Mar 12, 2018

Transformation Agenda Advisor, Agricultural Development | Manager, MoANR Delivery Unit

  • Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA)
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Job Description

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Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency


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 Resources which 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 Clusters Initiative 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..

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.


1.      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 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 priceThe program also focuses on increasing domestic fertilizer production capacity as well as ensuring efficient multi-channel delivery of fertilizers to smallholder farmers
  • Plant Protection and Health: Ensuring timely 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


2.      Position: Manager, MoANR Delivery Unit

Term of Employment:   Through July 2020

Duty Station(s):             Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Required Number:         1

Salary & Benefits:           Competitive

Application Deadline:   March 19, 2018


The Manager leads planning, problem solving and analysis within the Delivery Unit. The Manager will manage a team of two Associates and work directly with Transformation Agenda Deliverable (TAD) owners within the MoANR to ensure meaningful planning and target setting, timely and accurate reporting, and rigorous and practical problem solving. In addition, the Manager will lead provision of analytical support to senior leadership on high priority requests, including trend analysis, strategic planning and/or policy analysis.

The Manager will report to the Delivery Unit Coordinator, manage two Associates, and work with the Senior Data & Reporting Officer, Operations Officer and a team of 18 technical experts (Transformation Agenda Specialists and Advisors). The Delivery Unit is part of the Strategic Services vertical at the ATA, which also includes Performance Management (planning and evaluations), Project Management, Communications and Analytics (in 2018). The successful candidate for this role will have strong analytical and critical thinking skills, experience influencing others in large organizations to simplify, focus and have urgency, and a passion for both results and capacity building. We are applying private sector style rigor to major social issues that can transform Ethiopian society.


  • Establish robust annual planning, target-setting and budgeting processes with TAD owners
  • Develop regular performance monitoring routines with senior leadership, initiative owners and relevant  stakeholders
  • Support roll out of enhanced planning, project management and reporting tools, processes and systems to track and report on progress of priority activities
  • Strengthen execution and day-to-day project and activity management capacity of MoANR staff
  • Proactively identify and prioritize key issues and bottlenecks for TAD implementation, through discussions with implementing teams, reviewing reports and data analysis
  • Lead problem solving and solution development with the DU team, both for specific TADs and for high priority requests from MoANR ministers
  • Collaborate with technical/agricultural colleagues, Project Management team, Performance Management team (planning and evaluations), Analytics team, or outside consultants as needed to solve more complex issues
  • Manage two Analysts, supporting them with work planning and prioritization, clearing roadblocks, and skill building
  • Work with DU Coordinator to develop materials and provide capacity building support on planning, activity management / execution, reporting and problem-solving
  • Advise Senior Data & Reporting Officer on production of value added reports for decision-making through analysis and synthesis of data, and provision of recommendations
  • Support the Delivery Unit Coordinator to engage and align with the Planning Department at the MoANR


  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in business, engineering, agriculture or rural development. Master’s preferred.
  • At least 6 years of experience with a Master’s degree, or 8 years with a Bachelor’s degree, working in project management, strategy, business development, management consulting, project design or other relevant field
  • Excellent critical thinking and analytical skills, with experience applying these for both strategy and implementation/operations
  • Strong team player with excellent relationship management skills, and a passion for capacity building, training and facilitation
  • Experience navigating complex organizations with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Passion for improving the lives of smallholder farmers
  • Self-starter with strong motivation, ownership and commitment to drive transformation
  • Can act as a champion for change and can effectively support change management efforts
  • Strong set of personal values including integrity, honesty and desire to be of service
  • Very strong skills with Microsoft Office (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access)
  • Fluency in English required, with Amharic a plus



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

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.

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