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Director, Agricultural Commercialization Clusters (ACC)


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Agricultural Transformation Agency


Addis Ababa, AA, Ethiopia 



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Job Description:

Vacancy Announcement

Position:                        Director, Agricultural Commercialization Clusters (ACC)
Term of Employment:   Fixed
Duty Station(s):             Addis Ababa
Required Number:        One
Salary & Benefits:         Competitive
Application Deadline:   September 18, 2018

The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) is a strategy and delivery oriented government agency created to help accelerate the growth and transformation of the country’s agriculture sector. The ATA envisions that, by 2025, smallholder farmers are commercialized with greater incomes, inclusiveness, resilience and sustainability, contributing to Ethiopia’s achievement of middle-income country status.
The agency focuses on two primary national approaches to catalyze agricultural transformation. First, we support the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Resources (MoALR), its affiliate institutions, and other partners to identify and address systemic bottlenecks within an Agricultural Transformation Agenda. Second, we support Regional Governments to accelerate development of high-priority commodity value chains in clearly defined geographic clusters, through the Agricultural Commercialization Clusters (ACC) Initiative.
Our major activities include conducting strategic and analytical studies, providing technical implementation support, coordinating platforms to better integrate partners and projects, and designing and directly leading a number of implementation projects. Our headquarters are in Addis Ababa, and we have regional offices in Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, and Tigray regional offices, allowing us to work closely with a wide range of public, private and development sector partners across the country.

Our Culture
We have an exceptional team of highly competent employees with a 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. 

Position summary
The ACC Director will lead the refinement of ACC strategies, integrate ACC strategies with national priorities (Agro-industrial parks, AGP and others), represent ACC in strategic platforms (Inter-ministerial, parliament , command post etc.), develop capacity building plan for regional ACC, serve as an independent voice to ATA senior management team and the CEO to gage the progress of cluster strategies implementation on ATA priorities and act as a risk mitigating agent in the project management office (PMO).  In addition, the ACC Director will create national level platforms to bridge the gap of public and private sector to maximize the commercialization of small farmers output. The ACC director will report to the Senior Director of the CEO office

The main responsibilities of the ACC Director include:
  • Lead the refinement of ACC/cluster strategies with the support of ATA senior management team and the CEO
  • Align ACC strategies with national priorities and flagship programs to enhance the integration of ACC strategies to the transformation of the agricultural sector
  • Lead ACC stakeholder interaction with federal, regional and other implementation partners
  • Plan and deploy technical expertise to the regions in an optimal manner to ensure Value chain interventions are executed in a pre-set standards
  • Develop capacity building plans to ensure skill transfer in increasing production and productivity and  marketing while transformational mindset  is instilled in regional staff
  • Co-coordinating  public-private stakeholders' alignment on ACC strategies and deliverables
  • Ensure effective regular communication with the various government offices,  the  private sector and development partner
  • Support the Project Management Office to achieve its intended results
  • Support the mobilization of domestic and external resources for the ACC Initiative, including development of project proposals, as necessary
  • Support the facilitation of  private sector investments and provide on-going problem-solving support by closely working with the concerned stakeholders

Job Requirements:

  • Master's degree or equivalent  in Agricultural sciences, Economics, Agribusiness, Business Management, or other relevant fields.
  • At least ten (10) years professional experience supporting areas such as
    • planning and implementation of activities at organization level
    • Market-led value chain development and upgrading activities (preferably including project management of large-scale agricultural development, agro-processing and/or agribusiness focused initiatives).
  • At least five (5) years of leadership and/or managerial experience.
  • Good experience of working at Federal, regional and civil society or private sector sectors.
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills including thorough knowledge and understanding of various regional level and federal level institutions; extensive experience in facilitating dialogue with relevant public and private stakeholders
  • Fluency in English and Amharic required; fluency in regional language(s) advantageous.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with highly collaborative working style.
  • Experience in working with multi-cultural teams preferred.
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving and reporting skills.
  • Strong set of personal values including integrity, honesty and desire to be of service.
  • Ability and willingness to shoulder responsibilities under hectic conditions (in terms of overlapping assignments that may happen occasionally).
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-moving environment, with an emphasis on high performance, teamwork, accountability and results.

How To Apply:

We invite all candidates meeting the required qualifications to submit (i) a cover letter, (ii) CV (maximum 5 pages), and (iii) a completed ATA Application Form at http://apply.ata.gov.et. or email to recruitment@ata.gov.et
Women are highly encouraged to apply.
Closing date: September 18, 2018

NB. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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Agriculture Transformation Agency ATA
Addis Ababa, AA, Ethiopia

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