AGRA - Regional Head, East Africa Jobs in Kenya

AGRA - Regional Head, East Africa Jobs in Kenya


  • To support this transformation from a country perspective, AGRA is seeking to recruit an experienced and exceptional individual to the position of Regional Head, East Africa.

    Position Summary

  • Reporting to the Vice President, Program Innovation & Delivery. The Regional Head leads the development of a portfolio of regional countries. He/ She is responsible for grant making, driving local policy and establishing AGRA locally as a thought leader in Agricultural transformation. The role generates impact by influencing stakeholders to contribute to AGRA’s theory of change.

  • The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel to the other countries within the region.

    Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead the development of country and regional strategy.

  • Lead the successful and timely implementation of country business plans

  • Building and managing a team of 8-12 professionals in a matrixed reporting environment in Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda’s programmatic and operational functions. Supervising Regional staff to ensure execution and delivery of specific objectives.

  • Identifying new stakeholders to influence and find opportunities for impact generation.

  • Provide mentorship to the regional teams in the development and institutionalization of tracking metrics and success criteria.

  • Building the alliance by engaging with senior stakeholders and high-ranking government officials.

  • Influence stakeholders to adopt or contribute to AGRAs theory of change.

  • Advising the Vice President, Program Innovation & Delivery on key challenges and opportunities for delivery and execution of the AGRA strategy.

  • Representing AGRA at external events as required.

  • Inspiring and growing teams, partnerships and collaboration among them to ensure achievement of AGRA strategy for East Africa.

  • People development of existing staff, recruitment of new staff as necessary and managing team dynamics in order to create a high-performing team.

  • Direct and provide coaching to relevant technical and administrative staff as required.

  • Create and implement the operating budget for the countries within the region.

  • Create and present performance reports to VPs, and other Divisional Leaders to inform day to day
    management decisions.

    Key Qualifications and Experience required

  • A PHD, Masters or equivalent qualification in a relevant field.

  • Specialized qualifications in the field of evaluation such as accreditation through globally or regionally recognized evaluation professional associations.

  • Minimum of 15 years’ experience with 8 years’ experience in implementing and managing multi country strategies and business plans in agriculture and/or economic development space.

  • Demonstrated understanding of both the government and private sector policies and governance structures.

  • Experience and proven capacity to communicate effectively with different counterparts (government authorities, heads of agencies, civil society, and the private sector) to align actors and build networks.

  • Experience in managing complex initiatives with proven ability to develop high impact partnerships.

  • Proven leadership ability to influence, develop and empower employees to achieve their best with a team approach.

  • Excellent organizational, and problem solving/decision making skills.

  • Intelligent, motivated self-starter with strong interpersonal skills and work ethic.

  • A working knowledge of French will be an added advantage.

  • An attractive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

    How to Apply

  • If you believe you are the right candidate for this position, kindly submit your application with a detailed CV (including your e-mail address and telephone contacts) to

  • recruit@agra.org noting to quote the job reference number in the subject line.

  • To be considered, applications must be received on or before 24th July, 2020.

    For more information on AGRA, applicants can visit www.agra.org

    Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

  • AGRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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