The newly-created Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as a Cooperatives Program Director.
The ATA is an initiative by the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) with the primary aim of promoting agricultural sector transformation by supporting existing structures of government, private-sector and other non-governmental partners to address systemic bottlenecks and deliver on a priority national agenda to achieve growth and food security.
The formation of the ATA is a result of two years of extensive diagnostic study across eight sub-sectors of Ethiopia's agricultural system in a highly-consultative, multi-stakeholder process conducted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Its structure and function is focused on nimble, innovative and results-oriented support to a range of partners in the agricultural sector.
Programmatically, the ATA will focus on a set of high priority initiatives identified by an inter-ministerial Council chaired by the Prime Minister. The initial areas of focus include cooperatives, seeds, markets, technology access and adoption and extension and research. Across the thematic initiatives, the ATA engages public, private and non-governmental stakeholders to support strategic planning, manage and strengthen implementation capacity and test innovative models. The ATA will be financed by GOE and a range of development partners.
The Cooperative Program Director will lead the internal ATA cooperative team in fulfilling the cooperative program area objectives which include the following:
1. To strengthen the working relationship of all actors in the cooperative sector to serve smallholder farmers effectively and
2. To provide primary cooperative leaders the tools and resources to build strong organizations with links to multiple input and output markets.
In addition to working with the internal cooperative team, the Cooperative Program Director will collaborate with key cooperative stakeholders including primary cooperatives, unions, federations, government promotion agencies, NGOs and private organizations.
The ideal Director possesses a passion for improving the lives of small-holder farmers, a familiarity with Ethiopia's agricultural cooperative system and extensive knowledge of agricultural inputs distribution and marketing through cooperatives. S/he would likewise possess the entrepreneurial ability to visualize transformation, to mobilize stakeholders across system, to be innovative and to drive practical change on the ground.
This position will officially report to the ATA's CEO or Deputy CEO. This is a two-year, fixed term, renewable appointment.
APPLICATION AND MORE INFORMATION:
Senior Program Officer
Global Development Program
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
P: +1 206 770 1691
F: +1 206 494 7073
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