Apr 20, 2018
Senior Transformation Agenda Specialist, Plant Protection and Health Term of Employment : Through July 2020 Duty Station(s) : Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Required Number: One (1) Salary & Benefits : Competitive Application Deadline : April 28, 2018 BACKGROUND: The Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) was established by the Government of Ethiopia with assistance from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to identify and address systemic bottlenecks in Ethiopia’s agricultural development. The ATA does this through planning, analysis, implementation support, and reporting on the interventions outlined in the Agricultural Transformation Agenda. The Transformation Agenda is a set of prioritized interventions to accelerate the transformation envisioned as part of Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan II. The Transformation Agenda is overseen by the Agricultural Transformation Council chaired by the Prime Minister. ATA has launched a Delivery Unit in the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (MoANR) to directly support MoANR’s work on the Transformation Agenda. Delivery Units have played a critical role in accelerating execution of development initiatives in many countries, particularly in East and Southeast Asia, and today are also present in Ethiopia’s Prime Minister’s office and the Revenue and Customs Authority. The Delivery Unit is jointly overseen by the Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources and ATA senior management. The Delivery Unit team plays a highly visible and pivotal role in accelerating agricultural transformation and development in Ethiopia. POSITION SUMMARY: The Senior Transformation Agenda (TA) Specialist will work closely with the Delivery Unit team, the Ministry and the ATA to provide technical support to the project leaders of plant protection and plant health-related interventions in the Transformation Agenda. Specific projects include: Developing a plant protection system to effectively manage all pests using databases, networking and climate weather forecasting for enhanced pest prediction Strengthening IPM-focused applied research and application Building and strengthening a national diagnostic laboratory, regional plant health clinics and village plant clinics Upgrading plant protection organizational structures across research and regulatory components of the plant protection and health sector Introducing ICT-based advanced plant protection and health technologies Ensuring enforcement laws regarding pesticide registration and control Strengthening pesticide inspection and testing capacity and regulation for safe handling and disposal Review and improve laws to strengthen the plant quarantine system The Senior TA Specialist must have strong interpersonal and stakeholder management skills, technical expertise and problem-solving experience, as well as initiative design, planning, implementation management and reporting experience. The Senior TA Specialist will report directly to the MoANR Director General for Plant Health and have a second, functional reporting line to the Delivery Unit Head. This position provides an opportunity to be on the front lines of Ethiopia’s growth and transformation into a middle-income country. The successful candidate will have a strong desire to learn, innovate and drive rapid change to benefit Ethiopia’s farmers. ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Coordinate effective annual planning, budgeting and target setting activities for Transformation Agenda projects Provide advice and support on enhancing the effectiveness of the private and public sectors in the production and marketing of plant protection inputs with a focus on meeting GTP II targets set for the sector, pest risk analysis procedures and protocols as well as need assessment, and creating a system for pest control impact assessment and yield loss damage assessment Identify and analyze critical technical issues directly related to design and implementation of prioritized projects Proactively engage with other DU team members, the ATA and external partners to develop solutions and recommendations to address identified technical issues Engage with senior staff within the Ministry, the ATA and external partners to align on and implement project adjustments Provide support in the introduction and scaling up of ICT in the extension system for enhancing effectiveness and efficiency Contribute to ToRs, concept notes, studies, workshops, and training materials, directly related to prioritized projects Monitor progress reporting through key reporting systems and tools, engaging with relevant activity owners to ensure reporting is timely and accurate Identify and escalate challenges around implementation and reporting, as well as solutions and recommendations, to project leaders and the Delivery Unit Head Provide capacity building on technical project execution to MoANR staff Provide other technical advisory and input needed for effective project implementation REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: MA/MSc required in in plant protection and plant health or a related area. PhD is preferred 6+ years of professional experience with MSc, or 4+ years of professional experience with PhD, in crop/plant protection and health or related areas Strong knowledge of pest prevention, early detection, containment, eradication, planning and implementation principles and procedures Deep understanding of Ethiopia’s agricultural sector, with a broad perspective on how the entire system operates and how public, private and non-government organizations operate in the system Specific experience in planning, prioritizing, sequencing, managing, problem-solving and reporting on implementation of projects Self-starter with strong motivation, ownership and commitment to deliver results Promotes data-driven and evidence-based problem solving and decision making Strong team player with excellent relationship building and communication skills Desire to innovate and drive rapid change for Ethiopia’s farmers Strong set of personal values including integrity, honesty and desire to be of service Fluency in English and Amharic APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS We invite all candidates meeting the required qualifications to submit (i) a cover letter, (ii) CV (maximum 5 pages), and (iii) a completed ATA Application Form at http://apply.ata.gov.et . Please note that CVs, cover letter and other application materials WILL NOT be considered unless accompanied by a fully completed ATA Application Form. 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.
Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Full time