ATA - Communication Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

ATA - Communication Officer Jobs in Ethiopia


  • 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 (MoA), 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.

    Position Summary

  • The Communications Officer will be responsible for executing the ATA’s communications strategy together with other members of the Communications team.

  • Primarily, this role will involve crafting consistent messaging that accurately and positively conveys the work of the ATA in order to build awareness and understanding of the ATA’s work.

  • The Communication Officer also helps to ensure that ATA staff are able to effectively engage and utilize media to promote the organization’s work.

  • In addition to working across all areas of the organization as a communications generalist, the Communication Officer will provide specific communications support and assistance to help ATA program and project teams achieve maximum impact.

  • The successful applicant will be driven, dynamic, possess a problem-solving mindset, as well as excellent communication skills.

  • The positions will report to the Communications Manager and will have a dotted line working relations with the Senior Communications Officer.

    Essential Duties

  • Implement the ATA Communications Strategy together with the other Communications team staff.

  • Develop consistent and appropriate communications materials (reports, brochures, newsletters, press releases
    and presentations) for various target audiences, including ATA’s partners, government institutions, media agencies, and the public.

  • Lead or support the organization of events, such as project launches, field days, and press conferences, for priority projects or on an ad hoc basis.

  • Build and maintain relationships with communications/public relations teams at key partner institutions.

  • Work with priority project teams to assist their communications activities, particularly by providing coaching regarding media engagement.

  • Develop and maintain an up-to-date contacts database of partners and donors.

  • Maintain and manage a database of key media ensure a pool of agriculture-reporting journalists is developed, Develop and maintain an up-to-date contacts database of partners and donors.

  • Facilitate media interviews with appropriate ATA staff.

  • Maintain and regularly update the ATA website and the ATA Hub.

  • Write, edit and proofread Amharic documents, as needed.

  • Assist with translation of organizational publications from Amharic to English or vice versa, taking the lead in translation as needed.

  • Liaise with ATA program/project teams to remain abreast of progress and developments and maintain up-to-date information relevant for the production of communications materials.

  • Work closely with the Senior Communications Officer and follow his guidance to ensure alignment of outputs and products.

  • Oversee, and. as needed, handle the regular dissemination of “the week ahead at ATA” to all ATA staff.

  • Manage the weekly highlight and updates from the ATA Hub.

  • Conduct media monitoring and report on any developments of concern or impact to ATA’s work.

  • Engage in other internal and external

  • communication activities as assigned by the
    Communications Director or her/his designee.

  • Liaise with service providers such as consultants, external translators, photographers and printing companies.

  • Take minutes at Communications team minutes and archive all meeting notes.

  • Track project timelines and develop plan to meet deadlines.

  • Manage the ATA and Communications team email accounts.

  • Handle any other related tasks as requested, shifting roles with other team members as the need arises.

    Required Qualifications

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in communications, public relations, journalism, international relations, media relations or equivalent.

  • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience, preferably in a generalist corporate communications role with a national or international focus.

  • Self-motivated, organized team-player, capable of working under pressure to meet deadlines.

  • First rate written and verbal communication skills in both English and Amharic, with some experience with translation work.

  • Experience dealing with government bodies, development agencies, media, and the general public.

  • Strong professional commitment and orientation within the agriculture and/or development sectors.

  • Innovative and problem-solving skills and capacity to deliver under pressure.

  • High level of commitment and working with minimal supervision.

  • Willing to work extra hours as needed.

    Application Instructions

  • We invite all candidates meeting the required qualifications to send

  • a cover letter and

  • CV (maximum 3 pages) at

  • 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.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; ATA - Communication Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

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