Position: Transformation Agenda Advisor, Agricultural Development
Term of Employment: Through July 2020
Duty Station(s): Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Required Number: One (1)
Salary & Benefits: Competitive
Application Deadline: March 19, 2018
The Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) has been established by the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) to identify and address systemic bottlenecks to Ethiopia’s agricultural development. The Agency does this through problem-solving, implementation support, and capacity building of stakeholders involved in implementation of interventions that address the systemic bottlenecks. The Agency reports to the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Development and is Secretary to the Transformation Council chaired by the Prime Minister.
The programmatic focus of the Agency responds to a core set of needs identified by the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Development and the Transformation Council. Within the Agency, issues are divided into four different pillars: Crops & Natural Resourceswhich includes Inputs and Plant Protection, Soil Health & Fertility, Irrigation and Drainage, and Mechanization; Cross Cutting Initiatives, which includes Inclusive Growth, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, and Planning and MLE; Livestock, which includes Animal Health and Genetic Improvement and Feed & Feeding;and Agribusiness and Markets including Market Development, Rural Finance, ICT, and Private Sector. In addition, the Agricultural Commercialization ClustersInitiative is another critical focus area for the Agency. Across the programs, the ATA engages public, private and non-governmental stakeholders to support strategic planning, manage and strengthen implementation capacity and test innovative models..
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.
The Transformation Agenda (TA) Advisor will work closely with the State Minister for Agricultural Development, the Delivery Unit team, and other colleagues at the MoANR and the ATA to provide technical support to the project leaders of Agricultural Development-related interventions in the Transformation Agenda. Specific interventions include:
Market Oriented Extension: Improving the orientation of the extension service towards market-centered service delivery; strengthening linkages and synergy among stakeholders; and enhancing the capacity of institutions engaged in the provision of sustainable and gender-responsive extension services to smallholder farmers
Agricultural Inputs: Ensuring efficient delivery of environment and gender friendly quality-assured seeds to smallholder farmers in sufficient quantity through multiple channels at proper time, place and affordable price. The program also focuses onincreasing domestic fertilizer production capacity as well as ensuring efficient multi-channel delivery of fertilizers to smallholder farmers
Plant Protection and Health: Ensuringtimely supply to and adoption of environment-friendly agrochemicals and other integrated crop management practices (ICMP) by smallholder farmers, with a focus on: increased domestic supply of required pesticides, enhanced plant health services, development of capacity for quarantine and pesticide quality assurance, registration, and regulation, strengthening pest early warning and response system, and ensuring safe pesticide management and disposal system
Agricultural Mechanization: Improving the use of agricultural mechanization technologies by farmers through effective service delivery systems
The TA Advisor 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 TA Advisor will report directly to the State Minister of Agricultural Development, and have a second, functional reporting line to the Delivery Unit Coordinator. 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.
Coordinate effective annual planning, budgeting and target setting activities for Transformation Agenda projects
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
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 Coordinator
Provide capacity building on technical project execution to MoANR staff
Provide other technical advisory and input needed for effective project implementation
MA/MSc required in agriculture development related disciplines, PhD preferred
10+ years of experience with MA/MSc, or 8+ years of experience with PhD, in a senior organizational role relating to agricultural inputs, extension, plant protection & health and/or agricultural mechanization
Deep understanding of Ethiopia’s agricultural sector, with a broad perspective on 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
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
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.
NB. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency looks for talented people to join us in making a difference to the lives of millions of smallholder farmers. We want people with integrity, people who are fair, honest and truthful. If you think you embody these values then this is the place for you and your career.