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African Conservation Tillage Network


Position: Strategy and Policy Adviser
Duty Station: ACT Nairobi Head Office
ACT Purpose:

The African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT) is a vibrant pan-African organization promoting adaptation and adoption of conservation agriculture in Africa. The organization’s head office is based in Nairobi, Kenya and regional offices are located in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and Harare, Zimbabwe. The main thrust of the organization is knowledge and information management on conservation agriculture and sustainable land management. Further information about the ACT is available at: www.act-africa.org.

Job Purpose:

The purpose of the position is to develop policy measures that lead to (a) directing investment in support of ACT’s strategic objectives, (b) economic measures that change relative prices and create incentives for desired behaviour, (c) institutional measures including regulations that create opportunities for investors in natural resources management.

Reports to:

The Strategy and Policy Advisor (SPA) will work under the direct supervision of the ACT Executive Secretary in close liaison with the ACT sub-regional Co-ordinators and Managers, and be mentored by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) Public Policy department.

Duty Statement:

The Strategy and Policy Advisor will manage specific policy portfolios under the ACT -Foodgrains Bank Partnership arrangement. Specifics include:

  • Research – Conduct and monitor research on various public policies affecting food and hunger issues;
  • Propose Policy Changes - Develop proposed changes to public policies, along with the supporting rationale and background research;
  • Policy Briefs – Work closely with programme staff to prepare written public policy briefs and publications for internal and external audiences;
  • Influence – Persuade decision-makers to take action necessary for improving hunger-related public policies;
  • Networking – Work together with the staff of ACT, Foodgrains Bank, member agencies, other Canadian NGOs, government officials and international contacts to research, share information about, and influence hunger-related public policies.
  • Diplomacy – represent the ACT and Foodgrains Bank and its mission with integrity in local, national and international settings
  • Dissemination – working with media houses, researchers and program staff, disseminate CA stories to the media that feature positive messaging around conservation agriculture use by smallholder farmers in Africa;
  • Coalition work – Lead and/or contribute to coalitions of organizations that work on hunger-related issues
  • As appropriate, provide support to the Executive Secretary on any other duties relating to the Network’s policy and advocacy.


    1. In-person meetings, round tables, workshops and learning events with program and partner staff , agricultural officials & ministerial staff.

    2. Visits to key government staff and decision-makers in focus areas to see CA programming.

    3. Timely, well-informed advice on current and emerging policy discussions.

    4. Timely, high-quality written policy documents and recommendations.

    5. Effective consultation and communication with other Network staff, the ACT Secretariat, consultants and relevant external stakeholders including individuals and agencies.

    6. Effective representation of the Network and its interests.

    7. Effective administrative processes relating to the Network’s policy and advocacy work.

    Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated agriculture related policy experience including relevant tertiary qualifications and experience in agriculture-related policy and research.
  • Demonstrated experience in stakeholder engagement and relationship management including the ability to plan, identify and liaise with relevant internal and external stakeholders to inform policy development.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work across a broad range of groups, including members, rural networks and stakeholders in government and non-government agencies.
  • Well-developed analytical skills including the ability to assess and critically evaluate the validity of information and research and prepare policy briefs and background analyses based on consultations, published data and research.
  • Excellent writing skills and demonstrated ability to write reports, project proposals, submissions, newsletters, meeting papers/minutes.
  • Ability to initiate and manage projects, develop implementation strategies, meet deadlines and manage competing priorities within a small team environment.
  • Interest in and understanding of issues that relate to conservation agriculture and wellbeing of people who live in rural and remote Africa.
  • Familiarity with the evolving policy discourse surrounding traditional farming methods and practices and relevant interventions that are designed to effect change and improvements to the traditional approach.
  • Knowledge of political and legislative processes.
  • Knowledge of and networks in the conservation agriculture and sustainable development sectors.
  • PhD or MA with an additional five years of relevant work experience in social sciences, agricultural and environmental sciences, law or public policy or public administration
  • A minimum of 10 years of work experience in governance and legal policy environment
  • Fluent in English; knowledge of French will be an additional advantage
    Terms and Conditions
  • This is an Internationally Recruited position.
  • ACT provides attractive international salary and benefits package and a collegial and gender-sensitive working environment.
  • The appointment is for two years with possibility for renewal
    Application procedure

    To apply for this position, please send your application, by email only, to the Executive Secretary, ACT, email address:hr@act-africa.org. Applications must be accompanied by a cover letter of motivation, date of availability, salary expectation, an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) with the names and contacts of three referees in English and must be received not later than 31st January 2016.

    ACT is an equal opportunity employer and believes that staff diversity promotes excellence in its operations

    Only the short listed candidates will be contacted. This position will remain open until filled.

    To learn more about ACT, please visit our website at www.act-africa.org

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    The African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT) is seeking for a highly qualified Field Officer to support with field implementation of conservation agriculture project activities based at Ngorika, Nyandarua County in Kenya.

    About ACT

    The African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT) a rapidly growing pan-African not-for-profit organisation built on and driven by the values and principles required to harness indigenous African “energies”, inspiration and commitment to lead and contribute to Africa’s own development. ACT brings together stakeholders dedicated to improving sustainable agricultural productivity. The organisation promotes and supports Conservation Agriculture (CA) adaptation and adoption, collecting and sharing scientific facts; and supports farmers and the creation of multi-stakeholder platforms to search for joint innovations.

    The Field Officer is accountable to the Program Officer – Kenya and is responsible for providing day to day support for effective implementation of the Climate Smart Farming Techniques (Conservation Agriculture) project activities in Ngorika area, Nyandarua County.
    Specific Responsibilities include:
    i. Effective implementation of the Climate Smart Farming Techniques (Conservation Agriculture) project activities in the project area.
    ii. Prepare and update timely quarterly work plans and reports for the project activities for submission to the Program Officer
    iii. Ensure project information data capture and processes, storage and analysis and information sharing of the Project experiences and lessons
    iv. Undertake regular farmer training and backstopping activities at the demonstration sites and follow up of the demonstrations
    v. Ensure gender equality and gender mainstreaming in all aspects of the activities
    vi. Coordinate and organize field days and exhibitions/any event related to the programme based on the work plans and budget.
    vii. Lead and manage the set-up and management of fodder demonstrations and trials in collaboration with partners.
    viii. Ensure effective communication and maintain appropriate relationships with the stakeholders.
    ix. Undertake any other duties as may be required by the Programme Officer or ACT Secretariat.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Animal production/husbandry, Dairy management and agronomy or related fields.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in project management/implementation support with bias to livestock production.
  • Proven experience/knowledge on climate smart agriculture including conservation agriculture.
  • Additional experience in M&E, community based project management approaches and fodder production
  • Familiarity with county governance and other related procedures.
  • A strong background in gender equality and gender mainstreaming
  • Good inter-personal and team building skills.
  • Training and facilitation skills.
  • A valid driving license with motor cycle riding provision will be an added advantage
  • Willingness to travel within the project county.
  • Excellent spoken and writing skills

    Terms and Conditions

  • This is a nationally recruited position.
  • The appointment will be for a period of six months with possibility for renewal based on performance and funding.

    How to apply:
    Submit your application including your letter of motivation, CV/résumé stating your salary expectation via e-mail not later than 28th January 2016 to: hr@act-africa.org . Only the short listed candidates will be contacted. ACT is an equal opportunity employer and believes that staff diversity promotes excellence in its operations. To learn more about ACT, please visit our website at www.act-africa.org

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