Executive Director, Sustain Africa, Job in Kenya


The Executive Director is the leader of a small team staffed by IFDC and other Sustain Africa global partners

The ED is the primary external representative of Sustain Africa and works consistently on expanding its platform amongst private sector, research institutions, donors and government relationships

The ED has a consistent focus on fundraising to fund the different activities of Sustain Africa

The ED is responsible for execution of the activities in the Fertilizer and Soil Health work stream

The ED monitors and interprets the findings of the Sustain Africa Fertilizer Monitor; compiling its conclusions in quarterly reports and advising the Board on actions to be taken

The ED monitors developments in farm inputs and soil health (e.g., liming, soil maps, green ammonia etc.)

The ED advises internal (Board, global partners, other Sustain members) and external parties about Sustain

Africa’s Lessons Learned and positioning on market and food systems development

The ED will form a Leadership Team with the other Director(s) leading the Sustain FST and potentially other future work streams

The ED drafts and updates the Sustain Africa Strategy

The ED operates within the mandate for the role as laid down in the Sustain Africa Collaboration Agreement

The ED secures operations of Sustain Africa within the constraints of prevailing legislation, compliance requirements, policies, and procedures within the host organization IFDC and budgets.


7+ years of leadership experience in food systems development

A master’s degree in a relevant academic field or comparable competences

Experience in farm inputs markets, fertilizer, finance, and leadership/management.

Entrepreneurial drive with a can-do attitude backed by solid analytical skills, judgment, and risk awareness

Cultural overview and demonstrated mastery of multiple communicative leadership styles

Pioneering and inquisitive personality

Strong communication skills and media experience

Proven track record as fundraiser

Very strong team and platform builder

Complex problem solving, creativity, negotiation

Understanding of stakeholders’ position and strategic and financial interests in multi-stakeholder environments

In depth knowledge of food systems and Food System Transition, key sustainability topics in F&A and in particular in the farm inputs sector

Presentation skills on Board level and in international networks

Fluent in English and preferably a second language, both verbal and written.

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