CropCow and PalmCow Field Officer recruitment

In December 2018, the CropCow and PalmCow teams conducted interviews to recruit Field Officers. These Field Officers will provide vital on-ground support and coordination.

The Field Officers

Field Officers are being employed as part of the CropCow and PalmCow teams in each key project research site. Their responsibilities will include:

  • helping to collect research data (including online data collection using the CommCare system);

  • assist with piloting and improving scale-out approaches; and

  • building the capacity of farmers and farmer groups by helping to deliver and support planned on-farm interventions.


Led by Dr Tanda Panjaitan, interviews for the CropCow Field Officer position in KalSel were held on 15 December 2018, while candidates for the six CropCow Field Officer positions in NTB were interviewed on 22 and 28 December 2018. Across the two provinces, 29 candidates were interviewed for these positions, all with agricultural science backgrounds.

From 18 to 21 December 2018, 26 candidates were interviewed by the PalmCow leadership team (Dr Yeni Widiawati, Professor John Ackerman and Professor Tjeppy Soedjana).

Two stage interviews took place in each of the PalmCow provinces of Riau, South Sumatra and East Kalimantan. The interview panel were joined by local BPTP colleagues in each province to conduct the interviews.

Successful recruits

The three CropCow farmer groups in Tanah Laut Regency, KalSel (shown in the map below) will be supported by a single Field Officer. These include Kuringkit (the Bunga Maswar farmer group; marked red on the map), Banua Tengah (the Tunas Muda farmer group; marked green on the map) and Pulau Sari (the Budidaya farmer group; marked blue on the map).

At the time of writing, the six project sites in NTB (Lombok and Sumbawa islands) were still being finalised, depending largely on site selection field work to be carried out in Sumbawa in February.

Congratulations to the following appointed CropCow Field Officers:

• Ridhona Edriantina, Tanah Laut Regency, KalSel;

• Moh. Adis M.P. Saramba, NTB; • Fitriyani Susanti, NTB;
• Juaeratul Uyun, NTB;

Muhammad Fauzan, NTB;

• Muhamad Sukri, NTB; and

• Baiq Ria Askina, NTB.

Five research sites have been selected for the PalmCow project, and a Field Officer will be present in each site to support research and capacity building activities. Each site is shown in the map below. Sites include: Tapung Hilir sub-district, Riau (marked in green); Tapung sub-district, Riau (marked in purple); Musi Banyuasin district, South Sumatra (marked in yellow); Paser district, East Kalimantan (marked in blue); and Penajem Paser Utara district, East Kalimantan (marked in red).

We congratulate the following appointed PalmCow Field Officers:

• Henni Rahmawati, Tapung Hilir sub- district, Kampar district, Riau;

• Triwindana Hadi Putra, Tapung sub- disctict, Kampar district, Riau;

• Aan Aryadi, Musi Banyuasin district, South Sumatra;

• M Abdul Rahim, Paser district, East Kalimantan; and

• Iriani Panjaitan; Penajem Pusar Utara district, East Kalimantan.

We extend a warm welcome to the IndoBeef team to all Field Officers!

Field Officers from both the CropCow and PalmCow projects will undergo extensive training in early 2019 before their activities commence in the field.

Interview panel and Field Officer candidates in East Kalimantan.  Photo: Dr Yeni Widiawati, IRIAP.

Interview panel and Field Officer candidates in East Kalimantan. Photo: Dr Yeni Widiawati, IRIAP.