World Food Programme (WFP)
Nairobi County, Kenya
We are seeking to fill an Agribusiness Officer’s post that seeks to provide technical expertise in developing opportunities and supporting smallholders to access markets.
Under the Agricultural Market Access and Linkage (AMAL) activity WFP is providing market capacity development support to households that have developed assets to enhance crop and livestock production in arid and semi-arid counties in Kenya.
WFP endeavours to improve access to for smallholders to both public and private markets through strategic and policy engagement with national and county governments expand opportunities for smallholders, partnerships with the private sector, providing technical support to county governments and other partners and direct capacity development for smallholders.
Under direct supervision of the Programme Policy Officer (Agricultural Market Access and Linkages) the Agribusiness Officer will plan project activities in collaboration with the Rural Resilience Team (RRT), field offices and partners in counties, provide technical support to WFP field offices and cooperating partners to deliver quality support to smallholders market their produce competitively.
Provide project management support for Agricultural Market Access and Linkage activities, ensuring a coordinated approach with other WFP programmes such as resilience building, school meals and supply chain interventions among others while complying with WFP standards and procedures.
Provide technical support to field offices and cooperating partners on design and implementation of market access and linkage activities for targeted producers, based on capacity needs assessments and in line with country office and cooperate guidance. This will also entail engaging closely with actors involved in production, aggregation, transport - the entire value chain to optimize benefits for smallholders.
Develop terms of reference and provide support in planning and conducting market assessments and related studies to determine the structure, conduct and performance of markets and to identify business opportunities for smallholders and appropriate areas for intervention by WFP.
In collaboration with WFP Field Offices, work with county governments to study the opportunities available for smallholders in each target county inorder to develop strategies for linking farmers to both private and public procurement opportunities.
Provide support to field offices and County government in market monitoring and provision of market information to farmers.
Promote leverage with other development partners’ production and marketing inputs through coordination at the county with partners such as County government, WFP’s cooperating partners, civil society organizations (CSOs), financial institutions etc. to achieve optimal results.
Manage Field Level Agreements with cooperating partners. This will entail reviewing technical proposals from potential partners, negotiating and drafting, monitoring and evaluation Field Level Agreements.
Ensure that reporting, data gathering and monitoring systems for AMAL are in place and maintain quality standards are maintained. This will entail design of reporting and data collection tools and systems in close collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation unit, timely review and feedback on technical reports submitted by cooperating partners.
Research and analyse policy and operational issues to support senior colleagues in the development of policies, programmes and activities.
Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved food assistance packages.
Identify needs, plan capacity and support in building capacity for WFP staff, NGO and government county partners and national government.
Provide guidance to support staff, acting as a point of referral and assisting them with analysis and queries.
Represent WFP during donor meetings and missions to field sites.
Any other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Minimum qualifications & education
University Degree in one or more of the following disciplines: Agriculture/Agronomy, Horticulture, Agriculture Economics, Agribusiness, Agricultural Extension, Agricultural Education Range management, and equivalent qualification from a recognized institution
Served in comparable and relevant position in the public service or private sector with an International Organisation for at least five (5) years.
Possess excellent communication skills with ability to discuss and train farmers in a respectful, clam and composed manner.
Good knowledge of key functions of the Ministries of Agriculture, Livestock, Water and irrigation and other related departments under agri-business including social services.
Skills and experiences in public sector management, development projects, emergency assistance and/or operational aspects of multilateral food assistance.
Advanced analytical skills, resourcefulness, maturity of judgement, negotiating skills and ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken English.
Ability to work in a multi-cultural team and cope with difficult situations, demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with counterparts and staff within the office, host population, donors, NGOs and other UN agencies.
Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan.
Excellent computer skills in MS Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
World Food Programme (WFP)
Nairobi County, Kenya
To provide a range of specialised support for efficient planning, monitoring and analysis of project financial performance to enhance optimal use of financial resources.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Review budget plans, monitor and analyse project financial performance and make recommendations in compliance with WFP financial policies and procedures and best practices, to support financial analysis and optimisation of resources.
Provide comprehensive analysis on fund and grant balances identifying surpluses and deficits, and suggest corrective measures, to support maximum fund utilization and decision-making process.
Support pipeline management ensuring efficient monitoring, to prevent and address pipeline breaks and maximise operational effectiveness.
Contribute to the improvement of internal processes, enhancement of corporate systems and design of tools, to facilitate the overall planning, expenditure forecasting, and budget management and monitoring of resource utilisation.
Enter project budget plans and revisions in the corporate systems, to ensure data is timely and accurately captured enabling easy access to information and supporting planning and decision-making.
Review, compile and analyse data, maintain accurate records and files and prepare periodic and ad hoc reports, to support accuracy and efficiency of information presented to internal and external stakeholders.
Maintain communication with a number of stakeholders regarding project funds management matters and related processes, to clarify any discrepancies and optimise use of funds.
Provide guidance to other support staff and contribute to their learning and development in budget planning, fund management and operational planning, to facilitate continued development and consistency in services delivered.
Follow standard emergency preparedness practices, to ensure WFP is able to quickly respond and deploy needed resources to affected areas at the onset of the crisis.
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
At least five (5) years of progressive experience in budget preparation, and monitoring resource support in supply chains
Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
Capacity to produce high quality products when working under pressure and with competing deadlines;
Ability to work in a team and establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds.
Good analytical skills, resourcefulness, initiative, and maturity of judgement.
Has supported the preparation and management of budgets.
Has assisted with the monitoring of budgets/resource plans/pipelines/supply chains.
Has assisted with budget/allotment related issues within the WFP budget system.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education : Successful completion of secondary school education, preferably supplemented by a post-secondary certificate in the related functional area, including communication, economics, development studies, social sciences or international relations. A degree in the mentioned fields is an added advantage.
Language : Fluency Level (C) in English
World Food Programme (WFP)
Nairobi County, Kenya
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Country Director in Nairobi, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
Identify risk areas, assess the potential for fraud and corruption in operational activities, creating a viable control environment and supporting the enhancement of internal controls;
Identify areas where corporate regulations and procedures are inefficient or ineffective within the context of the county office operations;
Facilitate accountability across functional units, prepare comprehensive reports and formulate sound recommendations on required actions in the area of compliance;
Contribute to the development of new compliance Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and review existing ones and maintain an updated database of SOPs;
Conduct oversight missions to the field to monitor compliance with WFP rules, regulations, policies and procedures;
Prepare comprehensive reports on findings and recommendations with the relevant managers for oversight missions to the field;
Liaise systematically with all oversight bodies to ensure that all compliance issues are understood, implemented, followed-up and escalated as appropriate;
Undertake timely follow-up of the implementation of audit and evaluation recommendations and associated management actions;
Act as a focal point in the Country Office for annual performance planning and reviews, risk assessment and updating of risk registers, including progress towards implementing the risk mitigation actions;
Lead the Compliance Task Force;
Act as the focal point for the Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan (EPRP) contingency planning;
Perform other duties as required.
Education: First university degree in business/Public Administration, finance, accounting, audit or other related field with training/course in audit, performance and risk management. Advanced university degree or a membership in an internationally recognized accountancy body such as Institute of Chartered Accountants or equivalent is an added advantage.
Experience: Three or more years of progressively responsible experience in audit, investigation, administration or related field.
Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English is a requirement.
Knowledge & skills:
Strong analytical and conceptual abilities;
Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of internal controls and proper accounting procedures and systems to recommend improvements where necessary to address current weakness and mitigate risks;
Ability to lead enterprise risk management activities across HQ and Field operations, recommending and implementing effective controls and mitigation actions to ensure WFP remains best in its class for mature and integrated enterprise risk management;
Demonstrated ability to identify key audit issues;
Resourcefulness, initiative, maturity and the ability to work with minimum supervision;
Courtesy, tact and the ability to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
Highly developed judgement and interpersonal skills to deal with clients on difficult and sensitive matters;
Ability to organize, asses and coordinate the work of others;
Conducted risk analysis and developed risk mitigation strategies;
Hands on experience in UN or NGO audit/financial environments is desirable.
World Food Programme (WFP)
Nairobi County, Kenya
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
Provide advisory support on agronomy to both the WFP and cooperating partner teams; assist in the development of agronomy training material.
Coordinate and facilitate farmer training (both agronomy and non-agronomy based) in consultation with cooperating partner teams.
Provide advisory support on extension modalities and lead the planning of extension activities.
Provide advisory support on inputs, including seeds, fertilizers and crop protection.
Identify target farmer groups and farmer-friendly aggregators by leading the selection and due diligence process; collect, analyze and assess profiles of target farmer groups and their farm business management practice.
Based on farmer data analysis, identify opportunities to build pro-smallholder staple value chains through partnerships with other key value chain stakeholders (aggregators, extension agents, input suppliers, credit providers and off-takers).
Facilitate farmer groups and farmer-friendly aggregation entities to access quality markets through forward delivery contracts offered by institutional buyers.
Facilitate participating farmer groups and farmer-friendly aggregation entities to access agricultural services by coordinating with key value chain stakeholders on the ground.
Monitor and assist farmer groups and other aggregation entities to adhere to terms of forward delivery contracts facilitated under FtMA.
Conduct regular field monitoring and proactive troubleshooting visits to FtMA farmer groups.
Conduct field missions to collect detailed needs assessments of target farmer groups and assist in the identification of opportunities to build further partnerships with other key value chain players on the ground.
Provide advisory support to cooperating partner field staff in the execution of their duties, as well as coordinate closely during field visits.
Perform other related duties as required.
Qualifications and skill
University degree in one or more of the following disciplines: economics, agriculture, business administration, or a field relevant to agricultural value chain management. An advanced degree in the relevant field is a plus.
At least five years of experience in agribusiness, either in private sector enterprises or in non-profit value chain related-projects, with a strong exposure to the private sector.
Demonstrated knowledge of SMEs, pro-smallholder procurement and commercial agriculture models.
Knowledge of various aspects of financial services and business modelling is a bonus.
Relevant experience in development and agricultural fields, with emphasis on pro-smallholder approaches; experience in contract-farming approaches; agronomy; and strong understanding of policy analysis, regional trade and marketing.
Ability to work independently, establish priorities and monitor own work plan with minimum supervision in close coordination with the geographically diversified FtMA team.
Ability to work in a team, and establish effective working relations with results-oriented private sector partners as well as internal WFP clients.
Solid operational skills including problem solving and project management skills, including ability to work and deliver projects proactively and under pressure.
Good analytical skills; resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgment, tact, and negotiating skills.
Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
Ability to frequently travel within the country.
Fluency (oral and written) in English and Swahili is a must;