The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is a global humanitarian organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church that demonstrates God's love and compassion. ADRA works with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible action.

ADRA International is a religiously qualified Equal Opportunity Employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. As such we have the right to prefer a member of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church in the hiring process. In the event that a qualified SDA candidate is not found, we will give the opportunity to candidates who must understand, respect and honor the mission, purpose, and identity of ADRA International.


The primary responsibility of the Director for Agriculture and Economic Growth is to contribute to the direction of and provide strategic oversight to ADRA's growth and visioning goals for the Agriculture and Economic Growth Unit (AEGU).S/he will lead in the pursuit and vetting of new business opportunities in the areas of agriculture, food security, livelihoods and economic growth; and provide technical leadership for the planning, review, research and implementation of agriculture, livelihoods and economic growth interventions in selected countries.S/he will supervise a team of technical specialists including agriculture/livelihoods junior and senior sector specialists, business development specialists, monitoring and evaluation specialists and others as needed.The Director will work frequently with other Programs team members to promote synergies across units.A key function of the Director will be to work with the Knowledge Management Specialist in the identification and documentation of key ADRA approaches, successes, lessons learned, and best practices.Under the leadership and supervision of the Director, the Agriculture and Economic Growth team will be responsible for producing training manuals, strategies and approaches to be applied to supported programs and the network as applicable.

S/he will work closely with the Senior Director for Programs and Innovations to ensure alignment of priorities and a focus on growth goals.


* Lead in the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the Agriculture and Economic Growth unit.

* Monitor the achievement of that plan through KPIs and other measures, in coordination with other units, and periodically make adjustments based on ADRA's needs and industry trends.

* Establish strategic partnerships with key donors, peer agencies, universities and the private sector.

* Provide direction on the opportunities the AEGU will undertake.

* Supervise a diverse team of technical and business development experts.

* Work closely with the Senior Director for Programs and Innovation to recruit staff needed that will both grow the AEGU and achieve planned goals.

* Maintain effective communication and strong collaboration with other units and other ADRA offices in the network.

* Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with key donor representatives, especially those in the USG.

* Identify, implement and document research to publish, present at relevant fora and share with internal and external partners and agencies.

* Identify and brand key ADRA approaches in agriculture, food security, livelihoods and economic growth, in collaboration with other units as needed.

* Work closely with the Knowledge Management Lead.

* Represent ADRA at domestic and international meetings, to increase the agency's visibility.

* Perform other duties as assigned.


* Advanced university degree in agriculture, economics, agricultural economics, international development, or other related discipline, PhD preferred.

* Work experience in more than one location or area of work, field positions in development countries desirable.

* Expansive knowledge of public and private sector donor trends.

* Extensive knowledge of USG donor processes, regulations, technical priorities and programmatic approaches.

* Minimum of 10+ years of experience in agriculture, livelihoods, and/or economic growth.

* Demonstrated experience in leading and managing complex projects.

* Excellent management, communication and organization skills required.

* Excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to work well under pressure.

* Ability to be visionary and take risks.

* Experience forming strategic alliances/partnerships.

* Strategic decision making skills; identifying key issues and long-term goals/vision.


* Frequent international travel is required, up to 35% of the working year.


Must be able to work in a fast-paced and customer service-oriented environment; to perform duties under pressure and meet deadlines in a timely manner; to work as part of a team as well as to complete assignments independently; to take instructions from supervisors; to exercise problem-solving skills; and to interact with co-workers, supervisors, network employees, donors and the public in a professional and pleasant manner.


Person must be able to perform essential job functions with or without accommodation. Incumbent should be in optimal health for difficult and temporary below-basic living conditions at overseas location and for field travel in general.

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