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Friday, March 3, 2017

Job Opportunity at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), founded in 2006, 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. 

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Regional Head - Ghana & Nigeria

Reference: NG 05/2017
Location: Abuja

The Position

  • Reporting to the Vice President for Country Support, Policy & Delivery, the Regional Head will lead the execution and delivery of AGRA country business plans in Ghana and Nigeria.
  • He/ She will be responsible for AGRA’s direct country support, engagement with government, donors, and implementing partners, grant making, local policy influence, and overall establishing AGRA locally as a thought leader and go to partner for an inclusive agricultural transformation.  The role is based in Abuja, Nigeria.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
  • Energize and lead the development and successful implementation of AGRA’s strategy and business plans in Ghana and Nigeria;
  • Manage the allocation of AGRA’s human and financial resources at the country level in Ghana and Nigeria to best deliver on the business plans, and manage and report on ongoing results to AGRA management and external donors and partners;
  • Support AGRA’s engagement with national governments across the countries in the Region for the design and implementation of appropriate policies with the aim of creating an enabling environment for investment by smallholder farmers and agribusinesses;
  • Support analytical and planning capacity of the Ministries of Agriculture and other critical public institutions in the Region;
  • Develop strategic linkages with donors and drive mobilization of resources – both to AGRA and to other aligned areas of the agricultural system – so as to support agricultural transformation efforts across the countries;
  • Lead the proactive identification of new stakeholders to influence and explore and develop opportunities for impact generation;
  • Convene relevant stakeholders and promote agricultural transformation across Nigeria and Ghana;
  • Convene and participate in agriculture sector working groups and donor working groups to marshal resources and advance agricultural transformation;
  • Oversee the packaging of evidence and lessons learned from work in the country to inform AGRA’s broader thought leadership, partnership development, and resource mobilization across the continent and globally to advance the African agricultural transformation agenda;
  • Serve as a spokesperson and thought leader for AGRA in Ghana and Nigeria, as well as requested in other regional and global forums;
  • Serve as advisor to the Vice President for Country Support, Policy and Delivery and other members of AGRA’s management team on key challenges and opportunities for execution of the AGRA strategy;
  • Mentor and develop direct reports to ensure a healthy talent pipeline.
Key Qualifications and Experience Required
  • A PhD/Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Public Finance, Public Administration, Law or another relevant discipline;
  • Minimum of 15 years’ relevant experience with at least eight years’ Senior-Level experience in implementing and managing multi-country strategies and business plans in the agriculture or economic development space;
  • Experience managing complex initiatives with proven ability to develop high impact partnerships; and
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a team orientation and strong collaborative skills.
An attractive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Application Closing Date
17th March, 2017.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their application with a detailed CV (including your e-mail and telephone contacts) to: noting to quote the job reference number.

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