Technoserve Senior Business Advisor – Agronomy Jobs in Ethiopia

Technoserve Senior Business Advisor – Agronomy

Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Id: 204921

Category: Agriculture
Location: Jimma, Oromia
Career Level: Senior Level (5+ years experience)
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: Based on the organization salary scale

Job Description

1. Planning and management of BA’s and FT’s

  • Submit SBA Weekly work plan to Program Manager

  • Review BA weekly work plans and previous week’s achievements.

  • Attend monthly Agronomy SBA team meeting

  • Manage monthly BA meeting

  • Clearly communicate goals and roles and responsibilities to all staff

  • Provide feedback, coaching and development activities related to performance management, following HR guidelines.

  • Notify Program Manager of any performance issues as soon as observed.

  • Develop a team spirit among all reports.

  • Manage Farmer Trainer of the month awards for area and Cohort.

    2. Support monthly Agronomy trainings to BA’s and FT’s

  • Review the monthly agronomy modules and give feedback

  • Deliver modelling training to BA’s every month at local training demonstration plot

  • Attend modelling sessions to FT’s, complete Training Observation form for BA, give feedback to BA’s (applicable to BA’s delivering training)

  • Ensure all training materials reach BA’s on time

    3. Support BA’s in the field

  • Observe full training to farmers

  • Complete the training observation form and give feedback to BA and FT

  • Check attendance form, cross check with number of farmers seen as present. Ensure reported data is accurate.

  • Check demo plot status, complete form and give feedback to BA and FT

  • Visit farmers selected at random, with BA and FT

  • Discuss training, farmer adoption and challenges

  • Complete Best Practice check list with BA and FT

    4. Attendance M & E

  • Collect, review and submit complete set of FT’s attendance sheets to M & E within 5 days of training completion.

  • Discuss any attendance issues with BA’s and Program Manager and develop action plan.

  • Compile weekly attendance update and submit to Program manager

    5. Training Observation & Demo plot observation using digitalized tablet based

  • Ensure tablet application for training observation are being completed and uploaded by BA’s.

  • Discuss any performance issues related to training quality with BA’s and take appropriate action.

  • During each month training to client, check for the correct completion of the Training observations and Demonstration plots observation (TO & DO) by the BAs, before they synchronize their tablet to the system to upload the completed data.

  • Discuss any issues that might be seen
    and give feedback how to overcome these issues. (Problems with the TO& DO, problems with GPS recording, problems with submitting final data.)

  • Discuss any issues with FT’s, BA‘s and develop action plan for improvement.

  • Compile weekly Farm Support visit update and submit to SBA

    6. Stakeholder Management

  • Create a good working relationship with stakeholders.

  • In consultation with Program Manager, hold meeting with Agricultural Development and administration offices of the appropriate Wereda’s once every quarter.

  • Meet with Local Kebele officials to give progress report every quarter.

  • Attend annual stakeholder meetings

    7. Agronomy Budget & Administration

  • Implement and manage agronomy budget for the area

  • Prepare monthly agronomy budget and submit to area finance office

  • Timely submission of all internal reporting requirements.

  • Collect receipts from BAs for FT accommodation and transport costs and prepare necessary paperwork for payment Timely approval and submission of FTs timesheets on monthly basis

  • Timely approval and submission of FTs timesheets on monthly basis

    Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field –Agriculture, plant Sciences, Agronomist etc.
  • At least six years’ professional experience – ideally private sector – in one or more of the following areas: Coffee Agronomy, Coffee processing, cooperative management or agriculture
  • Strong coffee and agricultural expertise especially in regard to the development of coffee production systems
  • A demonstrable understanding of TechnoServe Agronomy Program, this should include knowledge of Agronomy best practices and practical working experience.
  • Solid private sector strategy and management experience, including in several of the following key skills areas – coffee yield improvements and training
  • Entrepreneurial

  • Inspirational leader of professional staff

  • Developing country experience

  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills

  • Willingness to travel domestically when necessary

  • Computer Literacy

  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral, in both English and Amharic (knowledge of Afan Oromo is a strong added advantage)

    How to Apply

    Qualified and interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and salary history via or send through post office in the below address until April 19, 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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