Job Reference: SO/CESSA/TZ/07/2023

About AGRA 

AGRA and its Work

AGRA is an African-led institution that actively supports the drive towards inclusive agricultural transformation and sustainable food systems. We do this by empowering the continent’s 33 million smallholder farming households to transform their agriculture from a struggle to survive to profitable businesses. The continent’s farmers regularly face challenges, and we aspire to provide uniquely African solutions that respond to their agricultural and environmental challenges, leading to increased harvests for reduced hunger and more income. 

Working in alignment with the development priorities of our focus countries, we enable farmers to access improved and high-yielding seeds, gain knowledge on sustainable farming, and linkages to profitable markets. 

In our work, we aspire to build the alliances, partnerships, and networks required to drive an inclusive agricultural transformation. We work with our partners to create an equitable youth-friendly environment that harnesses the youth dividend on the continent to drive growth and facilitate open employment opportunities for young women and men. We achieve our key objectives through a focus on the following four areas of intervention:

  1. Policy and state capability – We support governments in creating an enabling environment for private sector involvement in agricultural transformation. 
  2. Seed systems – We trigger higher productivity by increasing the availability and access to improved seeds by farmers allowing them to increase their harvests for food security and better incomes. 
  3. Sustainable farming – We support farmers in building resilient farming systems for sustained high yields through interventions such as mechanization and irrigation. 
  4. Inclusive markets and trade – We work to increase the linkages between farmers, and other market actors for a positive, sustained cycle of commercialization and reinvestment.

AGRA’s 2030 Strategy

The continent has, in recent years, taken steps towards inclusive agricultural transformation resulting in notable improvements in food security, with clear progress across all AGRA’s focus countries. However, with over 20% of Africans still suffering from hunger, we need to accelerate our progress and mitigate against the growing external pressures of conflict and climate on our food systems.

AGRA 2022-2030 Strategic Framework (SF2030) demonstrates our long-term vision for how we intend to contribute to, and align with, global and continental priorities, applying a food systems lens towards the goals of zero hunger, improved nutrition, an end to poverty, and climate adaptation. We have split our Strategic Framework 2030 into two 5-year strategies so that we have a clear mid-way point to evaluate progress and re-route our strategic focus if necessary. Our 2023-2027 Strategic Plan sets out to catalyze the growth of sustainable food systems across Africa by influencing and leveraging partners to build a robust enabling environment where the private sector thrives, and smallholders are empowered to produce sufficient, healthy food.

AGRA’s Vision

To contribute to a food system-inspired inclusive agricultural transformation across Africa, to reduce hunger, improve nutrition, and adapt to climate.

AGRA’s Mission

To catalyze the growth of sustainable food systems across Africa by influencing and leveraging partners to build a robust enabling environment where private sector thrives, and smallholder farmers are empowered to produce sufficient, healthy food.

AGRA’s Strategy

  • Empowering and building the resilience of small holder farmers
  • Supporting the development of inclusive markets and finance to strengthen agricultural systems.
  • Strengthening state capability to sustain agricultural transformation.

Implementing Our New Strategy Through People

AGRA is at the threshold of a new chapter where we begin implementing our new strategy of catalyzing inclusive, resilient and sustainable agricultural transformation. At AGRA we believe Agriculture is the single greatest opportunity to deliver inclusive economic growth, jobs, and health to the African continent.

People are the heart of our organisation and remain the true drivers of our delivery and our impact.

We are excited about a new fit-for-purpose organizational structure that is largely driven by an ambition to enhance collaboration across teams and drive sustainable growth. We have therefore purposed more focus on delivery of country programs within the new strategy giving even greater attention to optimizing existing talent in addition to upscaling technical and operational resources. 

We work with incredible people and partners who have roots in farming communities across the continent combined with an inclusive and diverse workforce from over 24 nationalities. Our values of (I-RISE; Integrity, 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.

We are looking for people who are passionate about Africa, curious and collaborative to join our innovative, growing, and multidisciplinary team. Together, we can grow Africa’s food systems improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. Want to join us?

The Opportunity

SeedSAT Officer, East & Southern Africa. Job Reference: SO/CESSA/TZ/07/2023

Role Purpose

The Center of Excellence for Seed Systems (CESSA)is one of the Technical Directorates in AGRA. The Seed Systems Assessment Tool (SeedSAT) is a tool for AGRA use and implementation.  The SeedSAT tool is a cornerstone of AGRA’s Centre for Excellence in Seed Systems.  The individual filling this position will work with a larger team to in implementing the tool through country-targeted Seed systems assessments. SeedSAT will be used to inform investment recommendations by a wide group of donors in seed systems in various countries, so the position will also be responsible for analyzing and understanding the national seed systems that have been examined through SeedSAT.

Role Summary

Reporting to the Country Director with matrix reporting to Lead, Analysis and Knowledge Resources in CESSA. The incumbent will support on-going planned SeedSAT activities in East & Southern Africa. This will include participating in groundwork activities for the implementation of SeedSAT into the target countries. This will involve inputs in preparation of training materials. 

Key Measures of Performance

  • Effective engagement of stakeholders on SeedSAT and socializing it.
  • Successful rollout of SeedSAT in designated countries.
  • Curated recommendations from country assessments.
  • Anchoring SeedSAT as one of the cornerstone offerings of Center of Excellence for Seed Systems in Africa (CESSA).

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Purpose – Adapt

  • Participate in the collection, synthesis and analysis of the data required for the eight SeedSAT thematic areas: 1) breeding, variety release and maintenance; 2) Early generation Seeds (EGS); 3) seed production; 4) farmer awareness and participation; 5) seed markets; 6) policy, legal and regulatory; 7) national quality assurance and 8) national planning and coordination.
  • Prepare draft and final versions of all materials required to communicate SeedSAT analysis, recommendations and overall findings, and facilitate the communication efforts to syndicate the findings with relevant stakeholders.
  • Track indicators and outcomes on selected countries in the SeedSAT program and participating in the analysis of the collected information to inform possible investments in the national systems of the countries under investigation. 
  • Participate in SeedSAT Knowledge management and sharing with interested partners for the purpose of improving the seed systems of the implementing countries. 
  • Maintain updated versions of all templates needed to complete SeedSAT, and share materials with assessment teams as instructed by SeedSAT Project Manager.

Engagement – Persuade

  • Work with the AGRA country teams to construct and maintain complete lists of critical resource persons, decision makers, and key individuals for national syndication.
  • Effectively represent AGRA in different fora and also engage public and private seed stakeholders. 
  • Guide and train country partners to understand and manage SeedSAT. 
  • Participate in country SeedSAT data analysis and recommendations formulation meetings.

Delivery – Adapt Project Cycle

  • Participate in the development of workplans and timelines for SeedSAT implementation in the target countries.
  • Ensure timely, accurate and complete collection of all data needed to analyze SeedSAT, to include country questionnaires, interviews, surveys and site visits, desk research, and other approaches as identified.

Model the IRISE Values & Be a Culture Carrier

  • Integrity: Uphold moral convictions and always doing the right thing.
  • Respect: Value differences and embrace diversity and inclusion.
  • Innovation: Strive for excellence and embracing continuous improvement, bold creativity, and change.
  • Stewardship: Be responsible for actions undertaken and resources entrusted.
  • Equity: Be governed by fairness in all undertakings.


Academic and Professional Qualifications

    • PhD or MSc in Agriculture preferably in seed systems, breeding or Agronomy with 5 years’ post-qualification experience in Africa.
  • Strong understanding of and the ability to interpret and action smallholder farmer resilience needs.

Required Skills/Abilities

  • Familiarity with agricultural development programs.
  • Excellent organizational, and problem solving/decision making ability.
  • Intelligent, motivated self-starter with a strong work ethic.
  • Highly organized, results and detail orientated with a very hands-on approach.
  • Strong relationship management skills with seed public and private sector

Strong writing and communication skills.

Relevant Experience

  • At least 5 years of experience in program management. 
  • Good command of English required. French is an added advantage.
  • Has experience in working on joined projects with African governments, researchers, development partners. 

Key Competencies

  • Achieving Results: Takes actions that lead to the delivery of set service targets and shows determination to meet the objectives set by others; Keeps track of and measures outcomes against own standards, over and above those set by others; Takes actions that lead to quantifiable service improvements; Manages time and resources efficiently, monitoring progress and making adjustments as necessary.
    • Managing & Sharing Knowledge: Keeps abreast of new developments in own field of competence and maintains personal contact in other parts of the organization with those who provide work- related information; Shares knowledge and learning willingly, and proactively seeks to learn from the experiences of others; Puts new learning into practice and draws on diverse sources of ideas and inspiration; Contributes to the identification of improvements to work processes and assists in implementing them.
  • Accountability:  Accepts personal responsibility for quality and timeliness of work; Takes ownership of all responsibilities within own role and honors commitments to others and to the organization; Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules.
  • Diversity & Inclusion: Takes a conscious effort to learn about different styles of conflict resolution; Is proactive in managing conflict over differences when it arises rather than avoiding it;    Listens actively for the frames of reference and does not prejudge;  Seeks to understand and adapt to different styles when working with those who are different; Treats others as they wish to be treated; Shows readiness to change the way he/she does things to meet the needs of those from diverse backgrounds.
  • Adaptability: Accepts that things will change; Seeks clarification when faced with ambiguity or uncertainty; Demonstrates willingness to try new approaches. 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.
  • Stakeholder Focus/Partnerships: Identifies stakeholder needs and expectations; Responds to requests efficiently and effectively; Takes action beyond explicit request within established service standards; Refers complex questions to a higher decision-making level; Meets stakeholder needs in a respectful, helpful and responsive manner; Seeks feedback to develop a clear understanding of stakeholder needs and outcomes; Uses stakeholder satisfaction monitoring methodologies to ensure stakeholder satisfaction; Adjusts service based on stakeholder feedback.
  • Teamwork: Understands the goals of the team and each team member’s role within it; willingly gives support to co-workers and works collaboratively rather than competitively; Shares experiences, knowledge and best practices with team members.

Terms of Appointment

3 Years Fixed Term (Consideration for renewal will be made subject to AGRA’s needs, available funding and performance).


Based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

How to Apply

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)

To be considered, applications must be received on or before Monday 18th September 2023.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

AGRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer