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Project Manager – Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB)

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

The OFAB Project works with partners and collaborator in the seven countries to design and deliver its campaigns and influencing work on the continent. As head of the Project Secretariat, the OFAB Project Manager will provide strategic leadership of OFAB’s advocacy, campaigns and influencing, ensuring attainment of maximum impact. The incumbent will be expected to develop innovative advocacy, campaigns and influencing strategies and oversee their effective and efficient implementation at country level. H/She will represent AATF at high-level decision-maker discussions, media and other collaborators. The successful candidate will have strong advocacy, campaigns and influencing experience, as well as familiarity with policy development at a regional context. H/She will possess outstanding diplomacy and coordination skills, including experience in effectively assessing and managing risk, and sound organizational and people leadership skills. The Manager will have direct supervision of four staff and will also have responsibility for the performance of partner countries and Project contractors.


Strategy & Leadership

  • Responsible for the development and shaping of OFAB’s long-term high profile strategy on influencing and providing AATF with advise on campaigns, advocacy and influencing
  • Plans and oversees implementation of advocacy, campaigns, and influencing work plans including research and policy analysis by Country Chapters, partners and collaborators through regular interactions with country host partners and other partners;
  • Contributes to the strategy, management and leadership of AATF as a member of the Management Team
  • Leads and manages the OFAB Project Secretariat, including teams in seven countries and a multi-million budget
  • Supports resource mobilization efforts to support the Project, advocacy and AATF work
  • Ensures a high level of collaboration between AATF and its partners at the national, regional and global levels on advocacy, campaigning and influencing work to maximize impact and manage risk, while ensuring the quality and accountability
  • Assesses the overall effectiveness of the advocacy and campaigns and makes needed changes in approach and technique
  • Advocacy and representation
  • Provides support to the AATF Leadership to maximize the impact of high-level external engagements on advocacy with international public officials, politicians, organizations and the private sector.
  • Identifies and ensures utilisation of visibility opportunities at regional and global levels that will contribute to the delivery of OFAB milestones
  • Engages with public officials, politicians, organizations and the private Sector in and outside Africa and gives interviews as needed to communicate OFAB’s campaign and advocacy messages
  • Public Engagement and Program
  • Ensures synergy between OFAB’s influencing, advocacy and campaigns with AATF’s corporate strategy
  • Understands and applies Public Engagement strategies for campaigning, advocacy and public mobilization.
  • Builds campaigns and advocacy strategies that are informed by and integrated in programming work, country and regional advocacy strategies and national campaigning
  • Oversees implementation and monitoring of OFAB Project grassroots and high-level communication and advocacy campaigns in line with the project’s primary outcomes
  • Oversees documentation, information management and sharing that include effective management of OFAB websites and social media.
  • Develops and implements media outreach strategy to guide productive media relations and use to improve public perceptions towards biotechnology in Africa.
  • Oversees implementation of internet and other digital platforms and communication strategies to support OFAB grassroots advocacy and communication campaigns
  • Creates and or maintains efficient issue tracking and managing systems for effective monitoring and management of biotech issues
  • Guides development and implementation of OFAB issues management strategy for coherent, efficient and effective monitoring, tracking and management

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 10 years
Required languages:
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