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The African Food Fellowship is looking for a Country Implementation Lead & Dean (Consultant) – Rwanda

The African Food Fellowship is looking for a Country Implementation Lead & Dean (Consultant) – Rwanda

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The role

The African Food Fellowship is a ground-breaking initiative seeking to catalyse more effective African leadership for healthier, more sustainable, and inclusive food systems across the continent.

The Country Implementation Lead and Dean will work with a growing national network of Fellows across Rwanda to help unleash their leadership to act on complex challenges and opportunities across the country’s food system.

We are seeking a brilliant, experienced consultant for the role, to be contracted for between 100-120 days over a twelve-month initial contract, starting as soon as possible.

Read the detailed Job Description.

Application details

Submit your CV and this application form to opportunities@wasafirihub.com.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday, 10th August 2022

Wasafiri values the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the organisation. We pride ourselves in our firm commitment to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workplace. We aim to attract, hire, grow, and retain the most qualified candidates regardless of race, gender, ability, religion, nationality, age, sexuality, and other differences.

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Wasafiri is looking for a Commercial Officer to join the team!

Wasafiri is looking for a Commercial Officer to join the team!

The role

Are you a proactive business developer? Are you motivated by supporting organisations to grow and expand their impact?

We are looking for a brilliant Commercial Officer to support our business development efforts within Wasafiri’s portfolios:

  • Food Systems and Inclusive Growth
  • Climate and Nature
  • Conflict & Governance

You will be working at the heart of Wasafiri’s commercial team to look for new and exciting opportunities to help us deliver an even greater impact. In this role, you will be at the forefront of:

  • Helping increase our impact on complex problems – We work on issues of Conflict & Governance, Food Systems & Inclusive Growth, and Climate & Nature, and seek a Commercial Officer who will contribute to finding powerful opportunities for transformative impact.
  • Contributing to our team, culture, and distinctive ways of working – The Commercial Officer will bring a deep sensitivity to working within a diverse team with an inclusive culture, and emotional intelligence to the relationships at the heart of it.
  • Helping to identify and develop new business – The Commercial Officer will work across the spectrum of developing new business; helping to position Wasafiri and engaging with our client networks, spotting new opportunities, and overseeing our pipeline, qualifying potential bids, developing partnerships and consortia, coordinating proposal design and development processes, developing budgets, and helping us learn as we go.

About you

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

  • Professional background: Minimum 2-3 years business development experience within an international development context, ideally with development consulting organisations, contractors, INGO’s or similar.
  • Client experience: Experience working with international development donors, foundations, and clients, including having an up to date working knowledge of their market priorities, ways of working and procurement processes.
  • Proposal coordination experience: Proven track record of coordinating bid development processes. (The candidate must be able to produce evidence of contributing to commercial tenders and bids, involving complex consortia arrangements).
  • Proposal development experience: Experience in contributing to the design and development of proposals; including compliance, budgets, workplans and packaging. Working with bid teams and consultants.
  • Academic background: At minimum a bachelor’s degree (with minimum 4 years’ work experience) or master’s degree (with minimum 2 years’ work experience) in fields relating to international development, foreign relations, political science, public or business administration.
  • Sectoral/thematic background: Must have familiarity and working knowledge of at least one of the sectors and markets relevant to Wasafiri’s work (these could relate to areas such as conflict, governance, food security, inclusive growth, climate change, environmental sustainability).
  • Communication skills: Outstanding writing, analytical and communication skills with attention to quality and detail, ability to convey complex concepts clearly and concisely. Fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of French a plus.
  • Technology skills: Must be able to demonstrate excellent skills and expertise in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel.

Please find the detailed Job Description here.

Additional Information

  1. The salary will be the local equivalent of GBP30,000 per annum.
  2. You will be expected to work full time (225 days per year) with approximately 25 days paid leave per year (depending on location).
  3. You will be expected to work out of our office in either Brighton, UK or Nairobi, Kenya. We will expect you to have a legal right to work in either location (i.e., we will not cover the cost of Work Permits for this role). Wasafiri is a supportive employer. We support hybrid working with typically at least 2 days per week in office.

Application details

Submission

  1. Download and complete this application form. Please note that we will not accept submissions without a completed application form.
  2. Include a CV that is no longer than 3 pages.
  3. If you have one, please include a link to your LinkedIn profile.
  4. 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.

Queries

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: Chiara Frattini, Impact & Business Development Manager at chiara@wasafirihub.com.

Closing date for applications

Midnight GMT Sunday, 19th June 2022. We will be reviewing applications as they arrive. Due to the volume of applications, we are expecting, we will only be able to respond to candidates that make it to the interview stage.

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.

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

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

We seek a dynamic and engaging individual who can contribute to the growth of an impactful global Food Systems and Inclusive Growth (FSIG) portfolio to accelerate positive changes in food systems and reduce poverty.

In addition to generating new opportunities, the role will contribute significant leadership to the highly innovative African Food Fellowship, thereby strengthening its operational delivery and potential for expansion.

Does this sound like you?

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

  • Innovative collaboration experience including cross-sector and public-private collaboration with good networking capabilities.
  • Excellent project management experience.
  • Proven team and people management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong and relevant thematic experience including in food and agriculture systems, small business entrepreneurship and economic inclusion (including with youth).
  • Proven business development track record with diverse clients/funders.

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 find the detailed breakdown of the role here.

Role details

  1. Salary: The position comes with an attractive compensation package dependent on skills and experience broadly in the range of GBP 50,000–60,000 per annum.
  2. Length: Two-year fixed-term position. Renewable for a second two-year fixed term and a final one-year fixed term. (Potentially 5-year fixed-term.)
  3. Benefits: Our standard company-wide international health insurance plan, retirement benefits and communication stipend.
  4. Paid leave: Each employee is required to work 225 days. Depending on the year, this usually equates to 36 days of annual leave including bank holidays (pro-rata for part-time).
  5. Office location with hybrid working: Wasafiri is a supportive employer. We encourage hybrid working typically 2 days per week in an attractive and comfortable Wasafiri Office in Westlands, Nairobi. NB: Applicants will be shortlisted if they can demonstrate they have the right to live and work in Kenya.
  6. Report: The position will report to our Food Systems and Inclusive Growth Portfolio Lead, a role that is expected to be filled by September 2022.

Application details

Submission

  1. Download and complete this application form. Please note that we will not accept submissions without a completed application form.
  2. Include a CV that is no longer than 3 pages.
  3. Please submit the application form and CV to opportunities@wasafirihub.com

Selection process

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

Equal opportunity

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.

Closing date for applications

Midnight GMT Sunday 12th June 2022. We will be reviewing applications as they arrive. Due to the volume of applications, we are expecting, we will only be able to respond to candidates that make it to the interview stage.

Queries

If you would like to discuss the role, please contact either:

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Here’s how systems-thinking led to a breakthrough in tackling poverty in West Pokot

Here’s how systems-thinking led to a breakthrough in tackling poverty in West Pokot

A renowned Kenyan Economist posited that the main challenge facing the country today is the tension between ‘politics of the economy’ and the ‘politics of development’. He goes further to explain how this is shaping the political discourse both at the national and (devolved) county levels. And the Kenyan public is fully engaged in this discourse.

Whereas Kenya’s Vision 2030 sets out a national goal for the elimination of extreme poverty, it has been criticized for being too capital-intensive and therefore struggling to adequately address extreme poverty in many parts of the country. Some county governments have embarked on a deliberate action to address this by turning the aspirations of devolution into practical efforts having effects in people’s lives.

Through an Open Society Foundation funded ‘Economic Justice Programme’ project, Wasafiri and Village Enterprise, in collaboration with the County Government of West Pokot, have successfully integrated poverty graduation into the county’s social protection programming. This was achieved in two ways:

  1. The birth of the first-ever county government Policy on Poverty Graduation in 2020.
  2. The development of a sessional paper – a legal regulatory framework that legalizes the operationalization of the poverty graduation policy- this was approved by the entire members of the West Pokot County Assembly in 2021.

Subsequently, two other policies were formulated by the County Government of West Pokot; the climate change policy and climate financing policy.

Change is Collective

The approval of the Poverty Graduation Policy was the culmination of a county-owned and led multi-stakeholder process closely linked to and leaning on the West Pokot County Integrated Development Plan’s (CIDP) mission “To Transform Livelihoods through Equitable and Sustainable Utilization of Resources”.

The focus of the CIDP is on food and nutrition security and improving equity in socio-economic opportunities, and this partly speaks to the reasons why poverty graduation has resonated so strongly in West Pokot – the first county in Kenya to develop a county-wide approach to ending extreme poverty.

This policy seeks to eliminate poverty by 2025, an ambitious goal and timeframe. In 2021, the West Pokot County Government has requested assistance from Wasafiri and Village Enterprise with the start of implementing the policy.

An evaluation done by Wasafiri and Village Enterprise during the project’s inception phase showed that government officers had a limited understanding of poverty graduation and its effectiveness in eradicating extreme poverty. Apart from low capacity, there were no guidelines on policymaking, and inadequate or no funding for poverty graduation programmes.

Four ‘areas of focus’ were articulated as a priority to address this:

  1. Effective targeting due to limited resources
  2. Layering of existing poverty eradicating interventions for extremely poor households because existing programmes are resourced, operating at scale and are the best place to start
  3. Galvanising resources and adapting existing programmes
  4. Effective monitoring

Implementation Approach

The design and implementation of this one-year ‘exit’ project draws from substantive engagement and learning from the activities and lessons during the project’s inception phase. It is hinged on three (3) key pillars:

  1. Strengthening capability and commitment to implement the policy focused on the four ‘areas of focus’ mentioned above through systems leadership coaching, and technical assistance
  2. Advocacy through lobbying for budget allocation, targeting of the extreme poor and influencing the 2023 – 2028 County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP)
  3. Capture knowledge of what works for learning and further capacity building

An innovative systems leadership coaching that ‘made it matter’

Wasafiri has deployed its expertise as a systems change agency to design and deliver individual and group systems leadership development coaching sessions to the policy Technical Working Group (TWG) drawn from the political, administrative, and selected community actors in West Pokot.

The format was in-person, four sessions over a four-month period and delivered as individual and group coaching.

From the Country Government, the individual coaching targeted senior policy technocrats from key departments, i.e., agriculture, budget, education, planning, trade, and social protection. The group coaching sessions targeted a broader stakeholder group comprising four County Executive Committee members (Ministers) and selected community actors and women groups who will play different critical roles that will lead to the operationalization and prioritization of the policy.

The foundation for the coaching was Wasafiri’s Systemcraft model – a framework for how we believe anyone can drive systemic change. It focuses on collective, adaptive, and experimental action on the system.

The purpose of the coaching is to strengthen the collective and adaptive capacity of the Technical Working Group (TWG) to implement the policy and achieve three outcomes:

  1. Secure budget allocation for the Poverty Graduation Policy (PGP) for financial year 2022 / 2023.
  2. Evolve and adapt existing programmes to support poverty graduation policy implementation.
  3. Integrate and scale scaling up poverty graduation within Country Integrated.

At the wrap up of the systems leadership coaching, we have evidence of success:

  1. Treasury has allocated KES 4.5M to operationalise the committees of the policy at county, sub-county, and ward levels and for identification of the policy’s target population, i.e., the extremely poor.
  2. The Treasury Department at the Country has taken full responsibility for taking the policy forward and strategically placed itself at the fulcrum of poverty graduation policy implementation across the whole of government. This is major progress and enhances the durability of implementation due to the influence that Treasury has in the budget process, and they have committed to ringfence allocation towards the policy.
  3. There was a strong endorsement of the coaching by the Head of Planning and the four County Chief Executives (CECs) who expressed the desire for Wasafiri and Village Enterprise to return and provide more systems leadership training to the County Government post the August 2022 elections.

Raising awareness, sharing lessons, and generating new support

The close of the systems leadership coaching ushers in an important phase of advocacy and learning whose goal is to secure the long-term sustainability of the poverty graduation efforts. Whilst this work is still ongoing significant achievements have been made so far.

  1. County Government of West Pokot is now using the policy to identify programmes under the current county development blueprints to either adopt or evolve them to support poverty graduation policy implementation. These are programmes that address the most acute aspects of poverty in West Pokot, I.e., marginalization, equality, and equity.
  2. Capacitating the County M&E department to develop a standard targeting tool to identify the extreme poor. This tool will be used by the county government to identify beneficiaries of graduation programmes at the county, in this case the extremely vulnerable.
  3. Village Enterprise continues to strengthen the agency of the local citizenry through education and awareness delivered through a series of interactive community radio shows.
  4. Village Enterprise with support from Wasafiri will also benefit from three (3) learning forums, one with the North Rift Economic Bloc (NOREB), a forum that brings together member counties from the North Rift regions to work together as a team on matters economy followed by a learning visit at the Council of Governors (CoG) to share best practices among devolved Governments and lastly participation in a national graduation stakeholder forum in April this year convened by BOMA and bringing together the County Governments of West Pokot and Marsabit.

What next?

Sustainability of the project is grounded on the effective stakeholder engagement processes and strategic direction and deliberations that promote ownership and cooperation among implementing partners, i.e., Wasafiri, Village Enterprise and County Government of West Pokot.

Looking beyond the August 2022 elections in Kenya, we see additional pathways to continue scaling the project mobilising for more resources from development partners to support in the identification of the extreme poor including set-up and roll-out of a robust management information system (MIS), a scaled-up citizen engagement through interactive community radio shows and additional systems leadership coaching and technical assistance in response to expected transition.

Read more about our work in West-Pokot

Photo by Rathnahar Sriom from Pexels

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