Vacancy Announcement (re-advert)
ETHIOPIAN AGRICULTURAL TRANSFORMATION AGENCY
Position: Director- Livestock Program
Term of Employment: Fixed
Duty Station(s): Addis Ababa
Required Number: One
Salary & Benefits: Competitive with comparable positions for international staff
Application Deadline: October 21, 2016
The Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) has been established by the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) to identify and address systemic bottlenecks to Ethiopia’s agricultural development. The Agency does this through problem-solving, implementation support, and capacity building of stakeholders involved in implementation of interventions that address the systemic bottlenecks. The Agency reports to a Transformation Council chaired by the Prime Minister and whose co-chair is the Minister of Agriculture.
The programmatic focus of the Agency responds to a core set of needs identified by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Transformation Council. Within the Agency, issues are divided into four different groups: Production and Productivity which includes Inputs and Crop Protection, Livestock, Research and Extension, Mechanization, Rural Finance & Agro-Processing Value Addition; Agribusiness and Markets including Market Services, Market Infrastructure, Commercial & Contract Farming, Domestic and Export Market Development, and Cooperatives Development; Environmentally Sustainable and Inclusive Agricultural Growth including Sustainable Irrigation & Watershed Management, Sustainable Land Management, Gender Equality and Nutrition, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, and Planning and MLE; and Enhanced Implementation Capacity which includes ICT, Private Sector, and Organizational and Human Capacity. Across the programs, the ATA engages public, private and non-governmental stakeholders to support strategic planning, manage and strengthen implementation capacity and test innovative models.
We have an exceptional team of employees with highly competent and 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.
The Director of the Livestock program will primarily be responsible for mapping out and addressing the key bottlenecks in the priority components of the livestock sector – from research and development to value addition and marketing for domestic and international markets. In line with the GTPII strategic direction, the livestock program during the GTPII period will focus on, but not limited to, addressing systemic bottlenecks in three program areas, namely Feeds & Feeding, Animal Health and Genetic & Breed Improvement. The Director will work with key stakeholders in addressing prioritized systemic constraints along the livestock value chains including federal level institutions, regional bureaus, research centers, cooperatives, farmer unions, commercial livestock farmers, traders, wholesalers, agri-businesses and others and develop linkages to farmers/livestock keepers to improve the ease of market transactions, to decrease market dysfunctions, and to increase small holder farmer income.
The ATA seeks to recruit a Director for the Livestock Program who demonstrates clear passion for improving the lives of smallholder livestock keepers/farmers and pastoralists and a thorough familiarity with key issues of the livestock sector both in the domestic and key international markets, a good understanding of livestock development models, linkages with the rest of the economy and their alignment with major national economic development strategies. S/he would ideally possess knowledge of Ethiopia’s livestock sector and extensive knowledge of its structure, governance, and marketing. S/he would likewise possess the entrepreneurial ability to visualize transformation, to mobilize stakeholders across systems, to be innovative and to drive practical change on the ground.
The Director will report directly to the Senior Director for Production and Productivity and be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.