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International Development

Team Leader

Self Help Africa (SHA) is an international NGO, dedicated to the vision of an economically thriving and resilient rural Africa. Working in ten countries throughout Africa, SHA focuses on agriculture and agribusiness as the engine of growth in Africa.

The Role

Self Help Africa are looking for a dynamic, proactive and results-oriented Challenge Fund Team Leader to be the strategic head of the AgriFI-Value Chain Implementation Team. The TL will be responsible for ensuring successful implementation of the remaining two years of this 5.5-year, European Union-funded programme through providing strategic leadership, technical oversight and direct management of the programme – in particular the EUR 18M challenge fund. A key function of this role will be managing effective partnerships with the Lead Firms/implementing organisations and broadening the impact of the fund to attract additional investment into the AgriFI firms and other agribusinesses.

The Team Leader’s key responsibilities will include:

Providing strategic, technical and managerial oversight and leadership for the Challenge Fund
Overseeing financial analysis, business plan generation and revision, market analysis, building market and distribution channels
Leading and managing the relationship with AgriFI’s co-implementer
Ensuring effective integration of core technical areas
Representing SHA at government, donor, NGO and other relevant events
Leading activities to build capacities of SMEs/lead firms
Raising additional capital for the Challenge Fund
Leading the team in marketing to build AgriFI’s brand and presence
Leading in preparation of proposals and budgets to potential partners and funders
Consolidating key learnings and apply these to the programme and future SHA work
Ensuring the programme is implemented and delivered effectively and efficiently
Monitoring and reporting on the progress of the fund technically and financially

The ideal will possess the following qualities:

MBA or Master’s degree in Agribusiness, Management, Finance or related field
Depth of knowledge in agriculture finance, banking and investment/project appraisal
10+ years of experience in the implementation of agri-business development projects
Strong project management abilities with a good understanding of project cycle management
Experience of working with donors in development programmes
Direct experience or a thorough understanding of Challenge Fund programmes
An in-depth understanding of value chain development
Excellent communication, interpersonal and team building skills
Stakeholder management experience with development partners and government departments
Ability to apply functional marketing, business planning, enterprise finance or related areas

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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