SNV, Netherlands Development Organisation, has worked in Ethiopia since the 1970s and currently operates in SNNP, Oromia, Amhara and Tigray regional states, providing capacity strengthening support in three sectors – Agriculture, WASH and Energy. Through its work in agriculture, SNV in Ethiopia supports the development of number of value chains such as milk, honey, oil seeds and edible oil, pulses, livestock and horticulture.
Horti-LIFE is a 3 years project (2016-2018) funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN), implemented by SNV-Ethiopia in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The aim of the program is to increase export and the food and nutritional security levels by supporting smallholder farmers in the horticulture sector. The project has four components:
• Integrate smallholders in high value chains via grants to investors who support farmers by improving the access to inputs & markets (contract farming) and via support to Value Chain Alliances
• Increase productivity and food safety by setting up Farmers Field School and Spray Service Providers
• Capacity building of Universities and A-TVETs
• Improve the enabling environment by supporting MoANR to improve the regulatory system and to support the Small-Holder Horticultural Development Directorate.
The project operates in four regions: Amhara, Oromia, Tigray and SNNP. The national level team consists of an international Team Leader, a deputy team leader, and international horticultural advisor, a value chain advisor, a horticultural production advisor, a crop protection expert, a Finance Officer and M&E Specialist.
The main responsibilities of the horticultural production trainer and coach are:
o Train and coach a wide range of people on horticultural production:
o Horti-LIFE staff (regional, cluster and woreda coordinators)
o Development Agents in 55 kebele’s
o Zonal and regional horticultural experts
o Instructors of Agricultural TVETs
o Contribute to a continuous improvement of training and extension materials (with support of Horti-LIFE colleagues and experts from MoANR and EIAR)
o Support field test on new IPM methods that Horti-LIFE implements with Melkassa Research Centre
o Support the implementation of the companies or unions that have won a project of the Smallholder Chain Integration Fund of Horti-LIFE (some 20 projects are expected)
o Assist the Horticultural Production Advisor in organising the creation and support of 110 Farmers Field School in eleven woreda’s in the four main regions
o Support the Plant Protection Expert in his work with Spray Service Providers in these 110 FFSs. This can also involve training and coaching of SSPs.Cooperate with all team members; especially when visiting the regions.
Key Roles of the Job holder
Financial & Administrative Management
Monitoring, Evaluation & Reporting
Networking, Learning & Representation
Education and Work experience
A relevant MSc degree (or equivalent). This means horticulture, plant science, agricultural economics, agricultural extension, etc.§ Solid knowledge of horticultural production processes in Ethiopia,
§ A minimum of 10 years of work experience in horticultural production