Established in 2006, AGRA is an African-led and Africa-based institution that puts 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. Together with our partners, we are working to sustainably grow Africa’s food systems.
AGRA strengthens seed systems, develops and promotes sustainable farming practices, helps unlock trade and markets, and supports governments who lead their countries’ development. We work with farmers to adapt to climate change, increase soil health, and protect the environment. AGRA believes deeply in the urgency of reducing the inequality that women face in agriculture, and to unlocking the power and innovation of youth.
To support the successful delivery, AGRA is seeking to recruit an experienced and exceptional individual to the role of Senior Partnerships Officer.
The role will be based in Nairobi, Kenya or Accra, Ghana.
At AGRA we believe Agriculture is the single greatest opportunity to deliver inclusive economic growth, jobs, and health to the African continent. An alliance led by Africans with roots in farming communities across the continent combined with an inclusive and diverse workforce from 24 nationalities. Our values of (I-RISE; Integrity, Respect, Innovation, Stewardship and Equity.) espouse our commitment to a call to action to go beyond ourselves as we arise and transform Africa’s Agriculture.
When you join us, we present you with intellectually stimulating assignments and structured career advancement. At AGRA, you will contribute to our Strategy to transform African food and agriculture. An attractive remuneration package with great benefits such as retirement contribution, medical and life insurance and provision of tools of trade that allow you to work productively commensurate with this position’s responsibility, scope and impact. We are looking for people who are passionate about Africa, curious and collaborative to join our innovative, growing, and multidisciplinary team.
Reporting to the Head of Partnerships, the Senior Partnerships Officer role is to develop and scale partnership interventions and models that support private sector-led agriculture development and mobilization of investments in key value chains. In addition, the role contributes significantly to position AGRA as a preferred partner for private sector-led food and agriculture transformation, and a leading thought leader, convener and catalyst of multi-stakeholder partnerships that drive Agenda2030.
For more information on AGRA, please visit www.agra.org
- Partnership Mapping, Investment Mobilization, Relationship and Reporting.
- Creating an engagement strategy and action plan each year in consultation with the country teams.
- Continue and deepen partnership and stakeholder engagements across AGRA countries with key existing and potential partners, in collaboration with country and technical teams.
- Support AGRA Country teams to identify and prioritize new relationships in each country considering the priorities of Resource Mobilization, AGRF (Africa’s Food Systems Forum) platform and other relevant teams regarding a broader collaboration with AGRA.
- Facilitate private sector investment in these countries in areas that are priority for the host government and key stakeholders.
- Support SMEs to create value, increase job creation, expand food processing in these countries sourcing from smallholder farmers with support from our partner network.
- Markets, Agribusiness Dealroom, Sourcing in Africa & Regenerative Agriculture.
- Lead markets linkages focused initiatives across AGRA countries.
- Lead Sourcing in Africa Initiative and take it to the next level.
- Support SME engagement and participation in the Agribusiness Dealroom.
- Support the country teams to prepare for the Agribusiness Dealroom, Sourcing in Africa and SME engagements.
- Work closely with the team to ensure relevant partnerships are brought onboard and measured.
- Partnerships Development, Alliances & Capacity Building.
- Senior relationship management of key bilateral partner relations.
- Review existing pipelines, generate and track opportunities that emerged through AGRF and other conferences and events.
- Delivery of alliances in AGRA countries (e.g. Food Action Alliance, Brazil, Dutch and Israeli partnerships).
- Identification, mobilization and closing of relevant partnership agreements.
- Coordinate meetings, develop communication material and ensure measurement and follow up.
- Helping build capacity at country level for key partnership managers to be able to manage partnerships effectively.
- Development of partnership related grants, technical assistance and third-party funding proposals – supporting Resource Mobilization team.
- Designing, planning and delivery of AGRA partnership events such as AGRF.
- Tracking and reporting on partnership development, Case Studies, Regular Reports & CRM.
- Track and maintain a partnership development database and relationship management database.
- Tracking indicators and outcomes of AGRA’s partnership activities, this includes a partnership survey.
- Ensure all grant details are up to date in AMIS.
- Ensure all required reports are prepared.
- Case studies are written and published on our learnings and successes.
- Minimum of 10 years’ experience in partnership development and management, with an emphasis on operational work in the field of international affairs, development or journalism.
- A Master’s degree in Business Administration (strategic analysis focus), International Relations, Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising, Social Entrepreneurship, Education, or related field.
- At least three (3) years’ senior-level management experience in engagement and management of complex multi-stakeholder processes.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a team orientation and strong collaborative skills.
- Strong private sector experience in either agribusiness, finance or related sector.
- Has experience in working on joined projects with African governments, researchers, development partners.
- Deep understanding of African Agribusiness trends, activities, investment related policies.
- Familiarity with agricultural development programs.
- Ability to communicate and translate fluently between English and French highly is desirable.