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Effective agriculture has the power to change lives. It underpins prosperity, food security and stability the world over. Farm Africa focuses on transforming agriculture and managing natural resources sustainably. We champion a holistic approach that boosts yields, protects the environment and connects smallholder farmers to thriving markets.

We work with different types of farmers in a range of regions. Their local situations vary, but the problems they face are all too familiar: lack of training and technology, inadequate inputs, no finance, vulnerability to climate change and poor links to markets.

We have an ambitious strategy to expand our work over the next five years. We’ll increase our impact. Lift more communities out of poverty. Work with more corporate partners who share our vision. Open up more agricultural markets. Provide more expertise.

We’ll make change happen.

Current vacancies

Business Manager

Location: Base in Nairobi, Kenya with significant travel within five countries of implementation: Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo

Duration: 3 years full-time fixed term contract

Salary: Competitive

Farm Africa has received seed capital to establish a business development services (BDS) Unit called Cultivate. Cultivate will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and  the team will work across all five of Farm Africa’s countries of operation in Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It will work with 40 small and growing agribusinesses (SGBs) in strategic value chains over 3 years to identify opportunities for growth through the development and execution of tailored capacity building plans. Through its Catalyst Fund, it will de-risk SGBs investment in appropriate BDS to actuate their growth plans, and stimulate improved business performance.

Farm Africa’s programmes vary hugely, ranging from helping crops farmers to boost harvests, livestock keepers to improve animal health, and forest coffee growers to reach export markets, but core to all of them is a focus on the financial sustainability of the farmers’ businesses and environmental sustainability.

We also partner with agribusinesses, service providers, and smallholder farmers, to drive agricultural development and promote economic growth. Central to our strategy is ensuring that our interventions are economically sustainable and scalable. The integration of robust market linkages into our programming is therefore crucial to our ability to scale interventions cost-effectively within existing market eco-systems.

We are looking for a highly competent Business Manager who will be tasked with the establishment and subsequent management of the Unit. She/he will develop and maintain a network of BDS providers, oversee the identification, assessment, and ongoing mentorship of SGBs, manage the Catalyst Fund to ensure SGBs are able to access suitable BDS services, and maintain excellent relationships with our donor, and the broader agribusiness landscape in East Africa.

If you are interested in these role, more information can be found in the job description. To apply, please send a CV, salary history, and a two-page supporting statement detailing how you meet the person specification to:  before or by 5.00 pm on Monday 12th August 2019. Only candidates with the right to live and work in Kenya will be considered for this position. Farm Africa will not sponsor work permit applications.

Interviews are expected to take place w/c 26th August 2019. While we would like to respond to all applicants, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Farm Africa is an inclusive employer and welcomes diverse applications from a wide range of people, including women.