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Agriculture Advisor - Country Level

Location:
Kenya
Careers Site Advertising End Date:
13 Sep 2019
About Tony Blair Institute for Global Change:
At the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change we are dedicated to making globalisation work for the many, not the few. We do this by helping countries, their people and their governments, address some of the most difficult challenges in the world today – beginning with those where we think we can break new ground, offering leaders new thinking and new approaches. Our staff – over 200 of them, based all over the world – are working on some of the most intractable problems around issues of co-existence, governance, the peace process in the Middle East and renewing the centre.
Focus of the Role:
Known as “the gateway to East Africa,” Kenya is the largest and most diversified economy in East Africa. With a population of nearly 50 million, Kenya boasts a young, ambitious, entrepreneurial and well-educated workforce eager to contribute to the advancement of the nation. Following significant economic, political and structural reforms, Kenya has recently graduated from low-income country status. The government now aims to make Kenya a globally competitive and prosperous country with a high quality of life by 2030. To accomplish this, the President has advanced his Big Four Agenda which is a large-scale transformation programme that aims to improve the lives of all Kenyans, focusing on Food Security (Agriculture), Manufacturing, Affordable Housing and Universal Health Coverage.

As a key driver of the economy, the agriculture sector is central to the Kenyan Government’s Big 4 Development Agenda. The agriculture pillar of this agenda aims to attain 100% food and nutritional security for all Kenyans by 2022. Relative to this goal, significant progress has been made notably through a number of large-scale of irrigation projects that have improved the reliability of water supply and resulting crop yield. However, despite progress towards achieving food security for all Kenyans, real agricultural value-added has declined to 2006 levels. Within this remit, essential offices and departments within the Presidency, include: the President’s Delivery Unit reporting to the Office of The Chief Of Staff and Head of Delivery, Ministry of Interior and Coordination, and the committee established under Executive Order No 1 of 2018.

In support of this agenda, TBI is seeking a County Level Agriculture Advisor to support delivery of the government’s priority food security and agriculture sector initiatives. Anchored at the Ministry, the Advisor will play a critical role coordinating domestication of the Agriculture Sector Transformation and Growth Strategy (ASTGS) and the Big 4 Food Security Agenda across the counties.

Specific duties include:

  • Support the implementation of the ASTGS and the Big 4 Food Security Agenda by driving successful domestication of strategic initiatives and flagship projects, first in priority counties and later across all Kenyan counties
  • In support of the ASTGS, cooperate closely with local county leadership to map out each counties agricultural sector priorities, rank these priorities, create implementation plans, estimate funding requirements and identify funding sources, execute implementation plan and support ongoing monitoring and performance management; initially with two counties as identified with the Ministry, and scaling to 16 counties as outlined in the ASTGS.
  • In collaboration with local county teams, support the development of systems and frameworks to track and measure outputs, outcomes and impact of ASTGS
  • Act as a thought partner to relevant cross-government stakeholders and local county leaders, facilitating joint reviews and problem-solving sessions to identify barriers to delivery, support in resolving and escalating issues as appropriate to the concerned party
  • Support leadership to focus on gender inclusive transformation, and equitable capacity development/information dissemination in its support to improving delivery mechanisms at county levels
  • Facilitate capacity building workshops and model a mind-set of continual learning and improvement for a number of government and non-government stakeholders, within the counties
  • As needed, identify gaps in delivery and be able to draw on appropriate resources to ensure successful deployment
  • Regularly liaise with the TBI Kenya Country Head, who will be acting in a supervisory role, and TBI staff based in the PDU (Senior Delivery Advisor/Analyst) to draw in relevant expertise as necessary and ensure coordination across all other projects
 
Additional TBI responsibilities:
 
  • Maintain active dialogue with international donor partners, local organisations, and various Government of Kenya offices in the agriculture sector, building contacts to facilitate TBI programmes
  • Contribute to TBI-Kenya fundraising and new business development
  • Support the Country Head and Senior Advisor(s) by participating in and collaborating with other TBI projects through knowledge sharing and thought leadership
  • Support the Country Head and other team members with strategy development and reporting
What We Look For in Our People:
We are looking for outstanding individuals with a proven track record of leadership and delivery in the public or private sectors. We seek to create international and multi-disciplinary teams and are looking for individuals with a background in: public/civil services worldwide; strategy consulting; relevant industry experience; and international development.

All candidates will be required to have:

  • Ideally 5-10 years of experience working on Agriculture Transformation Programmes in emerging markets, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa and or similar contexts to Kenya, including but not limited to issues related to international trade, private investment, commercial agriculture, market linkages and value chain development
  • Knowledge of institutional development and organisational management
  • Good experience in the delivery approach to designing, managing, and monitoring the implementation of government priorities
  • First-hand experience in developing and implementing agricultural reform at the local and national government levels, with substantive knowledge of best practices
  • Strong leadership skills with demonstrated success in building institutional capacity; a proven ability to mentor, coach, and build capacity of national counterparts
  • Excellence in building and managing effective relationships, including the ability to navigate complex political environments at the county level
  • Experience in challenging and designing effective policy
  • Experience in supporting market access, investor mobilisation and business case development
  • Ability to work under pressure and to coordinate and collaborate with multi-disciplinary advisors across ministries and agencies or equivalent
  • Ability to present information in a concise, insightful and structured manner, both in written and oral form
  • Strong technical and analytical skills in a range of issues of relevance to agriculture and/or agribusiness
  • An MBA or Master’s degree in agriculture economics, public policy, economics, finance, engineering or other relevant fields desirable
  • Prior experience in a leading international management/strategy consulting firm preferred
  • Experience working in Kenya or East Africa is preferred
  • Fluency in English required. Fluency in Swahili (oral and written) is an advantage

Above all, we are looking for individuals with high levels of enthusiasm, resilience, a can-do attitude and ability to consistently achieve results in a fast-paced environment.

 

VALUES EXPECT OUR ADVISORS TO SHARE WITH US:

  • COURAGE… because to tackle global challenges, we must innovate and take smart risks
  • COLLABORATION… because when we work together and with external partners, we can overcome even the largest problems
  • COMPASSION … because our work is ultimately about improving people’s lives

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