Practical Action – Thematic Advisor – Agriculture.

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Salary: TBC

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Employment status: Permanent

We are an international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world. We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.

We’re a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent development publishing company and a technical consulting service. We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.

The Thematic Advisor, Agriculture plays a crucial role within the regional team accountable for providing innovative and impactful thought leadership on Agriculture. This includes linking regenerative agriculture with approaches that enable farmers to engage with the market as well as the use of energy for agriculture and seeking solutions that can be taken to scale.

The post-holder will be expected to:

  •  Lead the development of our thematic goals and ambition in Agriculture, ensuring national/contextual relevance, using the Framework for Change.
  •  Provide technical leadership and input on Agriculture in Practical Action’s Business Development processes.
  •  Shape the learning agenda that will support the change we want to achieve and shape our influencing approach and messages.
  • Develop and nurture strategic relationships for partnership and influence with external decision-makers in government, the private sector and donors/clients in support of our change ambitions.
  •  Provide technical expertise in the design and delivery of both projects and Practical Action consultancies.

S/he will coordinate closely with all teams in the region including delivery teams, Impact and Influence, Business Development and Communications to support new business, nurture relationships, strengthen our profile and delivery of programs.

To be successful in the role, you will be a graduate with a degree in Agriculture, Horticulture, Agronomy, soil and water science or a related field from a recognized university. Working experience of minimum 7 years of relevant working experience in the agriculture sector especially with small holder farmers with proven technical expertise in designing, implementing, and monitoring Agriculture interventions and proven experience in fundraising and building Agriculture Programs and Interventions. Solid understanding of the Agriculture policy environment and key drivers within the sector with existing strong relationships and networks within the Sector is essential. Fluency in Swahili or other regional languages and knowledge of monitoring, evaluation and learning strategies is desirable.


Interested applicants should submit their applications, including an updated CV with a cover letter via email to: not later than 21st November 2021
indicating ‘Thematic Advisor – Agriculture’ on the email subject line.

At Practical Action, we treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.

We are committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks.

The successful applicant must have the pre-existing right to both live and work in Kenya.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted




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