National Food Reserve Agency is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, or religion/belief.
Chief Executive Officer (FR1) - July 2021

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA), tenable at its Head Office in Kanengo, Lilongwe.  This is a very challenging senior position requiring a mature, astute and honest person with extensive managerial experience.

THE ORGANISATION

National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) is a statutory corporation established in 1999 as a Trust responsible for the management of the country’s Strategic Grain Reserves (SGR).  The Agency has storage facilities in the form of silos in Kanengo, Mzuzu, Mangochi and Luchenza and multipurpose warehouses in Kanengo, Limbe, Bangula and Kazomba.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE JOB

The Chief Executive Officer shall be responsible to the Board of Trustees for the efficient and effective operations of the NFRA.  He/She will have overall responsibility for the management of NFRA and ensure that NFRA’s performance is in line with policies set by the Board and Government.  The incumbent shall lead a multi-disciplinary corporate management team of experts in formulating and implementing short, medium and long term corporate strategic plans.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the general direction of the Board, the CEO’s key responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:-

  1. Providing strategic corporate leadership to a highly motivated team of professionals in the overall planning, directing, coordinating, supervising and controlling of the Agency’s functions for improved management of the SGR.
  2. Ensuring attainment of the objectives of the National Food Reserve Agency Trust deed
  3. Advising Government on grain industry trends and any other effects that have a major bearing on the supply of grain, and where necessary proposing new strategies that would enable the Agency respond effectively to the market environment.
  4. Ensuring that NFRA operates a proper and efficient accounting system in conformity with generally acceptable accounting and financial standards which include timely preparation of the budget plans in line with relevant legal instruments.
  5. Liaising with Government, Development Partners, and other key stakeholders in matters relevant to the grain industry and ensuring that there is continuous monitoring of Quality Assurance programmes and operations activities.
  6. Ensuring growth in the Agencies’ capabilities through among others, development of staff capacities and skills at all levels through the implementation of Human Resources Management Systems and other initiatives.
  7. Formulating and implementing NFRA’s strategic and business plans and aligning them with Government policies, processes and instruments.
  8. Managing the Agency’s revenue and expenditure to ensure adherence to policy, regulations, systems and procedures in order to attain and demonstrate good corporate governance.
  9. Implementing Board policy decisions and reporting to the Board on the overall performance of the Agency.
  10. Any other relevant duties as may be assigned by the Board and Government from time to time.

 

REQUIRED ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  1. A proven Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture (Crop Science, General Agriculture) by National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), and a
  2. Master’s degree in either of the following fields Agriculture, Business Administration (MBA)
  3. Minimum of 10 years proven leadership and management experience at increasing level of seniority and responsibility. Those with experience in the post-harvest storage management will have an added advantage.

 

COMPETENCES AND ATTRIBUTES

The ideal candidate for the position must:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of good cooperate governance
  2. Have experience in Government procedures.
  3. Have good leadership and team building skills
  4. Be results oriented
  5. Be able to adapt to a dynamic working environment
  6. Be decisive, self-motivated and assertive
  7. Have excellent communication (writing and presentation) and interpersonal skills
  8. Be of high integrity, honest and have excellent negotiating skills.

 

REMUNERATION PACKAGE

The successful candidate shall be offered a performance related contract for a period of three (3) years with an attractive salary, benefits and gratuity packages commensurate with seniority of the position and qualifications of the candidate.

 

METHOD OF APPLICATION

NFRA is an equal opportunity organization.

Eligible candidates meeting the required qualifications and experience should submit their application which should include an abridged Curriculum Vitae (CV), copies of academic and professional certificates and contacts of three traceable referees not later than 30th July 2021 to the following address:-

 

The Comptroller of Statutory Corporations,

Capital Hill, New Building, Ground Floor,

P.O. Box 30061,

Capital City,

Lilongwe 3.

 

Only shortlisted candidates shall be acknowledged and Government Policy on Retirement shall apply.

 

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