Key Account Manager- Africa

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 07 April 2021
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 30 April 2021


CABI is an international not-for-profit organization that improves peopleโ€™s lives by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. CABI is an intergovernmental organization that can trace its origins back to 1910. Our 50 member countries guide and influence our core areas of work, which include International Development and Publishing.

We have over 500 staff based in 16 countries. We have offices in Brazil, China, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, the UK, the USA and Zambia.

CABIโ€™s Knowledge Business

CABI produces key scientific publications, including CAB Abstracts โ€“ the world-leading abstracting and indexing database covering applied life sciences. We also publish multimedia compendia, books, eBooks and full text electronic resources aiming to further science and its application to real life. CABI invests its publishing surpluses directly into development projects, helping to improve livelihoods worldwide.

International Development projects and research

Through knowledge sharing and science, CABI helps address issues of global concern such as improving global food security and safeguarding the environment. We do this by helping farmers grow more and lose less of what they produce, combating threats to agriculture and the environment from pests and diseases, protecting biodiversity from invasive species, and improving access to agricultural and environmental scientific knowledge.

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Purpose of the role:

The KAM Africa will coordinate and be responsible for CABIs fund raising efforts from local donor desks in Africa, in alignment with CABIโ€™s strategic donor (Key Account) needs and opportunities. Reporting to the CABI Africa Regional Director, this new role will work closely with CABIโ€™s KAM team and senior programme staff to increase engagement with and grow funding from the local delegations of CABIโ€™s key bilateral and multilateral donors. Through the adoption of strategic account management processes, a collaborative approach will be taken in order to develop and win funding opportunities.

The KAM Africa will play a key role in expanding CABIโ€™s international development portfolio in Africa, supporting the engagement of senior CABI staff with its funders, and growing the funding pipeline for CABIโ€™s main programmes and initiatives in Africa.

Key accountabilities:

ยท Identify, recommend and win support for funding opportunities which reflect and respond to local demand.

ยท Identify, establish and maintain a network of contacts within local delegations, in particular those in the focus countries for key donors.

ยท In conjunction with CABIโ€™s annual donor action plans, adopt strategic account management processes to significantly grow CABIโ€™s project portfolio in Africa.

ยท Identify local donor desk needs and how these align with CABIs goals and objectives.

ยท Systematically cultivate connections and work collaboratively towards funding proposals, ensuring relationships are managed professionally in order to develop profitable and growing business.

ยท Ensure representation of CABI at relevant events, to raise CABIโ€™s profile and seek opportunities for engagement, building relationships with key and prospective funders and collaborators, including opportunities to act as a sub-contractor where direct funding is not possible.

ยท Assist colleagues with presentation opportunities to opinion leaders and decision makers within Key Accounts.

ยท Record market knowledge and competitive position through active maintenance of the organisational Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. Manage archiving of key documentation, including funding agreements in CABIโ€™s institutional repository (SharePoint).

ยท Work with colleagues within the commercial department to plan and implement tactical marketing activities.

ยท Undertake regular personal visits to customers, partners and collaborators.


The appointed candidate will have extensive experience at senior level in business development coordination and a proven track record in identifying key opportunities for new business development in Africa. Working alongside colleagues in CABIโ€™s International Development and Commercial departments, s/he will develop and implement plans to grow CABIโ€™s funding pipeline, thereby contributing to the achievement of CABIโ€™s overall operational and strategic objectives.


ยท Experience working with African government departments / in government sector, ideally in a fund-raising or project implementation capacity.

ยท Experience in a cross-cultural and multidisciplinary team environment, for example in an international organisation, International NGO or multinational company.

ยท Experience working with private sector .


ยท Academic and/or business development background, relevant to fund raising in agriculture and the environment;

ยท Masterโ€™s degree or equivalent from a reputable university;

ยท Demonstrable experience in successful business development with either development agencies, funding bodies, academia and/or private sector in Africa;

ยท Fluency required in spoken and written English and French. Knowledge of Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic will be an added advantage;

ยท Computer literacy required, fluent with MS packages and CRM systems.

Personal Characteristics

ยท Excellent interpersonal, communication, negotiation and presentational skills - articulate, persuasive and confident;

ยท Good networker, focused on building excellent professional relationships and client management;

ยท A collaborative team-player who can work across a matrixed environment;

ยท Professional and business oriented: understanding need for financial returns on mission-driven project delivery;

ยท Both agile and organized: able to plan and meet objectives and to prioritise and deliver against deadlines;

ยท Flexible, pragmatic and ambitious, with an eagerness to learn;

ยท Ability to undertake international travel, up to 15 weeks pa

This vacancy is archived.

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