Agribusiness Adviser Jobs In Kenya – British High Commission


A2L Agribusiness / Private Sector Development Adviser Job at British High Commission

Starting Salary: Ksh 490,604 per month before tax

DFID Background
The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty, building a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for all of us which is firmly in the UK’s national interest. DFID is ending the need for aid by creating jobs, unlocking the potential of girls and women and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit.

This vacancy is for a PSD Adviser, specializing in agribusiness, to be part of the DFID Kenya Sustainable Economic Development (SED) section based in the Nairobi office. The PSD Adviser will report to the Head of SED. It is a staff position at A2L level and subject to local terms and conditions and security clearance.

Agribusiness Adviser Job Specific Responsibilities

The Agribusiness / PSD Adviser will be responsible for, inter alia:

  • Providing technical leadership on a markets access programme. This work will focus on enhancing large scale, sustainable, inclusive growth through developing the agriculture, livestock, diary and seeds markets. It will focus on value addition and processing to increase the commercial productivity in, and competitiveness and export potential of, these sectors.
  • Collaborating across DFID Kenya in order to drive forward the DFID Kenya 2016-2020 strategy (aka ‘business plan’). It will involve identifying and maximizing linkages/synergies with other sections, in particular Social Protection, and providing cross-cutting advice on office priorities in the areas of youth, digital, and leaving no-one behind, particularly in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) in northern Kenya. In particular, how DFID Kenya can best support transformation from low to high productivity through private sector investment accumulation, improved trade in value added agribusiness (which includes the livestock market), on and off farm jobs etc.
  • Applying a rigorous approach to M&E and communications to determine what works, what doesn’t and sharing those findings in the wider ecosystem.
  • It will involve ensuring the right data is collected, analysed and disseminated; and the right stakeholders are identified, engaged and influenced. This could include working with Government (e.g. Ministry of Industry, Investment and Trade); private sector/associations (e.g. KEPSA, international chambers, agribusiness/agro-processing firms and investors); donors/groups (e.g. FAO/USAID/IFIs); the DFID Accountability & Results Team and Communications Team based in the Nairobi office; and other UK government teams (e.g. FCO, UKTI, Prosperity Fund).
  • Contributing to, and representing, the DFID Kenya SED team in different ways including supporting other existing programmes, new programme design, fulfilling our role as part of the British High Commission in Nairobi, harnessing the benefits of DFID centrally managed programmes operating in Kenya and working on broader initiatives.
  • At the outset, a learning and development plan will be established with the PSD Adviser, part of which will include the PSD Adviser investing time in, and benefiting from, DFID PSD professional cadre related activities.

Requirements for Agribusiness Adviser Job

To apply you will need to possess a minimum of:

  • Master’s degree in agriculture, business administration, public administration, finance, economics, development studies or another directly relevant field.
  • 7-10 years professional work experience in agribusiness / PSD. Direct on the ground experience with the private sector is extremely valuable; so is demonstrating strong M&E and communication skills for bringing about change. Having worked for a significant time in Kenya and closely with development partners is advantageous but not a requirement.


  • Civil service competencies: the ability to see the big picture; change and improve; make effective decisions; lead and communicate; collaborate and partner; build capability for all; achieve commercial outcomes; deliver value for money; manage a quality service; and deliver at pace. More information is available at the following link –
  • A good understanding of PSD Adviser ‘primary technical’ competencies:
  • The “making market systems work” paradigm; the role of government, private sector and other players in private sector led growth; and public policy formulation and implementation.
  • The contribution of the private sector to employment, economic growth, tax revenue and poverty reduction; public/private dialogue in developing policy; and the contribution of the private sector to improve equity and reducing vulnerability.
  • The contribution of the private sector to social and economic outcomes; business management, administration functions and corporate strategy; and the nature of entrepreneurship and how this can be developed.
  • In-depth knowledge of PSD Adviser ‘specialist technical’ competency in market development:
    For example, knowledge/application of market-based and sub-sectoral research tools (e.g. value chain analysis); how to identify sectors in developing economies that are likely to have the greatest impact on growth, employment and poverty reduction; international supply chains and marketing, and opportunities for and constraints on, participation.
  • Demonstrate passion, commitment, humility, positivity, flexibility and standards of excellence.


How to Apply

  • The candidate must complete and send the application form to [email protected] with a copy of their most recent CV. The reference “KEN/002” must be clearly indicated in the subject line of the email. Failure to follow the outlined procedure may result in the application not being considered. The closing date for the vacancy is 12:00 pm on 09 August 2016. If no response has been received after 2 weeks from the closing date, consider the application as unsuccessful.