Program Manager, Seeds Systems and Partnerships


Role Purpose
In pursuit of SFSA’s vision for a better future for smallholder farming:

  • Develop and communicate robust financial management reporting in support of Seeds stream decision-making
  • Institutionalize project management industry standards, methodology, tools and improved ways of working across the global Seeds stream, in line with agreed priorities
  • Prepare and lead financial management reporting for the global Seeds stream budget and externally funded projects, providing recommendations for issues and options
  • Develop analyses/reports/insights which drive the ‘business’ decisions for multiple projects and the stream
  • Oversee the implementation of those decisions / new processes and train where needed
  • Identify potential risks with fact-based financial advice and provide recommendations for risk mitigation
  • Develop cost applications for new proposals to increase external funding to SFSA and initiatives it supports
  • Provide counsel and support to senior management to improve processes proactively, e.g. on data flow, financial processes, project management and ways of working to increase efficiency across SFSA
  • An externally funded project typically involves regular budget realignments across 4-5 SFSA entities, and the management of several subgrantees and consultants
  • Personal engagement with key decision makers of funders like USAID (e.g. negotiate project budgets / realignments and meet donor specific reporting requirements)
  • Personal engagement with external partners in Africa, Asia and the US to strengthen relationships and ensure successful implementation and management of costs
  • Direct influence on project idea creation and direction
  • Key internal interactions with Head Finance, Legal Counsel, Head Communications, Head Partnerships, Stream
  • Leads, and Country Directors

Experience required:

  • Over 5 years’ experience in a commercial organization and/or the non-profit sector operating in international environments, including business planning; experience with SFSA is an advantage
  • The ability to forge strong working relationships with a wide range of public and private partners across the globe to deliver plans for scaling up SFSA business models
  • The ability to influence and work through “virtual” teams, often at great distances
  • The ability to thrive in a demanding and rapidly changing development environment and master the additional challenges of working in emerging markets
  • The ability to demonstrate effective communications and external relations skills
  • The ability to work highly independently
  • Ability to communicate financial information to a non-financial audience
    Minimum education and critical knowledge
  • The position demands a Degree and Masters-level knowledge of business planning, strategic value chain analysis and/or management in the context of emerging economies
  • Strong project management skills, including proficient knowledge of the PM tool (Smartsheet)
  • Excellent English, written and spoken and a good working knowledge of at least one other language of major relevance in agricultural development and cooperation, particularly in SFSA’s spheres of cooperation
  • Strong communication skills; knowledge of how to facilitate results across cultures, often in “virtual” teams
  • A talent for business planning, and a strong desire to develop this further
    Experience To Be Gained
  • Further develop leadership and project management skills
  • Ability to adapt to donor specific reporting standards
  • Enhance negotiation skills for both internal and external effectiveness
  • Experience in presenting externally funded project results to Steering Committees consisting of key decision-makers at partner organizations (funders, implementers, policy makers, private sector, etc.)


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About Syngenta

Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities. To learn more visit www.syngenta.com and www.goodgrowthplan.com.