Job by Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency May 2024

Position:                          Senior Project Officer II – Input Production & Supply Entrepreneurship Officer

Term of Employment:   One year with possible extension

Duty Station(s):              Oromia (Based in Addis Ababa), Bahir Dar, Mekelle, and Hawassa.

Required Number:         Oromia (1), Amhara (1), Tigray (1) and SNNP (1) 

Application Deadline:    May 19, 2024

Please Note: ‘’PLEASE MENTION THE SPECIFIC DUTY STATION/LOCATION THAT YOU ARE APPLYING FOR, BUT IF YOU DON’T MENTION THE SPECIFIC LOCATION YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED”

    “We highly encourage competent FEMALE Candidates.”

BACKGROUND: 

The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Institute (ATI) is a strategy and delivery-oriented government Institute created to help accelerate the growth and transformation of the country’s agriculture sector. The ATI envisions to be the leading center of innovative solutions for the transformation of Ethiopian Agriculture by 2030.

The Institute focuses on two primary national approaches to catalyze agricultural transformation. First, we support the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), its affiliate institutions, and other partners to identify and address systemic bottlenecks within an Agricultural Transformation Agenda. Second, we support Regional Governments to accelerate the development of high-priority commodity value chains in clearly defined geographic clusters, through the Agricultural Commercialization Clusters (ACC) Initiative.

Our major activities include conducting strategic and analytical studies, providing technical implementation support, coordinating platforms to better integrate partners and projects, and designing and directly leading a number of implementation projects. Our headquarters are in Addis Ababa, and we have regional offices in Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, Sidama, South-West, and Tigray regional offices, allowing us to work closely with a wide range of public, private, and development sector partners across the country.

 Our Culture

We have an exceptional team of highly competent employees with a proven track record of success in managing complex activities and achieving transformational results.  Our culture is one where talented, dedicated and adaptable individuals are committed to doing their best and exhibit great teamwork to achieve excellent results. 

At ATI, we provide an exceptional platform for people who want to achieve their highest potential and make a meaningful contribution in changing the country’s agricultural sector.  We offer rewarding work in a young, fast-paced growing organization with passionate, committed, motivated colleagues and excellent career development and training.  We recognize our most valuable assets are our staff and are committed to providing our employees with the tools, training and mentorships necessary to achieve their career goals

Program and position summary

ATI has designed a program called “Agriculture-focused Dignified Employment for Youth in Ethiopia” (ADEY) to address challenges of young women and men unemployment and increase their participation in the labor market, particularly in the agriculture sector. ATI has mainstreamed youth employment, gender equality, climate-smart, and nutrition-sensitive agriculture in all its programs and projects with the primary objectives of increasing access to sustainable and inclusive job opportunities for youth, inclusivity, and the sustainable use of natural resources while building resilience capacities to shocks at all levels.

ATI, among others, currently works with more than 3 million smallholder farmers (540,300 are women and youth) engaged in the Agricultural Commercialization Clusters (ACC) and digital agriculture programs designed to improve smallholder farmers’ production and productivity while supporting other actors along the value chain.

Taking ATI’s reputable experience, ADEY program was designed to create inclusive and dignified employment opportunities for over six hundred thousand youths in ACC regions and Somali. The program will focus on several streams such as agriculture and Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to strengthen access to agricultural input and output markets and finance; improve the competitiveness of youth-owned MSMEs through capacity-building activities; enhance the skills and mindsets of young women and men through technical and business skill development and create an enabling environment for employment opportunities through policy interventions. Like ACC, ADEY will operate along commodity value chains, largely using ACC infrastructures and complement the different ACC outcomes in general and outcome and outcome four (engagement of women and youth) in particular. The project on seed production, processing, and marketing and other seed sector value chains will be implemented in seven regions (Oromia, Amhara, Tigray, Sidama, South Ethiopia, Southwestern Ethiopia, central Ethiopia). Specifically, employment opportunities for youth, predominantly young women, will focus on youth engagement in seed production, processing and marketing, and supporting them in business networking.

 Position Summary

The regional senior project officer II (SPO-II) will be responsible for implementing and coordinating the overall interventions planned in ADEY program. He/she will work at the regional Agricultural Transformation Center and strive to achieve its planned objectives with measurable outcomes. To achieve this, he/she will be responsible for planning, implementation, monitoring/supervision, and coaching of interventions implemented with other local partners in the region. He/she will be responsible for data collection, reporting, documentation, and sharing of lessons, as per the ATI and donor standards. .

He/she will report to the regional program manager. He/she will closely work with all ACC and staff other ADEY staff. Besides, He/she will closely work in collaboration with the Regional Bureaus of Agriculture, Bureau of Labor and Skills, Cooperative Promotion Agencies, and ADEY program implementing partners, under the guidance of the program manager.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Proactively assess, identify and promote potential and viable agri-business ideas in seed production and marketing sector for youth employment, predominantly young women.
  • Facilitate to formation of youth groups to engage them in different agribusiness activities, particularly input production, processing and value addition, and marketing.
  • Establish strong linkages and collaboration with key partners and stakeholders to effectively implement program activities in the region.
  • Provide technical advice and guidance to youth beneficiaries in the process of agri-business planning and development.
  • Provide technical support to agri-entrepreneurs to help them improve their business and organizational management skills.
  • In collaboration with other staff, develop and ensure proper use of technical guidelines and training materials for capacity development of local partners and youth beneficiaries.
  • Plan, implement, and monitor cost driver activities, and produce and submit quality reports to the regional program manager.
  • Provide policy and technical support to service providers, including private sectors and government agencies, to play roles in promoting and strengthening agricultural input business development by youths. 
  • Facilitate the formation and functioning of youth advisory groups in collaboration with key regional partners.
  • Facilitate linkages of youth groups and enterprises to markets, different service providers, input suppliers aggregation centers.
  • Support and advise youths on standard requirements and procedures of business registration, agri-investment, revenue and tax administration, and access to finance.
  • Ensure gender and safeguarding are mainstreamed in the grain production and processing business activities.
  • Closely support and work with young women groups, associations, cooperatives and offices of women affairs to ensure participation and benefits of the young women. 

Job Requirements

  • Minimum of master’s degree in Seed Science/Agronomy, Agricultural Economics, Agri-business, Rural Development, business management and related field of studies.
  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience and at least 8 years’ work experience in designing and implementing projects on youth employment in agricultural value chains
  • Very good knowledge and experience of the Ethiopian Agricultural system in general and input supply system in particular.
  • Extensive experience in identifying, forming, and supporting different models of agri-business, preferably in seed business.
  • Strong technical skills and knowhow agricultural input production, processing, value addition and marketing.
  • Very good knowledge and skill and in business training: skill development training, agricultural input business development, and entrepreneurship.
  • Extensive experience in implementation n and management of donor-funded projects.
  • Very good experiences in multistakeholder collaboration and partnership.
  • Very good skills in business plan development and business advisory services for and entrepreneurship development.
  • Strong analytical capabilities, problem-solving, and reporting skills.
  • Ability and willingness to work under pressure and deliver quality results. Strong teamwork skills.
  • Proficiency in computer and internet-based communication tools. .
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in English and Amharic, and knowledge of the regional language is required.

How to Apply

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

We invite all candidates meeting the required qualifications to submit (i) a cover letter and (ii) a CV (maximum 5 pages) to https://apply.ata.gov.et

It is mandatory to mention the position title under the subject line of your cover letter.

Please DO NOT submit scans of certificates with your application.

NB. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 

Position:                           Senior Project Officer II – Horticulture Production and Processing Entrepreneurship Officer

Term of Employment:   One year with possible extension

Duty Station(s):              Oromia (Based in Addis Ababa), Bahir Dar, Mekelle, and Hawassa.

Required Number:         Oromia (1), Amhara (1), Tigray (1) and SNNP (1) 

Application Deadline:    May 19, 2024

Please Note: ‘’PLEASE MENTION THE SPECIFIC DUTY STATION/LOCATION THAT YOU ARE APPLYING FOR, BUT IF YOU DON’T MENTION THE SPECIFIC LOCATION YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED”

    “We highly encourage competent FEMALE Candidates.”

BACKGROUND: 

 The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Institute (ATI) is a strategy and delivery-oriented government Institute created to help accelerate the growth and transformation of the country’s agriculture sector. The ATI envisions to be the leading center of innovative solutions for the transformation of Ethiopian Agriculture by 2030.

The Institute focuses on two primary national approaches to catalyze agricultural transformation. First, we support the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), its affiliate institutions, and other partners to identify and address systemic bottlenecks within an Agricultural Transformation Agenda. Second, we support Regional Governments to accelerate the development of high-priority commodity value chains in clearly defined geographic clusters, through the Agricultural Commercialization Clusters (ACC) Initiative.

Our major activities include conducting strategic and analytical studies, providing technical implementation support, coordinating platforms to better integrate partners and projects, and designing and directly leading a number of implementation projects. Our headquarters are in Addis Ababa, and we have regional offices in Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, Sidama, South-West, and Tigray regional offices, allowing us to work closely with a wide range of public, private and development sector partners across the country.

Our Culture

We have an exceptional team of highly competent employees with a proven track record of success in managing complex activities and achieving transformational results.  Our culture is one where talented, dedicated and adaptable individuals are committed to doing their best and exhibit great teamwork to achieve excellent results. 

At ATI, we provide an exceptional platform for people who want to achieve their highest potential and make a meaningful contribution in changing the country’s agricultural sector.  We offer rewarding work in a young, fast-paced growing organization with passionate, committed, motivated colleagues and excellent career development and training.  We recognize our most valuable assets are our staff and are committed to providing our employees with the tools, training and mentorships necessary to achieve their career goals

PROGRAM AND POSITION SUMMARY:

ATI has designed a program called “Agriculture-focused Dignified Employment for Youth in Ethiopia” (ADEY) to address youth and women unemployment and increase the participation of young people in the labor market, particularly in the agriculture sector. ATI has mainstreamed youth employment, gender equality, climate-smart, and nutrition-sensitive agriculture in all its programs and projects with the primary objectives of increasing access to sustainable and inclusive job opportunities for youth, inclusivity, and the sustainable use of natural resources while building resilience capacities to shocks at all levels.

 Currently ATI is working with smallholder farmers engaged in the Agricultural Commercialization Clusters (ACC) and digital agriculture programs designed to improve smallholder farmers’ production and productivity while supporting other actors along the value chain.  The Horticulture Farmers Production Cluster (HFPC) Project within ATI has been established to improve the income of smallholder farmers (SHF) by helping them to increase agricultural yield and achieve greater commercialization. Taking ATI’s reputable experience, ADEY program was designed to create inclusive and dignified work opportunities in ACC woredas and Somali region for over 600 thousand youth. The program will focus on several streams such as agriculture and Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to strengthen access to agricultural input and output markets and finance; improve the competitiveness of youth-owned MSMEs through capacity-building activities; enhance the skills and mindsets of young women and men through technical and business skill development and create an enabling environment for work opportunities through policy interventions. Like ACC, ADEY will operate along the commodity value chain, largely using ACC infrastructures and complement the different ACC outcomes in general. The project on horticultural crop production and processing value chain will be implemented in seven regions (Oromia, Amhara, Tigray, Sidama, South Ethiopia, Southwest Ethiopia Peoples’, and Samali).  Specifically, the job creation opportunities for youth, dominantly female youth, are through engaging on seed/seedling multiplication, production and aggregation of potential horticultural crops (e.g., Tomato, Onion, Avocado, Banana, potato, mango etc ); supporting youth female to engage in small and medium agro-processing and market linkage, and promoting and supporting youth female focused small scale business from horticultural crop value chains ( e.g  fruit processing, tomato processing, potato processing and  etc).

 The SPO II is expected to have strong skills and experience in horticulture husbandry, irrigation horticulture and/or agronomy, project management, stakeholder management and coordination, desire for improving the lives of youth women, and a deep familiarity with Ethiopia’s agricultural research system with particular emphasis to increase the production and productivity of the prioritized ATI horticultural commodities in the regions.  The regional senior project officer II (SPO-II) is also responsible for implementing and coordinating the overall interventions planned in ADEY program at each ATI’s agricultural transformation center for the achievement of its planned results to a high level of quality and in a timely manner. To achieve this, the SPO II will be responsible for planning, implementation, monitoring/supervision, and coach the intervention implemented by other local partners in the region. The SPO II will integrate youth (80%female) job creation with horticulture production activities, such as seed & seedling production, horticulture nursery establishment, roadside horticulture market shed. He/she will organize youth groups/associations / MSMEs comprising about 80% females on job creation activities. 

 SPO II will report to the regional project manager. SPO II will closely work with all ACC project leaders, other ADEY’s senior project officers. Besides, SPO II will closely work primarily with Regional Bureaus of Agriculture, Bureau of Labor and Skills, Cooperative Promotion Agencies and partners implementing ADEY program in the region based on the direction given from regional project manager, ACC’s director, and regional senior director. The SPO II will also report and/or compile all activities, outputs, and outcomes progress reports.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Duties and responsibilities for the regional SPO II include, but are not limited to the following activities: 

  • Provide high level technical/expertise support to the horticulture value chain activities in each region.  
  • Actively engage in the Development Strategy for Horticulture Farmers Production Cluster (HFPC) and detailed implementation plan.  
  • Proactively identify, assess, and promote potential and viable agri-business ideas on youth’s job creation, dominantly for female youth
  • Ability to establish common interest groups (CIG) of youth to engage them in different agribusiness entities (seed/seedling multiplication, production, aggregation, and value addition, and processing)
  • Strategize to ensure collaboration with key partners/stakeholders to develop functional working relationships to support youth.
  • Provide guidance to youth and female on horticultural crops production and agri-business opportunities in rural agriculture domain.
  • Provide business advisory services to entrepreneurs to help improve their skills and knowledge in business and sustainable operation of agri-business and support to improve their capacity on business plan development and management options. 
  • Provide support in updating, producing, and disseminating capacity development materials to enhance the skills of project partners to promote business entrepreneurship across horticulture value chains.
  • Support youths to develop actionable and business-oriented plans in collaboration with the local ADEY’s implementing partners and stakeholders.
  • Plan, implement, and monitor cost driver activities, prepare, and review period progress reports, and submit to the regional project manager.
  • Support to provide policy and technical support to service providers including government agencies for the promotion of youths’ agribusiness.
  • Support youths on linkages to different service providers and input suppliers
  • Ensure the gender and youth mainstreamed in every horticultural crop value chain-based agri-business opportunity.
  • Make sure the SPO II work with formal and informal young female groups, associations, cooperatives to predominantly benefit the female youth.
  • Develop a detailed project quarter and annual work plans and budget and follow up on its implementation. 
  • Ensure that horticulture value chain activities are implemented according to the schedule and according to the ADEY result framework targets. 
  • SPO II should ensure the project budget and follow utilization are according to the plan. 
  • Proactively participate in facilitating all relevant types of training carried out in each region.  
  • Flag any delay activities and other problems to the regional project manager in a timely manner and ensure the delay is converted in timely implementation and the problem is properly addressed and resolved.  
  • Oversight and tracking of relevant ATI-owned interventions implemented by other ATI teams. 

Job Requirements

  • Minimum of Master of Science Degree in Horticulture/Irrigation Agronomy/Rural Development and Agricultural Extension/Agricultural econagromics/ Agribusiness and Value Chain Management/Agricultural Sciences or related fields
  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant experience in horticulture crops value chains
  • Specific experience within job creation-related activities under horticulture husbandry
  • General understanding of Ethiopian agriculture with more emphasis on horticulture sub-sector development and best agricultural production/husbandry (irrigation and rainfed), mechanization, postharvest, storage/transport, packaging, marketing, and other value additive practices 
  • Extensive experience in identifying, forming, and supporting different models of agri-business.
  • Extensive experience in implementing and management of donor-funded projects and good leadership skills.
  • Very good experience on stakeholder mapping, analysis, and management skills
  • Very good experience in business plan development business advisory and entrepreneurship skill
  • Ample skill and experience in supporting to transform from small to medium and large-scale business enterprises.
  • Experience in prioritizing and sequencing both programmatic and operational activities.
  • Experience with program design, performance management, learning systems and monitoring & evaluation.
  • Practical experience in developing linkages between producers and markets and working across horticultural crops value chains of crops in Ethiopia.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-moving, start-up environment, with an emphasis on high-performance, teamwork, accountability, and results.
  • Ability to build relationships with all kinds of people.
  • Highly facilitative and collaborative leadership style.
  • Excellent adaptive problem-solver in a challenging environment.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Willingness to undertake frequent field visits.
  • Desire to improve the lives of smallholder farmers.
  • Understanding of private sector, commercial farming, food processing and marketing
  • A broad perspective on how the entire system operates and how public, private, and informal actors operate within the agricultural system.  
  • Strong communication skills (writing, speaking, composing, presenting, etc)
  • Proficiency in oral and written English and Amharic. But it is mandatory to know the respective regional language.
  • Computer literacy.

How to Apply

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

We invite all candidates meeting the required qualifications to submit (i) a cover letter and (ii) a CV (maximum 5 pages) to https://apply.ata.gov.et

It is mandatory to mention the position title under the subject line of your cover letter.

Please DO NOT submit scans of certificates with your application.

NB. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 

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