Head of African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF)

Nairobi, Kenya
Apply by 7 April 2018
Posted on 8 March 2018

Job Description

An Alliance with Korn Ferry

March, 2018


Position: Head of African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF)

Company: Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Presence: 18 Countries

Website: http://agra.org/ and www.agrf.org


The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) was founded in 2006 through a partnership between the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Today AGRA also receives funding from other governments, agencies and international institutions.

AGRA is an African-based organization with a vision of a food secure and prosperous Africa achieved through rapid, sustainable agricultural growth based on smallholder farmers, majority of whom are women. AGRA brings a wealth of human resources, vibrant network of partners and a keen eye for smallholder agriculture challenges and opportunities.

AGRA employs these tools to bring an innovative approach to strengthening crop value chains and scaling up effective technologies and models such as availing the right form of seeds and fertilizers, markets and post-harvest management including reduction of loses, farmer organizations and connecting these farmers to markets and to finance.

AGRA offers exceptional and complementary packages of agricultural finance for small holder farmers and use of ICT tools to deliver services to farmers all based on AGRA’s wealth of experience and expertise in innovative finance along the entire value chain. ALLIANCE FOR A GREEN REVOLUTION IN AFRICA HEAD OF AFRICAN GREEN REVOLUTION FORUM (AGRF)

AGRA, working with other partners, deploys its capacities and capabilities to create an appropriate policy and regulatory environment as well as advocacy to support these actions along the value chain.


AGRA’s vision is that Africa can feed itself and the world and aims to increase the incomes and improve the food security of 30 million smallholder farmers within the next five years. Some key points to note are:

  • AGRA’s strategy for 2017-2021 will invest more than US$ 500 million into various programs in at least 11 countries in Africa through the Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) programme.
  • AGRA is the go to partner for governments and other actors seeking an agricultural transformation on the continent, and its understanding of the landscape and thought leadership in forums and communications are critical to shaping the policies, programs, and investments of other players in the sector.

African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF)

Established in 2010, the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) has emerged as Africa’s premier platform for global and African leaders to move African agriculture forward. The Forum brings together a range of critical stakeholders in the African agriculture landscape to discuss and develop concrete plans for achieving the green revolution in Africa.

Principle strategic AGRF partners include AGRA, African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), African Development Bank (AfDB), the Africa Union (AU) and NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, AGCO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grow Africa, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), the Mastercard Foundation, OCP, the Rockefeller Foundation, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU), Syngenta, and Yara International ASA (Yara). ALLIANCE FOR A GREEN REVOLUTION IN AFRICA HEAD OF AFRICAN GREEN REVOLUTION FORUM (AGRF)

The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) focuses on discussions centered on promoting investments, public – private opportunities and policy support for driving the vision contained in the African Declaration on Agriculture and Food Security. Other key points to note are:

  • AGRF is held yearly with an open forum with over 1000 participants and an alternating smaller invite only event.
  • It has established a set of Thematic Working Groups – six currently in existence – that meet periodically throughout the year to advance the Forum’s primary agendas. The thematic groups will meet physically once a year in various localities and virtually as many times as required.


The Head of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) hold primary responsibility for managing the Forum and ensuring it continues to strengthen and deliver as the premier continental forum. S/he provides strategic, programmatic, execution, and logistical leadership for the Forum and its workings throughout the year in order to deliver on its multi-year strategic vision. In particular, s/he is responsible for cultivating the strategic vision of the AGRF as the platform of platforms to advance Africa’s agricultural transformation agenda and the necessary political, policy, and financing commitments required to grow food, jobs, and economies. S/he plays a leading role in building and managing programmatic partnerships with the AGRF Partners and other stakeholders to maximize their engagement in the forum and with AGRA more broadly.

S/he is responsible for identifying and managing the relevant resource-persons to execute and follow up on the annual forum, as well as other thematic working groups and dialogues throughout the year. S/he is also responsible for ongoing knowledge management, communications, and resource mobilization around the platform to ensure it maximizes its impact and is fully funded, working in coordination with AGRA’s Communications and Resource Mobilization units. ALLIANCE FOR A GREEN REVOLUTION IN AFRICA HEAD OF AFRICAN GREEN REVOLUTION FORUM (AGRF)

The Head of AGRF projects a professional persona consistent with the values of AGRA and will serve as a core member of AGRA’s Management Team. S/he will be responsible for the daily oversight of the AGRF Executive Officer, 1-2 temporary staff to support administration, and the outsourced AGRF events manager and other suppliers.


The performance of this role holder will be assessed on the basis of the achievements made on:

  • Achievement of the AGRF annual work plan and medium-term Strategy
  • Effective and efficient development and execution of a world class annual AGRF forum
  • Quality of AGRF Thematic Working Groups and increased engagement and outcomes over time
  • Effective management of the AGRF budget and mobilization of sufficient resources annually to fully fund the AGRF’s activities and expenses
  • Management of the AGRF Local Organizing Committee and Service Providers
  • Continued growth of AGRF as a knowledge and communications platform over time


The Head of AGRF will have the following key responsibilities:

AGRF Annual Work Plan and Medium-term Strategy

  • Developing the annual AGRF Work Plan – prepared in Q4 of each year – as needed in partnership with the AGRF Secretariat and stakeholders;
  • Monitoring progress on the Work Plan weekly to provide updates and critical actions to appropriate stakeholders;
  • Supporting the AGRA Strategy, Policy & Advocacy, and Partnerships team in the development of an AGRF Medium-term strategy as required;
  • Running a process to solicit and determine future host countries and themes each year in partnership with AGRA management and the AGRF partners;
  • Producing materials for AGRF Partners meetings;
  • Producing the AGRF Annual Report in collaboration with AGRA’s Communications and Resource Mobilization units.

Effective and efficient development and execution of a world class annual AGRF forum

  • Working with the AGRA team and AGRF Partners Group to identify interests and information needs of AGRF’s target stakeholder groups for the purposes of designing the best AGRF, anchored in cutting edge knowledge, lessons, and partnerships;
  • Coordinating the production of an AGRF thematic paper and associated branding and marketing materials, in partnership with AGRA’s Communications team and agency support;
  • Working with the AGRF Secretariat and the AGRF Partners to ensure effective venue design and room allocation;
  • Coordinating the design and maintenance of the AGRF website and other communication platforms as required, in partnership with AGRA’s Communications team and agency support;
  • Marketing the AGRF to a range of potential speakers and sponsors in a bid to attract high level attendance;
  • Driving the process of invitations to all VIPs and speakers;
  • Working with the AGRF Secretariat to design the AGRF program and begin solicitation of related side events.

Support advancement of Thematic Working Groups

  • Coordinating the ongoing development and cultivation of AGRF’s six thematic working groups and communities of practice to discuss critical issues relating to AGRF’s mandate via a range of convening/ discussion fora, virtual dialogues and events to outline key advocacy messages and influence key policy makers and other constituents. This shall include facilitating the development of the respective strategies for each of the Thematic Working Groups (TWG) ensuring that the strategies are linking to the theme und objectives of AGRF 2018.

Manage AGRF budget and resource mobilization

  • Preparing and managing the AGRF budget effectively and efficiently;
  • Working with procurement to negotiate suppliers as required;
  • Preparing a sponsor form letter with the Resource Mobilization unit to use in approaching potential annual sponsors for the Forum in February;
  • Overseeing the outreach and follow up with sponsors along with AGRA’s Resource Mobilization team, providing monthly updates to the AGRA Steering Committee and AGRF Partners.

Set up of 2018 AGRF Local Organizing Committee and Service Providers

  • Working with AGRA’s Legal team to develop an MoU for engagement with the Host Government (building on previous year templates) and set up of the Local Organizing Committee;
  • Taking responsibility for pulling together agendas, pre-reads, and notes within the AGRF Secretariat to ensure success meetings with the Local Organizing Committee every 4-8 weeks as ultimately agreed with the host government;
  • Engaging with other resource-persons procured by AGRA to provide technical and logistical support to the Forum.

Continued growth of AGRF as a knowledge and communications platform over time

  • Strengthening the AGRF website as a knowledge and communications platform;
  • Cultivating and disseminating knowledge around AGRF topics through various communications channels.


  • Serving as the focal point for coordination of the AGRF Secretariat, along with management of the AGRF Executive Officer and 1-2 temporary staff;
  • Act as the Secretary to the AGRF Partners Group by convening, preparing agendas and pre-reads, and ensuring meetings are documented and decisions acted upon.


The Head of AGRF is expected to demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Passionate about the mission and opportunity AGRA has to catalyse and sustain agricultural transformation in Africa
  • Experience and a track record on facilitating large multi-stakeholder events or partnerships within Africa;
  • Proven attention to detail in work plan development, management, and implementation in respect to very complex work plans;
  • Leadership vision and ability to help the AGRF partners and AGRA envision how AGRF can best help advance the continent’s agricultural agenda in 2018 and over the coming 3-5 years;
  • Strong interpersonal capabilities and ability to manage relationships with people of all levels in a successful manner;
  • Knowledge of challenges and opportunities in event and forum management in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Proficiency in the use of standard computer software applications;
  • Excellent communication skills with demonstrated proficiency in English language, both written and spoken. Working knowledge of French is desirable;
  • Excellent cross cultural skills, ability to work in a diverse, multi-cultural NGO environment, with respect, professionalism and gender sensitivity; and
  • Willingness to travel 25-30% required.


AGRA is an equal opportunity employer, and a diverse set of candidates is being sought for formal consideration. The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications, experience and background:

  • A Masters’ degree in Management, Public Administration, Public Relations, Communications, or any business-related or partnership-focused area.
  • Minimum of 8 years of post-qualification work experience in relevant roles.
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ management or coordination experience working with teams in a large mutli-country organization dependent on multiple actors.
  • Experience and a proven track record of success in managing complex partnerships and conferences or forums similar to AGRF.
  • Experience and a proven track record of relationship ownership and management.


a) Planning and Organising:

Devises plans of action with explicit paths and measures of accomplishment for self and/or others, and allocates suitable resources so that objectives are achieved. Strong administration skills.

b) Technical Competencies for the position:

Demonstrates knowledge of all own work role specific issues. This encompasses the technical skills or knowledge required to perform the essential duties as described in this Job Description. Specific technical competencies: quantitative analytical skills including use of appropriate software, results-based management systems, designing tools and strategies for data collection, analysis and production of reports; In-depth knowledge on MIS, M&E and development issues.

c) Accuracy and attention to detail:

High level of accuracy, attention to detail and thoroughness. Ability to maintain a timely and efficient work flow.

d) Managing Resources:

Demonstrates the ability to plan and use resources (people and/or finance and/or physical assets) in accordance with AGRA guidelines and delegated accountability so that objectives are achieved in the most effective manner possible.

e) Coaching and Developing Staff:

A demonstrated capacity for working effectively within multi-disciplinary teams for collective success and provide effective coaching and encourage appropriate development activities in order to support staff in identifying and meeting their training and development needs.

f) Relationship management, Communications, and Interpersonal relations:

Exceptional communication skills and ability to represent AGRA externally at high levels. Demonstrates ability to maintain lasting, healthy, and effective one-to-one working relationships with colleagues, suppliers, customers, professional peers, etc.

g) Intercultural Sensitivity and Effectiveness:

Demonstrates ability to cross and bridge different racial, cultural, or business cultures. This requires and is exhibited by personal experience of international or cross-cultural business with improved achievements.

h) Team Work:

Demonstrates productive drive in working with peers, partners, consultants and others to achieve pre-targeted and measurable business results.


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About the Organization

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is a partnership that works with governments, donors, NGOs, the private sector, and African farmers to significantly and sustainably improve the productivity and income of resource-poor farmers in Africa. Founded and initially funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, AGRA supports interventions aimed at improving seed systems, soil fertility, input and output markets, policies, and other priority sectors, with the overall objective of reducing food insecurity. AGRA aims to achieve these goals by: supporting and building capability of farmers and enterprises across the agricultural value chain; being a thought-leader on African agriculture by collecting, packaging, and disseminating knowledge; and creating strong partnerships with public, private, and donor actors to drive change within the sector. AGRA is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, and has an office in Accra, Ghana.

More information

Position Specification - AGRA - Head of AGRF.pdf