SNV Sector Leader - Agriculture Jobs in Kenya

SNV Sector Leader - Agriculture Jobs in Kenya

Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization that applies practical know-how to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply and adapt our top-notch expertise in agriculture, energy and WASH to local contexts. SNV has an annual turnover of €130 million, over 1,250 staff in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organization that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence.

In its new Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV will more explicitly aim for systems change during project preparation and implementation - by strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects. We will continue to position ourselves as a premium organization, with decentralized management.

For more information on our operations in Kenya and SNV generally visit our website:

The Sector

SNV has been working in Kenya since 1967. The Agriculture Sector at SNV works in three priority fields: Food and Nutrition Security, Sustainable Markets and Climate Smart Agriculture across a range of commodities.

The Sector has a portfolio of on-going projects in Kenya (Approximately 85%) and Burundi (Approximately 15%). The projects are focusing on diverse themes like Smart Water and Climate smart Solutions in agriculture, Inclusive Business, Women Economic Empowerment, Food and Nutrition Security and Climate Smart Landscapes. Projects are managed by highly skilled Projects Managers (PMs) who report to Sector Leader. Opportunities to grow the project(s) portfolio exist and need to be pursued urgently and pro-actively.

In its approach, SNV supports sector development by working with key stakeholders to improve access to markets, provide knowledge and skills training, and by promoting gender and social inclusion.

Job Description
The Sector Leader

To deliver on this role, you will be a highly qualified, entrepreneurial, result oriented team leader who can operate at the strategic level and steer SNV Kenya sector development and quality of practice at country level, in line with SNV’s global strategy. You will report to the Country Director and work in close collaboration with other sector leaders (Energy and WASH), Human Resource Manager and Finance Manager. You will sit in the Country Management Team (CMT) that steers the country strategy as the responsible champion of agriculture sector. In addition, you will work in consultation with the Managing Director Agriculture, Global Sector Coordinators.

You will be based in Nairobi, with frequent travel to project sites, to attend regional forums and events, and to engage with donors and partners. You will lead a team of Project Managers and national/international consultants. You will dedicate up to 50% of your focus to New Business (Project pipeline) Development (Resource Mobilization).


  • Strategic Leadership: provide strategic direction to the Sector in terms of content and leadership to optimize development results and resource mobilization;
  • Business Development: identify opportunities to mobilize financial resources for the Sector in Kenya and Burundi, develop proposals and secure funding for agriculture
    projects. This includes both traditional grant funding, as well as emerging opportunities in private sector, climate finance and impact investment financing;
  • Programme Management: manage a proportion of projects directly as you oversee the delivery of effective development results, planning and monitoring, financial management, and donor reporting of all projects in the Sector;
  • People Management: lead, manage, and coach the team of SNV project managers, advisors, and local and international consultants;
  • Monitoring & Evaluation: ensure uniform understanding and practices in planning, reporting, monitoring, and evaluation of agriculture projects in line with SNV’s internal frameworks and donor/customer requirements;
  • Representation & Promotion: develop and maintain relationships with national and international stakeholders (donors, government of Kenya and Burundi, civil society/NGOs and private sector) to improve SNV’s market position and actively participate in external and internal networks;
  • Evidence Based Advocacy: Utilizing evidence from SNV project case studies to influence improved enabling policy environment for an inclusive market driven agriculture sector, at county and national level.
  • Facilitate learning, documentation and evidence-based knowledge development and sharing in collaboration with SNV’s global team and partners;
  • Contribute to SNV Kenya’s management as a member of the Country Management Team.


    Education: Master’s Degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness, Agroforestry, Business Administration, International Trade or other relevant field.

    Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum 10 years of professional work experience, including international experience as consultant/advisor for private and/or development organization on programmatic business development, preferably in Africa;
  • Proven track record in resource mobilization and/or programmatic business development;
  • Proven track record of working with markets systems approaches in agriculture sector
  • Strong emphasis with policy advocacy and proven experience in working with civil society organizations;
  • Experienced networker and relationship manager, especially with donors and partners;
  • Experience in (leading) proposal writing and preparation of project documents;
  • Experience in analyzing/implementing value chain approaches in the Agriculture Sector;
  • Experience in leading, managing and coaching a team of project managers or advisers;
  • Proven project management experience to support sector leadership;
  • Proven capacity in linking local productive initiatives with international best practices.

    Other Requirements:

    Strong negotiation skills, leadership, team spirit and results orientation
    Entrepreneurial skills and attitude, initiative taking, networking
    Client - and team-oriented attitude
    Creative, communicative and proactive personality
    Excellent communication skills and writing skills in English
    Strong computer skills

    Additional Information
    Desired start date: as soon as possible.

    Duration of contract: 3 years initial contract

    Working at SNV

    SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package, per national standards. We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. Advisors benefit from and contribute to an internal global network of agriculture experts.

    How to apply

    Please apply by clicking on the “I AM INTERESTED” tab on this page and submitting an application letter and CV that contains three referees in English before 08 November, 2019.


  • Only shortlisted will be contacted.
  • We do not appreciate third-party mediation based on this advertisement.
  • SNV Kenya does not require you to undergo any medical test prior to employment.

    For more information and job applications details, see; SNV Sector Leader - Agriculture Jobs in Kenya

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