ACDI/VOCA Regional Business Development Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

ACDI/VOCA Regional Business Development Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Id: 222230

Category: Development and Project Management

Location: Bahair Dar, Amhara

Career Level: Mid Level ( 2+ - 5 years experience)

Employment Type: Full time


Job Description

Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy.

Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society.

ACDI/VOCA currently has 78 projects in 35 countries and total revenues of approximately $173 million.

ACDI/VOCA Ethiopia would like to invite applicants for Regional Business Development Specialist for the Feed Enhancement for Ethiopian Development Project– Phases III (FEED III).

Begun in 2018 and to continue through 2020, FEED III is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and implemented by ACDI/VOCA.

The overall goal of FEED is to increase the incomes of Ethiopian smallholder livestock producers by improving access to, and use of, consistent, affordable, high quality animal feed that can support greater livestock productivity and efficiency. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the following position:

Potion Title: Regional Business Development Specialist

Duty Station: Amhara, Bahir Dar

Number required: One

Responsibilities and Duties

The Regional Business Development Specialist’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assisting the regional project coordinator in planning, organizing, implementing and monitoring project activities within the assigned region in accordance with the work plan;

  • Provision of technical assistance in his/her area of specialization to project participants;

  • Development of training materials;

  • Help in organizing and participation in formal training programs for project stakeholders (cooperatives,
    unions, smallholders members, extension staff, private sector actors);

  • Support to project M&E (e.g. baseline survey development and implementation, identification of grant opportunities, monitoring and assessment of activities and outcomes);

  • Support to project grants staff (e.g. identification of enterprise related grant opportunities, assistance to grantees in business plan development,

  • Support project beneficiaries private and Farmers Cooperatives union-based feed manufacturing enterprises business expansion and growth

  • Writing and submission of reports in a timely manner as requested;

  • Maintaining close contact and good working relationships with key stallholders (e.g. government, Farmers Cooperatives Union and private business owners/ experts);

  • Identification of innovative ways to maximize program effectiveness and outcome sustainability;

  • Carry out other duties as assigned by the regional project coordinator.

    Job Requirements

  • BSc. (MSc. preferred) in agricultural business/economics/marketing, general agriculture, animal science, agricultural extension or other related field;

  • Minimum 4 years experience in activities involving identification of viable business opportunities, planning, establishment and management of commercial enterprises involved in the livestock value chain, with a particular preference for feed;

  • Practical experience in one or more of the following areas: livestock feed, dairy, fattening and/or poultry enterprise management;

  • Knowledge of sales and marketing principles as they relate to livestock and feed enterprises;

  • Strong understanding of cooperative and union structure and management;

  • Fluency in English and Amharic required (and relevant local language preferred);

  • Prior familiarity on project implementing target region (i.e. location you are applying for);

  • Exceptional technical writing skills in English;

  • Proficiency with software such as Word, Excel, SPSS, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.

    How to Apply

    To be considered for the position, interested applicants are advised to send application letter as well as updated CV on or before September 19, 2019 to

    ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer.

    ACDI/VOCA Regional Business Development Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

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