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Senior Agriculture Manager, Africa

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Job Summary

In the role of Senior Agriculture Manager, you will be leading and expanding on our activities in agriculture certification Africa.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Management level
  • Experience Length: 10 years

Job Description/Requirements

Preferred by Nature (formerly known as NEPCon) is a non-profit organisation that works for sustainable land use and climate-friendly solutions. With 260+ staff around the world, our projects build capacity, raise awareness, conserve nature and streamline sustainability through innovation. In the role of Senior Agriculture Manager, you will be leading and expanding on our activities in agriculture certification Africa.


  • The Agriculture Manager oversees the expansion and delivery of Preferred by Nature’s agriculture services across Africa.
  • They ensure successful service delivery, following Preferred by Nature’s principles and in accordance with accreditation requirements.
  • They proactively manage external relationships with clients and stakeholders, as well as internal relationships within the Africa team, other assurance units and across Preferred by Nature’s divisions.


Professional requirements

  • You are fluent in and English (our organisational language), and it is an advantage if you can also speak French and have excellent verbal and written communication skills in both.
  • You are a proficient user of the MS Office package (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  • You have a good general understanding of administrative IT systems, and the ability to learn to work with new programmes fast.
  • We imagine you have around 10 years of related experience
  • Minimum 4 years relevant college degree, e.g. agriculture, natural resources, social sciences, rural development, traceability, food safety or similar


Personal qualities

  • You are a service minded, open and friendly person, who likes – and is good at – communicating with people on all levels.
  • You are well organised and have the ability to maintain structure in the office.
  • You have good planning and time management skills and an analytical approach.
  • You are proactive and can think one step ahead on practicalities.
  • Paying attention to details comes naturally to you – and you are good at it!
  • You are a robust person, who have demonstrated that you can juggle multiple tasks.
  • You are a constructive team-player and have an open attitude towards other cultures, as we collaborate across borders in our organisation.
  • You believe in our vision and mission and want to contribute to fulfilling it.


Position details

  • Work time: 40 hours/week
  • The position reports to our Director of Agriculture
  • Working location optional and depending on the right candidate
  • Homebased may be considered upon agreement
  • Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
  • Expected starting date: as soon as possible

We offer

  • An exciting and challenging position within a dynamic and innovative international organisation with a mission-driven work atmosphere
  • A friendly, international team of colleagues, with a pleasant work environment
  • Excellent opportunities for growth and professional development
  • All employees are members of the organisation and have the opportunity to contribute to the overall development of Preferred by Nature through the annual General Assembly
  • International training in certification services
  • Potential international travel opportunities.
  • Additional medical insurance


How to apply?

Please submit your CV and letter of application (in English), including salary expectations, by 20 November 2020, via the Preferred by Nature website: https://preferredbynature.org/careers/senior-agriculture-manager-africa


Please note: Only applicants legally eligible to work in the country of residence (in Africa) will be considered.

We will conduct interviews on an ongoing basis until we have identified the right candidate, so send us your application as soon as possible.

Preferred by Nature wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


For questions, please contact:

Ariel Zorrilla

Email: azorrilla@preferredbynature.org

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