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Job Vacancies at EAGC in Nairobi Kenya

Summary: Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) is a regional private sector membership organization representing stakeholders in the grain value chain in Eastern and Southern Africa. 

The mandate of EAGC is to develop, promote, and influence structured grain trading system in the Eastern Africa region including Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Zambia, Malawi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Since inception in 2006, EAGC has excelled in supporting Structured Grain Trade, the provision of Market Information in the Eastern and Southern Africa region and highly recognized as the “THE VOICE OF THE GRAIN SECTOR” both regionally and internationally. 

Vacancy: Regional Programs Coordinator

EAGC has embarked on an exciting yet challenging expansion program which has created the following job opportunities in the region which we seek to fill the position of Regional Programs Coordinator

Job Purpose: Reporting to the Executive Director, and working as the effective Deputy, you will provide strategic direction in programme design, implementation and monitoring; provide technical and management support to program managers and country program managers across the region; assist in developing the M&E framework; and input into the Council’s communication and fundraising strategies. 

You will also network widely and form partnerships that advance the Council’s agenda, promotes the advocacy efforts as well as the Council’s financial sustainability efforts. In particular you will be expected to:

Key Responsibilities
  • In consultation with the other senior management team members, develop the strategic plan for EAGC, providing the lead in the defining the strategic direction of programming for the Council.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director in the implementation of the approved strategic planning, acting as the deputy when required, monitoring overall progress and providing recommendations for corrective action as necessary.
  • Provide technical and management support to program managers and country program managers in the development and implementation of their programmes by cascading the strategic objectives, developing/adapting programming models and building their capacity as necessary to ensure effective implementation.
  • Work with M & E team to develop/review and implement the monitoring and evaluation framework for the Council and ensure that it is effectively streamlined into the programmes thus facilitating performance monitoring, learning and knowledge management as well as effective reporting to the various stakeholders – internal or external.
  • Working closely with the Executive Director, lead the advocacy work of the Council including effective networking, representation at technical working groups, the design of advocacy materials, technical briefs, etc.
  • Support the Council’s financial sustainability efforts through the identification of sustainable income generating projects/services and technical inputs into the fundraising proposals.
  • Maintain a risk matrix for programs and ensure mitigation measures are in place.
  • Work with the Communications team in the development of the communication tools/materials that facilitate effective internal and external communication.
  • Represent the Council in National, Regional and/or International forums as necessary to advance the Council’s objectives
Qualification and Background
  • Masters degree and a degree in agriculture, agribusiness or related agricultural field.
  • 15 years experience in the agribusiness/grain sector, 5 of which in senior level management.
  • Experience in strategic planning and implementation.
  • Demonstrable experience in regional programme management which includes programme design, proposal development, programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation and reporting to various stakeholders.
  • People management experience in particular achieving results through teams in field offices.
  • Have strong relationship management, project finance management and report writing; experience in donor reporting is essential.
  • Business acumen
  • Team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Capacity to manage several tasks simultaneously, be flexible and be willing to assume a range of unanticipated assignments.

Vacancy: Regional Finance Manager
 
EAGC has embarked on an exciting yet challenging expansion program which has created the following job opportunities in the region which we seek to fill the position of Regional Finance Manager.

Job Purpose: Reporting to the Executive Director, you will be responsible for the financial health of EAGC. 

You will develop and effectively implement strategies, policies, systems and processes that safeguard the financial resources and ensure the organization meets its financial obligations, while ensuring financial sustainability. 

You will be extensively involved in EAGC’s strategic planning and implementation and will be responsible for monitoring financial performance and overall reporting. 

Key Responsibilities
  • Develop/review and enforce regional financial policies, procedures and guidelines that ensure compliance with statutory requirements in each country of operation, the maintenance of appropriate books of accounts and are embedded with the necessary controls.
  • Lead the financial planning process for the Council including financial strategic planning, budgeting, fundraising, cash-flow planning, treasury management to maximize returns, etc
  • Support in the development of new ventures such as partnership, new business streams, etc by providing thorough assessments of their financial viability and sustainability
  • Manage the financial performance of the Council to include financial monitoring & evaluation, facilitating pre and post internal and external audits, and the provision of various progress and monitoring reports to the various stakeholders
  • Manage tax matters regionally to ensure compliance and minimize the Council’s exposure
  • Develop and implement systems that facilitate report generation for internal use and for our various stakeholders including Board papers, statutory and donor reports.
  • Manage relationships effectively with the various stakeholders in the region including banks, government institutions as necessary, Council members, business partners, development partners, etc.
  • Manage the departmental staff including participating in their recruitment, induction, performance management, training and development as well as discipline management.
  • Build the capacity of Council staff on financial matters to enable them plan and manage the financial aspects of their work and comply with the financial policies and procedures.
Qualification and Background
  • Masters degree preferably in business and a degree in finance/accounting and full professional qualification such as CPA or ACCA
  • 15 years relevant work experience which should include experience in the Eastern African region and an understanding of the various financial and tax compliance requirements
  • Experience of designing and implementing effective financial systems and controls for efficient financial management and performance monitoring;
  • Have strong relationship management, project finance management and report writing; experience in donor reporting is essential.
  • Team player, people leadership-achieving results through people.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • High integrity, initiative and business acumen.
  • Highly organized with the capacity to manage several tasks simultaneously, be flexible and be willing to assume a range of unanticipated assignments.

Vacancies: Country Programme Manager
 
2 Positions: 1 Kenya & 1 Tanzania

EAGC has embarked on an exciting yet challenging expansion program which has created the following job opportunities in the region which we seek to fill the position of Country Program Manager, Kenya and Tanzania.

Job Purpose:
 Reporting to the Regional Programs Coordinator, you will represent EAGC in the assigned country and manage, coordinate, monitor and evaluate the execution of its country programme activities. 

You will develop and manage the implementation of annual work plans for the country office, manage membership and fundraising programmes, and provide guidance in marketing and market linkage development. 

You will also manage various projects teams and project budgets. 

Key Responsibilities
  • Oversee the strategy implementation and annual work plans for EAGC Country offices consistent with the vision and mission of the Council.
  • Market & position EAGC as a preferred partner to donors and other stakeholders
  • Develop and implement a membership recruitment and retention strategy.
  • Organize awareness creating / publicity forums to keep EAGC in touch with its members along the grain value chain and other stakeholder through Expos, field days, workshops and summits
  • Take an active role in the development of fundraising programs and fee-based services for as defined in the country’s strategic plan.
  • Lead and supervise the project team to deliver project objectives agreed with the development partners.
  • Develop a vibrant communication strategy for projects and other initiatives.
  • Design and develop training materials in line with project objectives and supervise the implementation of training programs.
  • Provide guidance and offer leadership in the development of a marketing strategy for EAGC’s services as well as for grain commodities
  • Develop, organize and participate in market linkages forums so as to link sellers and buyers for grain commodities.
  • Supervise the collection and dissemination of Regional Agriculture Trade Intelligence Network (RATIN) based market information to stakeholders.
  • Work closely with the M&E manager to design, develop and implement project reporting templates and other data collection and analysis tools that may be required from time to time.
  • Prepare activity reports on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual basis or as may be required from time to time or as agreed with the development partners.
  • To manage all project activities within allocated budgets and wherever necessary make suggestions on budget reallocation to the development partners.
Qualification and Background
  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, agribusiness or related agricultural field
  • Masters degree and Master’s degree will be an added advantage.
  • 10 years relevant work experience.
  • Experience in working with agricultural sector stakeholders.
  • Ability to develop a close & strong relationship with a variety of stakeholders and partners.
  • Excellent organizational, coordination and time management skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • A problem solver; team player; independent thinker and self driven person who takes initiative.
How to Apply: 
 
Send your application including a cover letter demonstrating why you are the most suited for this role, a detailed CV highlighting relevant experience, details of current and expected salary, a daytime phone contact, email address, and the names of three professional referees by close of business Monday 17th November 2014

Adept Systems
Management Consultants
P O Box 6416, Nairobi, GPO 00100

Email: recruit@adeptsystems.co.ke
 
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Please note that we do not charge fees for receiving or processing job applications.


Visit www.eagc.org and www.ratin.net for more information.

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