AATF Project Manager (Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa) Jobs in Nairobi, Kenya
AATF Project Manager (Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa) Jobs in Nairobi, KenyaRole Profile: Project Manager – Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB) The Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB) is an advocacy initiative aimed at facilitating the flow of information from the scientific community to policy makers and the public.
Launched in 2006, OFAB provides a community platform that works to enhance knowledge-sharing and awareness on biotechnology to raise understanding and appreciation of agricultural biotechnology and contribute to building an enabling environment for sound decision making.
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 Manager will have direct supervision of four staff and will also have responsibility for the performance of partner countries and Project contractors.
Duties and Responsibilities
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 mobilisation 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 maximise 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 maximise the impact of high-level external engagements on advocacy with international public officials, politicians, organisations 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, organisations and the private Sector in and outside Africa and gives interviews as needed to communicate OFAB’s campaign and advocacy messages.
Public Engagement and Programme
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 mobilisation.
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.
Demonstrated advocacy and communication skills including excellent public relations and communication abilities – written, editorial and spoken
Demonstrated strong advocacy, campaigns and influencing experience in a range of contexts.
Excellent research and public speaking skills
Proven experience leading effective policy influencing and understanding of policy development processes
Experience in writing, publishing and disseminating advocacy briefs
Knowledge of main players in agricultural biotechnology; A good understanding of the SSA agricultural policy environment
Demonstrated strategic and creative leadership, especially for sensitive situations/environments
Strong skills in diplomacy, networking, influencing, negotiation and conflict mediation
Ability to use information technology effectively as a tool and resource
Ability to plan and prioritise work activities to meet organisational goals and supervise virtual teams
Outstanding management and coordination skills in a complex network setting, with experience in effectively assessing and managing risk.
Demonstrated networking skills and ability to build and sustain relationships with key partners
Demonstrated initiative and ability to work effectively under pressure and independently and within a team
Strong team dynamics with sound organisational and people management skills
Strong financial and budget management experience
Good knowledge of the politics of agriculture and especially biotechnology in Africa
Demonstrated experience and understanding of knowledge management
Fluency in written and spoken English
Ability to travel on very short notice for up to 12 weeks per year.
Experience of fundraising for advocacy, campaigns and influencing
Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese
Qualifications and Experience
Master’s degree in Communications, International Relations, Political Science, International Development, Public policy or related field
At least 10 years of successful and progressive experience in advocacy, campaigning and communications, with at least 5 years active advocacy experience
How to Apply
If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your English CV in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to
Ms. Shijia Huang, at AATF-PM@sri-executive.com on or before 21 February, 2020.
All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service.
We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.
SRI Executive is exclusively retained by AATF to undertake this assignment.
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