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  • Project Manager at African Agricultural Technology Foundation

  • Posted on: 2 October, 2019 Deadline: 22 October, 2019
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  • AATF is an international not-for-profit organisation that facilitates and promotes public/private partnerships to promote food security and enhance livelihoods of smallholder farmers in SSA. AATF works with African governments, private and public technology owners and developers, NGOs, seed companies and African farmers to identify and access technologies that address farmers’ key problems and empower them through availability of a choice of agricultural innovations that generate wealth and health for their families and communities.

    OFAB is a community platform that works to enhance knowledge-sharing and awareness on biotechnology to raise understanding and appreciation of agricultural biotechnology and contribute to building an enabling environment for sound decision making. The OFAB Project works with partners and collaborator in the seven countries to design and deliver its campaigns and influencing work on the continent. As head of the Project Secretariat, the OFAB Project Manager will provide strategic leadership of OFAB’s advocacy, campaigns and influencing, ensuring attainment of maximum impact.


    Project Manager - Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB)



    Summary of Key Functions/Responsibilities;

    Strategy & Leadership

    1. Responsible for the development and shaping of OFAB’s long-term high profile strategy on influencing and providing AATF with advise on campaigns, advocacy and influencing

    2. Plans and oversees implementation of advocacy, campaigns, and influencing work plans including research and policy analysis by Country Chapters, partners and collaborators through regular interactions with country host partners and other partners;

    Advocacy and representation

    1. Provides support to the AATF Leadership to maximize the impact of high-level external engagements on advocacy with international public officials, politicians, organizations and the private sector.

    Public Engagement and Program

    1. Ensures synergy between OFAB’s influencing, advocacy and campaigns with AATF’s corporate strategy

    2. Understands and applies Public Engagement strategies for campaigning, advocacy and public mobilization.

    3. Builds campaigns and advocacy strategies that are informed by and integrated in programming work, country and regional advocacy strategies and national campaigning



    • Demonstrate advocacy and communication skills including excellent public relations and communication abilities – written, editorial and spoken
    • Demonstrate strong advocacy, campaigns and influencing experience in a range of contexts.
    • Excellent research and public speaking skills
    • Proven experience leading effective policy influencing and understanding of policy development processes


    • Experience of fundraising for advocacy, campaigns and influencing.
    • Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese

    Recruitment Qualifications


    Masters degree in Communications, International Relations, Political Science, International Development, Public policy or related field or first degree with a combination of ten years professional and academic qualifications may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.


    At least 10 years of successful and progressive experience in advocacy, campaigning and communications with at least 5 years active advocacy experience

    Language Requirements:

    • Fluency in written and spoken English;
    • Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese is an advantage

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to African Agricultural Technology Foundation career website on www.aatf-africa.org to apply

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