Project Officer I-Regional Crop Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

Project Officer I-Regional Crop Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Description

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.

Purpose of the position

Working under the supervision of the Project team leader - the Project Officer

– Regional Crop Specialist will be responsible for providing technical guidance and conducting capacity building activities in delivery of crop related extension services to One-Stop Shop staff, and support OSS’s crop related extension services to smallholder clients.

The Crop Specialist will also be responsible for ensuring that OSS grantees conduct thorough demand assessments in seeds (cereals, horticulture), agro-chemicals, farm tools and facilitating training/demonstration activities of these products for OSSs customers/smallholder farmers.

Major Duties and Responsiblities

  • Bachelor's Degree, in any field of study, with strong grades
  • At least 4 years of relevant experience in a corporate or development agency setting as a program, executive, or administrative assistant
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including local language
  • Resourceful, confident, positive and energetic
  • Team player with good relationship management skill
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Proven ability to effectively prioritize workflow
  • High standards of ethics and confidentiality to handle sensitive information
  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Fluency in written and spoken Oromefa, English and Amharic

    Job Requirements

    Required qualifications, competencies, skills, training and experience:

  • BSc or MSc degree in Agriculture with specialization in crop production, irrigation, horticulture, crop protection, agronomy, plant science, agri-business or other relevant field
  • At least 5 years (for BSc) or 3 years (for MSc) experience in agriculture or crop production and/or protection capacity building, seed marketing, extension and outreach services in agronomy, horticulture, irrigation and input supply value chains.
  • Understanding Ethiopia’s agricultural system, with a broad perspective on agrochemical and seeds and their supply system.
  • Experience in donor-funded programs a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal, communications, and leadership skills.
  • Excellent adaptive problem-solver in challenging environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Fluency in English and Amharic is required; knowledge of other regional working languages is a plus.
  • Proficient Microsoft Office user.

    How to Apply
  • We invite all candidates meeting the required qualifications to send
  • a cover letter,
  • CV (maximum 5 pages), and
  • a completed online ATA Application Form at https://apply.ata.gov.et or email to Recruitment@ata.gov.et by 6th April 2019
  • Also, please Do Not submit scans of certificates with your application form.

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