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VP of Strategy 

adzuna-us  |  United States  |  

United StatesWorth St, TX, 75214
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VP of Strategy

Job Summary The VP, Strategy role will play a key role as a member of Company’s leadership team in influencing the overall vision, direction, and strategy of the organization.

This individual will be asked to oversee multi country programs that could serve as a stepping stone for the organization's development and ensure the coordination of activities across Company’s program portfolio with the end goal of impacting the lives of small-scale farming communities.

Key Responsibilities Develop and coordinate both long- and short-term strategic plans across Company’s programs Guide organization-wide strategic planning, work plan development, monitoring, and decision-making by developing an integrated vision and systems-level approach that maximizes farmer impact at scale Develop annual operating plans and review frameworks for Company's 5-year strategic objectives in coordination with Operations/Finance team Partner with regional strategy leads to align individual projects at the country level with strategic objectives Provide strategic thought leadership by directly and indirectly influencing and regional strategic direction through regular reviews with key stakeholders such as the global and country leadership groups Lead business development and donor relations for new investment opportunities with the goal of maximizing farmer impact Lead global business development efforts to identify or create new agriculture growth opportunities in partnership with the regional business development teams Serve as the primary interface for U.S.

based donors and partners and ensure strong relationship management Diversify and expand donor-based funding by cultivating innovations and donor relations Oversee concept development for new agricultural products, partnerships, and initiatives, including corresponding business models Lead global external communications to raise DG’s profile and advance our principles and values Develop and guide the external communication and advocacy strategy to catalyze business development opportunities, raise Company’s profile, and advocate DG’s principles and values Manage donor reporting with the goal of providing timely and high-quality reports Coordinate external communications activities across the regions and globally in partnership with regionally-based communications teams to effectively communicate our work to influence both internal and external stakeholders Provide forward looking thought leadership on the role of technology and grass roots level programs with a focus on innovation and R&D Support the internal knowledge development and piloting of processes to select and assess new innovations that maximize farmer impact Provide thought leadership around the role of technology and grass roots level programs to maximize farmer impact by contributing to DG’s new initiative FarmStack as well as other new programs Collaborate closely with the Product and Engineering functions to operationalize new initiatives, like FarmStack, into viable opportunities by articulating theories of change, business models and learning agendas while ensuring strategic alignment with Product and Engineering activities Build a community of partners and donors to define and advocate for the adoption of FarmStack / data standards Oversee multi-country programs and new initiatives with a focus on growth for Company Oversee the rollout of Company’s multi-regional projects and initiatives such as the Developing Local Extension Capacity Project Guide the development and coordination of multi-regional projects including managing project activities, budgets, teams, and partners Use multi-regional projects to seed growth opportunities in Asia and Africa Develop the monitoring and evaluation function and the learning agenda in order to maximize small-holder farmer impact Analyze and synthesize lessons and results that can inform opportunities for growth and innovation in Company's agricultural programs by employing sound monitoring, evaluation, and learning methodologies in measuring farmer impact Develop frameworks to support establishing objectives that align program activities with strategy and develop mechanisms to track progress against these at an organizational level Engage internal and external subject matter experts and the MERL team to improve program design, leverage technology and social platforms, and identify new opportunities for growth Oversee research projects to ensure results are rigorous and evidence-based and inform overall strategy Lead the Strategy team and work in partnership with regional strategy teams Build a strong, values-driven strategy function with the goal of creating an innovation-focused, collaborative team environment Mentor and serve as a resource to global and regional strategy teams to ensure alignment with overall strategic goals Provide staff training and career development opportunities anticipating future skill-set needs Institute strong performance management practices to ensure clear goals and accountabilities with a focus on results Qualifications and Experiences Graduate (Masters or higher) degree in relevant field of study 8-10 years of relevant work experience; including 3-5 years of team management experience Prior experience successfully conceiving of, and implementing, an agricultural growth and innovation strategy in an international environment, with a systems-oriented mindset; Demonstrated familiarity with non-profit international development landscape, preferably with hands-on agriculture experience; Experience in using digital technologies in the agriculture context Experience building, partnering and maintaining excellent relationships with a variety of donor organizations, government agencies, corporations, civil society, etc.; Excellence in working effectively with diverse groups, including agricultural technical and program leads Demonstrated initiative and creativity in innovation and problem solving, preferably in rural development Data-driven decision maker that evaluates trade-offs and cost-benefit ratio of multiple options and can zero-in and drive priorities with laser-like focus Experience with multi-location, multi-cultural teams, especially in South Asia and Sub- Saharan Africa Demonstrated experience in leading the design and building of protocols and systems in a startup environment Track record in successfully and effectively managing complex global programs with the ability to leverage strengths across the organization.