TBD (preferred locations include: Nairobi, Kenya or Addis Ababa, Ethiopia or Entebbe / Kampala, Uganda)

About Digital Green

Digital Green is a global development organization that empowers smallholder farmers to lift themselves out of poverty by harnessing the collective power of technology and grassroots-level partnerships. We join forces with governments, private agencies and, most importantly, rural communities themselves to co-create digital solutions that are of the community and for the community. When farmers have the tools they need to connect with one another, they’re far more likely to apply what they’ve learned on their farms and in their households–improving their own livelihoods and those of others in their community, in a manner that’s nutrition-sensitive, climate-resilient, and inclusive.

So far, Digital Green has reached 1.5 million rural community members across over 8,000 villages in India, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Ghana, Niger and Tanzania. Collaborating with over 20 partners, Digital Green has helped facilitate the production and dissemination of over 4,000 localized videos in 28 languages. Digital Green operates from offices in San Francisco, New Delhi, Addis Ababa and Washington, DC. Digital Green is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the US.

For more information, please visit Digital Green’s website: www.digitalgreen.org.

Digital Green is entering an exciting phase of development as it expands its activities to additional countries in Asia and Africa. As part of this expansion, Digital Green is building a small team of exceptional individuals with a passion for finding solutions to pressing development problems, a curiosity about complex issues facing the world’s poor, and a drive to tell our story. This is an exciting opportunity to join Digital Green’s new and growing team, supporting our ongoing programs, country expansion and start-up operations.

Job Summary

Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) is a USAID-funded Feed the Future program. It is a learning and advocacy project whose outcome-level indicators and influence pathways aim to leverage maximum results from project investments in diagnostics, engagements and communities of practice (CoPs) to influence country-level extension and advisory services (EAS) stakeholders. The project aims to influence a variety of stakeholders on the adoption of recommendations and innovations to reach 1 million smallholder farmers with improved EAS. Country engagements are a large facet of DLEC.

Engagements, in this context, refers to: on-the ground, catalytic, resource-light, extension-focused, impact-driven and scalable country activities. The East Africa Senior Coordinator will support the design and implementation of these engagements will focus on driving smallholder farmer impact (ie: increasing smallholder farmer income). The East Africa Senior Coordinator role will be critical establishing impact-driven country engagements. This role will support the scoping, design and implementation of country engagements across the region, and will support the establishment of CoPs in each geography. This is a newly established pivotal role to ensure that DLEC country engagements in Africa are effectively launched and as a result, DLEC learning questions are answered and that impact is achieved.

This new role will scope extension and advisory services challenges across multiple countries within East Africa (specifically Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya), with a focus on agriculture and technology-enabled solutions, in order to design country engagements, build stakeholder coalitions, and devise influential, catalytic pathways for each engagement. He/She will support the management of in-country consultants, and will support on-ground partners and consultants to lead the implementation of the fully-designed projects. He/She will also support the in-country team with the creation of CoPs in locations where engagements are established, taking a DLEC theory-of-change approach to partnerships.

We are looking for an analytical, critical thinker who will be able to connect the dots of various perspectives efficiently in order to design, and launch, and lead the implementation of impact-driven engagements. We would want the role to be filled by an individual with excellent oral and written communication skills. The location of this position is TBD. The position reports to the General Manager-Africa, who is based in London, UK.

Key Responsibilities

Lead the design of country engagements across Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania

• Leverage the DLEC theory-of-change, impact-focused mind-set to scope and design 1-2 engagements in close collaboration with project leadership;

• Significant travel to various potential engagement countries across East Africa as a region to dialogue with stakeholders (ie: public, private, smallholder farmers, other on-ground resource agencies) and explore country engagement opportunities (travel estimated to be 50-60% of the time);

• Coordinate closely with various potential partners prior to on-ground scoping, to determine appropriate partnerships;

• Ensure strong partnerships to roll-out on-ground implementation;

• Leverage an innovative, priority-driven mind-set when scoping and designing engagements, and be willing to test personal assumptions and change course rapidly; Supervise in-country consultants and partners to operationalize engagements

• Work directly with, and supervise country consultants and country-based teams to coordinate strategic implementation of engagements in close coordination with project leadership;

• Create engagement financial budgets and pipelines in close collaboration with project management;

• Provide regular oral and written country engagement updates to DLEC team as needed to ensure alignment to DLEC strategy. Support the launch and establishment of country-based Community(ies) of Practice (CoPs)

• Establish strong partnerships with various in-country stakeholders – with respect to project design and project roll-out, to meet the goals of the engagement;

• Liaison with on-ground implementing partners and extension agencies to drive implementation of the country engagement to meet the goals of the engagement;

• Leverage the nurtured partnerships from the country-based engagements to launch CoPs

• Work closely with DLEC Program Manager to ensure that each country-wide CoP is strategically driven with specific engagement-focused goals and objectives

Qualifications and Experiences

• Masters’ degree required

• Minimum of 10 years of relevant project management experience

• At least 3 years of experience scoping and developing impact-driven, scalable, innovative, on-ground, country-based activities across both public and private sector agencies

• Significant technical experience in the areas of agriculture extension, private sector and ICT required

• Project financial management acumen required