Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency Partnerships Director Jobs

Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency Partnerships Director Jobs

Job Id: 217578

Category: Agriculture
Location: Addis Ababa
Career Level: Managerial Level (Manager, Supervisor, Director)
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: Competitive

Job Description

Vacancy Announcement

Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency

Position: Partnerships Director

Term of Employment: Full Time

Duty Station(s): One year with possibility of extension

Required Number: One

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Application Deadline: August 16, 2019


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, 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 Partnerships Director will be a core member of the CEO’s office, leading a team that works to create, maintain and facilitate effective partnerships between ATA and its collaborating partners.

The Partnership Director will serve as the primary focal person with Development Partners and Ministry of Finance (MoF) to mobilize/secure fund/budget and to monitor and provide update on both technical progress and financial utilization of programs to relevant bodies.

In addition, the Director is a liaison between ATA program teams and both funding and implementing partners in coordinating proposal development, partner solicitation, ensuring timely fund mobilization and reporting.

The Partnership Director will report to the Senior Director of the CEO’s office.

Essential Duties:

The specific duties of the Partnerships Director will include the following:

  • Leads the day-to-day engagement with development partners to build strong relations and mobilize resources to support the agricultural transformation agenda deliverables
  • Manages and supervises the team to ensure efficient delivery of its role in the area of resource
    mobilization & partnerships management
  • Develops a comprehensive resource mobilization strategy for ATA which specifies achievable targets and how ATA can achieve them
  • Manages fundraising cycle including concept note/proposal development processes in collaboration with program teams to ensure that they are properly coordinated and consistent with internal program priorities, cross-cutting issues and donor priorities and requirements
  • Reviews grant agreements & other documentation and facilitate signing
  • Coordinates with ATA’s Finance Director establishing working modalities in the area of financial data tracking and analysis for budgeting, monitoring, reporting and grant audit in order to meet program objectives and government/donor requirements
  • Undertakes available budget analysis and forecast twice a year and provide input to the budgeting process in close consultation with the finance team
  • Ensures timely and quality submission of narrative and financial reports to respective development partners as per the agreed timeline
  • Manages a comprehensive database of donors to facilitate tracking of partnerships and outreach to potential partners.
  • Harmonizes planning, budgeting, and reporting guidelines & templates for Development Partners (DPs) to align their support with priority areas of the Government
  • Reviews and presents internal monthly updates and grants management for Senior Management Team and periodic reports for Development Partners submission
  • Organizes development partners meeting on a quarterly basis setting the agenda, communicating with all partner as well as documentation and follow up on agreed actions
  • Works with Communication team to standardize and ensure the quality of external documents (such as proposal and report) and to organize high-level monitoring field visits/events for government and development partners.
  • Performs any other duties as assigned by direct supervisor.

    Job Requirements

  • Minimum of master’s degree in Economics, Business Administration, International Development or other relevant field of study, obtained from a recognized University
  • At least ten (10) years of experience in the management of partnerships involving donors, of which 5 years should be in a senior position
  • Experience in international development, including working in resource mobilization for multilateral and bilateral development partners, philanthropic organization, private foundations or NGOs
  • Experience in finance.
  • Professional certification and other advanced training in resource mobilization, donors’ procedures and compliance and grants management software
  • Excellent partnerships & grants management skill and ability to build relationships with government counterparts, development partners, civil society agencies and private sectors
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex tasks involving multiple stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multidisciplinary, diverse staff, and multi-sector environment.
  • Superior analytical and organizational skills with excellent attention to detail and a high degree of personal initiative.
  • Good skills in Microsoft Office Suite specifically in excel.
  • Fluency in English and Amharic is essential; fluency in at least one additional Ethiopian language is a plus.
  • Ability to work under pressure, long work hours, and high workload.
  • Ability to independently organize work and prioritize tasks as well as work with teams.
  • Willingness to respect and adhere to ATA values.

    How to Apply

    Application Instructions

    We invite all candidates meeting the required qualifications to send
    (i) a cover letter and
    (ii) CV (maximum 3 pages), at or by mentioning the position tittle on the subject line.

    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 Partnerships Director Jobs

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