Agriculture Transformation Agency ATA
Addis Ababa, AA, Ethiopia
Senior Director, Production and Productivity Projects
Agricultural Transformation Agency
Addis Ababa, AA, Ethiopia
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ETHIOPIAN AGRICULTURAL TRANSFORMATION AGENCY
: Senior Director, Production and Productivity Projects
Term of Employment:
Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency, Addis Abeba
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 the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Resources, and is Secretary to the Agricultural Transformation Council.
focus of the Agency responds to a core set of needs identified by the
Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Resources
and the Transformation Council. Within the Agency, issues are divided into three different pillars:
Production and Productivity Projects
which includes projects related to Agricultural Inputs, Irrigation and drainage, Livestock, Soil, Extension, and mechanization;
Agribusiness and Markets Projects
which includes ICT for Agriculture, Markets Development, Private Sector in Agriculture and Rural Financial Services;
which includes program and project management, Evaluation and Learning, Analytics, and Cross cutting initiatives. In addition, the
Agricultural Commercialization Clusters
is another critical focus area for the Agency. Across the verticals, 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 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
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.
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION
Senior Director of Production and Productivity Projects
is a senior executive level management position within the ATA administration with the Senior Director serving on the senior management team of the Agency. His/her role will primarily involve managing and supporting Directors of Inputs, Irrigation & Drainage, and livestock Programs each of which has different projects. The senior director will also manage and support leads of specific projects that are related to Soil, Extension, and Mechanization.
The Senior Director will work closely with other senior directorial staff within the ATA, in order to leverage and maximize on synergies across different program types. To this effect, he/she must possess and be able to demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills and relationship building abilities.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES
Supervise and performance manage the Directors of the various Production and Productivity projects within the ATA that are organized along key focus areas – Inputs, Irrigation & Drainage and Livestock, as well as the leads of projects focusing on Extension, soils, and mechanization.
Provide direction, guidance and support to the Directors and project leads under the vertical in order to ensure that high quality deliverables and outputs are created within each project, in line with the ATA’s overall goals
Support, enable and facilitate close and collaborative relationships between Directors and project leads and key stakeholders/partners in the course of implementation of projects
Critically assess capacity gaps that may hinder effective implementation of activities and develop solutions as required.
Coordinate and harmonize the design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of projects within the ATA’s Production and productivity vertical
Support the organization in other operations or roles as required by the CEO
Member of the Senior Management Team, which is responsible for organizational strategy within the ATA.
Direct supervisor of Directors and project leads under ATA’s Production and Productivity vertical, spearheading solution development, reporting and documentation of projects.
Facilitator of the required financial, human and organizational resources for the successful implementation of projects.
Supporter to the CEO in the creation and delivery of strategies to enhance the ATA, and where appropriate obtain external expertise and counsel
Provide guidance to and manage output of the staff within the Production and Productivity vertical and contribute to performance reviews and planning for their continued professional development
12 years in a senior leadership role within government, an international agency or the private sector
Experience in a management or strategy consulting/fast-paced corporate environment
Deep understanding of Ethiopia’s agricultural system, with a good perspective on how the system operates and how public, private and informal actors interact within the system
Practical experience in implementing solutions at a local level
Experience in developing and building relationships between the public and private sector
Demonstrable track record of success with program design, performance management, learning systems and monitoring & evaluation
Strong team player with outstanding management skills
Excellent communication skills
Ability to work under pressure and in a constantly evolving and challenging environment
Self-starter and self-motivated person
At least an MSc degree in Agriculture, Rural Development, Development or other relevant subject.
Fluency in Amharic and English is essential. Fluency in at least one additional Ethiopian language is a plus
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
Please note that CVs, cover letter and other application materials
be considered unless accompanied by a fully completed ATA Application Form. Also, please DO NOT submit scans of certificates with your application form.
are highly encouraged to apply.
NB. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.