African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF)
I. Position Information
Job Title: Regional Advocacy Officer — TELA Project
Grade: NRS (Nationally Recruited Staff)
Supervisor: Senior Manager — Communications and Partnerships
II. Organizational Context
The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) is an international not-for-profit organization that facilitates and promotes public/private partnerships to access, develop, adapt and deliver appropriate agricultural technologies for sustainable use by smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa.
AATF works with African governments, private and public technology owners and developers, NGOs, seed companies and African farmers to identify and access technologies that will address farmers’ key problems and enhance their productivity.
AATF is a registered charity under the laws of England and Wales and has host country status with the Government of Kenya. The Foundation depends on the ongoing support and collaboration of different partners and investors to meet its objectives.
AATF has received a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to implement development and commercialization of transgenic insect resistant and drought tolerant maize for Africa.
The project, which is a successor to the WEMA project, is being implemented in six countries – Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. The project is aimed at providing farmers with climate smart technologies that would enable them to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
AATF wishes to recruit a suitably qualified Regional Project Advocacy Officer, to be based in Nairobi, to help in coordination and implementation of the TELA project’s outreach and advocacy activities for a period of three years, renewable depending on performance and availability of funds.
Under the supervision of the Senior Manager, Communications and Partnerships, the Regional Project Advocacy Officer will support creation of an enabling environment for approval and commercial release of TELA maize varieties in the project countries.
This position will require a fair amount of travel across those countries.
III. Functions / Key Results Expected
- Produce and implement an effective outreach and policy advocacy strategy and plans to support creation of an environment conducive for submission, approval and commercial release of TELA maize products.
- Lead, coordinate and manage in-country TELA Maize Project advocacy officers and consultants to ensure effective and efficient delivery of the outreach goals.
- Build and grow a network of implementation partners and collaborators to enhance outreach to key constituents in a timely manner.
- Create public awareness and support of TELA maize products in the project countries utilizing a mix of fitting approaches including media (conventional
and social); advocacy materials, including policy briefs, booklets and reports; and other innovative channels including videos.
- Support monitoring and evaluation efforts through clear documentation, database management and timely production of progress and annual reports
for sharing with project and AATF leadership.
- Any other duties assigned from time to time.
- A good understanding of agricultural biotechnology socio-political and regulatory environments in SSA.
- Ability to coordinate, manage and inspire a diverse group of skilled professionals to work as a team to deliver the project’s mandate efficiently and
- Excellent high-level networking skills and ability to build and sustain relationships with key partners, especially high-level policy makers and economic elites with vested interest in maize value chain.
- Demonstrable high-level policy and grassroots advocacy and communication skills.
- Strong and proven media relations skills and ability to use information technology effectively as a tool and resource for strategic communication and advocacy.
- Strong organisational skills with the ability to plan and prioritize work activities to meet the project’s goals and objectives.
- Excellent report writing and presentation skills.
- Ability to travel including on short notice
V. Recruitment Qualifications
Education: Master’s degree in communications, biosciences or any other relevant discipline from a recognized university
Experience: At least five (5) years’ experience in biotechnology advocacy and or partnership project management / leadership / coordination in a science-related field; experience in social media campaign, and good understanding of the SSA agricultural biotechnology socio-political and policy environments.
Language Requirements: Fluency in written and spoken English. A working knowledge of a second language – French / Portuguese – would be an added advantage.
Application and Deadline:
Kindly submit electronically your application clearly marked ‘TELA Advocacy Officer’ addressed to the
Head of Human Resources,
African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF)
Application deadline is 30 May 2018.