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Program Officer Job in Nairobi, Kenya

An Exciting Career Opportunity: The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is working with African governments, donors, NGOs, the private sector and African farmers to significantly and sustainably improve the productivity and incomes of resource poor farmers in Africa through agricultural development. 

AGRA has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

AGRA is seeking to recruit an experienced and exceptional individual to fill the position of:
Program Officer, Resource Mobilization
Ref.: PO-RM / 06 - 15
The Resource Mobilization Unit has the overall responsibility for developing and driving an approach to meet the organization’s funding needs and target (~$100m per year) to implement its new strategy. 

The PO-RM will include in his/her prospecting private sector partners and will demonstrate an ability to translate partnership opportunity into both funds and leverage in the furtherance of program and resource targets. 

As such, the PO-RM will develop and maintain a nuanced and current understanding of AGRA’s programs and grantees across the organization in all of the countries in which operations are conducted.
Reporting to the Head of Resource Mobilization, this position is internationally recruited and will be based in Nairobi, Kenya on a three (3) year renewable contract.

Specific responsibilities will include:
  • Developing concept notes, proposals and budgets to drive the achievement of AGRA’s strategic plan and country priorities, aligned with specific donor priorities across all AGRA programs;
  • Mobilizing resources from bilateral and multilateral donors, philanthropic foundations and other sources;
  • Providing support in terms of prospecting and developing concept notes for the implementation of the Resource Mobilization strategy;
  • Providing proactive and timely advice to senior management on strategic interaction with individual donors;
  • Coordinating interaction with donors across the AGRA Secretariat, in support of overall resource mobilization activities e.g. through site visits;
  • Establishing and maintaining strong relations with portfolio donors as a foundation for resource mobilization efforts. This will include gathering intelligence and analyzing key trends in individual donor policies and plans vis-à-vis AGRA;
  • Organizing briefings, meetings, visits and events with donors and prospective donors, coordinating programmatic and logistical arrangements, draft reports and set action plans for follow-up;
  • Establishing and building donor confidence in AGRA through proactive and considered interactions and through the timely and accurate response to queries and requests;
  • Responding to internal and prepare response to external queries regarding donor contributions.
Key Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience Required:
  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in development sciences including Sociology, Development Studies, Anthropology, Economics or a related field;
  • At least seven (7) years of experience in international development with demonstrable success in resource mobilization for large multilateral or bilateral agencies or international organizations;
  • Ability to build and manage strategic donor relations, with sound understanding of the donor financing landscape and processes;
  • Ability to work on performance-based targets for fundraising; and
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of French will be an advantage.
An attractive remuneration package commensurate with the position’s responsibilities will be negotiated with the successful candidate. 

If you believe you can clearly demonstrate your abilities to meet the relevant criteria for this role, please submit your application with a detailed CV, stating your current position, current remuneration, e-mail and telephone contacts and quoting the reference number (PO-RM / 06 – 15) on your application letter.

To be considered, your application must be received by 12 July, 2015 addressed to:

The Director
Executive Selection Division
Deloitte Consulting Limited
Nairobi, Kenya

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