Director, Corporate Services

African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) Nairobi, Kenya

About the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF)

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF or the Foundation) is an international not-for-profit organisation that facilitates and promotes public/private partnerships to promote food security and enhance livelihoods of smallholder farmers in SSA.  AATF works with African governments, private and public technology owners and developers, NGOs, seed companies, other value chain players and African farmers to identify and access technologies that address farmers’ key problems and empower them through availability of a choice of agricultural innovations that generate wealth and health for their families and communities.

AATF, founded in 2003, with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, is a registered charity under the laws of England and Wales and has host country status with the Government of Kenya as well as an office in Nigeria.
Following a challenging but demonstrably successful first decade and half, AATF now looks forward with pride and confidence to an even more promising and prosperous future for the African farmer.  The Foundation is looking for a Director of Corporate Services (DCS) to join its Senior Management team and help drive the reach and impact of the Foundation in the coming years.

The DCS, reporting to the Executive Director, will be accountable for the delivery of efficient and effective  corporate services (finance, general operations, procurement, logistics and Human Resources), and lead the Foundation’s overall operational support  services.

You can find further details on their website https://www.aatf-africa.org/

Director of Corporate Services Role Profile

  • Develop financial plans and advise senior management and Board of Trustees on the Foundation’s financial strategy and management, including the mitigation of financial risk;
  • Develop and maintain systems of internal control, and advise  senior management and the Board on the provision of assurance services (internal and external audit), manage the Foundation’s liquidity, investments and foreign exchange risks in line with Board-approved policy;
  • Provide support to the Executive Director in implementing the Foundation’s institutional risk assessment framework and risk management policy, with particular attention to business continuity risk;
  • Identify and make recommendations regarding opportunities for improvements in the Foundation’s administrative operations and processes, undertaking new initiatives, implementing corporate operational strategies, establishing of corporate services targets (Balance Score Cards) and monitoring achievement of results;
  • Provide leadership in managing the Foundation’s partnerships with sub-grantees with view to enhancing mutual accountability;
  • Oversee continuous development and implementation of the Foundation’s cost-recovery policy for services provided to other institutions and/or projects. Foster accurate planning, forecasting and reporting of special income;
  • Ensure compliance with human resources policies and strategies, as well as optimal staffing at headquarters and projects;
  • Provide leadership in the management of the entire procurement cycle, and develop and nurture professional relations with local service providers;
  • Contribute substantively to institutional resource mobilization efforts;
  • Take leadership in the proper management and control  of institution’s assets  and  facilities;
  • Ensure that common services and joint arrangements help to contribute to  AATF’s objective of providing efficient and economical  implementation of its activities.

Required Competencies

  • Demonstrated leadership in fostering teamwork; developing and motivating, and mentoring staff to achieve organisational objectives;
  • Superior priority setting skills, with high energy and enthusiasm;
  • Proven track record in innovative thinking and entrepreneurship;
  • Proven fiduciary management, administrative and operations skills consistent with internationally recognized practices  and standards;
  • Track record of providing fiduciary services along the entire project cycle in international organizations, including planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting;
  • Track record of developing and implementing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems in international settings, and superior IT skills;
  • Demonstrated  communications and presentation skills;
  • Demonstrated professional and personal integrity, and ability to nurture  and promote an inclusive and diverse professional environment with uncompromising sensitivity to gender and culture; 
  • Ability to use maturity, tact, diplomacy and discretion in handling sensitive issues.
Qualifications and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance, Economics, or related field;
  • Internationally recognized professional qualification in accounting.


  • At least 10-15  years of senior responsibility in fiduciary management and administration in an international setting, and track record of hands on experience in Africa;
  • Demonstrated leadership in administration and operations in an international environment;
  • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of issues around African agriculture;
  • Strong track record in resource mobilization for development, and excellent understanding of the typology of the RM landscape (development partners, philanthropy, the private sector, and other  stakeholders in Africa).

Language requirements

  • Fluency in English – both written and spoken.
  • Some operational ability in French would be an advantage.

Terms of Appointment

  • This is a full-time position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your English CV in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to [email protected] on or before 28 August 2020. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.
* Please note that this process may be subject to some change.

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