Technoserve Business Advisor - TOV Jobs in Ethiopia

Technoserve Business Advisor - TOV Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Id: 220950

Category: Agriculture

Location: Based at project site (either East Shewa, Oromia or Gurage/Siti, SNNPR), with some travel to Addis Ababa or other program sites, SNNPR

Career Level: Mid Level ( 2+ - 5 years experience)

Employment Type: Full time

Salary: Per the organization scale

Job Description

I. TechnoServe Background:

TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries.

We are a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. With more than four decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.

II. Program Description:

Tikkun Olam Ventures (TOV) is a new philanthropic development fund and program established by the American-Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).

Ethiopia is TOV’s pilot country of operations. TOV supports social businesses in emerging economies to access, invest in, and adopt Israeli technology and innovations to improve the lives of smallholder farmers.

Additionally, the fund promotes sustainable business models by facilitating loans for small and medium enterprises (cooperatives, unions, and private Agri-businesses) and by providing them with technical support services that increase their chances for success.

TOV addresses all barriers to the introduction of new technologies – and facilitates access to finance, technology, learning, and market channels.

The first year and a half of the program will serve as the program pilot and focus on supporting enterprises working with smallholder farmers in various horticulture market systems. There is a special focus on increased engagement/empowerment of women and youth.

III. Position Description:

Support Program Manager in set-up of program operations at field sites. Implement and follow-up on program interventions to facilitate enterprises’ successful purchase of and support to their member smallholder farmers in investing in and adopting Israeli technologies and innovations that ultimately improve their incomes.

Interventions include but are not limited to do agronomic practices, the site layout, plot design, system installation and maintenance, supporting enterprises in access to finance, capacity building for improved agronomy, general business and governance skills, loan management, technology utilization, and marketing.

Mobilize and facilitate other key market system players (farmers, local government, research centers, traders, and input/equipment suppliers) to implement program interventions, which will require negotiating, partnering with, and providing follow-up support to these players.

IV. Duties & Responsibilities

Setting Up and Supporting Program Operations

  • Support the farmers in agronomic practices and pest and disease protection of horticultural crops;
  • Support in finalizing selection of enterprises participating in TOV;
  • Develop site plan, design drip kits installation, and install drip kits on farmers’ fields;
  • Provide maintenance service for the drip kits at field level;
  • Provide technical service and training to farmers on drip system operation, maintenance and lateral stretching, folding and storing kits at end of season;
  • Supporting planning meetings and workshops with selected enterprises and other key stakeholders;
  • Develop and closely manage relationships with local government agencies, and other key stakeholders;
  • Coordinate team and guest visits, facilitate travel arrangement, provide assistance, and
    appropriate information and/or facilitate their visit as per schedule provided;

    Enterprise Capacity Building

  • Build capacity of enterprises through facilitating trainings, including but not limited to: train-the-trainer, business model generation, financial and loan management, good governance, horticulture agronomy, TOV technology adoption, marketing, and nutrition
  • Support and facilitate growth in enterprises’ farmer membership and sustainable services offered to members
  • Facilitate enterprises’ access to finance

    Teamwork and Reporting

  • Collaborate with other project team members to plan administrative and M&E activities
  • Provide strategic feedback to improve the TOV program to Interim Program Manager, M&E Coordinator, and teammates based on successes, challenges, and other analysis of ongoing activities;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Interim Program Manager
  • Lead ongoing research into horticulture as well as technologies and innovations relevant to the project scope; working with project team, update the analysis and understanding of the market systems on a regular basis;
  • Ensure benefit to women and youth as well as men;
  • Work together with and support Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) coordinator, as required

    Job Requirements

    V. Required Skills and Experience:


  • Bachelor degree in horticulture, plant science, irrigation, and other related fields


  • Experience in horticultural production and crop protection;
  • Experience in in preparation of site plan for drip irrigation, drip irrigation layout,
  • Practical experience in drip irrigation and installation and maintenance of drip kits for smallholder farmers is an advantage;
  • Understanding of relevant legislation, policies and procedures;

    Attributes and skills:

  • Excellent customer service skills;
  • High level of organization and efficiency;
  • Clear and concise communication skills;
  • Computer skills (emails, scanning, word processing) and proficiency Google Drive, Skype, and familiarity with Excel and Word software;
  • Perform basic Excel functions such as custom sort, filter, copy, paste, freeze rows/columns and can conduct search find and replace in Excel;
  • Keen attention to detail;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks at once for different individuals in the office;
  • Proven ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion;
  • Results focused and aware of the different challenges faced by individuals;
  • Culturally aware and able to speak English and Amharic fluently.

    VI. Preferred Qualifications and Capabilities

  • Skill in site design, drip kits layout, installation and maintenance;
  • Horticultural crops production skill
  • Computer skill;
  • Experience in planning and coordination of events;
  • Experience with computer programs related to data analysis in addition to Excel;
  • Experience in agriculture, agriculture technologies and innovations, or other relevant area;
  • Experience working with farmers, cooperatives and agribusinesses at the field level

    How to Apply

    VII. Application Instruction:

    Qualified and interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and salary history as a single document (either Word or PDF) to or send through post office in the below address until September 7,2019. Please identify the position for which you are applying in the subject line. Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications will be contacted. No phone calls please.

    Address: TechnoServe Inc.

    PO Box 100598

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    TechnoServe is an equal opportunity employer. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

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