Mar 10, 2018

Job at ILRI Ethiopia : Project Coordinator: TAAT Livestock Project

  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Ethiopia
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Job Description

Project Coordinator: TAAT Livestock Project (open until filled)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a dynamic project coordinator for the Livestock compact of the newly launched “Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation” (TAAT) project.

TAAT is a key priority of the African Development Bank’s agricultural transformation agenda also known as the Feed Africa Strategy. TAAT is essentially a knowledge- and innovation-based response to the recognized need for scaling up proven technologies across Africa aiming to boost productivity, and to make Africa self-sufficient in key commodities. ILRI leads the Livestock compact of TAAT.

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa.


  • Oversee day-to-day management and implementation of the Livestock compact activities in close collaboration with country value chain implementation teams.
  • Development of all necessary submissions for livestock-based solutions (including technologies to be deployed and the resources required), and grow the portfolio of projects (both grant and loans) that take up those technologies.
  • Mobilize all actors across the value chain and designing and implementing wide-scale farmer extension models, including through innovative use of ICTs.
  • Facilitate the implementation of these value chain activities in all target countries and participate in the monitoring of progress made towards achieving value chain and TAAT set goals.
  • Provide support to all value chain public and private sector partners in each participating country and ensure that they are fully and actively engaged.
  • Establish good linkages with lead compact institution to ensure that administrative support is provided for fiduciary services such as procurement and financial management.
  • In close consultation and collaboration with the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) ensure that capacity is developed in all needed areas for various stakeholders within the value chain.
  • In close consultation and collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), ensure that all policy related issues that can affect value chain transformation within target countries are effectively addressed.
  • Support the development of young Agripreneurs through demonstration and training in close collaboration with the ENABLE-TAAT Compact.
  • Ensure that quarterly and annual consolidated technical and financial reports for the compact are prepared and submitted to the program management office on schedule.
  • Present the activities, results, impacts and outcomes of the value chain at professional, donor and other stakeholders’ meetings
  • Carry out any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor to meet the objectives of the value chain.

Qualification and Experience:

  • A PhD or Masters in an Agricultural related field; agricultural extension, agricultural sciences or any other relevant field
  • At least 10 years of professional work experience in agricultural extension or a related field, at least 5 of which should be in Africa
  • Experience in project management especially with African Development Bank projects will be an added advantage
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.  Good working knowledge of French is a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to write, publish, and disseminate technical reports, success stories, and promotional materials; and
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, and multi-cultural environment

Post location: The position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Position level: The position level is 5A

Duration: 3 years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued funding.

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes 15% Pension, Medical insurance, Life insurance and allowances for: Education, Housing, Relocation, Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal, screening of applications will start on 18 March 2018 and continue until the position is filled. The position title and reference number IS/PC/3/2018 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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