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Agricultural Production & Marketing Advisor

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Addis Ababa
  • Salary: $1500


CARE is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Agricultural Production & Marketing Advisor in Addis Ababa ,  Ethiopia.

Job Description


The position holder will report to SPIR DFSA Program Coordinator. The position holder will lead all DFSA efforts on Agricultural production and marketing. The position holder provides technical leadership and capacity building on production and marketing to CARE SPIR DFSA staff in the operational areas in the field, Zones and woredas. The position holder will supervise IGA/ WAGE, Market Linkage, Financial Service, and Agricultural production officers. S/he will coordinate Agriculture and Livelihoods Analysis and Youth related studies, identify gaps and provides high quality training and develop guidelines. The position holder is also responsible to extract, document and share lessons within the FNS program unit, and other stakeholders. The position holder will work closely with other technical advisors and program staffs to ensure program quality and impact in-line with the program goal and objectives.



II.  Roles and Responsibilities


1. Provide technical assistance/Program planning and implementation (35%)


  • Provide quality technical support to CARE SPIR DFSA field level team, government counter parts and project participants;


  • Lead the design and implementation of agricultural and livelihoods component/initiatives of DFAP;
  • Participates in DFAP detailed implementation planning (DIP), and annual reviews, to ensure that proper practices, tools and guidelines are adopted throughout the life of the project.
  • Establishes all necessary relationships with partners and government to ensure that buy-in for evidence based and sound practices and share lessons.
  • Work closely with program staffs to ensure appropriate planning and identification of other programmatic support needs;
  • Support with the implementation of appropriate monitoring systems and provide/compile report on program activities;
  • Ensure DFSA incorporates innovative, empowering and cost effective practices and mechanisms that have potential for transformation, learning and scaling up.
  • Monitor progress and provide on-going feedback and recommendations to project management.
  • Participate, as required, in emergency assessments carried out in project operational areas;
  • Proactively engage with the learning agenda partners to identify and explore learning opportunities and issues;
  • Advise and ensure technical area initiatives are consistent with equity and sustainable development principles.


2. Capacity building and technical support (20%)


  • Conduct capacity assessment and based on the findings advise or plan for project team to develop key competencies and skills to produce quality results and nurture commitments to apply new skills;
  • Establish on-going induction and training processes on the technical area for staffs and partners;
  • Provide support, guidance and training to program staff to understand the technical requirements and best practices that promote and support behavioral changes to enhance productivity and investment in inputs/technologies;
  • Participates in the selection of and support to external and/ temporary technical assistance (consultants, interns, etc);
  • Closely works with the DFSA M & E staff and Collaborative Learning partners and CARE program quality and Learning (PQL) unit to ensure that learning and monitoring evaluation systems are in-sync with global agendas and needs, as required.


3. Partnership and networking (15%)


  • Ensures productive relationships are established and maintained with all consortium partners, donors other DFSA consortium level team and other implementing partners, governmental and non-governmental organizations at all levels and with expert institutions;
  • Proactively develop and maintain a good learning platform with all stakeholders and ensure that good practices are shared widely;

4. Learning, documentation and sharing (15%)

  • Identify, record and share lessons on program processes, practices and results with internal staffs, consortium partners and other stakeholders;
  • Organize opportunities and forums for experience sharing and learning;
  • Prepare and maintain up to date information on the livelihood situation of each operational area;
  • Prepare reports as deemed necessary.

5. Leadership and representation (10%)


  • Contribute to transparent, participatory, supportive and accountable management and decision making;
  • Actively participate and support programmatic coordination and synergy;
  • Contribute to a healthy working environment;
  • Contribute to cohesive team spirit among staff and partners, while ensuring the achievement of the program objectives;
  • As necessary, support the recruitment and motivation of informed, skilled and efficient team; and contribute to staff development strategies;
  • Represent CARE and other consortium partners on agriculture and livelihood meetings and forums at different levels;
  • Exhibit and model behaviors consistent with CARE’s principles, values, vision, mission and a good sense of ownership and leadership for gender equity and empowerment;
  • Proactively seek feedback, work towards improving working conditions and relations and solve issues brought to her/his attention promptly. Maintain effective and positive communications internally and with consortium partner staffs at all levels;
  • Pay attention to ensuring that the project implementation process and standards are at internationally recognized higher standards and are accountable to beneficiaries and to actively engage beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of the project initiatives.

6. Perform other duties as assigned (5%)



Job Requirements

A) Education/Training

Required: MBA/MSC in Agriculture, Agricultural economics, Development Studies, Food security, Agronomy, Rural development, or related fields


B) Experience

Required: 7 years of work experience related to agricultural production and livelihood diversification-out of which 5 years in technical leadership position


Desired: Previous work experience on PSNP, food security program, DFSA, agriculture extension is a plus.


C) Technical Skills


  • Solid understanding of agricultural production and diversification frameworks and tools; and good analytical, communication and organizational skill.
  • Ability to analyze technical issues, to write clear and concise reports and make effective oral presentations;
  • Proficiency in computer (Word, Excel & Access);
  • Good knowledge of written and spoken English;
  • Project design, monitoring and evaluation skill;
  • Effective interpersonal skills, maturity, initiative, tact and a high sense of responsibility,
  • Ability to work harmoniously with people of different educational, cultural and technical backgrounds;
  • Desired:
  • Expertise in agricultural production and diversification analysis and methodologies;
  • Previous experience of working on PSNP program
  • Proven training and facilitation skills;
  • Computer skills in database management;
  • Knowledge of Afan Oromo;
  • Expertise in assessment, analysis and report writing.


D)    Competencies: CARE core values (respect, accountability, courage, and excellence), building partnerships, and managing performance for success, initiating action, interpersonal skills, contributing to team success, pro-active problem solving and organizing, good temperament and good sense of humor.



Contacts/Key Relationships:

The incumbent is expected to establish and maintain good relations with all staff in consortium partner organizations and at all levels. S/he will also be expected to have productive and professional relations with various technical and operation staff in the 3 organization. The position holder would be required to work in World Vision office and CARE office.


Working Conditions and Level of Travel Required.  

This position is based in Addis Ababa, 30% of his/her time for travel to project operational areas.

How to Apply

CARE Ethiopia is committed to preventing all unwanted behavior at work. This includes sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, and child abuse. We expect everyone who works for us to share this commitment by understanding and working within the CARE Safeguarding Policy and related framework. CARE Ethiopia has a zero-tolerance approach to any harm to, or exploitation of, a vulnerable adult or child by any of our staff, representatives or partners.

CARE Ethiopia reserves the right to seek information from job applicants’ current and/or previous employers about incidents of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment the applicant may have been found guilty to have committed or about which an investigation was in the process of being carried out at the time of the termination of the applicant’s employment with that employer.

By submitting the application, the job applicant confirms that s/he has no objection to CARE Ethiopia requesting the information specified above. All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks.



If you are interested to be part of our dynamic team, exciting work environment and contribute to CARE Ethiopia’s mission and vision, please send your CV (not more than 3 pages) and cover letter (not more than one page) through Ethio Jobs 

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Passionate and dedicated candidates who meet the requirement are strongly encouraged to apply, especially women!

CARE seeks to improve the lives of the most marginalized, particularly women and girls. Our diversity is our strength. We encourage people from all backgrounds and experiences to apply.

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