Job Announcement | Lead Programme Coordinator: Agroecology and Food Rights Programme

Job Announcement


Join our team | Lead Programme Coordinator: Agroecology and Food Rights Programme

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (hbs), a non-profit organization, is part of the global Green movement headquartered in Berlin, Germany, with a footprint in over 30 countries.

The hbs tenets are anchored on ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self-determination and justice. We place particular emphasis on gender democracy, meaning social emancipation and equal rights for all genders.

The hbs Nairobi Office opened in 2001 and focuses on programmes in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania that seek to advance progressive political and socio-economic transformation. Our thematic  components include Sustainable Development, Gender Democracy, Dialogue and Civic Spaces, Agroecology and Food Rights.

To amplify our programme work, we support coordinated civic engagement and political/policy dialogues, research, publications and strategic communication.


Since 2015 the hbs has established the Route to Food Initiative (RTFI). The RTFI contributes towards achieving the right to food in Kenya which is provided for in Article 43 of the Constitution: “Every person has the right to be free from hunger, and to have adequate food of acceptable quality.”  

In collaboration with project partners, networks and by delivering our own activities, we aim to influence the political approach to food security and target avenues related to policy development and implementation. Additionally, the RTFI relies on creative communications and media engagement to anchor discussions about hunger and unaffordable or inadequate food, within a human rights framework.

Working at both national and county level, the initiative promotes agroecology to further the realization of the right to food. From time to time, the programme draws on international linkages with civil society and policy makers in Germany or the European Union, to provide evidence-based policy support and strategic guidance.

Some of our most successful projects include #ToxicBusiness, or the Cha Kula podcast. Some of our partners include the Consumer Grassroots Association who are amplifying consumer perspectives on food safety, the Biodiversity and Biosafety Association Kenya, and the Kenya Parliamentary Human Rights Association who established an ambassadors network to develop county right to food policies.    

Against this background, the hbs office in Nairobi is looking for a full time Lead Programme Coordinator who will be responsible for the development, coordination and management of projects under the Food Rights Programme including the Route to Food Initiative.

We are looking for an experienced and self-motivated individual with a strong background and first-hand expertise in non-profit programme management, political advocacy and strategic communication, ideally with a focus on sustainable agricultural practices and food crisis response.

This is a position based in the hbs office in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Responsibilities / what you will do:

  • Provide political orientation, strategic steering and team leadership to the Food Rights Programme
  • Coordinate the collaborative and coherent implementation of the programme and steer key decision-making processes.. The Lead Programme Coordinator supervises one team member and is expected to work closely alongside the hbs communications team to ensure ongoing visibility of the foundation’s food rights programme work and partners.
  • Actively solicit, review and support the development of partner proposals, as well as conceptualizing and carrying out activities implemented directly by the hbs Food Rights programme team.
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of partner cooperation contracts including a high standard of narrative and financial reporting, monitoring progress and ensuring that activities complement the goal of the programme.
  • Coordination and relationship brokering within government organizations, key political actors, donors, civil society organizations (including relevant NGO networks), private sector and academic institutions relevant to the achievement of hbs programme strategy. Facilitate networking between partners, including through the convening of occasional formal and informal meetings.
  • Administer a programme budget according to basic principles of accounting and the hbs finance policy.

Requirements / what you will bring:

  • Masters Degree in political science, agriculture and applied economics, environment, health, or related fields.
  • At least seven (7) years of professional experience in development cooperation, with at least three (3) years in a leadership position, preferably in the agricultural or environmental sector.
  • A demonstrated aptitude for political advocacy.
  • Technical expertise on sustainable food systems, human rights, and food crisis response. Hands-on experience implementing agro-ecological practices in local communities is considered as an advantage.  
  • An appreciation for gender-based differences in status and power, particularly in food and agriculture, including practical experience in gender analysis and mainstreaming. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to engage with the media on a variety of channels.
  • Experience in producing effective and creative communications materials including packaging content in many formats: from writing blogs to news articles, producing high-quality reports and practical factsheets, shaping speeches and video scripts, developing strong infographics and simple diagrams, as well as creating clear messaging for campaigns.
  • An ability to analyze international processes and the global development discourse with regards to agriculture and food security, whilst being grounded in local debates and realities.
  • An ability to build and nurture positive, professional relationships with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

What we offer:

We offer a challenging, creative and intellectually stimulating career experience as part of a global network of professionals that drive social innovation, transformation and political change. We believe in honoring our staff’s commitment to our work and vision, providing opportunities for the professional and personal growth of our team members. Salary will be based on industry norms commensurate with skill and experience. Benefits include insurance and pension schemes.

Application process: 

Please email your application to ( with the subject line, Application: Lead Programme Coordinator - Food Rights.

Include a detailed CV with at least three references and a short motivation letter. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Published on 09th January 2023. Position remains open until filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.