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AFSTA is a continent-wide umbrella body representing the private seed industry. AFSTA was formally established on March, 2000, during an inaugural congress in South Africa where Kenya was elected as host country for the Secretariat.

The African Seed Trade Association arose out of a need to have a regional representative body for the seed industry, which could also serve to promote the development of private seed enterprises.

Technical Officer Position

Harmonization of Seed Regulations:

  • Collect and collate updates from COMESA, SADC, ASARECA and EAC the status of the seed harmonisation process.
  • Prepare for the periodic reports needed for the implementation of the Harmonization of seed policy and regulations in COMESA and other Regional Economic Communities.
  • Be a resource person on the training of NSTA on the AFSTA seed projects.

    Strengthening of National Seed Trade Associations:

  • Work with the Executive Directors of National Seed Trade Associations to ensure smooth running of the NSTA.

    Implementation of the Strategic Plan:

  • Deploy the AFSTA strategic plan to NSTA level.
  • Assist the NSTA to develop annual plans in line with the strategic plan.
  • Keep the committee of AFSTA on “Member Services” dynamic and reaching its objectives of improving AFSTA service to its Members.

    Seed Projects and other assignments:

  • Follow up any AFSTA seed projects and update in timely manner the Secretary General and the Chairman of the Committee on “Member Services” on any possible actions that would be necessary for good performance of such projects;
  • Work closely with the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Africa to undertake seed activities such as implementation of the harmonization of seed regulations and policies in the 19 Member States of Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA);
  • Prepare for any AFSTA technical documents (position papers, technical presentation, report, seed projects, etc.), which are necessary in the pursuance of the AFSTA objectives;
  • Organize technical training and other meetings in accordance with the approved program of work;
  • Keep updated documentation on the African seed sector to be available for further reference especially for the International seed bodies (ISTA, OECD, 1SF, UPOV and FAO) for AFSTA members;
  • Prepare proposals for joint action seed programs with other international and regional bodies;
  • Contribute to the issuance of periodic and other publications covering seed and planting material and related activities in the region and provide documentation services concerning such activities inside and outside the region in cooperation with the Advocacy and Communication Unit of AFSTA;
  • Undertake any reasonable request made by the Secretary General of AFSTA in the pursuance of the objectives of the Association.

    Key Result Areas:

  • Contribute to the implementation of AFSTA seed projects.
  • AFSTA operational efficiency and sensible spending.
  • Timely compilation and delivery of reports and minutes.

    Supervisory/Management Responsibilities:

  • Direct linkages with ECOWAS, WAEMU, ACTESA/COMESA, SADC, ASARECA and EAC.
  • Vital liaison with NSTAs.

    Relationship Effort:

  • Secretary General for direction.
  • Peers for sharing.
  • Governments, RECs and NGOs for partnership and policy formulation.

    Mandatory Competencies and Qualifications:

    This candidate must be an African citizen from any one of the African countries.

    Career Background / Operational Experience:

  • A commendable career with 10+ years experience in African agri-business at Technical Officer level, and specifically within the Seed Sector.
  • Has worked or liaised with National Seed Trade Associations. 5+ years experience in delivering technical training.
  • Has successfully worked in projects with various stakeholders including NSTAs, Regional Economic Communities including SADC, COMESA, ECOWAS, WAEMU, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to represent AFSTA in diverse important fora.

    Academic Background

  • At least Masters degree in Agricultural Science, Agronomy or other related fields.
  • A Bachelors degree in the same fields will be considered if supported by ample experience)
  • Qualifications in Training & Management.
  • Good Computer skills (MS Office / Internet).

    Other Requirements

  • Self disciplined and conscientious with the ability to work independently, without much supervision.
  • Ability to work in a multi disciplinary team to achieve common goals in a challenging environment.
  • Good Interpersonal skills
  • Fluency in spoken and written English; Basic knowledge of French and Portuguese will be an added advantage.

    Application

    Expressions of Interest with a full CV and supporting statement, highlighting your experience and skills against the requirements of the role should be submit to Ms. Susan Waweru, Director, SRI Executive Search, Nairobi, Kenya.

    Email: swaweru [at] sri-executive.com

    SRI Executive has been retained by AFSTA to manage both internal and external applications for this role.


    Project Director

    Main Tasks and Duties

  • Responsible for overall implementation, leadership and management of the ASIESA Project.
  • Ensure successful achievement and communication of Project objectives, goals and milestones.
  • Ensure all the 40 Key Milestones for the ASIESA project are delivered and communicated well, both at a regional as well as national level, for all the 8 countries.
  • Ensure timely management and disbursement of project funds; Holds fiduciary accountability for use of project funds.
  • Recruitment and Management of project staff, monitor and evaluate performance; ensure staff are motivated and developed / ensure staff grievances are handled well and resolve staff conflicts professionally.
  • Provide project reports and feedback on project progress.
  • Represent ASIESA in various private and public forums or as delegated by the Secretary General.
  • Serve as Secretary to the ASIESA Advisory Team.
  • Manage relationships with key project stakeholders and collaborating partners, including the National Seed Trade Associations.
  • Ensure the smooth and efficient organization and management of the Secretariat as well as the human, financial and physical assets and resources
  • Make priority decisions relating to project funding.
  • Understand the nuances of each project subcomponent and be able to answer to the different donors on the diverse sub components.
  • Prepare ASIESA’s Annual Plan of Work and Budget and Financial Statements for approval by the AFSTA Board.
  • Organize, plan and manage all meetings organized by ASIESA.
  • Perform any related duties as may be assigned by the Secretary General and ASIESA Advisory Team, for achievement of the project goals and objectives.

    Career Background / Operational Experience:

  • A commendable career with 10+ years experience in African agri-business and specifically within the Seed Sector in COMESA region.
  • At least 5+ years experience in managing complex seed related donor projects in Africa, COMESA region.
  • Public sector or Non-profit sector experience an advantage.
  • Capable of facilitating discussions and participating in debates on highly variable topics, relating to agricultural and seed development ;
  • Possess strong skills in the management of human and financial resources, organizational change and knowledge management;
  • Possess strong experience in financial resource mobilization;
  • An excellent communicator with an accomplished public speaking record within the agricultural and seed sectors.
  • Able to maintain the diversified and multi-stakeholder partnerships;
  • Capable of travelling extensively.

    Academic Background

  • At least Masters degree in Agricultural Science, Agronomy or other related fields.
  • A Bachelors degree in the same fields will be considered if supported by ample experience)
  • Qualifications in Project Management
  • Qualifications in Financial Management.
  • Good Computer skills (MS Office / Internet).

    Other Requirements

  • Ability to work in a multi disciplinary team to achieve common goals in a challenging environment.
  • Hands-on approach to management; strong team management skills; bottom-up approach to management.
  • Strong follow-up ability.
  • Excellent Interpersonal skills; Diplomacy skills; ability to manage complex relationships.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English;
  • Resourceful; passionate about their work.
  • Respectful of all working relationships; not bossy.
  • Basic working knowledge of French and Portuguese is an added advantage.

    Application

    Expressions of Interest with a full CV and supporting statement, highlighting your experience and skills against the requirements of the role should be submit to Ms. Susan Waweru, Director, SRI Executive Search, Nairobi, Kenya.

    Email: swaweru [at] sri-executive.com

    SRI Executive have been retained by AFSTA to manage both internal and external applications for this prestigious role.


    Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

    Main Tasks and Duties

  • Work with Communication & PR Department to lead and develop reports on various aspects of the project.
  • Work with local teams to provide information on progress to national and regional policy makers and development partners.
  • Ensure ASIESA activities are delivered, documented and communicated in a timely manner.
  • Provide technical support to all project teams on ensuring adaptation of the M&E framework and ensuring timely and relevant information is provided to project stakeholders.
  • Develop proper internal systems that promote project monitoring, quality assurance and evaluation; develop required guidelines and processes for reporting of project milestones and indicators.
  • Train and support all relevant staff on the adapted M&E framework; ensure effective use of M&E tools and methodologies for planning, monitoring and reporting.
  • Coordinate timely and appropriate project reporting.
  • Ensure easy access to M&E reports and data, and ensure the same are widely distributed.

    Career Background / Operational Experience:

  • A commendable career with 10+ years experience in African agri-business and specifically within the Seed Sector in COMESA region.
  • At least 5+ years experience in Monitoring & Evaluation of complex seed related donor projects in Africa, COMESA region.
  • Public sector or Non-profit sector experience an advantage.
  • Managed complex multi-donor / government relationships successfully.
  • Capable of travelling extensively.

    Academic Background

  • At least Masters Degree in Economics, Social Sciences or other related fields.
  • A Bachelors degree in the same fields will be considered if supported by ample experience)
  • Knowledge of M&E methods, approaches, information analysis and report-writing.
  • Qualifications in Project Management
  • Qualifications Financial Management.
  • Good Computer skills (MS Office / Internet).

    Other Requirements

  • Ability to work in a multi disciplinary team to achieve common goals in a challenging environment.
  • Ability to lead in strategic planning, results based project management and reporting procedures.
  • Excellent communication skills; ability to present information persuasively.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English;
  • Resourceful; passionate about their work; demonstrates energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
  • Demonstrates strong ability to manage complexities.
  • Respectful of all working relationships; not bossy.
  • Basic working knowledge of French will be an added advantage.

    Application

    Expressions of Interest with a full CV and supporting statement, highlighting your experience and skills against the requirements of the role should be submit to Ms. Susan Waweru, Director, SRI Executive Search, Nairobi, Kenya.

    Email: swaweru [at] sri-executive.com

    SRI Executive has been retained by AFSTA to manage both internal and external applications for this role.


    Finance Officer

    Main Tasks and Duties

  • Ensure compliance with local (Kenyan) rules and regulations as well as donor requirements pursuant to international accounting laws.
  • Create annual project budgets and forecasts.
  • Conduct regular project audits
  • Manage the project's general ledger and monitor cash flow.
  • Manage staff payroll and ensure remittance of taxes.
  • Prepare monthly financial reports including balance sheets, cash flow statements and other reports and schedules.
  • Perform other related duties as may be delegated by the Program Director.

    Career Background / Operational Experience:

  • A commendable career with 10+ years experience in African agri-business and specifically within the Seed Sector in COMESA region.
  • At least 5+ years experience in financial management of complex seed related donor projects in Africa, COMESA region.
  • Public sector or Non-profit sector experience an advantage.
  • Capable of travelling extensively.

    Academic Background

  • Masters degree in Finance or other related fields.
  • A Bachelors degree in the same fields will be considered if supported by ample relevant working experience)
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Qualifications in Project Management
  • Good Computer skills (MS Office / Internet/Quickbooks).
  • Membership of a Professional Association (CPA, ACCA, CFA, etc)

    Other Requirements

  • Ability to work in a multi disciplinary team to achieve common goals in a challenging environment.
  • Hands-on approach to working.
  • Strong financial presentation / reporting skills.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English;
  • Resourceful; passionate about their work.
  • Respectful of all working relationships;
  • Basic working knowledge of French will be an added advantage.

    Application

    Expressions of Interest with a full CV and supporting statement, highlighting your experience and skills against the requirements of the role should be submit to Ms. Susan Waweru, Director, SRI Executive Search, Nairobi, Kenya.

    Email: swaweru [at] sri-executive.com

    SRI Executive has been retained by AFSTA to manage both internal and external applications for this role.

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