Nov 16, 2018
Policy Advisor - Analytics Team Term of Employment : Two years with possibility of extension Duty Station(s) : Addis Ababa Required Number: one Salary & Benefits : Competitive Application Deadline : November 26, 2018 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. ABOUT THE TEAM: As ATA’s strategic advisory and consulting function, the Analytics Team works with Senior Directors and Directors across the organization, as well as senior leadership at key government, development and private sector partners, to execute high-impact, analytically challenging assignments. This strategy and evidence based analytical support, to both internal and external facing partners, typically falls into one of five areas: strategy development and strategic planning, design and incubation of innovative pilot projects, policy and regulatory analysis, institutional and organizational enhancement, and business model and business case development. The team includes a Data Analytics & GIS Unit and a Policy Unit, and consists of a Director, Principals, Case Team Leaders, Senior Analysts and Analysts, Data Management and GIS experts, and Policy Specialists. Specifically, the Policy Unit has a number of main areas of focus: Coordinate visits and discussions with international scholars for senior policy‐makers Undertake or oversee broader studies or policy assessments to inform agenda‐setting, and coordinate joint planning and alignment workshops with partners Undertake or oversee studies on macro and micro policy issues to inform decision‐making, and share or present these studies to policy‐makers and at policy forums or roundtables Support design or enhancement of institutions and institutional arrangements, or regulatory processes, to support effective implementation of policies POSITION SUMMARY: The Policy Advisor is a critical new senior role in the team’s Policy Unit, and will be involved across the Unit’s various areas of focus, noted above . In particular, the Policy Advisor will be involved with two to four internally executed policy-focused studies at a time, which focus on identifying and assessing policy options for the Ethiopian government in a range of challenging agricultural and trade policy areas. He or she will work closely with the Principals and Case Team Leaders, who lead and manage these engagements, to provide thought partnership, guidance and support on the existing policy situation, how policy-makers can be most effectively engaged, and the specific policy and economic analysis required. He or she will also manage a number of studies outsourced to local and international study partners, including the procurement of services from these partners. He or she will review and input to policy study TORs and plans, facilitate interaction between study partners and key stakeholders, and manage regular updates and other activities to ensure the studies are completed on time and to the quality required. To ensure the impact of the Policy Unit’s work, the Policy Advisor will need to maintain strong relationships and lead discussions with senior policy-makers across government, as well as relevant development sector and private sector partners. Significant experience and proven success leading and delivering high-impact, challenging policy-related analysis, stakeholder consultation, and engagement with policy-makers is therefore required. A strong passion for transforming agriculture and improving the lives of smallholder farmers is highly preferred ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Contributing to the development of the Analytics approach to policy focused work, including prioritization of policy analyses, preferred analytical approaches and tools, engagement model with clients, local partners and senior policy makers, standard output formats, and other areas Join case teams to take on policy-focused work, including problem structuring, data collection, quantitative and qualitative analysis, leading stakeholder engagement, drafting policy documents (i.e. proclamations, regulations, guidelines, directives), and presenting to senior policy makers Provide expert guidance and advisory support to other case teams where lighter support such as validation of methodology, modeling approach, assumptions or outputs is required Drive development of strategic data solutions to support policy analysis capability in the team Develop the approach to contract out policy analysis to partner institutions and service providers, locally and internationally, and oversee quality control of the deliverables Manage relationships with specific partners and service providers for externally contracted work, and oversee specific engagements to ensure outputs are fit for purpose Develop and run trainings on policy analysis and other related topics for staff in the Analytics Team as well as the broader organization Oversee policy assessments to inform agenda‐setting and identification and prioritization of sector-wide or sub-sector policy issues Coordinate and/or participate in joint planning and alignment workshops with partners focused on policy issues Share or present studies to policy‐makers and at existing policy forums or by organizing roundtables Establish and maintain strong relationships and lead discussion with senior policy-makers across government partners, as well as relevant development sector and private sector partners Job Requirements Master’s Degree in Public Policy, Economics or another closely related field from a reputable university required; MPP, MPA or Master's Degree in Economics from a reputable university At least ten years of combined experience required structuring and managing policy analysis within government, at a research / think-tank organizations or a private sector consulting firm Proven ability to develop credible, evidence-based policy advice and effectively liaise with senior policy-makers, as well as development partners, non-governmental and private sector organizations Policy analysis experience in consulting or government setting, in areas such as program design and evaluation, cost-benefit analysis / investment cases, price stabilization and minimum support prices for agricultural commodities, investment incentives and private sector development, design / enhancement of regulatory processes and enforcement mechanisms (e.g. for seed, fertilizer agrochemicals), tax, trade, agro-industrial and firm development, value chain analysis and development Exceptional ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a range of stakeholders in a cross-cultural environment (fluency in English is essential) Highly collaborative management style and demonstrated success in managing and developing high-performance staff and teams Strong set of personal values including integrity, honesty and desire to be of service How to Apply 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 . Women are highly encouraged to apply. NB. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Full time