Farm Africa Project Coordinator Jobs in Ethiopia

Farm Africa Project Coordinator Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Description

About Farm Africa

  • Effective agriculture has the power to change lives.

  • It underpins prosperity, food security and stability the world over.

  • Farm Africa focuses on transforming agriculture and managing natural resources sustainably. We champion a holistic approach that boosts yields, protects the environment and connects smallholder farmers to thriving markets.

  • We work with different types of farmers in a range of regions. Their local situations vary, but the problems they face are all too familiar: lack of training and technology, inadequate inputs, no finance, vulnerability to climate change and poor links to markets.

  • We have an ambitious strategy to expand our work over the next five years. We’ll increase our impact. Lift more communities out of poverty. Work with more corporate partners who share our vision. Open up more agricultural markets. Provide more expertise

    The project intervention will enable forest communities to better participate in the forest coffee value chain. This will be achieved by

  • Building the capacities of farmers, their cooperatives and key stakeholders involved in the value chain

  • Supporting farmers in improving quality, productivity and branding and certification of their natural forest coffee produce

  • Linking forest coffee producers to export markets and facilitating access to micro credit, and

  • Using lessons from catalysing the forest coffee value chain to support policy development.

  • Contribute to the sustenance of the natural resources in the area through strengthening of the participatory forest managing cooperatives (PFMCs) and undertaking enrichment planting

  • By providing a sustainable and valuable livelihood option for forest communities, cultivation of the coffee value chain will also contribute to reduced environmental degradation.

  • Deforestation will be reduced within the biodiversity rich Afromontane rainforest with an associated decrease in emissions of greenhouse gases.

  • The project will work alongside government and private sector actors supporting coffee production/handling practices and involve the building of relationships with contractors/buyers.

    Purpose of the Role

  • The Project Coordinator (PC) will be responsible for leading the overall implementation of the project.

  • The PC will be undertaking project management, planning, implementation; playing leading role in internal and external project reporting, financial management, partners’ engagement, monitoring and evaluation of the project activities, outputs and impacts.
  • Responsibilities involve ensuring that the project activities are integrated effectively, and that all project relevant stakeholders at all levels are fully engaged.

    The PC will

  • Lead work in areas of assessing markets, developing market linkage, supporting farmers to profitably meet market requirements by addressing issues such as production, productivity and coffee quality.

  • This will be done within a framework of biodiversity conservation,

  • Be the overall supervisor of the project, responsible for contract compliance, staff management, monitoring and evaluation, financial management at project level, and reporting,

  • Work closely with the Farm Africa Head of Programmes to ensure proper running of the project,

  • Train professionals, technicians and producers to implement sustainable production practices to facilitate the process of certification for coffee, and

  • Ensure constant liaison with local partners, forest stakeholders and government partners.

  • Be a focal
    person for any forest coffee related matters including scaling up of projects of similar nature in and outside of the region

    Job Requirements

    Person Specification

    Education, qualifications & other knowledge


  • Master’s degree in Economics, Business Administration and / or Marketing related to Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Agriculture or a related field; Advanced degree a plus;

  • Understanding and experience of participatory approaches and sustainable development

  • Good understanding and firm belief in gender equality


  • Knowledge of forestry and conservation issues (i.e. REDD+), Community-based Forest
  • Management, Forest Certification, forestry policies and institutions



  • Minimum 6 years or above relevant experience in economic development related to forestry or natural resources management and policy;

  • Proven experience working in value chains to efficiently increase trade and incomes

  • Experience in capacity building related to market engagement and/or private sector development preferably with a range of Government, Non-Government and Private Sector actors;

  • At least four years supervisory experience managing and supervising field staff (i.e. project management, planning and monitoring) preferably with an International NGO


  • Field experience in coffee production and the coffee value chain

  • Knowledge and experience in the process and benefits of Certification and its implications for farmers

  • Knowledge and experience working in micro credit.

    Skills & Abilities


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to build and manage long term relationships in a multi stakeholder environment (i.e. Government, Private Sector,
  • NGOs and Farmers

  • Ability to identify key lessons and feed them into policy processes

  • Excellent team building and organizational skills

  • Excellent report writing skills with attention to detail, including use of computer programs such as MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint

  • Strong facilitation, prioritization and coordination skills in multi stakeholder multi-cultural environments;

  • Firm belief in teamwork and gender equality
    Strong English language skills (written and spoken

  • Ability and willingness to travel and reside in rural areas.

  • Strong sense of integrity and personal commitment to the goals and values of Farm Africa


  • Knowledge of local language is advantage

    Our VALUES

  • Investing in smallholder farming is the number one way to combat poverty in rural Africa. Farm Africa is a leading NGO specialising in growing agriculture, protecting the environment and developing businesses in rural Africa.

  • EXPERT. Deep expertise and insightful evidence-based solutions are at the heart of everything Farm Africa does.

  • GROUNDED. Positive change starts with Africa’s people, so our experts work closely with local communities, engaging them in every level of decision-making.

  • IMPACTFUL. We take a long-term view so we can deliver lasting changes for farmers and their families.

  • BOLD. We model innovative new approaches and are not afraid to challenge strategies that are failing.

    How to Apply

  • Those who meet the above requirements should submit their short CV (maximum of 3 pages) and a cover letter (maximum 1 page) addressing with the subject Project Coordinator for Forest Coffee Value Chain project by 20 June 2020.

  • Documents cannot be returned and due to large number of applications, only short listed candidates will be contacted. Applications are especially welcomed from female applicants.

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