Assistance Business Advisors (ABA)

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I.               About TechnoServe

TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. Founded in 1968, we are a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs and wealth for their families and communities. In East Africa, we operate in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. Across the region, we implement a range of large-scale market systems interventions, agribusiness programs and entrepreneurship/economic empowerment projects. With fifty years of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.

II.            About the Project

Honey contract farming project is an innovative, nationwide smallholder honey contract-farming scheme under implementation in several regions, likely Oromia, SNNP, Sidama in phase 2. In this phase, the project aims to support 5 honey companies to source from more than 1500 men and women beekeepers. By developing a sustainable system for smallholder honey contract-farming in Ethiopia and implementing Honey Farm College—a smallholder training program focused on sustainable backyard beekeeping practices and promote the utilization of hives to increase honey quality and yields—this project aims to increase the volume of export-quality honey that commercial honey buyers purchase directly from smallholder beekeepers and support the primary cooperatives on distribution of the beekeeping inputs and managing the in kind revolving fund provided by ATA. The project will sustainably increase smallholder incomes, effectively engaging women in household decision-making, and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and their families.

III.           Position Description

An Assistance Business Advisors (ABA) is primarily responsible for setting up, implementing and improving upon the utilization of beekeeping inputs provided by ATA to farmers through primary cooperatives. ABAs will facilitate the distribution of beekeeping inputs to farmers and support the primary cooperatives on the management of in kind revolving find provided by ATA. A Business’ Advisor also responsible for liaison Ethiopian honey enterprises with farmer’s organization with respect to honey marketing at the specific location if applicable. He/ She will manage day-to-day communications and overall relationships with local government stakeholders. He/ She will also be responsible for delivering refresher training on good governance, bookkeeping and gender training for cooperative leaders and coaching to cooperatives on the areas participating in the Project and prioritize advancing gender equity through their day-to-day work.

IV.           Duties and Responsibilities

ABAs will lead and support on the distribution of beekeeping inputs to the member farmers through the cooperative. S/he also be required to oversee and support cooperative capacity building efforts in managing inputs revolving fund provided by ATA as well as data collection and analysis related to market systems, upon request.

Visit beekeepers & provide advice on the utilization of beekeeping inputs as required

§  Pick farmers at random and provide on farm advice in order to reinforce the utilization of hives in their Backyard apiary.

§  Support survey implementation, as required by M&E team.

§  Gather feedback and ideas for improvement from farmers.

Strengthen participating cooperatives

§  Provide refresher training and strengthening of cooperatives’ capacity around governance, operations, planning and financial management, including business plans, operational planning, honey quality management, post-harvest handling, on managing inputs revolving fund and staff training, with a particular focus on advancing gender equity.

Manage Stakeholder Relationships

§  Create and maintain a good working relationship with stakeholders in assigned areas.

§  Convene meetings with Agricultural Development/Livestock and Administration Offices of the appropriate Wereda once every quarter, together with project colleagues.

§  Meet with Kebele leaders and Cooperative to give progress report every quarter.

Report, Communicate and Share Learnings

§  Submit BA weekly work plan;

§  Submit weekly field reports to the SBA/PM; support impact monitoring and evaluation activities;

§  Participate in regular team training activities to build own training skills, including monthly team meetings and quarterly regional meetings in person;

§  Perform other duties as assigned by the SBA/PM;

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field – Animal Sciences, Agriculture, Agro-economics, etc.

·         At minimum 2-4 years of relevant professional experience — ideally including some private sector experience— in one or more of the following areas: agriculture, preferably on apiculture, cooperative management a plus, SME development, training or extension;

·         A true passion for and commitment to fighting poverty and economically empowering poor smallholder beekeepers/farmers, especially women; Committed to quality and achieving impact; motivated; high level of integrity and honesty

·         Experience working in rural areas of Ethiopia; Willingness to be based in assigned remote locations and willingness to spend significant time in rural areas;

·         Demonstrated strong stakeholder relationship management skills; Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills as well as negotiation and problem solving skills;

·         Strong planning skills and experience working to strict time-guidelines yet flexible, with an ability to adjust to rapidly changing circumstances

·         In addition to Oromiffa and Amharic, demonstrated English oral & written presentation capabilities

·         Computer literacy, including Word and Excel

·         Commitment to advancing gender equity

·         Innovative mindset; learning attitude

I.               Preferred Qualifications and Capabilities

·         Fluency in Oromiffa language besides Amharic

·         Practical experience implementing smallholder contract farming projects in Ethiopia

·         Knowledge of, familiarity and experience working with private sector companies in Ethiopia

·         Have motorcycle driving license and willingness to drive a motorcycle;

·         Practical experience working with bees and handling bee colonies, such as colony inspection and working with different beehive types; Practical experience in colony management following the seasonal dynamics of the colony;

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