Announcement: Seeking professional coaches

4th June 2021

USAID Policy LINK is seeking applications from interested professional coaches for the inaugural Advanced Leadership Programme of the Centre for African Leaders in Agriculture (CALA).

The Advanced Leadership Programme for Africa’s Food Security and Sustainability is a collaborative, hands-on, tailored learning experience for established and emerging leaders in the African agriculture sector. The programme will support leaders in government, the private sector, and civil society to deliver transformative sector initiatives.

The 16-month highly selective programme will be offered through the Centre for African Leaders in Agriculture (CALA), an initiative of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) supported by the German Development Cooperation through KfW Development Bank, and will be co-implemented by the African Management Institute (AMI) and USAID’s Policy LINK.

The programme will support up to 160 sector leaders to cultivate collaborative leadership skills for Africa’s food security and sustainability.  The program start date for the first cohort is August 2021.

Participants will be selected from sector leaders in the public sector, private sector, and civil society (associations or civil society organizations) working to advance national priorities in the following countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

To support this program, we are seeking professional coaches residing in the eight countries listed above to provide:

  • Executive coaching to Permanent Secretary-level participants
  • Team coaching for country cohorts of participants

Coaches will be working in their respective countries with participants who are also based there.

Applicants may be selected for one or both types of coaching based on experience and interest.

All coaching is expected to be carried out virtually, at least initially.


Application instructions

Interested applicants are asked to complete this application including upload of 3 references and coaching CV. The application deadline is June 7th.  Short-listed applicants will be invited to a one-hour virtual information session on the program to be held in late June.

Successful candidates will have:

  • At least 300 hours of coaching experience over at least 5 years
  • An international coaching certification, e.g., COMPENSA, ICF, ACF
  • Experience with team/group coaching
  • Work with public, private, and development sector top-level leaders

Familiarity and experience working with the agricultural sector are highly desired.

If you have any questions, please contact LINKrecruitment@dai.com


About Policy LINK




The five-year (2019 – 2024) USAID-funded Feed the Future Policy LINK program strengthens the capacity of local actors and institutions to lead and manage the agricultural transformation process and contribute effectively and collectively to improved, broad-based food security policy outcomes.

Specifically, the program aims to strengthen food security policy systems by investing in and reinforcing productive human and social capital and developing strategic partnerships that help bring these innovations and capacity investments to scale in order to achieve a critical mass of local actors with the ability and opportunity to effect positive policy change through collective action.

About AMI

AMI enables ambitious businesses and leaders across Africa to thrive, through practical tools and training. We equip leaders with tools to build their business, help companies train their teams and run work readiness programmes for young people starting their careers. AMI’s programmes combine online and mobile tools with interactive workshops and on-the-job practice and support. During the COVID period AMI is delivering fully virtual programming across the continent.

AMI has worked with a range of businesses and organisations to support entrepreneurs and managers build and grow their businesses across Africa including Uber, Nestle, Radisson Blu, Mastercard Foundation, USAID, Shell Foundation and Equity Bank. AMI has directly trained over 35,000 people in over 39 countries.

AMI has offices in Nairobi, Kenya, Kigali, Rwanda, and Johannesburg, South Africa.

For more information on AMI visit: www.africanmanagers.org

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