Agricultural Transformation Agency Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), Gabon Street, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Job Position: IT Projects Team Leader I Term of Employment : One year with possibility of extension Duty Station(s) : Addis Ababa Required Number: Two Salary & Benefits : Competitive Application Deadline: October 4, 2019 JOB 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 catalyse agricultural transformation. First, we support the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Resources (MoALR), 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 mentor-ships necessary to achieve their career goals. POSITION SUMMARY: He/she will work in co-ordination with the work of other IT professionals assigned to work on a specific project as a project lead and administrative staff to realize the implementation of the infrastructure upgrade project. The core elements of the job are about leading the way on technical aspects as well as organizing people, time resources, and seeing the project through from inception to completion. It is the responsibility of the Team Leader to meet the organization’s needs for these given projects. The successful candidate will have experience running multiple full lifecycle IT projects like the implementation of network and data centre systems as well as other full-fledged IT projects as part of the project implementation team or subsequent upgrades. ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Manage the delivery of new and upgraded infrastructure and environments from request through to Operational. This will include ensuring that the project is correctly specified, delivered on time, meet’s business & technical requirements and is within the agreed budget. Own the day to day operational workflow. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders. This will include technical, operational staff in MOA and EIAR. Understand high-level technical architecture and be able to facilitate debate and drive decisions on appropriate solutions. Contribute infrastructure projects to the overall portfolio and delivery planning for the infrastructure implementation. Ensure that operational workflow requirements are produced to standard in a timely manner. Be responsible for the project administration and the production of project documentation, e.g. project plans. Monitor and manage the project processes and ensure that any elements which fail in the workflow are remedied. Track progress against milestones, deadlines and budget. To Report on these items to key stakeholders. Anticipate, manage and resolve issues and act as the point of contact for the project. Use best practice risk management, assessing risks in an informed and considered manner and to plan for the mitigation of these risks. The creation and maintenance of accurate project plans in conjunction with the internal team, Authoring and maintaining clear, concise project documentation Managing change control Project quality assurance and performance monitoring Preparation of project reviews after each major phase and/or on the completion of a project Adding to the continuous improvement of internal project management practices Prepare project status reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly and Quarterly basis. Initiate, review, and implement modifications to project plans. Understanding user requirements and the project manager has the responsibility to design a comprehensive strategy for achieving successful outcome of the project. Responsible for developing a good relationship with end users, get inputs from the users document and implement changes as result of this communication after approval. End to End management and co-ordination of the project and responsible for the successful completion of the project. Arrange all the facilities to the team who are working on the project, provide training, support and extract the best out of the team. Design schedule for the project and set timeline for each member of the team and work on the actual implementation in collaboration with team members. Do a scheduled review to optimize the application or infrastructure to make the output more usable. Reach out to end-users periodically and understand the pain points which eventually should qualify as a project item to be implemented to rectify the issue. Others as advised by the supervisor. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: At least 10 years of relevant experience for bachelor’s / 8 years for master’s degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Information Systems, Information Technology, Engineering or its equivalent. Excellent knowledge about all aspects of information technology specifically with complex infrastructure environments. Expert hands on knowledge of building a critical path and understanding the right questions to ask. Command of the 5Ons: Schedule, Scope, Budget, Quality and Benefits at all times in the life cycle of the project. Actively manage a critical path which allows for a line of sight into risk/issues before they have project/program impact. Previous hands on infrastructure deployment experience. Excellent analytical and observation skills. Ability to keep up with latest developments in the field and upgrade IT infrastructure. Good communication and negotiation skills. Excellent planning and organization ability. Excellent time management skills and understanding the value of a baseline. Excellent troubleshooting and problem-solving abilities. Excellent management and leadership qualities. This is not a technical hands-on role. However, prior experience is required in order to develop a detailed working plan to ensure our success. Implementation of at least two full-fledged IT projects. A working experience on full-fledged IT projects from Inception to commissioning. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: At least 5 years of experience in infrastructure project implementation. Concrete knowledge of project management. Prince 2 or PMP certification. Microsoft or cisco certification. APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS We invite all candidates meeting the required qualifications to send (i) a cover letter and (ii) CV ( maximum 3 pages) at http://apply.ata.gov.et Also, please DO NOT submit scans of certificates with your application form. Women are highly encouraged to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Sep 24, 2019