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The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), founded in 2006, is an African-led African-based organization that seeks to catalyze Agriculture Transformation in Africa. AGRA is focused on putting smallholder farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economy by transforming agriculture from a solitary struggle to survive into farming as a business that thrives. As the sector that employs the majority of Africa’s people, nearly all of them small-scale farmers, AGRA recognizes that developing smallholder agriculture into a productive, efficient, and sustainable system is essential to ensuring food security, lifting millions out of poverty, and driving equitable growth across the continent.

To support this transformation from a country perspective, AGRA is seeking to recruit an experienced and exceptional individual to the role of:

Job Title: Program Officer
Job Ref: MA 02/2017
Location: Malawi
The Position

Reporting to the Regional Head/Head of the Geographic Service Team (GST), the Program Officer will be responsible for executing country strategy through grant-making and stakeholder convening, relevant country government relations and policy development and relevant country business development and resource mobilization. The position will be based in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support AGRA’s engagement with national government and donors for the design and implementation of appropriate policies and institutions with the aim of creating an enabling environment for investment by smallholder farmers and agribusinesses;
  • Identify, develop and maintain strong relationships with other partners who are working to improve food and agricultural policies;
  • Focus on energizing the delivery of extension services through innovative approaches;
  • Work with financial institutions to develop financial products that are friendly to smallholder farmer, agro-dealers, input companies, traders and processors;
    Work with the public and private sector to support crop variety development and release;
  • Support post-harvest management and market development through focus on improving storage and aggregation, value addition and smallholder connection to structured markets;
  • Convene stakeholders and promote the agricultural transformation agenda;
  • Manage consortiums;
  • Identify potential grantees and work with them to develop impactful interventions
    Liaise with AGRA technical experts to develop appropriate partnerships and design and manage grants;
  • Collaborate across AGRA to identify and overcome policy-related constraints on technology development, dissemination and uptake;
  • Support efforts to strengthen national capacities for policy design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Serve as advisor to the Regional Head on key challenges and opportunities for delivery and execution of the AGRA strategy.

Key Qualifications and Experience required:

  • A Master’s degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Public Finance, Public Administration, Law or related disciplines
  • A relevant Doctorate degree will be an added advantage
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in grant making and in leading policy-related development initiatives primarily in Africa;
  • At least three (3) years’ Senior-Level experience designing and implementing policy and regulatory reform in public sector;
  • Experience managing complex initiatives with proven ability to develop high impact partnerships; and
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a team orientation and strong collaborative skills.
  • An attractive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Job Title: Regional Head – Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda & Rwanda

Job Ref: KE 03/2017
Location: Malawi
The Position
Reporting to the Vice President for Country Support, Policy & Delivery, the Regional Head will lead the execution and delivery of AGRA country business plans in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Rwanda. He/ She will be responsible for AGRA’s direct country support, engagement with government, donors, and implementing partners, grant making, local policy influence, and overall establishing AGRA locally as a thought leader and go to partner for an inclusive agricultural transformation. The role is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Energize and lead the development and successful implementation of AGRA’s strategy and business plans in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Rwanda;
  • Manage the allocation of AGRA’s human and financial resources at the country level in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda & Rwanda to best deliver on the business plans, and manage and report on ongoing results to AGRA management and external donors and partners;
  • Support AGRA’s engagement with national governments across the countries in the Region for the design and implementation of appropriate policies with the aim of creating an enabling environment for investment by smallholder farmers and agribusinesses;
  • Support analytical and planning capacity of the Ministries of Agriculture and other critical public institutions in the Region;
  • Develop strategic linkages with donors and drive mobilization of resources – both to AGRA and to other aligned areas of the agricultural system – so as to support agricultural transformation efforts across the countries;
  • Lead the proactive identification of new stakeholders to influence and explore and develop opportunities for impact generation;
    Convene relevant stakeholders and promote agricultural transformation across Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda & Rwanda;
  • Convene and participate in agriculture sector working groups and donor working groups to marshal resources and advance agricultural transformation;
  • Oversee the packaging of evidence and lessons learned from work in the country to inform AGRA’s broader thought leadership, partnership development, and resource mobilization across the continent and globally to advance the African agricultural transformation agenda;
  • Serve as a spokesperson and thought leader for AGRA in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda & Rwanda, as well as requested in other regional and global forums;
  • Serve as advisor to the Vice President for Country Support, Policy and Delivery and other members of AGRA’s management team on key challenges and opportunities for execution of the AGRA strategy;
  • Mentor and develop direct reports to ensure a healthy talent pipeline.

Key Qualifications and Experience required:

  • A PhD/Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Public Finance, Public Administration, Law or another relevant discipline;
  • Minimum of 15 years’ relevant experience with at least eight years’ Senior-Level experience in implementing and managing multi-country strategies and business plans in the agriculture or economic development space;
  • Experience managing complex initiatives with proven ability to develop high impact partnerships; and
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a team orientation and strong collaborative skills.
  • An attractive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Job Title: Program Officer – Mozambique  

Job Ref: MZ 02/2017
Location: Malawi
The Position

Reporting to the Regional Head/Head of the Geographic Service Team (GST), the Program Officer will be responsible for executing country strategy through grant-making and stakeholder convening, relevant country government relations and policy development and relevant country business development and resource mobilization. The position will be based in Maputo, Mozambique.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support AGRA’s engagement with national government and donors for the design and implementation of appropriate policies and institutions with the aim of creating an enabling environment for investment by smallholder farmers and agribusinesses;
  • Identify, develop and maintain strong relationships with other partners who are working to improve food and agricultural policies;
  • Engage with private sector actors to strengthen value adding market linkages;
    Work with public and private sector entities to develop more suitable fertilizer blends and provide stakeholders with greater access to soil mapping and soil testing facilities;
  • Work with financial institutions to develop financial products that are friendly to smallholder farmer, agro-dealers, input companies, traders and processors;
    Convene stakeholders and promote the agricultural transformation agenda;
    Manage consortiums;
  • Identify potential grantees and work with them to develop impactful interventions
    Liaise with AGRA technical experts to develop appropriate partnerships and design and manage grants;
  • Collaborate across AGRA to identify and overcome policy-related constraints on technology development, dissemination and uptake
  • Support efforts to strengthen national capacities for policy design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Serve as advisor to the Regional Head on key challenges and opportunities for delivery and execution of the AGRA strategy.

Key Qualifications and Experience required:

  • A Master’s degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Public Finance, Public Administration, Law or related disciplines
  • A relevant Doctorate degree will be an added advantage
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in grant making and in leading policy-related development initiatives primarily in Africa;
  • At least three (3) years’ Senior-Level experience designing and implementing policy and regulatory reform in public sector;
  • Experience managing complex initiatives with proven ability to develop high impact partnerships; and
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a team orientation and strong collaborative skills.

Job Title: Regional Head – Malawi & Mozambique  

Job Ref: MZ 03/2017
Location: Maputo, Mozambique
The Position

Reporting to the Vice President for Country Support, Policy & Delivery, the Regional Head will lead the execution and delivery of AGRA country business plans in Malawi and Mozambique. He/ She will be responsible for AGRA’s direct country support, engagement with government, donors, and implementing partners, grant making, local policy influence, and overall establishing AGRA locally as a thought leader and go to partner for an inclusive agricultural transformation. The role is based in Maputo, Mozambique.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Energize and lead the development and successful implementation of AGRA’s strategy and business plans in Malawi and Mozambique;
  • Manage the allocation of AGRA’s human and financial resources at the country level in Malawi and Mozambique to best deliver on the business plans, and manage and report on ongoing results to AGRA management and external donors and partners;
  • Support AGRA’s engagement with national governments across the countries in the Region for the design and implementation of appropriate policies with the aim of creating an enabling environment for investment by smallholder farmers and agribusinesses;
  • Support analytical and planning capacity of the Ministries of Agriculture and other critical public institutions in the Region;
  • Develop strategic linkages with donors and drive mobilization of resources – both to AGRA and to other aligned areas of the agricultural system – so as to support agricultural transformation efforts across the countries;
  • Lead the proactive identification of new stakeholders to influence and explore and develop opportunities for impact generation;
  • Convene relevant stakeholders and promote agricultural transformation across Malawi and Mozambique;
  • Convene and participate in agriculture sector working groups and donor working groups to marshal resources and advance agricultural transformation;
  • Oversee the packaging of evidence and lessons learned from work in the country to inform AGRA’s broader thought leadership, partnership development, and resource mobilization across the continent and globally to advance the African agricultural transformation agenda;
  • Serve as a spokesperson and thought leader for AGRA in Malawi and Mozambique, as well as requested in other regional and global forums;
  • Serve as advisor to the Vice President for Country Support, Policy and Delivery and other members of AGRA’s management team on key challenges and opportunities for execution of the AGRA strategy;
  • Mentor and develop direct reports to ensure a healthy talent pipeline.

Key Qualifications and Experience required:

  • A PhD/Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Public Finance, Public Administration, Law or another relevant discipline;
  • Minimum of 15 years’ relevant experience with at least eight years’ Senior-Level experience in implementing and managing multi-country strategies and business plans in the agriculture or economic development space;
  • Experience managing complex initiatives with proven ability to develop high impact partnerships;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a team orientation and strong collaborative skills; and
    Working knowledge of English and Portuguese.

Job Title: Associate Procurement Officer – Nairobi, Kenya

Job Ref: Operations 02/2017
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
The Position

Reporting to the Head of Procurement, the Associate Procurement Officer will be responsible for the management of AGRA’s administrative aspects of the procurement function and in ensuring procurement best practice are followed. This position is nationally recruited and will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Publish, distribute invitations to pre-qualify, pre-qualification documents, invitations to express of interest, request for proposal (RFP) incorporating terms of reference (TOR) or request for quotation (RFQ), Statement of works etc.
  • Participate in bid opening(s)
  • Prepare Local Purchase orders in Navision, ensure they are duly dispatched and timely corrective actions on LPOs with errors (e.g. LPOs with budget errors, match exceptions, unapproved LPOs etc.) is undertaken.
  • Create vendor profiles in Navision.
  • Works in liaison with the supervisor to determine the institutions purchasing needs and specifications.
  • File, maintain and archive all documents and procurement records.
  • Manages the day-to-day operational and administrative activities of the Head of Procurement (HoP) by organizing the flow of work, prioritizing incoming requests, maintaining the HoP’s agenda, paper work and following-up to ensure timely responses.
  • Takes follow-up actions required by the HoP, filing documents and maintaining the relevant files.
  • Screens correspondence, drafts and replies to requests for non-technical information, prepares acknowledgements and initial responses; composes correspondence for signature by the HoP,
  • In liaison with the travel office, assists the HoP in the organization of local and international travel by requesting an itinerary, ticket price information, and visas directly from the travel agent; contacts hosts and arranges hotel accommodation, appointments, and processes travel expenses;
  • Makes necessary arrangements for meetings, workshops and conferences, books rooms, drafts agenda, compiles and distributes background documentation;

Academic and Professional Qualifications and Relevant experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Management, Finance/Accounting, Business Administration or equivalent disciplines
  • Diploma in Procurement and Supply and CIPS is an advantage
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in procurement, preferably in a non-profit organization
  • Experience in handling complex procurement issues.
  • Experience in operating successfully in an international and regulatory challenging environment.
  • An understanding of risk and compliance in the context of development organizations operating in Africa.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills, particularly in English. Understanding of French will be an added advantage

If you believe you are the right candidate for any of this positions, kindly submit your application with a detailed CV (including your e-mail and telephone contacts).

Applications should be submitted to [email protected] noting to quote the job reference number. To be considered, applications must be received by 10th March, 2017.

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