Agricultural Transformation Agency Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
// Position : Senior Project Officer I - Data Management Term of Employment : One year with possibility of extension Duty Station(s) : Addis Ababa Required Number: One Salary & Benefits : Competitive Application Deadline : August 03, 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 (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 mentorships necessary to achieve their career goals. PURPOSE OF THE POSITION The Data Management Officer will report to the Manager for Data Analytics and GIS Unit, and contributes to the unit activities across three main areas of focus: Provide high-quality, reliable and user-friendly agricultural databases, within ATA and to the broader agricultural sector. Identify and manage key data partnerships and other strategic data initiatives with partner organizations. Support the development and enhancement of data infrastructure and data management, analytical and statistical capabilities, and reporting capacity across the sector. The ideal candidate will possess a strong passion for data management and analytics to support decision making, and an understanding of best practice data management approaches, tools and technologies across the government, private and development sectors. This should be based on significant professional experience in technical aspects of data management and provision of data, and statistical expertise to organizations, including areas such as database design, front end user interface design, use and support of major analytical software packages, and application open-source technologies for data collection, hosting, management and analytics. Ideally, but not necessarily, the candidate would have knowledge related to web-based application and relevant experience in developing and managing websites. The candidate will also have a passion for improving the livers of small-holder farmers, and knowledge of Ethiopia’s agricultural sector and ongoing efforts to transform this sector. ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES Data structuring and management, including regular acquisition and integration of data from partners, data validation, data cleaning and processing, and release to user including training and trouble-shooting. Provide content input to projects focused on data sourcing, management, analytics, and visualization solutions. Engage with internal teams, external partners and consultants to identify data management needs and technical requirements. Support overall development and enhancement of data infrastructure and data management, and analytics capacity at ATA and across the sector. Contribute to identification and management of key data partnerships and other strategic data initiatives with partner organizations. Contribute to data management and analytics capacity-building activities with ATA staff and staff at partner organizations. Engage with organizations across the agriculture sector to identify data related needs of the sector and provide recommendations to enhance data collection, dissemination and utilization in the sector. Contribute to development and regular updating of data management and governance guidelines, data dictionaries, data models, and other documents required to support effective data provision. Prioritize and complete basic requests for data extracts, data manipulation, analysis, and visualization, and support on more complex requests, ensuring high-quality service provision Support the piloting, implementation, administration and ongoing enhancement of data related systems and tools. Regularly identify and implement refinements in own areas of responsibility and approach for engaging with other ATA staff / users. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Computer Science, Statistics, MIS or other relevant fields. At least 6 years hands-on experience for MSc/MA and 8 years for BSc/BA in data analysis, data management, data cleaning, stake holder management, statistical analysis and data visualization. Hands-on experience with statistical software such as SAS, SPSS, STATA and data visualization software such as Power BI and Tableau. Experience defining end-use requirements and designing appropriate solutions. Experience in database design and familiarity with at least one database platform, including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL and others. Knowledge and /or experience with Advanced Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Familiarity with data management platforms, including content management system. Experience with one or more of the following programming languages preferred C#, Python, Java. Experience in managing data sharing portal and mobile data collection platforms is preferred. Knowledge of agriculture and rural development, and experience in the public and development sectors preferred. Ability to thrive in a fast-moving environment, with an emphasis on high performance, teamwork, accountability and results. Highly collaborative working style, drive for learning, and receptiveness to coaching and feedback. Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and data gathering skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills, with highly collaborative working style. Strong set of personal values including integrity, honesty and desire to be of service. Fluency in English and Amharic required. 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 by mentioning the position title on the subject line. Please DO NOT submit scans of certificates with your application. Women are highly encouraged to apply. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
Jul 24, 2019