Wasafiri is looking for a Portfolio Lead – Food Systems and Inclusive Growth (FSIG) to join the team

Scott Hinkle

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Working extensively across the Africa region for over a decade, we seek a dynamic and engaging leader to help us continue to influence food systems transformation globally. A leader who operates with a collaborative spirit and can grow an impactful global Food Systems and Inclusive Growth (FSIG) Portfolio.

The role

The role leads a small and fast-growing team and will collaborate with portfolio leads covering conflict, governance, climate and nature.

The purpose of the role is to generate new opportunities and lead the implementation of impactful projects with high-quality service delivery. The role will also contribute to strategic planning internally and thought leadership to influence the sector. It will also strengthen our network of consultants and partners.

Our desired profile includes the following:

  • Thematic: Food and agricultural systems, youth, entrepreneurship, and economic inclusion.
  • Sectoral: Cross-sector experience. Public-private collaboration. Corporate sustainability. Social impact investment. International philanthropy, NGOs and bilateral donors and international organisations.
  • Geographic: Africa-wide and global experience.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for the successful candidate to demonstrate a proven track record with the following essential professional skills and experience:

  • Proven business development and network development record
  • Excellent project management experience
  • Strong and relevant thematic experience
  • Proven team and people management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

The following are desirable skills and experience:

  • Consulting experience
  • Living and working in East Africa
  • Language skills

The successful candidate will thrive in the role in our culture if they are:

  • Excited to be in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Proactive and autonomous
  • Focused on making real change happen
  • Curious about Wasafiri’s systems change practice

Please read the detailed Job Description here.

Additional information

This is a full-time position with a preference for applicants based in Kenya. Other locations and a lighter FTE may be considered for exceptional candidates. International travel is anticipated.

The position comes with an attractive compensation package dependent on skills and experience broadly in the range of GBP 70,000 – 75,000 per annum.

Wasafiri is a supportive employer. We support hybrid working with typically at least 2 days per week in an attractive and comfortable office in Westlands, Nairobi.

Application details

How to apply

  1. Download and complete the application form. Please note that we will not accept submissions without a completed application form.
  2. Include a CV (max 3 pages)
  3. Please submit the application form and CV to opportunities@wasafirihub.com

Selection process

  1. We will review applications as they arrive.
  2. Completion of satisfactory business references and background checks are essential conditions of employment.

Ensuring equality of access

Wasafiri values the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the organisation and we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone.


If you have any queries on any aspect of the recruitment process, need additional information, or would like to have an informal discussion, please contact:

Closing date for applications: Midnight GMT Wednesday 1st June 2022. We will be reviewing applications as they arrive and will appoint once a suitable candidate is identified. Early applications are preferred.