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Senior Program Officer, VALUE4HER – Job Reference: SPO/SPD/03/2022

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Location: Nairobi, Kenya or Kigali, Rwanda or Accra, Ghana

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, VALUE4HER 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-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.

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.

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

The Position

AGRA’s revamped gender strategy has brought new initiatives such as 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 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 . This market-shaping platform is designed to facilitate the delivery of integrated business solutions and services to women owned/led agribusiness, to enable them to grow their businesses towards viable and profitable enterprises.

Reporting to the Head, Gender and Inclusion, the Senior Program Officer VALUE4HER will lead the lead the strategic analysis, conceptualization, planning, coordination and delivery, monitoring, learning and evaluation of the VALUE4HER initiative across countries and across the continent. He/ she will be responsible for developmental activities planned for VALUE4HER in the coming years, including implementation of the Network Vision, strategy and activities at continental and country level. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leads in strategic analysis and conceptualization of projects, services and events in support of women in agribusiness.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Advocates for partnerships between women networks, governments and agribusinesses to upgrade women’s agri-businesses, to boost trade and market opportunities for increased viability and profitability. Mobilizes service providers to strengthen the VALUE4HER platform services to increase buy in from actors and women members.
  • 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.
  • 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 initial assessment of the Vaue4Her initiative and design of business case, and delivery of strategic implementation plan.  
  • Creates background documents, analysis, briefs and presentations, often on short timelines.
  • Plans and facilitates the delivery of programs and grants in fulfilment of VALUE4HER objectives.
  • Tracks and regularly provides intelligence on key trends and opportunities within the continent and across AGRA focus countries.
  • Oversees the improved coordination and investment in the VALUE4HER initiative and the women agripreneur networks in country and across the continent. 
  • Develops the relevant tools for monitoring and evaluation of the initiative, implements successes and advises when remedial actions are necessary.

Relevant Experience

  • Minimum 8-10 years’ experience working in various African countries in program design implementation and management working with women in agriculture networks, private sector government, 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 markets 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.

Academic and Professional Qualifications

  • 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.
  • Deep knowledge of women’s economic empowerment and market systems development and the demonstrated ability to catalyze change in addressing challenges faced by women.
  • Solid knowledge of international, continental, and regional gender in markets policies and trade institutions.
  • Possesses a good understanding of agriculture market development efforts in public, private and donor sectors in Africa.

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 recruit@agra.org noting to quote the job reference number in the subject of your email)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

AGRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer