AMEA Network Director

The Agribusiness Market Ecosystem Alliance (AMEA) is a multi-stakeholder network with the objective of promoting professional farmer organizations in emerging markets. AMEA member organizations include: Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate, NCBA CLUSA, the sustainable trade initiative (IDH), ICCO cooperation, Rikolto, ACDI VOCA, Small Foundation, SCOPEinsight, CTA, Fairtrade Africa, Argidius, ICRA, CNFA, Heifer international, NURU international, IFC, ANDE, Rainforest Alliance, Technoserve, Self-Help Africa, Church of Sweden, Africa Turnaround and A Glimmer of Hope. AMEA provides peer learning and collaboration opportunities bringing its members together in various formats to share implementation lessons and best practices in building professionalism amongst smallholder farmers. AMEA members and partners are focusing particularly on the following workstreams in 2019, Global Guidelines (building on the International Workshop Agreement developed in 2018), Toolbox (peer approved assessment tools and curricula), Trainers and Coaches, Local Networks, Ag-tech and Achieving Bankability.

JOB PURPOSE

 

The Network Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the network according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. Success for AMEA means creating, cultivating, and ensuring high quality relationships and collaborations that advance the mission of the network.  

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Convene the Network

  • Help design and facilitate network convenings

  • Organize convening logistics, including meeting locations, catering, materials, reminders, etc.

Catalyze the Network

  • Support new member onboarding

  • Facilitate connections between network participants

  • Support network participants to more deeply connect their network with the work of the AMEA network

  • Participate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the network

Coordinate the Network

  • Coordinate and join Board and Working Group meetings and calls, identifying points of intersection and bottlenecks, and helping to connect network participants with other network members or regional leaders for assistance or support

  • Provide support to the Board by preparing meeting agenda and supporting materials

  • Track project progress, outcomes, bottlenecks

  • Capture key takeaways and next steps from convenings

  • Regularly update the network dashboard and provide monthly updates

  • Manage network finances and budget

  • Perform site visits to stay aware of network projects and stewardship collaborations between participants

  • Coordinate with other regional networks to identify points of intersection

  • Maintain the network’s technological infrastructure (ie Slack, Basecamp, Google Docs) and keep them up to date

  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the network

  • Ensure that personnel, member, donor and other files are securely stored and privacy/confidentiality is maintained

Communicate with and for the Network

  • Function as primary point of contact for the network internally and externally

  • Represent (and facilitate representation of) the network at relevant meetings and conferences to enhance the network's profile

  • Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the network and to identify changes in the sector served by the network

  • Conduct official correspondence on behalf of the Board as appropriate and jointly with the Board when appropriate

  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other networks to help achieve the goals of the network

  • Ensure facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing with all stakeholders

  • Connect with each individual participant of the network to understand their work, their network, how the network can support the participant and their network in service of shared goals as outlined in the membership agreement, and how the participant and their networks can support and more strongly engage with the network

  • Keep network conversations vibrant and alive

  • Reach out to drifting participants and find creative ways to re-engage them in the network

Resource the Network

  • Work with staff and the Board (Resources and Accountability Committee) to prepare a comprehensive budget

  • Support and lead network fundraising efforts with the Board

  • Work with network members to identify and secure in-kind contributions, including meeting locations, transportation, catering, materials, etc.

  • Actively promote the platform and seek out potential members through the network

  • Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed

  • Administer the funds of the network according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow of the network

  • Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the network

  • Determine staffing requirements for network management

  • Recruit, interview and select staff that have the right technical and personal abilities to help further the network's mission

  • Manage staff as appropriate

ESSENTIAL SKILLS
  • Knowledge and experience of at least 10 years working with agribusiness and particularly smallholder farming in developing countries

  • Strong interpersonal abilities, willingness to cross boundaries and work with diverse people

  • Solid facilitation and presentation skills

  • Exceptional attention to detail, super organized, great time management

  • Dynamic problem solving skills

  • Comfortable with technology

  • Fluency in English (French or Spanish is a plus)

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
  • Deep passion for the mission

  • Personal humility, servant leader, network entrepreneur

  • Knows how to ask for and receive help

  • Proactive, self-starter, loves to take initiative with an urgency to get the job done

  • Understands the big picture and larger context of the work, systems thinker

  • Ability to see all sides of an issue

  • Patient, stays cool under pressure

  • Great sense of humor, ability to see the positive

EDUCATION
  • MSc in economics, agriculture economics, agribusiness, rural development, sustainable management of natural resources or related fields is desired, however all backgrounds (e.g. BSc. and relevant additional experience) will be considered. 

OFFER
  • A salary in line with competitive rates for network leadership and management in a start-up and build-out phase, with bonus structure dependent on KPIs

  • 1 year contract with option to extend (review at the end of year 1)

  • Base location – flexible

  • Working on a global scale, with travel opportunities and links to global agriculture partners 

Applications including a motivation letter and CV in English should be submitted to info@ameaglobal.org before January 25th, 2019 mentioning "Network Director" in the subject title. Any requests for further information can also be sent to info@ameaglobal.org.

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