Senior Program Officer (WEA) Job, Current Agricultural Jobs In Kenya 2022,

Reporting to the Head, Gender and Inclusion, the Senior Program Officer, Women entrepreneurships in agriculture,  will lead the strategic analysis, conceptualization, planning, coordination and delivery, monitoring, learning and evaluation of the WEA  across countries and across the continent. He/ she will be responsible for developmental activities planned for WEA and VALUE4HER in the coming years, including implementation of the VALUE4HER Network Vision, strategy and activities at continental and country level. This position will work closely with amongst others, the inclusive markets and youth entrepreneurship team to ensure synergy and leverage. 

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 WEA and 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 implementation of the VALUE4HER 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 WEA and 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 WEA and 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, women private sector, governments, 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 agriculture markets and trade, 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.

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 [email protected] noting to quote the job reference number in the subject of your email)

To be considered, applications must be received on or before 31st  December, 2022.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

AGRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer 

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