected to help improve and maintain the technical infrastructure of the Sprout Platform.
Mercy Corps AgriFin (MCA) is seeking a to engage a Site Reliability Engineering Consultant to improve and maintain the technical infrastructure of the Sprout platform, reducing product development time, reducing infrastructure costs, and keeping the platform highly reliable and available for users. The engineer will report to D-CSA Program Director and Sprout Lead for deliverables; and will work closely and collaborate with other Sprout consultants and staff of MCA, particularly the senior technical advisor.
The Consultant will conduct the following activities:
The Consultant will:
(estimated completion date May 31, 2023):
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The Consultant will report to:
Mercy Corps AgriFin’s D-CSA Director, Sprout, and Ethiopia Lead
Payments will be made based on days worked capped at a maximum number of 60 days within the period of May 1st -October 31st, 2023
Timeframe / Schedule:
The Timeframe will be between May 1st -October 31st, 2023
The Consultant will work closely with:
The Mercy Corps Agrifin Technical team and Sprout Consultants
Required Experience & Skills:
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