Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency Senior Grant Officer Jobs

Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency Senior Grant Officer Jobs

Job Id: 221942

Category: Economics

Location: Addis Ababa

Career Level: Senior Level (5+ years experience)

Employment Type: Full time

Salary: Competitive

Job Description

Vacancy Announcement

Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency

Position: Senior Grant Officer

Term of Employment: Full Time

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

Required Number: One

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Application Deadline: September 14, 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 catalyse agricultural transformation. First, we support the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Resources (MoALR), 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 Senior Grant Officer (SGMO) has the overall responsibility of leading and evaluating appropriate implementation partners, namely governmental and non-governmental organizations and the private sector that are eligible to receive sub-grants from ATA according to ATA’s sub-grant operation guidelines.

The SGMO will also be responsible to provide an overall oversight to ensure that implementing partners are executing on agreed plans and are providing timely reports on programmatic progress and financial utilization, and for monitoring the performance of funded activities against planed objectives and targets.

The SGMO will coordinate with all ATA Program Teams to consolidate and provide comments on both the technical and cost components of project proposals and provide inputs for project appraisals.

Moreover, the SGMO will liaise with program teams, procurement, and finance to track relevant information, such as progress of planned activities, new institutional partnerships and sub grantee processes.

The performance of the SGMO will be evaluated primarily on the degree of adherence of sub-grants to Implementing Partners to the principles and procedures of ATA’s sub-grant operation manual and on the processing efficiency of
any sub-grant ideas initiated by the program team as per the required quality and within the agreed timeline.

Essential Duties:

  • Lead the overall ATA sub-grant processes working closely with the program team which includes: preparing and reviewing request for expression of interest, proposals, participate in due diligence process, draft/review sub-grant agreements to ensure that the overall processes are properly coordinated and consistent with ATA’s and development partners priorities;
  • Being the focal person to Provide, where necessary, guiding support to government, NGOs and private sector sub-grant applicants or to program teams in the preparation of proposals for sub-grant consideration;
  • Facilitate the technical and financial evaluation report with recommendation from the technical evaluation team for the consumption of the sub-grant review committee and take notes of the evaluation team;
  • Ensuring the proper documentation (proposals, due diligence reports, minutes, agreements, exchanged letters, reports etc) of each sub-grant on Drop box and ERP and prepare up-to-date compiled reports over the overall status of ATA sub-grants;
  • Coordinate with teams to gather and consolidate information related to sub-grant progress that is required for narrative reports which in turn will be incorporated to the main report’s submission to development partners as per the agreed timeframe;
  • Prepare and present monthly, quarterly, bi-annual and annual reports and updates, summarize the results of program implementation through a sub-grant approach and identify potential areas of improvement;
  • Work closely with the program and grant team under the partnership and resource mobilization and management team for proper post sub-grant monitoring and evaluation and to keep consistency between narrative and financial reports of sub-grants;
  • Initiate and lead the monitoring and evaluation of programs/projects implemented through sub-grant approach based on the identified major issues during compiling the monthly and quarterly reports;
  • Assist in the development of guidelines and program wide efforts to create continuity, consistency, and standardization of the sub-grant process;
  • Lead problem-solving efforts mainly related to sub-grants with complex legal and technical issues;
  • Draft different correspondences to government and non-government organizations and private sector partners;

    Job Requirements

  • Masters or bachelor’s degree in Economics, Sociology, Finance, Business Administration, Agriculture, Development or other relevant field of study, obtained from a recognized University.
  • Minimum of 4 years for master’s degree or 6 years for Bachelor of Arts Degree work experience in handling project management, donor relationships and grant management.
  • Experience in the area of development, including working in project management, donor relations, grant management and resource mobilization for multilateral and bilateral agencies, private foundations or NGOs.
  • Experience in the agriculture sector is a plus.
  • Experience in basic accounting and budget management, database administration, project management and information gathering.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Ability to establish priorities in a time sensitive environment and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to cooperate effectively and harmoniously with all stakeholders including different teams within ATA, government organizations, development and implementing partners and other organizations.
  • Fluency in English and Amharic, both verbal and written.
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, power point etc.).
  • 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

    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 Senior Grant Officer Jobs

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