Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency Senior Advisor, Agricultural Sector Jobs in Ethiopia

Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency Senior Advisor, Agricultural Sector Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Description

Vacancy Announcement


  • 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 catalyse 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.

    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 Senior Advisor, Agricultural Sector will be based at the Ministry of Agriculture and is expected to play a leadership role by providing innovative insights to tackle systemic challenges , draw policies strategies, plan and programs at the national level to improve productivity, address market related challenges (domestic and international) and strive to connect activities of key stakeholders (Research, MoA, Regions, ATA etc) to support both short term and long agriculture sector strategies.

  • As assigned by the Minister, the Senior Advisor can oversee, lead and execute sector priorities, lobby for policy and regulatory changes and garner support of key policy makers.

    Essential Duties

    The main responsibilities of the Senior Advisor, Agricultural sector include


  • Lead Agricultural sector engagement in the Ministry of Agriculture, affiliate institutions and other ministries in the implementation of MoA 10-years plan.

  • Advise policy and regulatory alignment of national and regional approaches to deliver increased results.

  • Support effective cross-sector and public-private stakeholders' coordination and problem-solving of issues at the national level, including alignment with other national and regional strategies
    and programs.

  • Provide effective timely upward reporting to the Minister of agriculture and Agricultural Transformation Agency, Parliament etc.

  • Ensure effective regular communication and reporting with the various government offices, and key public, private and development partner stakeholders.

  • Harmonize re/organization efforts and new national priorities to achieve organization strategic outcome.

  • Represent Minister on international and domestic forums, bilateral and multilateral agreements and negotiation.

    Project Management

  • Deliver on the outcomes and directions provided by Minister of Agriculture to ensure that sector work-plan in the agriculture sector are completed in a timely manner.

  • Ensure stakeholder coordination, planning, reporting, problem solving, and implementation support activities are conducted in a highly professional manner.

  • Ensure effective capacity-building support to Regions /Federal on issues related to the agriculture sector.

  • Lead process of performance management at both regional and Federal levels in connection with annual plans and national targets.

    Resource Mobilization

  • Engage in mobilization of domestic and external resources for the agriculture sector f project proposals as necessary.

  • Facilitate private sector investments and provide on-going problem-solving support by closely working with the concerned stakeholders.

    Job Requirements

    Required Qualifications

  • PhD degree in Agricultural sciences or other related fields.

  • At least ten (10) years leadership experience supporting areas such as: -

  • Planning and implementation of agricultural growth or

  • Market-led value chain development and upgrading activities (preferably including project management of large-scale agricultural development, agro-processing and/or agribusiness focused initiatives).

  • Policy and regulatory understanding of the agriculture sector in Ethiopia.

  • Good experience of working at Federal, regional and civil society or private sectors.

  • Excellent stakeholder management skills including thorough knowledge and understanding of various regional level and federal level institutions; extensive experience in facilitating dialogue with relevant public and private stakeholders.

  • Fluency in English and Amharic required; fluency in regional language(s) advantageous.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with highly collaborative working style.

  • Experience in working with multi-cultural teams preferred.

  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving and reporting skills.

  • Strong set of personal values including integrity, honesty and desire to be of service.

  • Ability and willingness to shoulder responsibilities under hectic conditions (in terms of overlapping assignments that may happen occasionally).

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-moving environment, with an emphasis on high performance, teamwork, accountability and results.

    How to Apply

    We invite all candidates meeting the required qualifications to send

  • a cover letter

  • 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.

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