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Program Associate, Agriculture Advocacy

Position Title: Program Associate, Agriculture Advocacy
Reports to: Program Officer, Agriculture Advocacy
Liaises with:  All Staff
Duty Office: Dakar, Senegal or Harare, Zimbabwe Application
Deadline:  February 28th 2017

About TrustAfrica

TrustAfrica is a panafrican foundation that works to strenghen socio economic and political justice in the continent. We work principally through collaboration and partnership with like-minded institutions and donors. We convene dialogues, provide grants, and technical assistance to organizations working to advance these goals.

Purpose of the Position

The goal of the Agriculture Advocacy project is to support the emergence of a stronger community of advocates to hold governments accountable for better policies and increased allocations to support smallholder farmers, especially women. The project is a partnership between TrustAfrica and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with a focus on six countries including Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda which seeks to increase the technical, organisational and advocacy capacity of civil society organisations to participate in agriculture policy making on the continent. Contributions to movement building and a community of practice on the specific needs of smallholders are key aspects of intended project outcomes.

The goals of the project will be ensured through timely and effective implementation of project activities including a) continued mapping of existing initiatives in agriculture policy development, advocacy, analysis and research; b) convening of smallholder-led and focussed organisations c) grant making to civil society organisations d) providing technical assistance to strengthen the capacities of organisations to carry out advocacy actions and e) developing and maintaining a community of practice for sharing best practices.

Specific Responsibilities

The Program Associate will work under the supervision of the Program Officer (Project Director) and in close collaboration with the Grants Associate, and liaise with other staff:

  1. 1. Support the Program Officer in the day to day management of the project activities including monitoring grants, tracking budget and work plan, writing project reports. Representing the project in internal meetings and other fora.
  1. Conduct research in support of on-going scoping and diagnostic studies of the key issues and promising agriculture advocacy organizations and initiatives in the project countries.

  2. Support and facilitate the implementation of multi-stakeholders approaches advocating to establish an enabling environment at national and continental level

  3. Work with the Program Officer to coordinate planning, implementation and monitoring of all grants in the focus countries.

  4. Assist in planning and organising high level convenings in support of the project goals.

  5. Develop in-depth knowledge for implementing the project, in terms of emerging issues and trends in agriculture policy making, the civil society organizational landscape, movement building, potential grantees, consultants, and a clear understanding of how the program can relate to relevant developments in the field of agriculture policy making at national, regional and pan-African level.

  6. Actively establish networks across the region and working relationships with similarly focused initiatives. Manage databases of organizations, individuals, and other key stakeholders working to advance agricultural development in Africa.

  7. Work with grantees and provide support to grantees including developing project proposals, reviewing grant reports. Conduct regular and systematic monitoring of funded projects; and prepare monitoring plans. Review grantee reports and identify appropriate project results to be externally communicated.

  8. Research and identify opportunities and recommend support for communication and dissemination of advocacy efforts. Prepare reports and position papers as needed for external audiences.

  9. Perform other project management functions as required by the Project Director.

Qualifications and Skills

  1. 1. A post-graduate degree in social sciences or development management with specialization in policy analysis.
  2. Knowledge and experience with agriculture policy issues currently constraining African countries, demonstrated understanding of the ongoing policy initiatives and excellent analytical skills.
  3. Excellent interpersonal skills, with a helpful and personable attitude which should be reflected in the candidate’s leadership style.
  4. Sound judgment and commitment to TrustAfrica’s core values of transparency, accountability and efficiency.
  5. Strong planning and implementation skills, including careful attention to detail, initiative and coordination skills.
  6. Excellent computer skills.
  7. Strong analytical, communication and writing skills.
  8. Ability to communicate in French will be an added advantage.

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit the following application materials in English: a cover letter, a detailed CV describing your professional experience, and full contact information for three references.

Only complete applications will be considered. Applications can be submitted to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please include your telephone number and Skype in your cover letter and indicate the job title in the subject of your email.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please. TrustAfrica is an equal opportunity employer.

Get in Touch

  • Lot 4, Almadies Ngor, Dakar Sénégal
  • +221 33 869 46 86
  • +221 33 824 15 67

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