AGRA Program Assistant, and Media and Digital Specialist Jobs in Kenya June 2013

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) ¡s a partnership that works with governments, donors, NGOs, the private sector, and African farmers to significantly and sustainably improve the productivity and income of resource-poor farmers in Africa.
Founded and initially funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, AGRA supports interventions aimed at improving seed systems, soil fertility, input and output markets, policies, and other priority sectors, with the overall objective of reducing food insecurity. AGRA aims to achieve these goals by:
supporting and building capability of farmers and enterprises across the agricultural value chain; being a thought-leader on African agriculture by collecting, packaging, and disseminating knowledge; and creating strong partnerships with public, private, and donor actors to drive change within the sector.
AGRA is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, and has an office in Accra, Ghana.AGRA is seeking to recruit exceptional individuals to fill the following positions in the Nairobi office:

Program Assistant – Policy & Advocacy 
(REF.: PA—PP/ 06-13)
The Program Assistant works under the guidance of the Policy and Advocacy Officers, providing administrative and programmatic support to the unit.
The position reports to the Policy and Advocacy Director.
Specific responsibilities will include:
  • Managing and coordinating the day-to-day operational and administrative activities of the Policy and Advocacy Unit by organizing the flow of work and prioritizing incoming requests including maintaining the Officers’ agenda, paper work and a control system, with follow up to ensure timely responses
  • Maintaining an in-depth understanding of the respective AGRA programs/units and ensuring the necessary information is available
  • Screening, responding, handling and/or re-routing correspondences, telephone calls and general requests for funding for both technical and non-technical information and preparing acknowledgements and responses
  • Maintaining a physical and e-filing system and ensuring the filing of documents such as activity reports and travel plans for departmental staff ¡n the relevant files/folders
  • Coordinating the process of project completion and reporting for which the Officers are responsible
  • Obtaining, compiling and extracting relevant information from files, publications, library, databases and other sources on own initiative or as directed by members of the Policy and Advocacy Unit
  • Coordinating administrative and logistical arrangements for visitors, including arranging appointments for the Officers, compiling and providing information or relevant materials required
  • Liaising with the Travel Assistant to handle local and international travel logistics including, travel schedules, ticketing, visa applications, hotel accommodations and processing of travel expenses
  • Making necessary arrangements for meetings, workshops and conferences including drafting agendas and ensuring venues are booked and related resources are provided including background documentation
  • Undertaking special assignments for the Policy Officers such as logistics for events organized for donor visits, receptions, special meetings and other activities as assigned
  • Assisting in the collation of information for AGRA Board meetings
Key Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience
  • Minimum of undergraduate degree or equivalent
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a closely related field
  • Computer proficiency in: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Internet search skills and ability to learn new applications quickly
  • Must be able to work independently with little supervision, but also participate as a team member in accomplishment of duties
  • Strong attention to detail and maintaining a timely and efficient work flow
  • A strong administrative service orientation
  • Strong numerical skills and understanding of organizational finances
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work under pressure
  • Strong interpersonal skills, courtesy, tact and patience
  • Ability to multi-task and to prioritize work amidst competing demands
Media and Digital Specialist  
(REF.: MDS I 06-13)
The Media and Digital Specialist will work with the Communications team and be responsible for coordinating production of content for the website, editing web content generated by multiple authors, producing short videos and audio clips for the website, undertaking media monitoring, doing html graphic design and managing a digital photo library.
Specific responsibilities will include:
  • Creating and managing AGRA social media channels including uploading information and materials and monitoring comments and giving feedback
  • Capturing and writing stories about our work for a range of stakeholders and platforms in various formats including video, radio, stills, website and print publications
  • Creating, producing, editing and maintaining new media content for the AGRA website and ensuring that AGRA’s editorial principles and all relevant legal, contractual and copyright requirements are met
  • Implementation of a strong marketing plan to build awareness and usage of AGRA’s corporate website.
  • Building and maintaining effective working relationships with a network of writers based in various country offices and amongst grantees
  • Mentoring and training AGRA colleagues in a variety of communications and digital media skills (e.g. social media, writing blogs, editorial style and guidelines, branding)
  • Building a strong blogging culture within AGRA and ensure the organization contributes effectively to the on-going global debate on agriculture
  • Planning, editing and designing a variety of print products I publications using desktop publishing tools
  • Ensuring impact assessments across AGRA’s corporate media outputs is measured according to agreed metrics and shared monthly with the management team and colleagues
  • Providing editorial support and offering guidance to a widening pooi of website contributors using a range of tools including maintenance of the AGRA web pages; creating and monitoring the AGRA Facebook page; and uploading and editing video materials on YouTube and photos on Flickr
Key Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in digital media-related field
  • Demonstrated experience working with international organizations
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task and meet tight deadlines
  • Be highly organised and systematic, with great attention to detail
  • Background in Agriculture will be an asset
  • Fluency in English is required; knowledge of French will be an added advantage
An attractive remuneration package commensurate with theseposition’s responsibilities will be negotiated with the successful candidates.
If you believe you can clearly demonstrate your abilities to meet the relevant criteria for these roles, please submit your application with a detailed CV, stating your current position, remuneration, e-mail and telephone contacts and quoting the reference number for the position you are applying for on the application letter.
To be considered, your application must be received by 23 June, 2013 addressed to:
The Director
Executive Selection Division
Deloitte Consulting Limited
Deloitte Place, Waiyaki Way
Westlands, Nairobi Kenya
Tel: +254 20 423 0000

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