Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) – Executive Officer, AGRF (Nairobi).

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Executive Officer, AGRF, Nairobi Kenya – Job Reference: EO/AGRF/10/2020

About the Alliance for a Green Revolution Forum (AGRF)

The AGRF is the world’s most important and impactful platform for African agriculture, pulling together stakeholders in the agricultural landscape to take practical actions and share lessons that will move African agriculture forward. The Forum seeks to highlight the progress and challenges in African agriculture, drive knowledge sharing, secure additional political, policy, and financial commitments, and ensure that leaders are coming through on such commitments with real action and results on the ground that improve the prospects of all stakeholders in the agri-food sector to improve the environment, create sustainable employment, and improve the nutrition and health on the continent for shared prosperity.

AGRA hosts the AGRF Secretariat, striving to ensure that it consistently serves as the platform for advancing Africa’s agricultural transformation agenda. 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.

To support this transformation, AGRA is seeking to recruit an experienced and exceptional individual to the position of Executive Officer, AGRF.

The role will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Position Summary

The Executive Officer is required to provide administrative and logistical support for the AGRF Secretariat and its workings throughout the year. S/He will be responsible for supporting the development of appropriate themes for each annual Forum and supporting the relevant resource-persons to resource various dialogues, coordinate a range of national/ regional events to outline key advocacy messages and influence key policy makers and supporting the documentation of success stories coming out of AGRF.

This position works closely with the program, administrative and finance teams on all issues. Under the guidance of the Managing Director, AGRF, the  Executive Officer  will play a key role in supporting and coordinating AGRF as a leading forum in the African agriculture development space by aggregating, packaging, and tailoring information gathered through the AGRF Forum and activities and disseminating it to stakeholders for the purposes of convening actors for partnership, scaling models, and mobilizing resources.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversees all office operational and administrative activities of the AGRF
  • Verifies that service-providers are contracted, supported and paid according to AGRA policies and procedures within the timeframes agreed.
  • Reviews the AGRF registration and maintains an effective team filing on the archiving and record keeping systems, both paper and electronic.
  • Verifies and tracks the unit’s expenditure and budget.
  • Acts as the main liaison person with other offices in AGRA
  • Guides all business processes and relations between the partners and AGRA, as well as maintain an in-depth knowledge of AGRF, respond and/or re-route general requests for information.
  • Organizes for the MD of AGRF’s special assignments, unit’s travel, annual partners’ meetings, visitors travel, and events administration not limited to the thematic working group meetings and the main Forum (minimum of four meetings a year) as initiated by AGRF Secretariat.
  • Documents and manages the MD of AGRF’s diary, activities and work-plan for the unit.
  • Processes the preparatory work required for procurement, contracting, administration, and validation & review systems of sub-contractors that oversee AGRA’s projects as well as make follow-ups to confirm service delivery.
  • Consolidates and maintains records of technical working groups, consultants and service-providers for AGRF.
  • Organizes for the setting up of Africa Food Prize (AFP) nominations and the review and selection process.

Key Qualifications & Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Management, Public Administration or any business-related area
  • Minimum of 6 years managing a busy, high profile office, with at least 3 years of post-qualification experience in managing complex conferences and events similar to AGRF.
  • Experience working on teams and managing process that are dependent on multiple actors.
  • Experience working with a large multinational development agency in a management and coordination role is an advantage. Minimum of 6 years managing a busy, high profile office, with at least 3 years of post-qualification experience in managing complex conferences and events similar to AGRF.
  • Experience working on teams and managing process that are dependent on multiple actors.
  • Experience working with a large multinational development agency in a management and coordination role is an advantage.
  • 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 12th November, 2020.

For more information on AGRF, applicants can visit www.agrf.org

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

AGRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

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