Agricultural Transformation Agency Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Rural Financial Services Director Term of Employment : One year with possibility of extension Duty Station(s) : Addis Ababa Required Number: One Salary & Benefits : Competitive Application Deadline : December 21, 2019 BACKGROUND: The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) is a strategy and delivery-oriented government agency created to help accelerate the growth and transformation of the country’s agriculture sector. The ATA envisions that, by 2025, smallholder farmers are commercialized with greater incomes, inclusiveness, resilience and sustainability, contributing to Ethiopia’s achievement of middle-income country status. The agency focuses on two primary national approaches to catalyze agricultural transformation. First, we support the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Resources (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 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, 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 team work to achieve excellent results. At ATA, 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. POSITION SUMMARY: The Rural Financial Services (RFS) program within ATA has been established to address the critical issue of access to finance in Ethiopia’s agricultural sector. The team is leading a number of deliverables designed to build a strong and self-sustaining rural financial sector with improved access to credit for smallholder farmers and mobilization of rural savings. Achieving successful implementation of the RFS will require a strong leadership of a program Director to develop detailed implementation plans, manage the efforts of staff to achieve those plans, work closely with federal and regional stakeholders (including government, private sector, and donors), and problem solve ways to overcome barriers encountered by the team. ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Lead the conception, launch, and support of a portfolio of agricultural finance initiatives designed to measurably improve financial access and services in rural Ethiopia Be responsible for the overall direction, values, culture, and management of the RFS Team Work closely with and build the capacity, as necessary, of key government, private, and informal actors in Ethiopia’s financial and agricultural sectors to enable long term financial improvements Support ATA and other stakeholders to mobilize needed financial, human or organizational resources for execution of RFS related initiatives/projects Manage the performance of the interventions designed to strengthen the rural financial sector; set key performance indicators, milestones and targets; engage stakeholders to creatively solve problems and overcome obstacles in order to achieve desired results Critically assess capacity gaps hindering the effective implementation of interventions and develop approaches for improving capabilities as required Integrate the RFS program interventions with other ATA programs to achieve synergies and outcomes that impact the broader agricultural system Coordinate with stakeholders from across the government, private sector, donor community, and farmer groups Support microfinance institutions in developing better management and lending practices Support rural saving and credit cooperatives in developing better management and lending practices Support the capacity building of local RFS team members Manage external consultants as necessary REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in Finance, Agricultural Economics, or other relevant subject providing deep understanding of the rural finance system in Ethiopia More than 10 years of combined experience in the field of rural / agricultural finance with a focus on smallholder farmers, of which at least 5 years in a leadership or managerial role Strong connections with senior leadership of major financial / agricultural institutions (government ministries, Regional Bureaus of Agriculture (RBoAs), Regional Cooperative Promotion Agencies (RCPAs), Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE), National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE), private banks, Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs), major donors, etc.) Experience in a very senior role in government financial institutions related to Ethiopian finance strongly preferred Deep understanding of Ethiopia’s rural / agricultural finance system. This should include a broad perspective on the system and an intimate knowledge of how public, private, and informal actors operate within the system Deep knowledge in modern agricultural financing systems, products, and distribution channels (e,g, financial institutions, MFIs, SACCOs and cooperatives) as well as the policies that enable them Experience in prioritizing and sequencing both programmatic and operational activities Experience with program design, performance management, learning systems, and monitoring & evaluation Practical experience in piloting and scaling up relevant solutions at the local level Ability to thrive in a fast-moving 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 challenging environment, excellent analytical skills Strong set of personal values including integrity, honesty, and desire to be of service Fluency in English and Amharic required; fluency in another Ethiopian language preferred APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS We invite all candidates meeting the required qualifications to submit (i) a cover letter and (ii) CV (maximum 3 pages) to https://apply.ata.gov.et Please DO NOT submit scans of certificates with your application. Women are highly encouraged to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Dec 11, 2019