African Management Institute Agriculture Practice Lead Jobs in Kenya

African Management Institute Agriculture Practice Lead Jobs in Kenya

Job description

  • AMI is looking for an experienced hire as our Agriculture Practice Lead, to join a team that secures and manages our most critical relationships. This person will be responsible for launching AMI’s Agriculture Practice – a strategic area of growth for AMI, with exciting possibilities for social and commercial impact. This is a chance for an outstanding entrepreneurial leader to be part of Africa’s transformation, and to help shape, build and scale one its most innovate social businesses.

  • The Agriculture Practice Lead must be a strategic leader who is passionate about skills and enterprise development as a way to transform Africa, with extensive networks in, and understanding of, business development services for agriculture businesses in Africa.

  • The successful candidate will report to the Director of Partnerships as part of a senior team working closely with the CEO to secure new strategic partnerships that expand our work with SMEs, entrepreneurs, and youth across Africa. S/he will take responsibility for managing existing projects in agriculture, including a strategic multi-year and multi million dollar project, as well as cultivating new strategic relationships in this sector, leading to expansion of AMI’s work to serve agribusinesses and agriculture sector leaders across Africa. AMI is already working with some of the leading funders and stakeholders in the skills and enterprise space, such as The MasterCard Foundation, Argidius Foundation, Aceli Africa, the Agripreneurship Alliance, USAID’s Policy Link initiative, as well as other leading foundations and DFIs, and is looking for a manager to identify new opportunities for AMI to grow and increase our impact.

  • The successful candidate will be part of a dynamic international team and will be based in – or willing to move to Nairobi. For exceptional candidates, other African locations may be considered.


  • Launch and structure AMI’s agriculture practice – taking leadership on existing projects, crafting the strategy for growth, building new relationships, and securing new deals to support agricultural SMEs and agriculture sector managers/ leaders across Africa

  • Build long-term relationships with major pan-African development and intermediary partners to position AMI as a leading impact player in the skills and enterprise development space, within the agriculture sector specifically

  • Continually scan the market in this segment to identify business opportunities, relationships and RFP windows across the continent, including opportunities for new products and segments

  • Own end-to-end strategic partnership management for existing agriculture projects, with responsibility for stakeholder management and mobilizing the right internal and
    external resources to deliver to client expectations, at a high standard

  • Take responsibility for expanding relationships with current agriculture sector clients

  • Generate strategies to raise AMI’s profile in the skills and enterprise development segment within the agriculture sector, and work with the communications team to implement. This could include writing/co-writing white papers, opinion pieces, blogs, keeping track of new research or trends in the sector and speaking at international and local conferences etc

  • Lead proposal development and negotiations on large pan-African partnerships. Work with other members of the team to design, scope and budget complex multi-million dollar projects

    Skills & attributes

  • Sophisticated understanding of skills development for African agribusinesses/ leaders in agriculture, and deep networks with both funders and implementers in agriculture sector.

  • Ability to think strategically and creatively, and to execute methodically.

  • Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively. Excellent proposal writing and presentation skills.

  • Ability to scope, plan, budget for and project manage complex, multi-million dollar skills/enterprise development projects, often in multiple markets.

  • Thrives in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment. Works well under pressure.

  • Enthusiasm and commitment for AMI’s vision of transformation through skills and enterprise development.

  • Confident networker and relationship builder. Able to represent AMI at international events and conferences with gravitas and charisma.

  • Work well with people. Culturally adept. Ability to communicate effectively across different levels, with local and international teams and stakeholders

  • Willingness to engage in robust debate alongside deep respect for others

  • Absolutely rock-solid integrity

    Qualifications & Experience

  • At least 7 years experience in business development, fund-raising or partnership management, and strategic project management, with at least 2 years in international development, including proposal development (essential)

  • Experience working in an entrepreneurial or skills development environment (essential)
    Masters degree or equivalent experience

  • AMI will consider candidates from any country, but preference will be given to African nationals. Candidates must be willing to live in Africa, Nairobi preferred, and free to travel across Africa.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; African Management Institute Agriculture Practice Lead Jobs in Kenya

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