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The Foundation is looking for a Director of Corporate Services (DCS) to join its Senior Management team and help drive the reach and impact of the Foundation in the coming years.

The DCS, reporting to the Executive Director, will be accountable for the delivery of efficient and effective corporate services (finance, general operations, procurement, logistics and Human Resources), and lead the Foundation’s overall operational support services.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop financial plans and advise senior management and Board of Trustees on the Foundation’s financial strategy and management, including the mitigation of financial risk;
  • Develop and maintain systems of internal control, and advise senior management and the Board on the provision of assurance services (internal and external audit), manage the Foundation’s liquidity, investments and foreign exchange risks in line with Board-approved policy;
  • Provide support to the Executive Director in implementing the Foundation’s institutional risk assessment framework and risk management policy, with attention to business continuity risk;
  • Identify and make recommendations regarding opportunities for improvements in the Foundation’s administrative operations and processes, undertaking new initiatives, implementing corporate operational strategies, establishing of corporate services targets (Balance Score Cards) and monitoring achievement of results;
  • Provide leadership in managing the Foundation’s partnerships with sub-grantees with view to enhancing mutual accountability;
  • Oversee continuous development and implementation of the Foundation’s cost-recovery policy for services provided to other institutions and/or projects. Foster accurate planning, forecasting and reporting of special income;
  • Ensure compliance with human resources policies and strategies, as well as optimal staffing at headquarters and projects;
  • Provide leadership in the management of the entire procurement cycle, and develop and nurture professional relations with local service providers;
  • Contribute substantively to institutional resource mobilization efforts;
  • Take leadership in the proper management and control of institution’s assets and facilities;
  • Ensure that common services and joint arrangements help to contribute to AATF’s objective of providing efficient and economical implementation of its activities.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance, Economics, or related field;
  • Internationally recognized professional qualification in accounting.

· At least 10-15 years of senior responsibility in fiduciary management and administration in an international setting, and track record of hands on experience in Africa;

· Demonstrated leadership in administration and operations in an international environment;

· Demonstrated in-depth understanding of issues around African agriculture;

· Strong track record in resource mobilization for development, and excellent understanding of the typology of the RM landscape (development partners, philanthropy, the private sector, and other stakeholders in Africa).

Key Competencies required

· Demonstrated leadership in fostering teamwork; developing and motivating, and mentoring staff to achieve organisational objectives;

· Superior priority setting skills, with high energy and enthusiasm;

· Proven track record in innovative thinking and entrepreneurship;

· Proven fiduciary management, administrative and operations skills consistent with internationally recognized practices and standards;

· Track record of providing fiduciary services along the entire project cycle in international organizations, including planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting;

· Track record of developing and implementing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems in international settings, and superior IT skills;

· Demonstrated communications and presentation skills;

· Demonstrated professional and personal integrity, and ability to nurture and promote an inclusive and diverse professional environment with uncompromising sensitivity to gender and culture;

Terms of Appointment

  • This is a full-time position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV in English version and Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to [email protected] on or before 28th August 2020. All information will be in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.

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In Sub-Saharan Africa, the resource-poor smallholder farmer battles against weeds, diseases and adverse weather conditions leading to poor harvests. Their counterparts in Asia, Latin America and elsewhere in the developing world enjoy improved crop yields through the aid of modern agricultural technologies. Working with the resource-poor smallholder farmer in mind, the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) is a not-for-profit foundation, managed and led by Africans to foster public-private partnerships for the access and delivery of appropriate technologies for improved agricultural productivity. AATF was incorporated in the United Kingdom in January 2003 and registered in Kenya, its host country, in April 2003. AATF is also registered as a charity under the laws of England and Wales. The Nairobi-based AATF's vision is prosperous farmers and a food secure Africa, enabled through AATF's catalytic role in bringing innovative technologies to smallholder farmers. The structure and operations of AATF draw upon the best practices and resources of both the public and private sectors. In line with its mission the AATF:Links the needs of resource-poor farmers with potential technological solutions Acquires technologies from technology owners through royalty-free licenses or agreements along with associated materials and knowhow for use on behalf of Africa's resource-poor farmers Establishes partnerships with existing institutions to adapt agricultural technology for use by farmers in Africa Ensures compliance with all laws associated with the use of these technologies Promotes the wide distribution of the technologies as appropriate By linking food security, poverty reduction, market development and economic growth, AATF aims to change the widespread conventional approaches employed by African producers engaged in agri-business to make these activities sustainable over time.What makes AATF unique?Apart from AATF's progressive and pragmatic approach at tackling food security and poverty reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa, AATF is unique in that:The model for AATF was developed through consultation with African, North American and European stakeholders, giving the foundation a well-rounded perspective. It provides a ‘one-stop-shop' for structuring and accessing agricultural technologies, materials and know-how. It works along the complete product value chain, from product creation, through distribution, to creation of markets for the product. The AATF serves as a catalyst for reforms and the creation of agricultural markets. The AATF, in its partnerships and sub-licensing functions, seeks to assist existing institutions to self-organise efficiently and to effectively absorb new technological concepts and adopt them for productive use.

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The Foundation is looking for a Director of Corporate Services (DCS) to join its Senior Management team and help drive the reach and impact of the Foundation in the coming years.

The DCS, reporting to the Executive Director, will be accountable for the delivery of efficient and effective corporate services (finance, general operations, procurement, logistics and Human Resources), and lead the Foundation’s overall operational support services.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop financial plans and advise senior management and Board of Trustees on the Foundation’s financial strategy and management, including the mitigation of financial risk;
  • Develop and maintain systems of internal control, and advise senior management and the Board on the provision of assurance services (internal and external audit), manage the Foundation’s liquidity, investments and foreign exchange risks in line with Board-approved policy;
  • Provide support to the Executive Director in implementing the Foundation’s institutional risk assessment framework and risk management policy, with attention to business continuity risk;
  • Identify and make recommendations regarding opportunities for improvements in the Foundation’s administrative operations and processes, undertaking new initiatives, implementing corporate operational strategies, establishing of corporate services targets (Balance Score Cards) and monitoring achievement of results;
  • Provide leadership in managing the Foundation’s partnerships with sub-grantees with view to enhancing mutual accountability;
  • Oversee continuous development and implementation of the Foundation’s cost-recovery policy for services provided to other institutions and/or projects. Foster accurate planning, forecasting and reporting of special income;
  • Ensure compliance with human resources policies and strategies, as well as optimal staffing at headquarters and projects;
  • Provide leadership in the management of the entire procurement cycle, and develop and nurture professional relations with local service providers;
  • Contribute substantively to institutional resource mobilization efforts;
  • Take leadership in the proper management and control of institution’s assets and facilities;
  • Ensure that common services and joint arrangements help to contribute to AATF’s objective of providing efficient and economical implementation of its activities.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance, Economics, or related field;
  • Internationally recognized professional qualification in accounting.

· At least 10-15 years of senior responsibility in fiduciary management and administration in an international setting, and track record of hands on experience in Africa;

· Demonstrated leadership in administration and operations in an international environment;

· Demonstrated in-depth understanding of issues around African agriculture;

· Strong track record in resource mobilization for development, and excellent understanding of the typology of the RM landscape (development partners, philanthropy, the private sector, and other stakeholders in Africa).

Key Competencies required

· Demonstrated leadership in fostering teamwork; developing and motivating, and mentoring staff to achieve organisational objectives;

· Superior priority setting skills, with high energy and enthusiasm;

· Proven track record in innovative thinking and entrepreneurship;

· Proven fiduciary management, administrative and operations skills consistent with internationally recognized practices and standards;

· Track record of providing fiduciary services along the entire project cycle in international organizations, including planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting;

· Track record of developing and implementing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems in international settings, and superior IT skills;

· Demonstrated communications and presentation skills;

· Demonstrated professional and personal integrity, and ability to nurture and promote an inclusive and diverse professional environment with uncompromising sensitivity to gender and culture;

Terms of Appointment

  • This is a full-time position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV in English version and Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to [email protected] on or before 28th August 2020. All information will be in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.

2020-08-29

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