Vice President – Program Design and Innovation

Full Time
Africa, Kenya, Nairobi
Posted 3 months ago

About AGRA

AGRA was formed in 2006 in response to a call from former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who said the time had come for African farmers to wage a “uniquely African Green Revolution.” For nearly 10 years, AGRA’s work across 18 countries was focused on distinct problems related to seed production, soil health, and agriculture markets that were so profound and had been neglected for so long that they required a concentrated effort to resolve.

AGRA is an alliance led by Africans with roots in farming communities across the continent. We understand that African farmers need uniquely African solutions designed to meet their specific environmental and agricultural needs so they can sustainably boost production and gain access to rapidly growing agriculture markets.

The Role

Serving as a key member of the Executive Management team and reporting to the President, the Vice President, Program Development & Innovation (PDI) assumes responsibility for the strategic role of program development in 12 AGRA countries, implementation, and monitoring of impact. The role drives the design and oversight of all elements of AGRA’s technical programs and strategy.

Person Specification

  • Leadership: Demonstrates ability to mobilise, focus, align, and build effective groups to enable them to conceptualise and achieve collective objectives. Inspires trust and passion in the AGRA mission. Ability to show great drive and commitment to AGRA mission. Help others understand how their daily work contributes to the AGRA’s mission and inspire others to proactively meet AGRA’s strategic objectives in partnership with clients. Maintain high
    standards of personal integrity and provide support for professional development efforts linked to business objectives.
  • Technical Competencies for the Position: Demonstrates knowledge of own work role specific issues. This encompasses the technical skills or knowledge required to perform the essential duties as described in this Job Description. Specifically, the candidate should have some expertise (all rounded exposure) in one or more of these areas – seeds, fertilizer, markets, post harvest management.
  • Specific technical competencies include the demonstrated ability to achieve results and drive complex work to conclusion, strategic thinker with demonstrated ability to use qualitative and quantitative data to present options for decision making, highlight tradeoffs
    and propose recommendations.
  • Driving for Results and Managing Performance: Demonstrates drive for improvement of business results based on well-roundedunderstanding of general business principles and own activities’ commercial and financial implications. Demonstrate the ability to agree objectives and competencies with staff which will support achievement of plans, and to provide them with feedback on their performance.
  • 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.
  • Managing Resources: Demonstrate 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.
  • For this role, the candidate must be of Pan-African origin.

Qualifications and Experience

PHD/M.Sc. or equivalent qualification in a field relevant to agricultural development.

Substantial experience in implementing and managing multi-country strategies and business plans within the agricultural or economic development space.

Job Features

Job CategoryNGO
LocationKenya, Nairobi
SalaryCompetitive
Closing DateApplications being reviewed on an ongoing basis

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Job Features

Job CategoryNGO
LocationKenya, Nairobi
SalaryCompetitive
Closing DateApplications being reviewed on an ongoing basis

Apply Online

Suzie Li

Associate Executive Search Consultant - Africa

agra@oxfordhr.co.uk