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Farm Africa is a different kind of charity, working to end hunger and bring prosperity to rural eastern Africa. Our sustainable, community-led projects help Africa’s farmers feed Africa’s people – for the long-term.

We want to double our reach by 2015 and are looking for talented staff to help us achieve this. We can reach more farmers by being experts in our field, pushing boundaries, working flexibly and sharing knowledge.

Our values are very important to us as an employer and they are also very important to our employees. All prospective employees should take some time to carefully consider our values and how they fit with your own personal values before attending interview with Farm Africa.

Farm Africa’s London office recruits staff for posts in Britain and senior posts in Africa. Full job details will be posted here, the BOND network and CharityJOB.

Posts in our country offices are recruited in-country and advertised in national papers as well as ReliefWeb.

We cannot respond to unsolicited requests and applications for employment or volunteer opportunities.

Current vacancies

Senior Programme Manager, FoodTrade Programme

Location, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with frequent travel

Duration, 2 years and 3 months (with possible extension), full time

Attractive salary & benefit package

Farm Africa is seeking a high calibre Senior Programme Manager to lead its new programme Linking smallholder staple food surpluses to regional markets that is funded under the regional FoodTrade programme. This is an exciting and groundbreaking opportunity for Farm Africa, targeting 85,000 smallholder farmers in Tanzania and Uganda.

The SPM role is an exciting opportunity for a highly qualified and experienced development professional. We are looking for someone who has proven leadership and deep project management skills and experience, has excellent relationship skills as well as knowledge and experience of delivering projects working with agricultural value chains.  

If you are looking for an exciting challenge in 2016, this could be the role for you. You will be responsible for a consortium of 4 NGOs, a budget of £3.2million ($4.9m) and will be working closely with a wide range of stakeholders in the private, public and development sectors.

If you are interested in this role, full details can be found in the job description. If you believe you have the skills and experience required, please submit a CV (maximum 3 sides of A4) and a covering letter (maximum 1 side of A4) that explains how you meet the job requirements to by midnight, Sunday 6 December 2015.

Farm Africa is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from a diverse range of candidates.



Place of work: Addis Ababa, with travel in the field estimated at 20% of time

Contract period: 3 yrs extendible, 6 months probationary period

Terms of the position: Very competitive salary & benefit package according to Farm Africa policy.

Farm Africa, founded in 1985, is an international non-governmental organization working in Ethiopia since 1988. Farm Africa works to end hunger and bring prosperity to rural Africa. We believe Africa has the power to feed itself and are helping make this happen by establishing and spreading the best farming and forestry techniques so that poor farmers and herders have more food to feed their families and to sell. We help smallholders manage their natural resources sustainably so that they can withstand climate change challenges and shocks and ensure their families have enough food in the future as well as now. Farm Africa works in partnership with communities, government, local and international organizations, and the private sector to innovate, learn and share best practices for maximum impact of our projects.


The Head of Finance and Administration (HFA) is a member of the Senior Management Team. S/he will ensure that Farm Africa Ethiopia’s support functions (including finance) work efficiently and effectively at all times, and that they professionally deliver corporate services to programmes and projects, as well as ensuring adherence to corporate policies and procedures and developing and improving systems and procedures for higher impact.    

Key responsibilities

The HFA supervises the support functions which include finance, logistics, procurement, IT, asset management, office administration, and HR


  • Ensures timely and accurate donor and government (ChSA/Regional) contract compliance with regards to financial reporting and audit
  • Reviews, oversees and improves fit and properly monitored internal controls and compliance
  • Ensures the timely and high quality production, monitoring and reporting of country, country office and project budgets, expenditure and income to the Ethiopia SMT and Head Office
  • Ensures effective planned, monitored and managed cash flow
  • Manages relationships with audit firms, and ensures timely and effective follow-up of audit recommendations (internal and external) and other changes to systems and procedures
  • Ensures the proper and correct coding and categorization of all costs on an on-going basis, monitoring and reporting on all required cost categorisation ratios, including ensuring consistency of approach across teams and ensuring systems and procedures meet all requirements
  • Provides technical support and financial information for budget planning and preparation, annually, quarterly and otherwise when required. Supports programme staff in building and managing project budgets.
  • Is the primary point of contact for the head Office finance team

Logistics, IT and Administration

  • Ensuring efficient and effective transport support with adequate forward planning and monitoring and control of use and costs, etc
  • Ensures the cost-effective management of the vehicle fleet, including insurance, licensing, driver authorization, taxes, repairs and maintenance is conducted, and the highest standards of health and safety, and security are achieved through implementation of understood procedures and regulations, driver testing, etc.
  • Ensure the country office is maintained and run in an efficient and effective fashion, and the office is physically maintained to a high standard including risk management of security, health and safety aspects
  • Oversight, review and maintenance of IT structure, systems and equipment, software and use and managing improvements and updates seamlessly and cost-efficiently
  • Ensure compliance and transparency in asset recording, management and disposal.
  • Ensure that Farm Africa has the required and adequate insurance and assurance cover in place at all times; ensure all insurance renewals and claims are properly administered
  • Liaise and follow up with legal advisor on legal issues pertaining to employment, property and other relevant legislation 


  • Oversee, review and enforce the ordering, approval and purchasing systems and regulations to ensure they are fit for purpose, robust and provide a high level support to project activity implementation
  • Ensure procurement processes are conducted (in the country office and at field team level) in a compliant, and time-efficient fashion
  • Personally supervise significant or sensitive procurements, with close liaison with the Country Director
  • Ensure the timely, smooth and effective functioning of tendering and procurement committees
  • Monitor and evaluate towards achieving continuing improvement of procurement procedures and practices (supplier surveys, market prices, preferred suppliers, import law and procedures, standard specifications, etc)
  • Ensure all staff knows, understands and acknowledges Farm Africa’s Bribery and Fraud Policy, and other policies such as for conflict of interest

Human Resources (Desirable)

  • Monitor and report on the effective implementation of Farm Africa’s performance management system
  • Ensure accurate coding of HR inputs for accurate financial recording
  • Oversee review and changes to staff pay and terms and benefits, including surveys, legal matters, contracts, etc
  • Maintain and update the Farm Africa security plan, and provide security briefing for all external visitors to Farm Africa Ethiopia (Addis and project sites)

More information about this role can be found in the job description. Applicants should apply in writing with a CV of maximum 3 pages of A4, a handwritten letter explaining why the applicant would be good in the post of maximum 2 pages of A4 and three references, one of which must be your current/most recent line manager to Farm Africa by email to or delivered in writing to our office on the 6th floor, Agraw Trading Building (by Yordanos Grand Hotel), Kazanchis before 28th November, 2015.

We regret that we are unable to return any documents or enter into any discussions with applicants. Due to high numbers of applicants, we are only able to contact short listed candidates.

Applications from female candidates are welcomed 


Farm Africa trustee role description

Farm Africa is a different kind of charity working to end hunger and bring prosperity to rural Africa. The lives of hundreds of thousands of farmers and herders have been changed through Farm Africa's work over the last 30 years. Our vision is simple – a prosperous rural Africa. Our mission is to reduce poverty permanently by unleashing African farmers’ abilities to grow their incomes and manage their natural resources sustainably. Farm Africa has an ambitious business plan. This year, we are directly helping 1.5 million people a year to significantly increase their household income, build long-term food security and move out of poverty.

We are looking for a trustee who believes, as we do, that smallholder farmers can and will play a key role in achieving long-term prosperity in rural Africa and who is keen to use their skills, experience and networks to help lead our organization.

We are specifically seeking a trustee with strong connections in eastern Africa in business, government or civil society, particularly in Ethiopia and / or Tanzania. We are also looking for trustees with experience in community development and agriculture. You will already be travelling to the UK regularly or be UK/ Europe based. You will have experience at a senior level. You will encourage us to push boundaries, to be creative with new and old solutions, to work flexibly with communities, private sector, civil society and governments, and to share knowledge. You will also ensure that we have an adequate framework of safeguards and procedures in place to manage the risks we face as an organization and to ensure compliance with relevant legislation.

Farm Africa has been working in eastern Africa for 30 years and currently has programmes in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Our unique role is as technical experts at the intersection of two fundamental and interlinked challenges for African farmers:  

  1. Community-led natural resource management and resilience
  2. Smallholder productivity, organisation and market access

Our approach focuses on building trust and mutual understanding with smallholder communities and individual farmers, acting as the bridge between them and governments, funders, private sector and civil society. By working work with smallholder farmers to develop, test and support the roll-out of successful solutions, Farm Africa achieves sustainable long-term improvements to people’s lives.

We employ 200 staff, around 80% of whom are based in eastern Africa.

Our trustees act in a voluntary capacity and are expected to serve for a minimum of three years. Access to appropriate trustee training will be provided as part of the induction and on an ongoing basis as requested.

For further information and detail of the role, please see the role description here.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send your covering letter and CV to trusteerecruitment@farmafrica.orgApplications will be ongoing until the role is filled.  

 Volunteer opportunities

Role: Speaker

Location: UK wide

We’re looking for new speakers throughout the UK. You don’t need any previous public speaking experience, just a passion for Farm Africa and our work.

More information about being a speaker can be found here

We offer a full day's training and ongoing support for all of our speakers.


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