Director for Agriculture and Economic Growth

ADRA International

About the organization

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.


The primary responsibility of the Director for Agriculture and Economic Growth is to provide strategic oversight to ADRA’s growth and visioning goals for the Agriculture and Economic Growth Unit (AEGU). S/he will lead in the vetting and pursuit 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 and a business development manager.

The Director will work collaboratively with other Programs team members to promote synergies across units. A key function of the role 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.



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

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

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.

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.


Competitive compensation package

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