The AgroEcology Fund is Hiring a Program Director and Communications Lead

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Program Director Job (Consultancy) 

The AgroEcology Fund (AEF) is a multi-donor fund supporting agroecological practices and policies. The Fund aims to support viable food systems, promote the economic well-being and human rights of small farmers and their communities, and mitigate climate change through low input agriculture featuring sustainable soil and water use. It links organizations and movements that advance agroecological solutions locally, regionally and globally.

 
The person holding the Program Director position (a new position) will be responsible for overseeing AEF's monitoring, evaluation and learning system, being a core contributor in resource mobilization efforts (principally proposal and report writing) and overseeing AEF’s annual grant cycle. AEF is a small and dynamic organization with ample opportunity for leadership. Excellent opportunity to work with agroecology movement to amplify agroecology around the world. 
 
Responsibilities:
 
Grantee Accompaniment and Monitoring and Evaluation
·     Responsible for monitoring and evaluation with grantees – both past and present 
·     Orient/welcome new grantees to AEF and clarify outcomes sought with AEF support
·     Gather and synthesize grantee reports 
·     Conduct occasional site visits 
·     Maintain monitoring database of grant impacts
·     Produce annual synthesis of AEF aggregate impact
·     Monitor progress, facilitate progress on strategic plan and organize strategic planning reflection discussions as needed, including face-to-face gatherings 
·     (Approximate time allocation – 35%)

Learning
·     Distill and summarize learnings on a regular basis for use in fundraising and advocacy
·     Staff a Learning Working Group among grantees, advisors and donors
·     Facilitate learning amongst grantees, including 3x/year webinars and every three year learning exchange
·     Conduct donor education webinars 3x/year
·     (Approximate time allocation – 10%)

Resource Mobilization and Donor Relations
·     Share donor outreach responsibilities with Executive Director, e.g., represent AEF at conferences
·     Support ED in ongoing relationships with existing donors
·     Operate as primary contact for small portfolio of donors
·   Develop content and work with Communications Coordinator to develop reports and proposals to existing donors and proposals to solicit new funding
·   Contribute content for annual report
·   (Approximate time allocation – 25%)

Grantmaking
·     Responsible for organizing overall process, from nominations to final docket approval
·     (Approximate time allocation – 20%)

Communications
·     Draw content from monitoring inputs for reports, proposals and publications, including web
·     Work closely with Communications Lead
·     (Approximate time allocation – 10%) 
 
Essential Qualifications and Experience:
·   Passion for grassroots-led food system transformation
·   Passion for mobilizing resources in support of a global agroecology movement
·   Previous experience in coordinating monitoring, evaluation and learning processes (MEL)
·   Previous experience in writing fundraising proposals and reports to funders
·   Previous experience in grant-making
·   Previous experience in project management
·   Interest in deepening fundraising skills
·   Strong writing skills in English 
·   Excellent interviewing and synthesis skills
·   Experience working with social movement actors
·   Ability to travel approximately 3 to 5 weeks per year
·    If not located in U.S., ability to work with team virtually in U.S. Eastern Standard Time
 
Desired Qualifications and Experience:
·   Familiarity with maintaining a monitoring database a plus
·   Published articles for non-academic media a plus
·   Ability to produce camera-ready copy in English a plus
·   Website copy-writing and multi-media skills a plus
·   Previous experience working with agroecology movement a plus
·    Spanish and/or French a plus
 
This is a part-time consultant position, approximately 3 - 4 days per week position (benefits not included). Year-by-year contract for now, with some possibility that this will evolve into staff position in future.
·     Compensation dependent on experience
·     Location negotiable – may work virtually
·      Women and people of color strongly encouraged to apply
 
To apply, send cover letter, CV and writing sample to: agroecologyfund@gmail.com. The AgroEcology Fund is lightly staffed; no calls please.
 
Job posted June 3, 2019. Applications due by July 1, 2019.
 

Communications Lead

The AgroEcology Fund (AEF) is a multi-donor fund supporting agroecological practices and policies. The Fund aims to support viable food systems, promote the economic well-being and human rights of small farmers and their communities, and mitigate climate change through low input agriculture featuring sustainable soil and water use. It links organizations and movements that advance agroecological solutions locally, regionally and globally.
 
The person holding the Communications Lead position (a new position) will form part of a team implementing AEF's communications strategy and be responsible for producing AEF's communication products. AEF is a small and dynamic organization with ample opportunity for leadership. Excellent opportunity to work with agroecology movement to amplify agroecology around the world. 
 
Responsibilities:
·     Write, edit and produce AEF communications products - proposals, reports, articles, blogs, multi-media and more 
·     Work with grantees to obtain excellent content from the field to inform AEF communication products
·     Write web copy and be point of contact for back-end web designer
·     Write blogs and photo essays for website (approximately one per month)
·     Pitch and write two articles or op-eds per year for publication
·      Work with social media team
 
Essential Qualifications and Experience:
·   Passion for grassroots-led food system transformation
·   Passion for communicating about successes, challenges and opportunities of agroecology movements around the world
·   Previous experience in writing fundraising proposals and reports to funders
·   Previous experience in writing and producing thematic reports
·   Previous experience in pitching and writing articles for publication
·   Previous experience in website writing
·   Excellent writing skills in English 
·   Excellent interviewing and synthesis skills
·   Experience working with social movement actors
·    If not located in U.S., ability to work with team virtually in U.S. Eastern Standard Time
 
Desired Qualifications and Experience:
·   Published articles for non-academic media
·   Previous writing on food systems topics
·   Produced annual report
·   Experience with multi-media production
·   Excellent proof-reading skills
·   Previous experience working within agroecology movement 
·    Spanish and/or French skills - spoken and/or written
 
This is a part-time consultant position (benefits not included) - approximately one to two days per week. Year-by-year contract for now, with some possibility that this will evolve into staff position in future.
·     Compensation dependent on experience
·     Location negotiable – may work virtually
·      Women and people of color strongly encouraged to apply
 
To apply, send cover letter, CV and writing sample to: agroecologyfund@gmail.com. The AgroEcology Fund is lightly staffed; no calls please.
 
Job posted June 3, 2019. Applications due by July 1, 2019.