The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is the apex continental organization responsible for coordinating and advocating for agricultural research for development (AR4D). FARA serves as the technical arm of the Africa Union Commission and the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD on matters concerning agriculture science, technology, and innovation. In this capacity, FARA served as the lead institution for the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) workstream on agriculture research, technology dissemination and adoption (Pillar IV). FARA currently serves as convenor of CAADP’s technical network on research and extension and coordinates the operationalization of the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa.

Established in 2002 and headquartered in Accra, Ghana, FARA provides a platform for stakeholders in Africa’s agricultural research and innovation to dialogue, network, form partnerships, and engage in collective actions, to respond to opportunities and challenges confronting the continent’s agriculture and food systems. In addition, FARA articulates Africa’s position in global agriculture research and innovation forums such as the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and other related fora such as the UNFSS, COP etc.


The objective of this assignment is to engage an individual who will provide strategic leadership and management to achieve FARA’s mission. He/she will develop and maintain strategic relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders (policymakers, National Agricultural Research and Extension Institutions, farmers, private sector, NGOs, universities, sub-regional organizations, CGIAR, development partners, etc.) that FARA partners with and relies on to achieve its goals.
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