Farm Africa Career Vacancy : Project Administrative Assistant in Kenya June 2017


Farm Africa Job Recruitment : Project Administrative Assistant in Kenya June 2017


Farm Africa Job Vacancy : Project Administrative Assistant in Kenya June 2017

  • Company: Farm Africa
  • Location: Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya
  • State: Nairobi
  • Job type: Full-Time
  • Job category: Administrative/Secretarial Jobs in Kenya

Farm Africa focuses on transforming agriculture. We help farmers to increase their harvests, protect the environment and sell their produce in thriving markets. By providing support, training in effective farming methods and links to markets, we help to build more profitable farming businesses so that whole communities can lift themselves out of poverty. Farm Africa is different. We are a specialist practitioner, focusing on four east African countries and concentrating only on farming. Our 170 staff on the ground are highly qualified east African experts with a deep understanding of the region. Sustainability We promote ‘climate-smart’ approaches so farmers can manage their natural resources sustainably, become more resilient to climate change and build long-term food security. Practical approach Our mix of agricultural innovation and training in effective marketing skills equips farmers to grow and earn more. Through business training and setting up farmers’ groups, they can get a higher price for their crops, and by learning how to process and store their produce they reduce waste and have more crop to sell. We’re also piloting mobile technology as a cost effective and efficient way of reaching the largest number of farmers possible. Spreading knowledge Farm Africa tests new farming techniques and technologies and trains farmers how to use them. Success breeds success – once trained, farmers pass on their new-found knowledge to others, ensuring our work has an impact well beyond our projects. By testing farming approaches in the region’s various soils and climates, the evidence we collect is more robust and the techniques we spread are proven to work.


The Project Administrative Assistant, based in Nairobi, will form an integral part of Farm Africa’s Kenya Market-led Aquaculture Programme (KMAP). The project aims to increase the level and quality of fish production, trade and increase overall consumption of cultured fish in Kenya.

Reporting Corporate Services Manager, the Project Administrative Assistant will ensure and will provide administrative & procurement support to the Nairobi office team and KMAP Project.

This position requires a highly motivated person who is capable of working flexibly to ensure the highest possible results for the Farm Africa Kenya team. S/he will have experience in administration and good procurement practice preferably within an non-governmental organisation. High competency in time management, communication and IT skills are essential to this role.


The Project Administrative Assistant will focus on the following to support the Kenya Country office team and the smooth implementation of the KMAP:

a) Administration

  • Supervise implementation of administrative services and contracts, and verify service providers’ invoices before submission to accounts for payment.
  • Pro-actively assist the administrative assistant in providing creative solutions to resolve logistical problems and concerns in collaboration with the various stakeholders.
  • Conduct routine and periodic audits to ensure the projects offices have the following and well maintained – First aid kits, security, fire extinguishers, etc. Report areas of
  • Support on HR Induction and Leave management.
  • To maintain comprehensive and up-to-date fleet and administrative records.
  • Assist the corporate services manager in filling documents.

b) Procurement

  • Responsible for procuring and securing the best quotations for purchase of all company items.
  • Review and update list of pre-qualified suppliers for goods and services and ensure that all suppliers have valid contracts.
  • Procurement of goods and non-HR services for the Hub Office and all projects in conformity with Farm Africa’s financial procedures manual and donor requirements; in
    liaison with the programmes and finance teams.
  • Preparation of procurement requests forms for the country office and verifying those from the field before processing, ensuring they comply with the Farm Africa
    procurement procedures.
  • Reviewing all bid analysis’ before processing.
  • Review project decision statements and quotations.
  • Prepare LPOs and ensure that they are fully signed before giving to suppliers to offer services.
  • Ensure procurement records are processed and maintained in compliance with accepted policies and procedures, which meet both internal and statutory reporting
  • Regularly evaluate suppliers to ensure that records are maintained, timely deliveries and ensure all turnaround and timelines are met.
  • In consultation with the Logistics officer in Nairobi, to ensure that office supplies (equipment and stationery) are promptly requisitioned and supplied
  • Ensure value for money when making purchases

c) Assets Management

  • Updating the asset register for the country office and projects.
  • Physical verification of all assets allocated to staff and ensure that they are correctly tagged.
  • Maintain an accurate record of equipment borrowed by staff members for use outside the Country Office (e.g. laptops, digital cameras, projectors).
  • Assist with the disposal of assets as required in accordance with Farm Africa policies.

Other responsibilities

  • Form part of, the Farm Africa Kenya Country Team and contribute to the overall
    development of the Farm Africa mission.
  • Undertake tasks as requested by the KMAP and Nairobi office senior team.


Education, qualifications & other knowledge

  • Degree in Business Administration or related field
  • Certificate of good conduct


  • Professional qualification in procurement/ supply chain management preferred
  • Projects Management



  • At least 2 years experience in administrative work and procurement
  • At least 2 years experience in procurement
  • Experience in HR is a plus but not a must

Skills & abilities

Computer literacy in MS-Office, Word, Excel,
Speak English and Swahili.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a CV and one page covering letter detailing how you meet the person specification to by 5pm on Thursday 22nd June 2017.

Farm Africa is an equal opportunity employer. Women are encouraged to apply.

Please note CV’s will be reviewed as they are received and only shortlisted applicants will be contacted