The Agriculture Program Manager will apply best practices in program/project management and coordination to ensure the successful completion of all projects in the portfolio on time, within budget and to the specifications agreed with the individual project stakeholders and funding sources. The manager will identify and develop project key performance indicators, monitor and measure project progress, perform risk management, seek solutions to challenges and conduct corrective actions as necessary, carry out stakeholder mapping/ engagement/ management and resource leveraging, and optimally align strategies, processes, and tools. They will manage conflict; collaboratively solve complex problems; and ensure all organizational and divisional standards are met. They will manage contracts, tracking budgets and deliverables, and will serve as a key liaison for agriculture partners and TNC staff.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
- Lead the implementation of the Kenya Central Highlands Ecoregion Foodscape (CHEF) program, including to advance the theory of change, providing strategic leadership, and technical direction.
- Lead the day-to-day operations of a collaborative, complex and high-profile program, including managing project teams, setting deadlines, managing projects budget, and coordinating communications.
- Provide accountability for project deliverables, project monitoring, evaluation, and reporting
- Lead technical reports writing, in collaboration with the agriculture program director and other staff.
- Builds, facilitate, and manage partnerships and relationships across stakeholders, while identifying potential new partnerships and opportunities for the program. Develops terms of reference for partnerships/coalitions, MOUs, in collaboration with the Ag Director. Prepares concept notes and project proposals (as required) in collaboration with the Ag Director.
- Work with staff from across TNC and provide support to organization leadership; serve as point of contact for global Regenerative Food System staff, Africa and Global Agriculture staff, Africa staff, external project stakeholders, and others as necessary
- Lead interdepartmental teams to coordinate the work of peers; provide oversight for multiple key functions assigned to the team
- Act independently and exercise independent judgment to identify and solve complex problems and to elevate challenges and ensuring enabling conditions for project implementation.
- Implement the Africa Agriculture program and integrate its vision and strategic goals into the CHEF, ensuring alignment with the global Regenerative Foodscapes portfolio and strategy.
- Lead the development of projects budgets and negotiate and contract consultants/contractors.
- Assist the fundraising team by reviewing donor communications as well as assisting with proposal development.
- Demonstrate sensitivity in handling confidential information that may arise during collaborative efforts.
- Ensure compliance with Conservancy policies and procedures and external (e.g., donor, legal) requirements; decisions may have organization-wide impact and bind the organization financially or legally.
- May require frequent travel domestically and/or internationally.
- Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain.