ETHIOPIAN AGRICULTURAL TRANSFORMATION AGENCY
Position: Stage I ACC Coordinator/Facilitator
Term of Employment: Project-based
Duty Station(s): the following Oromia regions:
- Nekemete - Maize
- Assela – Wheat and Malt Barley
- Weliso - Tef
Required Number: Three-one for each Duty station
Salary & Benefits: Competitive
Application Deadline: February 23, 2017
The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) has been established by the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) to identify and address systemic bottlenecks to Ethiopia’s agricultural development and transformation. The Agency does this through problem-solving, project implementation and support, and coordination and capacity building of stakeholders involved in implementation.
The National Framework for Agricultural Commercialization Clusters (ACC) has been introduced in Ethiopia by the ATA, the Synergos Institute, and partners at the Federal and Regional levels, and from the development and private sectors. ACCs apply a geographically-focused approach for rapidly enhancing priority agricultural commodity value chains throughout the country. The implementation of this National Framework will support agricultural sector transformation by enhancing and supporting existing structures to address systemic as well as commodity- and geography-specific bottlenecks across priority commodities value chains. This Framework builds on previous federal and regional efforts for value chain development and advocates for a more focused and market-driven solution with significant coordination between diverse public, private and development sector actors. To support implementation of this National Framework for ACCs, Regional structures are being established by Regional Governments.
The Stage I ACC Coordinator will drive day-to-day coordination of implementation activities in the ACC by public sector stakeholders, as well as private and development sector stakeholders, as agreed in the ACC target-setting and operational-planning process. Specific responsibilities include:
The ideal candidate will therefore possess strong public and private stakeholder relationships in the ACC, with a strong understanding of identifying and problem-solving challenges to agricultural value chain development, as well as best practice program and project management approaches and monitoring and evaluation activities. He/she will also have in-depth experience and knowledge of previous agricultural commercialization, agri-business / agro-industry, or industrial cluster or corridor initiatives in Ethiopia and Africa. Market based programing experience with a particular focus with smallholder farmers will be an added value as well. Finally, the candidate will demonstrate a passion for improving the lives of small-holder farmers.
- Ethiopian policies and strategies
- Agricultural cluster and corridor implementation initiatives in Ethiopia or abroad
- Market-led value chain development and upgrading
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