ETHIOPIAN AGRICULTURAL TRANSFORMATION AGENCY
Position: Senior Technical Expert, Gender Equality
Term of Employment: Fixed Term
Duty Station(s): Addis Ababa
Required Number: One
Salary & Benefits: Competitive
Application Deadline: December 1, 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 and Rural Finance; Agribusiness and Markets including Market Support Services, Commercial Farming, Agro-processing & Market Development, and Cooperatives Development; and Environmentally Sustainable and Inclusive Agricultural Growth including Sustainable Irrigation and Watershed Management, Sustainable Land Management, Gender and Nutrition, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Targeted Livelihood Support, Biodiversity and (temporarily) 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 a proven track record of success in managing complex activities and achieving transformational results. Our culture is one where talented individuals are committed to doing their best and work together 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, motivated colleagues and excellent career development and training. We recognize our most valuable assets are our people and are committed to providing our employees with the tools and training necessary to achieve their career goals.
The Senior Technical Expert (STE), Gender Equality, will primarily support the programs and projects of the gender program which is aimed at mainstreaming gender across ATA interventions. The STE is expected to provide programmatic and technical content expertise to the gender program and will:
(i) focus on developing capacities within the ATA on gender and agriculture;
(ii) provide systematic capacity building support to stakeholders of ATA and gender program; and
(iii) provide content input to relevant teams in problem identification, in data gathering and analysis works, and in the identification, implementation and management of a set of interventions as identified by the team.
The STE is expected to have experience working on managing and resource allocation to implement identified interventions of the gender team. The STE will also be expected to lead independently certain activities as well as coordinate with Regional level partners to ensure effective and collaborative implementation of the gender commitments.
In order to fulfil the above, the STE is expected to have abilities that allow the nurturing and maintaining of excellent working relationship within the ATA and the wider MOA and more specifically with the Women’s Affairs Directorate of MOA and its regional counterparts. In addition, s(he) must possess and be able to demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills, relationship building abilities, sensitivity to complex situations, and most importantly the ability to use these attributes to effectively build capacity of various teams and stakeholders. Passion for improving the lives of small-holder farmers and for the cause of gender equality are key attributes needed from the position holder. Familiarity with Ethiopia’s gender equality situation and extensive knowledge of Ethiopian agriculture system and the stakeholders involved in the sector is important.
The STE will report to the Director of the Gender Team.
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