AGRA Agribusiness Officer and Policy Officer Jobs in Kenya/Accra

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is a not-for-profit organization formed in 2006 to work with African governments, farmers, donors, NGOs and the private sector to reduce hunger and poverty in Africa through agricultural development targeted at resource-poor farmers. 
AGRA has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya and an office in Accra, Ghana.

AGRA is seeking to recruit experienced and exceptional individuals to fill the following positions:

Agribusiness Officer – Soil Health Program 
(2 Positions)
REF: AO – 05-12

These positions are internationally recruited. 
One will be based in Accra, Ghana covering West Africa and another in Nairobi, Kenya covering Eastern and Southern Africa. 
Both will be on a 3 year renewable contract and will report to the Director, Soil Health Program. 
This position will require the job holder to travel up to 50% of the time.
Specific responsibilities will include:
  • Identifying opportunities for AGRA’s SHP towards improving the agro-business planning, training and development and accessing affordable financing for agricultural inputs;
  • Scaling up projects in target, non AFAP (African Fertilizer Agribusiness Partnership) countries. AFAP works in three countries – Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania;
  • Developing innovative financing mechanisms for agriculture business development, inputs acquisition, procurement, and distribution to smallholder farmers supported by the ISFM scaling up; and
  • Developing farmer organisations and groups for effective and efficient delivery of services to their members.
Key Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience
  • An MSc. in Agriculture, Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics, Rural development or related field or an MBA;
  • A minimum of 10 years’ successful post-qualification experience in agribusiness or rural development;
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize and develop products using carefully reviewed sources of information from research and development projects;
  • Sound skills in proposal development, project management and developing agricultural training and dissemination materials; and • Fluency in English with sound working knowledge of French.
Policy Officer – Environmental Policy

REF: PO-EP – 05-12

This position is internationally recruited and will be based in Nairobi, Kenya on a 3 year renewable contract and will report to the Director, Policy Program.

Specific responsibilities will include:
  • Identifying policy, institutional and regulatory constraints to the success of AGRA programmatic interventions at national and regional levels;
  • Contributing towards the development of a comprehensive policy strategy for AGRA in support of its programs;
  • Evaluating national and regional agricultural policies across AGRA target-countries and assessing their relevance for the success of the green revolution;
  • Assisting national governments in the design and implementation of pro-poor policies for accelerating large scale uptake of green revolution technologies; and
  • Designing environmental and climate change adaption policy instruments that can ensure smallholder farmers adaptation to mitigation of adverse environmental and climatic effects.
Key Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience
  • A Masters’ degree in Agricultural Economics, Public Administration or Economics. A PhD will be a strong advantage;
  • A minimum of 10 years’ successful post-qualification experience in environmental policy development;
  • A strong research and publications background as well as analytical ability to design and evaluate policy options for promoting agricultural productivity growth;
  • Experience working within national, regional or international organizations at senior policy levels will be an advantage;and
  • Fluency in English with sound working knowledge of French.
The ideal candidates should be attentive to detail, have excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal and relationship-building skills with the ability to work analytically, both with autonomy and with a team in diverse cultural contexts. 
The candidates should also have high levels of integrity and objectivity. Attractive remuneration packages commensurate with the positions’ responsibilities will be negotiated with the successful candidates.

If you believe you can clearly demonstrate your abilities to meet the relevant criteria for these roles, please submit your application with a detailed CV, stating your current position, remuneration, e-mail and telephone contacts and quoting the relevant reference number on the application letter.

For more information on these positions, applicants can visit http://www.agra.org/

To be considered, your application must be received by 15 June, 2012 addressed to:

The Director
Executive Selection Division
Deloitte Consulting Limited
Deloitte Place, Waiyaki Way
Muthangari, Westlands
Email: agra@deloitte.co.ke
Tel: +254 20 423 000


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