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Head, Strategy, M&E & Knowledge Management

Job Reference: SS/HSMEK/03/2020

Nairobi, Kenya

Founded in 2006, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), is an African-led African-based organization that seeks to catalyze Agriculture Transformation in Africa. AGRA is focused on putting 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. As the sector that employs the majority of Africa’s people, nearly all of them small-scale farmers, AGRA recognizes that developing smallholder agriculture into a productive, efficient, and sustainable system is essential to ensuring food security, lifting millions out of poverty, and driving equitable growth across the continent.

Under its 5-year strategy, AGRA looks to catalyze and sustain an Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa to increase incomes and improve food security for 30 million farmers. Under this strategy, AGRA will deliver through an approach that simultaneously catalyzes change at farmer level, strengthens input and output market systems and puts government at the center to enable and champion private-sector-led agricultural growth at national level.

To support this transformation, AGRA is seeking to recruit an experienced and exceptional individual to the position Head of Strategy, Monitoring & Evaluation and Knowledge Management.

The role will be based in Nairobi, Kenya (Approximately 25% Travel)

The Position:

Reporting into the Chief of Staff & Strategy, this role is based in AGRA’s Nairobi headquarters and manages a team of 8-15 Strategy, Monitoring & Evaluation and Knowledge Management professionals. S/he will work with the Executive Committee and across all programmatic leadership to facilitate sound programmatic planning, performance management, and learning to maximize AGRA’s impact in transforming Africa’s agriculture. S/he is responsible for building institutional partnerships with other key actors that can deliver on AGRA’s M&E and Knowledge Management plans most efficiently and effectively, as well as serving as a thought leader and external spokesperson for AGRA in the African Agricultural Community.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manages AGRA’s overall corporate strategic planning, monitoring and review implementation progress against short, medium term and longer term impact.
  • Tracks key strategic performance measures for each unit and division, and leads the identification of performance gaps, their implication and means of mitigation.
  • Leads in the design and implementation of the AGRA’s strategic framework of M&E design and implementation; and the extraction, compilation, analysis and presentation of the generated know-how through proactive processes of learning and sharing (Knowledge Management).
  • Facilitates the regular updates of the corporate, departmental and divisional strategies and contributes to the baseline reference and evaluative knowledge.
  • Leads in the program performance evaluation working closely with the program leadership and the departments’ M&E Officers to institute performance metrics at the design and development stage of initiatives, as well as providing evaluative feedback throughout the execution stage.
  • Leads in the design and the day to day effective operation of an M&E system.
  • Facilitates process improvement through introduction of methodological innovations, applications of results-based management and by promoting the effective dissemination of and use of M&E findings, lessons and recommendations.
  • Tracks, documents and methodically archives AGRA corporate achievement of set performance measures and targets supported by accumulated, validated and easily accessible evidence of Divisional/Program performance.
  • Prepares and presents performance reports to divisional heads to inform day to day management decisions.
  • Advises on areas where tracking, documentation and reporting can be enhanced to improve results management, and accountability to partners, including each country where AGRA works.
  • Works with all AGRA’s divisions to oversee development and institutionalization of tracking metrics and success criteria.
  • Works closely with the Communications Unit to support in the attractive and credible packaging and presentation of reports and other technical documents.
  • Advises the Chief of Staff & Strategy and AGRA Management on the implications of ongoing contextual developments and AGRA work evaluation findings.
  • Builds institutional relationships, promoting dialogues with AGRA partners and other stakeholders through participation in joint evaluations, and inter-agency sharing of M&E results, learning and dissemination.
  • Mentors all AGRA’s Divisions in the development and institutionalization of tracking metrics and success criteria.
  • Expands AGRA’s staff knowledge by collating information from across all AGRA Divisions, country and regional offices and sharing it across the organization.
  • Advises on areas where tracking, documentation and reporting can be enhanced to improve results management, and accountability to partners, including each country where AGRA works.
  • Directs the program teams in the effective and efficient implementation of the guidelines for documentation and sharing program of outputs and processes.
  • Directs the preparation, review, editing and publishing of synthesis evaluation reports in support of the appropriate Programs.
  • Achieves sustainable and objectively verifiable impact within each AGRA country program in liaison with the program leaders.
  • Creates and presents performance reports that inform day to day management decisions, share and disseminate
  • Tracks, documents and methodically archives AGRA corporate achievements.
  • Creates and monitors the operating budget for the Unit.

Academic, Professional Qualifications and Relevant experience:

  • Master’s degree development economics, sociology, statistics, agriculture and rural development or related fields.
  • Specialized qualifications in the field of evaluation such as accreditation through globally or regionally recognized evaluation professional associations would be an advantage.
  • Minimum 10 years of mid to senior level management experience in delivering agriculture or development related programmes.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in international development in a senior role formulating strategy and the design of strategic frameworks, strategy implementation & tracking tools
  • 5 years’ experience managing the M&E function in a complex agriculture related international organization.
  • A working knowledge of French will be an advantage.

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 recruit@agra.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 March, 2020.

For more information on AGRA, applicants can visit www.agra.org

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

AGRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer