Portfolio Officer – Seeds for Impact Programme at Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) February, 2023
Seeds for Impact Programme (SIP) started as a 6-year programme, funded
by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and Syngenta
Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) – operating in Tanzania,
Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana, and Nigeria.
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hypothesis is that access to improved seed will effectively enable
smallholder farmers to increase production and improve their
livelihoods. SIP’s Flagship initiative aims to:
- Make seed market systems work better for smallholder farmers across Africa.
- To increase the incomes of hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers (SHFs) and households across Africa.
increase Smallholder farmers’ access to seeds of new high-yielding and
climate-smart crop varieties beyond hybrid maize to increase production,
mitigate against adverse climate, and diversify food production.
the importance of resilient and strong local seed systems is more acute
than ever before, the SIP Programme, with potential funding from the
Swedish Embassy in Tanzania, is anticipated to expand with a dedicated
Window in Tanzania. This two-year project within SIP’s flagship
programme will aim to increase smallholder farmers’ (SHF) access to
seeds of improved and high-yielding crop varieties that are tolerant to
biotic and abiotic stresses.
Funding will be deployed through financial and technical support to Africa-based small and medium-sized seed companies.
Portfolio Officer will be responsible for the overall comprehensive
planning and execution of assigned programme activities to ensure that:
implementation is on track, performance targets are met, progress
reporting is timely and accurate, and resources are utilized
appropriately. The role holder must have excellent technical skills and
the ability to offer expert support to the portfolio of seed companies,
as well as a deep understanding of business management processes and the
challenges SMEs face in the seed business.
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with the Agribusiness Lead to design the marketing strategy and conduct
new funding competitions/challenges in the Mbeya region.
to establishing appropriate linkages with the relevant state/government
departments, donors, private sector bodies, potential project partners,
and civil society.
- Effectively onboard and manage the portfolio
of approved investees to ensure delivery of set programme objectives
and development impact targets as well as Technical Assistance.
in developing a sustainable seed system in Tanzania that will deliver
seeds of improved and climate-smart crop varieties to rural smallholder
farmers to mitigate against the challenges posed by climate change.
in continuous learning and design of initiatives related to seed
marketing, market intelligence, and seed business to address seed
production and marketing challenges.
- Prepare periodic portfolio status reports (performance, risks, and opportunities).
- Maintain a database of pipeline investees, while analyzing emerging financing opportunities to feed into funding proposals.
apply learning, emerging innovations, and best practices from project
evaluations, field visit reports, and project reports across the
program, and from other development organizations and donors to new
- Ensure compliance with internal controls and risk
management of the portfolio in accordance with the wider AECF Limited
Risk and Compliance Management Framework.
Suitable candidates should:
- Hold a University degree in Agronomy, Seed Science and Technology, Agricultural Economics, or a related field.
at least 5 years of relevant experience in seed sectors, including work
related to seed policy, seed production, and quality control.
Experience in relevant AECF sectors is preferred, and in portfolio or
investment management – including experience with financial and
operational due diligence of early or growth-stage businesses.
proven project management skills, demonstrate the ability to manage
complex and competing resource allocation requirements, with the ability
to work with a diverse group of clients.
- Have a good
understanding of rural markets in Africa and especially Tanzania. An
understanding of the operations of donors and international development
organisations will be an added advantage.
- Have good analytical
and communication skills with the ability to prepare proposals, reports,
and concept papers to a high level of proficiency.
- Have experience working with SMEs, and financial intermediaries working with micro and small businesses.
- Be proficient in English and Kiswahili.
- Have a high degree of initiative and energy, a “can-do” attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and attention to detail.
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How to apply
AECF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be
considered based on merit without regard to race, sex, colour, national
origin, religion, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected
by applicable law.
AECF does not charge a fee at any stage of the
recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, processing,
training, or any other fees).
To be considered, your application must be received by: 23rd February 2023.