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Program Officer,Regional Food Trade & Resilience.

Agra Foundation
Nairobi, Kenya

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

The Program Officer for Regional Trade & Resilience is an exciting position within AGRA’s new Africa Food Trade and Resilience Initiative that will lead field-based implementation of technical activities to remove cross border trade bottlenecks, facilitate and accelerate regional trade in staple foods. The incumbent will serve as a technical advisor on the development of regional market systems and will be a thought leader in shaping the development of the Africa Food Trade and Resilience initiative and managing a portfolio of investments that promote regional food markets and food trade.

Responsibilities

  • Support the convening of the coalition of partners that drive evidence-based policy advocacy and government engagement to improve policy transparency, resilience and predictability to unlock regional food trade and investment.
  • Support the development of intellectual capital around policy predictability in the sustainable agriculture sector as well the consolidation and sharing with a wider stakeholder base in a way that builds alignment and drives action.
  • Support the creation and maintenance of strong linkages and partnerships to ensure that policy is informed by the concerns and needs of private companies operating in regional food markets and that the program leverages on these for result-oriented business led advocacy efforts.
  • Support the identification and management of international, regional, and national technical experts in areas covered by the program, including market analysis, climate smart agriculture, value chain coordination, structured trade and market facilitation; in a way that creates efficiency in achieving overall program objectives.
  • Support project documentation to include but not limited to reviewing, finalizing, and presenting proposals and grant memos at regular meetings of the Grants Committee in order to ensure timely implementation of the program.
  • Support program visibility by maintaining relationships across agricultural and climate policy actors in the region and representing the program in targeted national and regional fora.
  • Support the management of annual program budgets and program performance management in a way that ensures value for money and demonstrates programmatic impact.
  • Support the development of quarterly and annual reports and other reports, as needed, in compliance with the requirements of DFID and other partners; as well as provide regular verbal and written updates and briefings on program operations, achievements, and problems to the Head, Regional Food Trade and other program staff.

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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