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New Employment Opportunity at AGRA

New Employment Opportunity at AGRA

About AGRA 

Established in 2006, AGRA is an African-led and Africa-based institution that puts smallholder farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economy by transforming agriculture from a solitary struggle to survive into farming as a business that thrives. Together with our partners, we are working to sustainably grow Africa’s food systems.

AGRA strengthens seed systems, develops and promotes sustainable farming practices, helps unlock trade and markets, and supports governments who lead their countries’ development. We work with farmers to adapt to climate change, increase soil health, and protect the environment.  AGRA believes deeply in the urgency of reducing the inequality that women face in agriculture, and to unlocking the power and innovation of youth.

To support the successful delivery of this transformation, AGRA is seeking to recruit an experienced and exceptional individual to the role of an experienced Senior Program Officer, Women Entrepreneurship in Agriculture (WEA) to support program implementation.

The role will be based in either Nairobi, Kenya or Kigali, Rwanda or Accra, Ghana

Why AGRA? 

At AGRA we believe Agriculture is the single greatest opportunity to deliver inclusive economic growth, jobs, and health to the African continent. An alliance led by Africans with roots in farming communities across the continent combined with an inclusive and diverse workforce from 24 nationalities. Our values of (I-RISEIntegrity, Respect, Innovation, Stewardship and Equity.) espouse our commitment to a call to action to go beyond ourselves as we arise and transform Africa’s Agriculture.

When you join us, we present you with intellectually stimulating assignments and structured career advancement with 30% of open roles being filled internally through promotions and transfers, and a Leadership commitment for this ratio to increase. This is after setting you up for success with a World Class Onboarding for new hires where a bespoke induction trains on all aspects of the role that you will need to succeed. You will gain a full understanding of our lofty ambitions to transform African agriculture, and how you can contribute to an amazing employee experience.

We are looking for people who are passionate about Africa, curious and collaborative to join our innovative, growing, and multidisciplinary team.

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The Position

AGRA’s revamped gender and inclusion strategy has brought new dimensions such as promoting women entrepreneurship and access to agri-markets and trade opportunities.

AGRA plans to provide support to women entrepreneurship and support to agribusinesses through the VALUE4HER, a flagship initiative aimed at strengthening women’s agribusinesses enterprises through access to high value markets and trade opportunities, access to finance, business leadership and management capabilities, digital networking, voice and advocacy.

VALUE4HER initiative is powered by  VALUE4HERConnect, Africa’s first Women in Agribusiness digital marketplace, which leverages the power of digital technology to bridge systemic, structural and gender gaps in access to business resources, assets and services .

AGRAs strategy delves deeper into an understanding of and programming for different groups of women, young (new entrants) and existing (already in agribusiness) , taking care of the socio, cultural, economic and gender dynamic in their particular context.

Reporting to the Head, Gender and Inclusion, the Senior Program Officer, Women entrepreneurships in agriculture,  will lead the strategic analysis, conceptualization, planning, coordination and delivery, monitoring, learning and evaluation of the WEA  across countries and across the continent.

He/ she will be responsible for developmental activities planned for WEA and VALUE4HER in the coming years, including implementation of the VALUE4HER Network Vision, strategy and activities at continental and country level. This position will work closely with amongst others, the inclusive markets and youth entrepreneurship team to ensure synergy and leverage.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leads in strategic analysis and conceptualization of projects, services and events in support of women in agribusiness.
  • Secondly, Leads in provision of technical assistance and backstopping in developing and delivery of integrated business solutions and services to women agripreneurs in Africa, refining models of services as per relevance and desired impact.
  • Identifies and monitors key trends and contextual dynamics which the support to women in agribusiness enterprises in in Africa.
  • Then, Guides implementing partners in the design and implementation of projects and grants that enhance the positioning of women in agribusiness and agri-trade, agri-finance and an equitable business enabling environment.
  • Guides implementing partners in the design and implementation of projects that enhance women agripreneurship.
  • Also, Advises women in agriculture stakeholders on needs and opportunities for women in agricultural market trade policies, finance, and investment opportunities and enabling an equitable business environment
  • Builds partnership with inclusive markets team and all other teams in AGRA to better leverage capabilities and investments to boost impact for women in agribusiness.
  • Afterwards, Devise Advocacy and knowledge agenda for the initiative, lead the development of research and insights, useful for advocacy and improving the growth pathways for women’s agribusinesses.
  • Communicates results through written and verbal communication.
  • Oversees the implementation of the VALUE4HER business case, and delivery of strategic implementation plan.
  • Moreover, Creates background documents, analysis, briefs and presentations, often on short timelines.
  • Plans and facilitates the delivery of programs and grants in fulfilment of WEA and VALUE4HER objectives.
  • Oversees the improved coordination and investment in WEA and the Value4Her  initiative and the women agripreneur networks in country and across the continent.
  • Finally, Develops the relevant tools for monitoring and evaluation of the initiative, implements successes and advises when remedial actions are necessary.
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Relevant Experience

  • Minimum 8-10 years’ experience working in various African countries in program design implementation and management working with women in agriculture networks, women private sector, governments, development partners or other such institutions.
  • Experience in a management consulting firm in the broad field of strategy and/or other related areas (business efficiency, performance improvement, organizational change, business and sector intelligence, stakeholder engagement etc.) will be an added advantage.
  • Extensive experience in agriculture markets and trade, and private sector engagement with agricultural systems targeting women.
  • Good command of English, a working knowledge of French will be an advantage.
  • Aware of the new opportunities and priorities for agriculture development to both internal and external audiences.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines within a fast-paced environment with multiple competing demands.
  • Demonstrable ability to work in complex work dynamics and challenges. Able to adapt rapidly to new technical areas.
  • Ability to deliver high quality products under pressure.
  • Strong analytical skills and demonstrable ability to engage government, development partners and private sector.
  • Experience in developing and managing strong partnerships and relationships inside and outside the organization, managing conflicts, and building consensus. Comfortably engages with senior decision makers within organization and constructively challenges colleagues, clients, and stakeholders.
  • Experience of end-to-end project management, including scoping and design, resourcing, risk management and quality assurance.
  • Good team working skills.
  • Excellent oral, facilitation, and written communication skills; works well in diverse teams, with efficiency and diplomacy.
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Academic and Professional Qualifications

  • Firstly, Masters’ degree in agribusiness, agricultural economics, gender economics, gender in agriculture, finance and investments or other relevant disciplines related to gender, agricultural or agribusiness development.
  • Secondly, Deep knowledge of women’s economic empowerment and market systems development and the demonstrated ability to catalyze change in addressing challenges faced by women.
  • Thirdly, Solid knowledge of international, continental, and regional gender in markets policies and trade institutions.
  • Lastly, Possesses a good understanding of agriculture market development efforts in public, private and donor sectors in Africa.

How to Apply for this Employment Opportunity at AGRA

If you believe you are the right candidate for this position, kindly submit your application with a detailed CV (including your e-mail address and telephone contacts to noting to quote the job reference number in the subject of your email)

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To be considered, applications must be received on or before 31st  December, 2022.

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