Reporting to the Resilience Officer, the Associate Program Officer will be responsible for ensuring effective implementation and fostering integration of Regenerative and Climate Smart practices in agriculture systems in the two counties in Kenya. The officer will further ensure the generation and documentation of evidence-based data and information that will be used by decision-makers in both the public and private sectors for increased investments in regenerative agriculture.
The Associate Programme Officer will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the project, provision of technical leadership and support on climate smart and regenerative agriculture.
Through implementing partners, the officer will provide guidance and technical assistance in implementing and monitoring the project to its full extent of ensuring project outputs are met, policy advice and institutional engagement at county and national level, development of strategic partnerships at all levels and the development of knowledge products. This is a Nairobi-based position and the incumbent is expected to work in collaboration with other team members in AGRA to realize the overall goal of the building resilience into agriculture and food systems.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
- Work with the Resilience Officer, the Country Manager and members of the Programme Development and Innovations team to implement and manage the Regenerative Agriculture project
- Generation and documentation of evidence and case studies on key success and failure factors in the promotion and implementation of regenerative agriculture practices as a resilience building strategy in agriculture transformation;
- Mobilise and manage partnerships for the implementation of the project
- Manage the grant making process
- Monitor and report on grant implementation
- Ensure compliance to donor reporting requirements and attainment of project milestones
- Provide technical backstopping to the project, and AGRA in general, on the CSA and regenerative practices in agriculture at both upstream and downstream levels.
Key Qualifications & Experience
- Minimum seven (7) years working in agriculture development, climate change, and or environmental management
- Experience working in arid and semi-arid areas is an added advantage
- A Master’s degree or equivalent in Environmental management, Climate Change, Agriculture, Development, Economics, Sustainable development and or Livelihoods development or related disciplines with an interest in Agriculture development in Africa;
- Demonstrate exemplary management and leadership achievements
- Experience working with smallholder farmers, farmer groups and cooperatives and SMEs in capacity building, value addition, agribusiness finance and marketing of agri-produce in Kenya.
- A good understanding and appreciation of the gender and youth themes in agriculture
- Technical expertise in regenerative, climate smart agriculture and or natural resources management in agriculture
- Experience in project management, budgeting and implementation
- Demonstrate active and current knowledge of initiatives in the private and/or public sector on social and economic development (in agricultural development will be an added advantage) at national, regional and/or international level;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Excellent organizing, negotiation, influencing and advisory/coaching skills.
- Flexible to take on additional responsibilities as assigned/delegated.
An attractive remuneration package commensurate with this position’s responsibility will be negotiated with the successful candidate.
If you believe you are the right candidate for this position, kindly submit your application with a detailed CV (including your e-mail and telephone contacts) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please quote the job reference number in the subject line of the application e-mail.
To be considered, applications must be received by 24th February 2020
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.