Africa Lead II Policy Adviser Job in Nairobi Kenya June 2014
At- USAID Building Capacity


USAID Building Capacity for African Agricultural Transformation (Africa Lead II) Project
Scope of Work
Title: Africa Lead II Policy Adviser
Location: Nairobi, Kenya (with in-country and periodic international travel)
Period of Performance: July 15, 2014 – September 30, 2018 (funding dependent)
Background: The USAID Building Capacity for African Agricultural Transformation (Africa Lead II) Project is a five-year effort to support and advance the agricultural transformation in Africa as proposed by the African Union Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Program (CAADP), while simultaneously contributing to the Feed the Future goals of reduced hunger and poverty, by building the capacity of men and women African leaders, institutions and stakeholders to develop, lead, and manage the structures needed for the transformation process. 

This project has three components:

1. The establishment of institutional/organizational architecture to lead African agriculture transformation at the national and regional levels, operating at the highest level of effectiveness;
2. The operationalization of capacity to manage policy change and alignment process; and
3. The effective participation and leading when necessary, of Non-State Actors (NSAs) in the CAADP process.
Responsibilities: The Policy Adviser will have primary responsibility for leading policy reform initiatives to establish and improve effectiveness of institutional and organizational capacity in support of African-led agricultural transformation.
Specifically, the Policy Adviser will:
Technical Delivery:
  • Strengthen the capacity of government, business, and civil society leaders to manage the policy process and thus enhance the impact of agriculture and food security investments.
  • Support the facilitation of policy reforms and alignment through Institutional Architecture Assessments (IAA); and mutual accountability through Joint Sector Reviews (JSR).
  • Assist with the development of policies that maximize the potential and participation of all parties, especially the private sector.
  • Support the facilitation of Agriculture Policy Exchange and Learning Exchanges (APLEs) as a forum for knowledge sharing and policy planning. 
  • The purpose of the APLE is to discuss systemic policy challenges that may be blocking the achievement or effective implementation of NAIPs, to create a sense of urgency to solve some of these constraints, and to identify and agree on specific steps needed to overcome these constraints.
  • Provide customized support at the RECs and country levels to work with government counterparts and NSAs to strengthen their capacity for evidence-based policy analysis and reform
  • Develop, vet and maintain a roster of Policy experts— international, regional and national (for target countries)— that can be used to guide policy reform activities
Program Development and Management:
  • Work with the Senior Organizational Change/Institutional Development Specialist to develop a realistic but aggressive timeline for program delivery and to ensure timely implementation of the program
  • Conduct policy assessments and propose new policy areas of focus in line with CAADP goals and objectives
  • Identify likely barriers to program delivery and work with the Regional Director and Senior Organizational Change/Institutional Development Specialist on solutions
  • Contribute inputs for annual continent-wide Africa Lead workplans
  • Engage directly in training, mentoring and provision of technical assistance as appropriate
  • Review policy training curricula as developed by specialized training TA
  • Travel to counties as needed to engage in technical assistance, assessments, training and mentoring
  • Attend national, regional and international workshops as appropriate and as approved by Regional Director to ensure access to relevant innovations and ideas that can extend and deepen program impact
  • Provide to Regional Director and Senior Organizational Change/Institutional Development Specialist weekly short bulleted list of priorities for upcoming week and accomplishments from previous week
  • Provide to Bethesda-based Knowledge, Learning and Communication Manager Kenya program input for quarterly and annual reports, and other required reports to USAID
  • Work with KLC team to identify KM/Learning products
  • Participate in weekly senior management meetings led by the Regional Director
  • Participate in weekly country program meetings led by the Senior Organizational Change / Institutional Development Specialist
Performance Criteria: Africa Lead II is a performance-based project, highly dependent on individuals and team core competencies. Each staff member will participate in a semi-annual evaluation and receive feedback. 
Based on this evaluation, decisions related to promotion or salary increase will be made.
Supervision: The Policy Adviser will report to the Senior Organizational Change/Institutional Development Specialist, and will collaborate closely with other members of the Senior Management Team—Technical, Country Programs, Finance/Administration, and Logistics—to ensure smooth coordination of activities.
Qualifications, Background and Experience:
Successful candidates will have strong interpersonal, leadership and management skills as well as relevant experience implementing programs to increase local capacity to improve food security. 
Specific experience and specialization in the following areas is required: agricultural policy reform and implementation, government capacity building, food security, public education/awareness, and/or monitoring and evaluation of food security programs.

  • An advanced degree in political science, agricultural development, business management, public administration, or other relevant field
Work Experience:
  • Minimum of 5 years of technical experience in policy reform, strategic planning, performance management, institutional capacity assessments, leadership, and results management
  • Experience in human and institutional capacity development, agricultural development, food security, policy reform and advocacy, and civil society/non-state actor development
  • Previous experience on USAID or donor projects and experience in and knowledge of African development issues
  • Knowledge or understanding of social, economic, and political context governing food security issues in developing countries
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, creative problem solving, conflict and ethical management skills
  • Strong training, facilitation and communication skills
  • Computer literate in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software (Microsoft)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Fluent English language skills required
  • Proficiency in other languages preferable
If you believe you qualify for this job, kindly submit your CV and current/expected salary to

Only qualified candidates will be contacted. 
Deadline to submit your CV is July 1, 2014.
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