AGRA Head - Soil Fertility & Fertilizer Systems Jobs in Kenya

AGRA Head - Soil Fertility & Fertilizer Systems Jobs in Kenya


  • Founded in 2006, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), is an African-led African-based organization that seeks to catalyze Agriculture Transformation in Africa.

  • AGRA is focused on putting smallholder farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economy by transforming agriculture from a solitary struggle to survive into farming as a business that thrives.

  • As the sector that employs the majority of Africa’s people, nearly all of them small-scale farmers, AGRA recognizes that developing smallholder agriculture into a productive, efficient, and sustainable system is essential to ensuring food security, lifting millions out of poverty, and driving equitable growth across the continent.

  • Under its 5-year strategy, AGRA looks to catalyze and sustain an Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa to increase incomes and improve food security for 30 million farmers.

  • Under this strategy, AGRA will deliver through an approach that simultaneously catalyzes change at farmer level, strengthens input and output market systems and puts government at the center to enable and champion private-sector-led agricultural growth at national level.

  • To support this transformation, AGRA is seeking to recruit an experienced and exceptional individual to the position Head, Soil Fertility & Fertilizer Systems.

  • The role will be based in Nairobi, Kenya (Approximately 40% Travel)

    The Position

  • Reporting to the Vice President, Program
    Development & Innovation, the Head of Soil Fertility & Fertilizer Systems is primarily responsible for identifying and implementing high priority transformational soil fertility and fertilizer systems development issues that will address systemic and structural challenges to transforming the soils sub-sector for AGRA and Africa.

  • S/he manages any soil related implemented projects, directing the work of the Soil fertility and fertilizer systems development knowledge centers as well as facilitating support to AGRA’s agricultural commercialization activities as pertains to issues of soil fertility and fertilizer systems development.

    Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leads in the development of strong and convincing soil fertility and fertilizer systems management policies procedures and strategies and manages implementation.

  • Leads in the creation and delivery of fertility & fertilizer systems strategies and programs to achieve AGRA’s overall goal and mission for agricultural transformation in Africa.

  • Drives the implementation of grants strategies to soil fertility and fertilizer systems that could be brought to scale, and do so in ways that leverages public and private investments

  • Leads and acts as a scout and tests new technologies.

  • Recommends and develops new products, creates enticing product claims, evaluates crop varieties, and identifies cost saving opportunities.

  • Provides technical assistance to R&D, marketing, regulatory, sourcing, quality, and manufacturing when appropriate.

  • Leads the conducting of professional biological research, statistical data analysis, and summarizes results into research reports, position papers, etc. to deliver project deliverables such as new products, new product label claims and cost savings per established timelines.

  • Serves as a thought leader in the area of soil fertility and fertilizer systems in AGRA, participating substantively in conferences (both international and domestic) and supporting planning of transformation agenda deliverables for the sub-sector.

  • Inspires high quality, results-focused stakeholder management, and builds a genuinely collaborative engagement with key government, regional, private sector, other non-profit and bilateral partners in the delivery of priority soil fertility and fertilizer systems objectives.

  • Collaborating with key soils stakeholders across both public and non-public sectors, leads the development and implementation of diagnostic activities, strategies, policies, and solution design by the Soil fertility
    and fertilizer systems knowledge centers and institutions.

  • Provides guidance, high level technical support and manages design and/or implementation of AGRA implemented projects in the soils sub-sector.

  • Communicates results through written and verbal communication.

  • Inspires and grows teamwork, partnership and collaboration among the product.

  • development team to raise overall team contributions and performance.

  • Achieves talent development of existing staff, hiring new staff as necessary and manages team dynamics of the team to ensure a high-performance team.

  • Strategizes and directs all AGRA’s seed research and systems development activities
    Directs and provides coaching to relevant technical and administrative staff.

  • Directs fertility and fertilizer systems projects and programs, assuming overall responsibility for the direction and management of the programs and projects under it and mobilizing needed financial, human or organizational resources for program execution.

  • Set standards for technical and operational excellence in the execution of AGRA Initiatives, with a focus on soil fertility and fertilizer systems development issues.

  • Plans and manages the Program’s budget; obtains approvals from senior level management and monitors budget utilization against allocation.

  • Directs the development of an institutionalized soil fertility and fertilizer systems development knowledge base for AGRA.

  • Regularly reports to the VP Program Development & Innovation, and to the President on progress, challenges and constraints of the program team activities.

    Academic, Professional Qualifications and Relevant experience

  • Ph.D. with emphasis in horticulture or agriculture science and management or a Master of Science in the seeds field of study with significant demonstrated industry experience in product development experimentation, report development and communications

  • Fluency in English required; ability to communicate in French will be considered an asset

  • Knowledge of different seed species attributes and opportunities for improvement
    Understanding of experimental design.

  • Understanding of testing methods to identify tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses.

  • Familiarity with statistical analysis of data using ARM or similar statistical analysis software

  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in agricultural development in Africa, with a focus on seed research and systems development

  • Deep knowledge of the basic tenets of agricultural seed production and use across the food chain, both internationally and within the African context

  • Experimental design, establishment, trial management, data collection, data analysis, interpretation of results and reporting of results in written and oral formats

  • Publication of peer-reviewed scientific papers related to seed science a plus

  • Ability to support design of scientifically sound experiments

  • Ability to analyze and critically evaluate data generated from experiments

  • Ability to interpret results and report in a concise format.

  • Pesticide applicators license or ability to obtain within 1 year of hire.

  • Familiarity with seed evaluation for quality and quality components.

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.

  • Ability to speak in front of large groups in lecture and field settings.

  • Skills in supporting the preparation of laboratory and field samples.

  • Fluency in French is an added advantage.

    How to Apply

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