Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

3 job(s) at Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Nairobi County, Kenya
Aug 16, 2017
Full time
Position Summary Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, The Head of Grants will be responsible for developing, implementing, operationalizing and optimizing AGRA’s grants management strategy, policies and procedures. S/he will direct all components of grants processing, including structure of grants, regulatory compliance, and sharing of grants information with program, finance and Operations staff.  S/he will lead grants monitoring and evaluation processes, and train staff in compliance, internal processes and technology for efficient use of resources. The Head of Grants will have overall responsibility for designing and implementing AGRA’s grants administration systems and ensure that AGRA’s grant making is effective and efficient. The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya. Key Duties and Responsibilities Lead the formulation, implementation and operationalization of AGRA’s Grants management framework and strategy Lead and drive the development of all policies and procedures related to grant administration Guide the production of grant materials for each grant and program-related contract made by AGRA, including ensuring that all grant and contract materials are prepared accurately and in compliance with all AGRA policies and procedures and with the IRS regulations In collaboration with the Legal Unit, review all legal implications and ensure correctness with all grant documentation that require legal interpretation and support Conduct analysis on grant data for AGRA leadership and Board and produce management indicators as required Work closely with the Head of Resource Mobilization and Head of Monitoring and Evaluation to develop grant proposal and report formats, and to provide information from grantee reports that track progress in meeting project milestones Lead the Grant teams to compile the grant reports section and other grant-related sections of periodic reports to donors, board dockets and AGRA annual reports Drive efficiency and optimization of the Grants System (GIFTS) and ensure training is provided for other users on the software; provide user support as needed. Serve as the primary GIFTS business owner, partnering with information technology, finance and program staff to document, manage, and implement ongoing procedural enhancements, software upgrades, and new technology roll out as required Contribute towards the structure of AGRA’s annual grant making budget. Lead, Manage, and implement continuous improvement initiatives for grants administration ensuring that solutions align with strategic goals Implement efficient reporting procedures to guide recording of all incoming proposals and declinations in GIFTS Put in place a strategy to manage the flow of grants over the course of every year, advising business on timing and potential issues that need to be addressed Develop, implement and monitor proper fiscal administration systems and provide financial analyses of audits and reports Drive grantee understanding and compliance with AGRA grant application and reporting procedures Coach, mentor and develop staff working in the grants administration unit and across the organization on grant making rules, regulations and procedures Lead, implement and oversee special projects as assigned or initiated. Key Qualifications and Experience required Master’s degree in Accounting, Economics, Business Administration, International Development, Finance, Public Administration or any related discipline, from a reputable institution Bachelor’s degree in Finance, accounting, or any other related area. At least 12 years of experience in Financial management and accounting with 5 years of experience at senior management level in grants management in a multi donor, multi program International NGO. Good working knowledge of not-for-profit and private foundation law and US funding regulations. Computer proficiency in: Word, Excel, Outlook, Internet search skills, PowerPoint, and ability to learn new applications quickly Working knowledge of not-for-profit and private foundation law and accounting regulations. Understanding of current IRS regulations as they pertain to public charities Deep knowledge of agricultural development in Africa. Experience managing multinational initiatives in the private and/or public sector. Solid understanding of agricultural markets, commodities and higher value products. Proven ability to lead effective and high impact teams and partnerships. Sound knowledge of, and experience in agricultural trade development at national, regional and/or international levels. Strong understanding of the technical aspects of the African financial systems Demonstrated experience working in a complex or pioneering environment and in managing, and creating opportunities for change Strong relationship management experience with the ability to effectively engage with a diverse range of stakeholders at the highest levels Experience in formulating, developing and implementing new strategies.
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Nairobi County, Kenya
Aug 16, 2017
Full time
Position Summary Reporting to the Head of Resource Mobilization, the Resource Mobilization Officer will be responsible for supporting the development and implementation of AGRA’s overall organizational resource mobilization strategy. S/he will ensure proper relationship building to cultivate and leverage an ever stronger donor support base for AGRA across select bilateral, multilateral, philanthropic, and corporate partners. Working closely with other Program teams, s/he will lead the development and presentation of proposals to potential donors and partners, support teams on compliance to donor and AGRA requirements during implementation, and coordinate stakeholder management across donors on an ongoing basis to maximize delivery of the strategic partnerships and shared mission.  The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya. Key Responsibilities: Resource mobilization strategy and systems development Developing and maintaining a current understanding of AGRA’s programs and grantees across the organization in all of the countries in which operations are conducted. Anchoring on AGRA’s institutional resource mobilization strategy, assist in the design, implementation and coordination of an institution-wide, comprehensive donor relations and stewardship system that fosters positive and mutually rewarding relations between AGRA and its donors Contribute to and review AGRA’s strategy documents and knowledge management products to help best position the institution for resource mobilization. Donor cultivation Under the guidance of the Head of Resource Mobilization unit, take initiatives to expand AGRA’s current donor base, through effective stewardship and new funding opportunities as may be developed to grow donor support for AGRA Working with other Resource Mobilization Officers, develop concept notes, proposals and budgets which drive the achievement of AGRA’s strategic plan and align with both AGRA and donor priorities. Prospecting bilateral, multilateral, philanthropic, and private sector partners and translating partnership opportunity into both funds and leverage in furtherance of program and resource targets. Provide other support as required in the implementation of the Resource Mobilization Strategy. Donor management Establish and maintain strong relations with a portfolio of donors as a foundation for resource mobilization efforts. Includes gathering intelligence and analyzing key trends in individual donor policies and plans vis-à-vis AGRA; Organize briefings, meetings, visits and events with current and prospective donors, coordinate programmatic and logistical arrangements, draft reports and set action plans for follow-up; Respond to internal and prepare response to external queries regarding donor contributions; Support teams to ensure compliance on donor and AGRA requirements, including ensuring timely and quality reporting Leadership support and external engagement Have regular communication with donors, prospective and established, while working closely with AGRA’s Communication Unit and Strategy & Analytics Unit, to coordinate inputs to external events and opportunities Support the President and senior managers in identifying representational events with the potential for meaningful donor interaction. Provide proactive and timely advice to senior management on strategic interaction with individual donors Represent AGRA at external forums and meetings on occasion to position the institution with donors and partners critical to achieving AGRA’s strategy Key Qualifications and Experience required Master’s degree in International Development, Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Public Finance, Public Administration, Rural Development, Social Sciences, or any other relevant field; High level experience of at least 7 years in international development with demonstrable success in resource mobilization for large multilateral or bilateral agencies or international organizations; Ability to work with donors as well as manage and build strategic donor relations; sound understanding of the donor financing landscape and processes; Ability to work on performance-based targets for fundraising; Fluency in English; Knowledge of French will be an advantage; Results-oriented, accountable, proactive and able to work on behalf of AGRA with a wide range of stakeholders; Ability to work effectively within multi-disciplinary teams; Strong quantitative and analytical skills; Excellent written communication skills; Results-oriented and accountable; Optimistic and persuasive that African farmers and consumers will benefit from improved, well-adapted agricultural technologies and reforms across the input and output value chains; Ability to communicate effectively to individuals and groups of people; Results and detail orientated with a very hands-on approach; Intelligent, motivated self-starter with strong interpersonal skills and work ethic.
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Nairobi County, Kenya
Aug 16, 2017
Full time
Position Summary Reporting to the  Chief Operating Officer , The Head of Procurement will be responsible for optimizing the way AGRA procures and manages its supplier arrangements across the institution. The role holder will deliver value by taking ownership of all spend categories and sourcing projects and bringing expert knowledge and market insight to create a competitive advantage for AGRA. The role holder will ensure global procurement best practice is followed in all our processes.  The role is based in Nairobi, Kenya.   Key Duties and Responsibilities Lead in the procurement strategy development and execution for AGRA Lead all global procurement efforts to efficiently and effectively enable spend owners to maximize the value they receive from suppliers to meet their objectives Work with each unit to lead centralized direct and indirect sourcing and procurement efforts. This will include working with the internal stakeholder from initial need identification to final goods or service delivery to meet stakeholder needs Support demand management (via stakeholder management) and then drive supply analysis/strategy, supplier identification, sourcing execution (i.e., “tendering”), contract negotiation, delivery planning and monitoring, purchase execution, and then ongoing performance management and improvement Drive and support development, implementation and continuous improvement of best-practice based policies and processes Lead and provide adequate information to drive optimal selection and management of procurement systems Develop, coach, mentor and manage procurement staff in sourcing, contracting, transactional purchasing, supplier management, and miscellaneous internal procurement support activities Manage budgets for categories under management – and for procurement itself Develop benchmarks and scorecards to be used for continuous improvement of the procurement processes in the institution Coordinate preparation of the annual procurement plans; ensure that the plan is followed, including regular meetings with Division and Departmental heads to update the plan. Regularly update the procurement procedures and guidance in the manuals and submit any changes for review to the Procurement Committee, Management Committee and the COO for final approval by the President. Plan, organize and lead the bid solicitation process by working with relevant program/units in drafting and issuing RFQ, RFP, establishing a Technical Evaluation Panel (TEP), developing bid evaluation criteria and guiding clients on processes involved. Analyse procurement requirements and select the most appropriate methods based on interpretation and assessment of established policies, practices, and experience. Support bid evaluation committees, ensure the integrity of the competitive process, facilitate bidder debriefings, and exercise appropriate judgment and tact while ensuring to protect confidential information. Manage initiatives such as surveys, cost benefit analysis, trainings or open days that seek to improve knowledge of procurement processes, policies and procedures with the overall aim of improving experience for both internal and external clients. Acts as the key contact for any internal and external procurement audits. Take responsibility for keeping a running list of previous audit recommendations and the status of their implementation. Acts as the secretary of AGRA’s procurement committee; take minutes, keep records & communicate PC’s decision to programs/units. Conduct all negotiations or recommend a negotiating team where applicable and negotiate contractual agreements with suppliers to ensure that service, added value, lowest total cost while ensuring quality is not compromised. Support programs/department in contract negotiation. Develop and manage supplier relationships to deliver breakthrough performance in cost, service and quality. Monitor contract management by user departments to ensure implementation of contracts in accordance with the terms and conditions of the contracts and report any significant departures from the terms and conditions of the contract to the technical Director.   Key Qualifications and Experience required Master’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Accounting, Economics, Business Administration, International Development, Finance, Public Administration or any related discipline, from a reputable institution Bachelor’s degree in supply chain management, economics, finance, operations, or a related area from a reputable institution At least 12 years of supply management experience, with 5 years of experience at a senior management level. Certifications required e.g CPSM from the Institute for Supply Management or a near equivalent from firms such as the American Purchasing Society, Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, International Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Institute, The International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management and others. Team player with strong leadership skills Solid operational management and general business skills Working knowledge of finance and/or accounting in terms of budgeting, cost management, financial accounting, treasury, risk management, etc. Excellent communication, listening skills that allows you to get the “voice of the internal customer” and to understand the company culture and how to best communicate procurement’s value to it In-depth knowledge of sourcing and procurement principles and best practices Strong negotiation skills to use for large commercial deals Experience with modern sourcing and procurement systems Familiarity with relevant legislative and regulatory requirements, as well as understanding of standard contractual terms and conditions to mitigate legal risk Strategic mindset and problem-solving skills Change management skills and self-awareness to take varying approaches with a dynamic set of stakeholders (e.g., expert model vs. facilitative model) Analytical mindset, but also creativity to seek, encourage and find non-traditional approaches that have historically “boxed-in” procurement