Regional Project officer I-ISGWID

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Position:                              Reginal Project officer I-ISGWID

Term of Employment:      One year with possibility of extension

Duty Station(s):                  SNNPR(Hawassa)

Required Number:            One

Salary & Benefits:             Competitive

Application Deadline:      June 19/2021


The PO will lead the Irrigation and Drainage Program in working with RATA Integrated Shallow Groundwater Irrigation Development (ISGWID) Project lead to implement national priority initiatives within the household irrigation sub sector. The PO will be responsible for coordination and execution of high impact initiatives across the entire value chain, as well as systemic activities in ISGWID Project.


  The Irrigation and Drainage Project Officer will be responsible for

  • Problem Solving: Support the effort in the identification of critical bottlenecks, designing of different components of ISGWID project ,and defining implementable recommendations in ISGWID project
  • Implementation support: Identify areas where there is a need to support partners and design an implementation support strategy to enable partners execute their deliverables with the required quality and timely manner.
  • Work plan execution: manage the execution of the work plan with the support of a high-performance team of coordinators and contact persons from external implementing institutions, mainly the Ministry of Agriculture and LR, Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, and Regional Bureaus of Agriculture and LR, Regional Bureaus of Water and other stakeholders through Regional ATA’s.
  • Coordination: Ensure alignment of different stakeholders and follow up implementation of interventions of different components of the project.
  • Capacity building: ensure sharing of competencies for building the capacity of implementing institutions.
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning:  support design and execution of MEL for each activity in Irrigation and Drainage sector in accordance with ATA’s overall MEL framework
  • Serve as an SPO, responsible for the overall implementation, values, culture and management of the ISGWID project.
  • Develop effective and collaborative partnerships with stakeholders across the ISGWID project (government, business, civil society, universities, cooperatives, farmers’ organizations, farmers, donors, etc.) in delivery of priority sector objectives.
  • Proactively identify opportunities to support stakeholders so that they can execute against their missions in the ISGWID project and support them in the mobilization of needed financial, human or organizational resources for project execution
  • Regularly report to the ISGWID project lead on progress, challenges and constraints of the work
  • Support the project lead in the preparation and manage ATA ISGWID Project budget; obtain approval from the Director and monitor budget utilization against allocation.
  •  Work collaboratively with other ATA programs to achieve synergies that impact the broader agricultural system

Job Requirements

Required qualifications, competencies, skills, trainings, and experience.

  • BSC or MSC Degree in Agriculture science and its application to agriculture, or other relevant subject
  • At least 6 years’ experience for BSC & 4 years for MSC in agricultural development, with deep expertise in household and/or small-scale irrigation
  • Demonstrated expertise in the full value chain for high-value crops and energy efficient and water saving technologies.
  • Deep understanding of Ethiopia’s agricultural system, with a broad perspective on how the entire system operates and how public, private, NGO and informal actors operate within the system.
  • Experience in piloting and scaling up relevant solutions at both national and local levels, while building productive partnerships across sectors
  • Strong in-country network in Ethiopia in the agricultural sector, both at the national and the regional levels
  • Oral and written fluency in English and local/regional language is essential.  Fluency in at least one additional Ethiopian language is a plus.
  • Highly facilitative and collaborative style with the ability to build relationships with across diverse cultures and organizations.
  • Passion for participation in cultivating and developing high-performance peer teams while incorporating cooperation, open communication, and social relationship.
  • Excellent adaptive problem-solver in a challenging environment, with the ability to think strategically and prioritize program activities under dynamic conditions.
  • Strong set of personal values including integrity, honesty, and desire to be of service.
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills including thorough extensive experience with government institutions, development partners, private sector stakeholders, and farmer groups.
  • Demonstrated team player with good people management skills.

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