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Finance, International Development


Millar Cameron is working with AGRA to recruit a Chief Finance Officer. The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya. For further information about this position please apply.

Nairobi, Kenya
The Role

AGRA is an African-led and Africa-based institution that puts smallholder farmers at thecentre of the continent’s growing economy by transforming agriculture from a solitary struggle to survive into farming as a business that thrives.AGRA strengthens seed systems, develops and promotes sustainable farming practices, helps unlock trade and markets, and supports governments who lead their countries’ development.They work with farmers to adapt to climate change, increase soil health, and protect the environment. AGRA believes deeply in the urgency of reducing the inequality that women face in agriculture, and to unlocking the power and innovation of youth.

The Chief Finance Officer (CFO) heads the Financial Operations Unit. In this capacity, the CFO is the custodian of AGRA’s financial integrity, assisting AGRA President by providing strategic financial leadership. The CFO works with the executive management team to establish and implement financial goals and strategies to ensure AGRA’s sustainability in delivering financial services in support of AGRA’s programs. The CFO is a member of the Executive Management Team with a corporate responsibility for AGRA.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
  • Leads in the development and delivery of cost-effective policies, frameworks and services related to risk management and internal controls for AGRA.
  • Directs treasury, investment, accounting and financial reporting activities; and manages relations with key stakeholders and communities of practice in financial, investment and risk management.
  • Directs the budgets and resource allocation and execution in collaboration with the AGRA executives and the senior management team and aligns them to the strategic objectives.
  • Projects the financial analysis of the existing programs and policies.
  • Influences a unified leadership perspective through collaborating with the Executive Team.
  • Influences a results-oriented, learning organization culture to increase overall impact.
  • Motivates those under your command to take more initiative in their roles by overseeing the daily operations and the work of executives under your leadership (ICT, HR, Procurement, Grants).
  • Grows AGRA’s finances through identification of expansion activities such as (investments, acquisitions, corporate alliances etc.) as well as manages partners/vendors relationships.
  • Talent development of existing staff, hiring new staff as necessary and manages team dynamics to ensure a high-performance.
  • Directs and provides coaching to relevant technical and administrative staff.
  • Plans for sustainable organizational future of service, including via work with the executive team and representation of AGRA.
  • Creates and implements plans for the operational infrastructure of systems, policies, processes, and staff.
  • Assesses the effectiveness of all processes internal and external and provides timely, accurate and complete reports on the operating condition of the organization.
  • Evaluates performance by analyzing and interpreting data and metrics, write and submit reports to the President.
  • Set standards for performance and growth and establish policies that promote company culture and vision, while ensuring all program initiatives align with the company’s core values and culture.
Academic, Professional Qualifications and Relevant experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent higher-level professional qualification in Accounting, Business Management or Financial Corporate Management related discipline.
  • Full accounting qualification CPA(K) and/or ACCA(UK).
  • Minimum 15 years at an international level in an institution, which could include international organizations, international financial institutions, other development finance-related organizations.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience in a grant making environment.
  • Advanced organizational leadership experience.
  • Possess personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and commitment to the corporate mission.
  • Flexible and able to multitask; can work within an ambiguous, fast-moving environment, while also driving toward clarity and solutions; demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities and guiding investment in people and systems.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, including the ability to set out a coherent analysis in presentations. Working knowledge of French would be an asset.
  • Strong diplomatic and communication skills, ability to develop a close and effective working relationship with the internal client at all levels.
  • An able and competent presenter as well as a positive influencer of others.
  • Client orientation – able to balance responsiveness and pro-activity in meeting internal client needs and concerns and to ensure provision of value-added services as appropriate.
  • Able to lead and manage major change and transition programs.
  • Ability to champion of AGRA’s values: results-orientation, professionalism, respect and integrity.
  • Recognized management skills in a multicultural setting.
  • Strategic thinker.
  • Creative and lateral thinker able to recognize opportunities and propose solutions to problems.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work both as a team leader and player.
  • Able to coach and develop a professional finance management staff.

Since 2007 Millar Cameron has specialised in sourcing leadership and keyperson talent across a number of industries, including agribusiness, international development, industrial, consumer, financial and professional services, private equity, and technology, media and telecommunications. Our mission and purpose is to positively contribute to the development of Africa, and other emerging markets, through the provision of people.

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