Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency Senior Project Officer I – Agribusiness Promotion and Policy Expert Jobs

Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency Senior Project Officer I – Agribusiness Promotion and Policy Expert Jobs

Job Id: 206582

Category: Agriculture Location: SNNPR
Career Level: Senior Level (5+ years experience)
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: Competitive

Job Description

Vacancy Announcement

Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency

Position: Senior Project Officer I – Agribusiness Promotion and Policy Expert

Term of Employment: One year with a possibility of extension

Duty Station(s): SNNPR

Required Number: One

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Application Deadline: May 05, 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 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 Agribusiness Promotion and Policy Expert reports to and supports the Regional ACC and Project Director, driving the ATA regional office efforts to promote agribusiness investments and activities through the ACC, including identification, design and coordination of implementation of critical policy and other regional level interventions to promote agribusiness through ACCs. Specific duties are listed below.

Essential Duties:

  • Support Regional
    Senior ACC director in day-to-day stakeholder and program management, and other areas as required.
  • Ensure Contract farming activities are well planned and executed.
  • Ensure regional market linkage is well planned and executed.
  • Planning and execution of training regarding agribusiness in support of the RBOA.
  • Ensure standard target-setting, planning, program management and reporting processes and tools are effectively applied across all levels in day-to-day activities
  • Ensure use of best practice analytical and problem-solving tools and approaches within the region
  • Provide capacity building and training to National, Regional and local teams
  • Drive identification, design and coordination of implementation of critical policy and other interventions to promote agri-business through the clusters
  • Provide content direction and input to other members of the team
  • Ensure IAIP demands is met with Woreda level production
  • Provide technical support for Cooperative unions, selected Primary cooperatives and localized service providers for the preparation of their business plans and facilitation of linkages with whole sellers and exporters.
  • Undertake the documentation of VCA meetings’ outcomes and provide support for the implementation of actions plans developed by the respective VCAs.
  • Coordinate the establishment and functioning of cluster level Value chain alliance (VCA) with Government bodies and other partners.
  • Facilitate business and market linkages among private actors including cooperatives and unions to improve the input and market access to targeted households
  • Work closely with implementing partners and build their capacity in value chains and market systems development related interventions.
  • Capacity Building of regional counterparts.

    Job Requirements

    Required Qualifications:

  • BA/BSc/ Master's Degree in Agribusiness, Business / Management, Operations, Agricultural Economics, Economics or other relevant fields
  • Minimum of 6 years of relevant professional experience with Master’s degree or 8 years with Bachelor’s degree total experience in supporting planning and implementation of agricultural value chain upgrading and agribusiness development activities, preferably including program management of large-scale agro-processing focused initiatives
  • In-depth knowledge of agriculture and rural development, in particular:
  • Ethiopian policies and strategies
  • Agricultural cluster and corridor implementation initiatives in Ethiopia or abroad
  • Market-led value chain development and upgrading
  • 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
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with highly collaborative working style
  • Experience in working within multi-cultural teams preferred.

    How to Apply

    Application Instructions

    We invite all candidates meeting the required qualifications to send
    (i) a cover letter,
    (ii) CV (maximum 5 pages), and
    (iii) a completed online ATA Application Form at Or email to

    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 Project Officer I – Agribusiness Promotion and Policy Expert Jobs

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