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Founded in 2006, the
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), is an African-led
African-based organization that seeks to catalyze Agriculture Transformation in
Africa. AGRA is focused on putting smallholder farmers at the center of the
continent’s growing economy by transforming agriculture from a solitary
struggle to survive into farming as a business that thrives. As the sector that
employs the majority of Africa’s people, nearly all of them small-scale
farmers, AGRA recognizes that developing smallholder agriculture into a
productive, efficient, and sustainable system is essential to ensuring food
security, lifting millions out of poverty, and driving equitable growth across
the continent. While both
men and women are engaged in agriculture in Africa, their roles are often
differentiated by gender and women face significant difficulties in accessing
quality inputs, finance, extension services, information about available
opportunities and markets. AGRA recognizes that closing the gender gaps in access
to and control over resources, and promoting the empowerment of women and youth
are all essential to catalyzing and sustaining an agriculture transformation in

AGRA’s vision for a sustainable, inclusive agriculture transformation in
Africa, requires the inclusion and empowerment of women, men and youth, at all
levels of the agriculture system.

Under its 5-year strategy, AGRA looks
to catalyze and sustain an Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa to increase
incomes and improve food security for 30 million farmers. Under this strategy,
AGRA will deliver through an approach that simultaneously catalyzes change at
farmer level, strengthens input and output market systems and puts government
at the center to enable and champion private-sector-led agricultural growth at
national level.

To support this transformation, AGRA is seeking to recruit
an experienced and exceptional individual to the position of Head of Gender.

The role will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Position Summary

Head of Gender will lead efforts to ensure that AGRA’s partnerships, programs
and projects promote and facilitate greater food security using
gender-sensitive and gender-transformative approaches.

to the Vice President – Country Support & Delivery, the Head of Gender will
be the key resource in providing quality advisory services to AGRA management
and to the country teams in regard to incorporating gender within all programs
and activities at AGRA. S/He will be responsible for providing technical
support and coordinating internal capacity building, as well as promoting the
capacity of partners and grantees through integration of a gender approach in
policies and programs, across AGRA. S/He will help position AGRA as a knowledge
leader and technical leader in the Gender with various stakeholders.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support
    the implementation of AGRA’s gender strategy and approach.
  • Lead
    in adopting the gender strategy at country and continental level with
    accountability, reporting and communications mechanisms.
  • Support
    the implementation of AGRA’s country plans by incorporating women in
    agriculture strategy and gender governance, advocacy and thinking.
  • Be
    the gender focal person on gender matters at AGRA in relation to policies,
    priorities, program development and development partner resource mobilization.
  • Identify
    and supervise the work of expert consultants providing substantive inputs to
    the program.
  • Lead
    interdisciplinary work and initiatives with the agricultural sector,
    government, public sector, AGRA country teams, multilateral organizations and
  • Work
    collaboratively to advocate and advance gender equality and women’s empowerment
    at national, regional and global levels.
  • Advisor
    to AGRA staff and leadership on incorporating gender within all programs and
  • Provide
    leadership and high quality advisory services to AGRA management and to the
    country teams on Gender, ensuring that outputs are delivered in a timely manner
    according to budget.
  • Develop
    guidance, policy positions, issue papers and factsheets on gender, for a range
    of audiences.
  • Lead
    in conducting evidence-based analysis, and policy dialogue with relevant
  • Ensure
    capacity building of AGRA staff and teams to set and deliver against gender
    specific targets.
  • Provide
    technical support and capacity building for AGRA grantees.
  • Consult
    with grantees to develop new grant ideas around gender in achieving sustainable
    productivity growth.
  • Conduct
    country level project visits and provide technical guidance on gender during
    monitoring and evaluation.
  • Contribute
    substantially to Knowledge management, communications and thought leadership
    around women in agriculture.
  • Driving
    the advancement of knowledge management and thought leadership in gender
    development activities.
  • Write
    project reports, gender technical briefs, abstracts and document success
  • Develop
    and implement effective communication strategies for policy products to
    maximize their value, visibility and impact within AGRA and food security and
    sustainable development community.
  • Represent
    AGRA at designated international meetings and conferences, prepare briefing
    materials, speaking points, provide training and presentations.
  • Lead
    fund-raising activities for AGRA’s programs that address gender advancement
    ensure the agreed work program activities are supported by a sustainable
    funding base.
  • Foster
    relationships and develop strategic partnerships with partner organizations,
    countries, multilateral organizations and NGOs, working on gender and

Qualifications and Experience

  • Position
    requires 10 years’ relevant work experience working in similar organization or
    institutions including time working in developing countries e.g. a bilateral
    aid agency, a multilateral organization or with a partner government on gender
    issues in a developing country context (analytical, policy and operational);
  • At
    least five (5) years’ Senior-Level experience designing and implementing
    programs and/or gender development policies and activities in developing
  • Excellent
    track record in leading evidence-based analysis in the field of development and
    gender-related issues;
  • A
    Master’s degree in agriculture, political science, public policy, international
    relations, agri-business or other relevant discipline with a specialization in
    gender and development. Relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of
  • An
    understanding of various African gender laws and devolution related
    legislations; Understanding of international conventions on gender equality and
    women’s empowerment;
  • Deep
    understanding of both the government and private sector policies and governance
  • 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
  • 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 ethics;
  • Results
    and detail orientated with a hands on approach;
  • A
    working knowledge of French or Portuguese will be an advantage.

An attractive remuneration package
commensurate with this position’s responsibility will be negotiated with the
successful candidate.

If you
believe you are the right candidate for this position, kindly submit your
application with a detailed CV (including your e-mail and telephone contacts)
to [email protected]. Please quote the job reference number
in the subject line of the application e-mail.

To be
considered, applications must be received by 20th February, 2020.

For more information on AGRA, applicants
can visit

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will
be contacted.

AGRA is an Equal
Opportunity Employer

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