Management Support Officer, Agriculture Sector

  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Full-time
  • Contract type: National employment contract

Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization that applies practical know-how to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply and adapt our top-notch expertise in agriculture, energy and WASH to local contexts. SNV has an annual turnover of €130 million, over 1,250 staff in more than 28 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organization that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence.

In its new Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV will more explicitly aim for systems change during project preparation and implementation - by strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects. We will continue to position ourselves as a premium organization, with decentralized management.

 For more information on our operations in Kenya and SNV generally visit our website:

Job Description

SNV is seeking a dynamic and pragmatic professional to join it’s agriculture sector. As Management Support Officer (MSO) you are responsible for providing executive and administrative support to the Managing Director of the Agriculture sector (MD). You will create optimal conditions for the MD to execute his tasks. The MSO will support the MD in the management cycle within his cluster of countries by collecting, analyzing and flagging management information. The MSO is expected to participate in internal projects and to support the MD by doing desk research, and provide support in project communication and advocacy work. You will take care of complex calendar and logistics management for the MD and Global Sector Coordinators (GSCs), organizing and scheduling (sector) meetings and manage appropriate (confidential) correspondence in a timely manner. You will report directly to the Global Managing Director (MD) for Agriculture.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support the MD in oversight of the country management cycle (Management Agreements, Mid-Year reviews) in the MD’s cluster of countries;
  • Support the MD in organizing and reporting on the steps in the performance cycle (PRDP, PAR) of staff reporting to the MD;
  • Compile and analyse sector management information for the Agriculture sector team;
  • Collect, analyse and interpret information (desk research) for the Agriculture sector team;
  • Draft agendas, make meeting notes, conduct and file email and other correspondence and communications on behalf of the MD;
  • Monitor the Agriculture sector support budget and compile reports to the MD;
  • Deal with queries, prepare documentation for meetings and assist in drafting presentations;
  • Coordinate all travel arrangements (tickets, hotel, visa) for the MD and GSCs;
  • Organize and coordinate meetings (e.g. sector meetings, workshops, events, interviews) on request of the MD;
  • Provide support to specific projects and activities on request of the MD.



  • Graduate (Masters) degree in Public/Business Administration, International Development, International Business or related field;
  • At least 5-7 years of relevant experience in a related position preferably in an international (development) context with good appreciation agriculture sector;
  • Prior experience delivering professional support to senior managers and ability to function in a multi-country/cultural setting that has a global scope
  • High attention to detail with experience in quality assurance processes;
  • Experience with analytical desk research;
  • Pragmatic and pro-active self-starter with a service orientation;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English and preferably French
  • Demonstrate a high level of ethics, professionalism and confidentiality at all time;
  • Practical applied knowledge of office management processes;
  • Profound experience in using MS Office.

Additional Information

NB: Duty Station - Nairobi, Kenya

Contract Type – National (Local) Contract

Contract Details – Open to Kenyan Nationals and Nationals of other countries willing to accept contract type

Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time national position with the successful candidate being contracted on a 2-year basis with the possibility of renewal. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

How to apply

Please submit your application by clicking on “I'M INTERESTED” tab on this page and submitting a cover letter and CV that has details of your three (3) referees via SmartRecruiters on or before 24 May 2019 to be considered for this position. All information will be in the strictest confidence and we will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.

We do not appreciate any commercial mediation based on this advertisement.

NB: Kindly note that SNV Kenya does not require you to undergo any medical test prior to employment. Only shortlisted will be contacted.

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