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Established in 2006, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is an African-led and Africa-based institution that puts smallholder farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economy by transforming agriculture from a solitary struggle to survive into farming as a business that thrives.

Working in collaboration with our partners—including African governments, researchers, development partners, the private sector and civil society— AGRA’s work primarily focuses on smallholder farmers – women, men, and youth who typically cultivate staple crops on two hectares or less. Through our 5-year strategy for 2017-2021, we aim to catalyze and sustain an inclusive agricultural transformation
 through integrated, country-based investment plans in 11 countries with high potential for success. This transformation will be achieved through innovation-driven and sustainable productivity increases and access to innovative finance and markets to increase the incomes and improve food security for 30 million farming households in these countries by 2021.

The strategy focuses on supporting countries to drive the transformation; developing systems for delivery of essential services and goods to farmers; and building an ecosystem of partners for delivery.

Most of our investments will be channeled through the Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA), which is a unique 5-year strategic partnership that enables African agriculture actors to do business differently as they support leaders to drive an inclusive agricultural transformation.


Communication is central to delivering this strategy and will play an even more crucial role in ensuring that our messages and stories of change and impact are pro-actively identified, tastefully packaged and shared through multiple platforms optimizing traditional, new and social media. AGRA’s Communications function will aim to use multiple tools and tactics to reach our audiences composed of African governments, private sector, businesses and investors, donors and philanthropists, key policy makers, academia, research institutions and thought leaders, farmers and the general public.

The overarching aim of the communication push is to showcase solutions that should be scaled up, create awareness about the place of smallholder agriculture in inclusive wealth creation, spotlight challenges that should be addressed, profile opportunities for investment across the agricultural value chain and provide an accountability to our funders while supporting the resource mobilization effort for AGRA and African agriculture more broadly.

To complement our in-house capabilities and capacity to deliver a world class communication function, we are hiring consultant stringers to support our communications work in Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Malawi and Mozambique. The consultants will be engaged for an initial period of one year based on performance. The consultant will be commissioned for specific deliverables. Please note that only nationals of these countries should apply.

Duties and Responsibilities

Country Communications Support and Media Engagement

  •  Mobilize media in the priority countries to attend and cover major events and projects
  • Organize and manage media interviews before, during and after key events.
  • Organize and manage media field visits in the priority countries
  • Co-ordinate photography and videography for the events
  • Follow up with the media for coverage
  • Undertake media coverage tracking and provide coverage report including for print, broadcast and online media
  • Content Generation
  •  Produce content in English and other relevant local languages and distribute it to national and regional media.
  •  Report and write news stories for AGRA from the field and grantees in the priority countries, striving for timely reportage that engages key audiences, respects protection concerns, and navigates political sensitivities.
  • Commission and edit news and feature stories on African agriculture, reflecting AGRA’s communications priorities and key messages in liaison with the AGRA communications team.
  •  Clear news and feature stories with relevant country and regional offices prior to publication.
  •  Collaborate with video, photo and social media colleagues to package multimedia content effectively and compellingly.
  •  Write and edit other text as required.

Functional Competencies

  •  Contacts with national and international media in the priority countries
  • Experience producing, editing and disseminating multimedia content for online audiences ideally for media
  • outlets, international brands, political parties, NGOs, or other international institutions.
  • Experience working in sensitive and fast-moving news, communications, advocacy and/or fundraising contexts.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously with asense of urgency;
  •  Proven ability to conceptualize, plan and execute ideas.
  •  Proven skills in organizing events, communication, networking, negotiation, and ability to relate to different audiences.
  •   Excellent written, oral and comprehension command of English or French (Mali and Burkina Faso) and highly
  • developed writing and editing skills.

Required Skills and Experience Education

University degree in communications, political science, international relations or a related field. Diploma holders withan extra 2 years’ experience are eligible to apply
Job experience

  •  Minimum of 3 years’ professional experience in journalism, communications, marketing or development work.
  •  Proven ability to act with discretion and diplomacy.
  •  Excellent communication and editorial skills.
  •  Strong understanding of the national and regional media environment, including grasp of social media.

Qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to submit detailed copies of their CV and a cover letter explaining their suitability for the role and listing their expected daily rates and evidence of recent work. Applications should be

sent to procurement@agra.org 

by 19th February 2021, 5PM (East African time).


AGRA reserves the right to determine the structure of the process, number of short-listed candidates and the right to withdraw from this process at any time without prior notice and without liability to compensate and/or reimburse any party

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