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Duty Station: Jinka and Arbaminch

Number of Positions: Two

Job Purpose

The Omo-Konso Cluster / Gamo-Gofa Cluster Apiculture Development Officer is responsible for implementing the Omo-Konso Cluster / Gamo-Gofa Cluster MaYEA program apiculture development component in selected Woredas of South Omo and Konso Zones / Gamo and Gonfa Zones of South Ethiopia Region. They will work within the wider MaYEA program team and other IIRR staff. They are accountable to the respective cluster coordinator and coordinate with the CSSW sub-national technical leads, other program officers within their Cluster, and the other IIRR cluster office. Moreover, they are responsible for following the overall MaYEA resource management and communications of the Cluster’s apiculture development component to adhere to all universal and MasterCard Foundation, IIRR, Federal and Regional Governments, and program-specific standards and procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities

Program and Partnership Management

  • Collaborate with the three cluster officers (Enterprise Development; Gender, Youth and Safeguarding; and Programing, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Officers) and the cluster accountant to support and follow up with the Woreda program officers as well as other stakeholders in their effort to properly implement the MaYEA program with the required quality and magnitude in their jurisdiction.
  • Ensures quality of program delivery and efficacy of the program resources allocated for apiculture development and establishes and maintains closer working relationships with relevant program stakeholders at the regional, zonal, Cluster, and woreda levels concerning the apiculture development component.
  • Ensures all program resources of the apiculture development component (human, financial, material, time, and other resources) are effectively and properly utilized to impact better and fulfill the program objectives.
  • Nurture and demonstrate team spirit to create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect that motivates program staff to deliver more.
  • Ensure all activities of the apiculture development component of the Cluster respect the law of the land and comply with MasterCard Foundation’s and IIRR’s rules, regulations, and procedures.

Programming, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

  • Based on the program document, with the support of the cluster coordinator, prepare detailed annual implementation plans of the apiculture development component of the Cluster for every fiscal year specified in the contract agreement between IIRR and the funder and get the plan approved by the concerned.
  • Ensure records of the apiculture development component are well kept, and consolidated cluster-level ad-hoc, quarterly, and annual reports are produced and communicated promptly to all concerned.
  • Ensure apiculture development component stakeholders, partners, and program participants have access to reflect on interventions of MaYEA, and all programmatic and operational learning and results of the apiculture development component of the Cluster are fully documented, shared, and used to facilitate learning, knowledge management, and informed and adaptive management systems across all project components and

Program Implementation

  • Build the capacity of the cluster team, including the Woreda program officers, and ensure they correctly understand the apiculture development component and approaches.
  • Provide technical support for key stakeholders of MaYEA in the Cluster and collaborate and coordinate with cluster officers and government counterparts to technically support Woreda officers and community beekeeping mentors to improve the quality and quantity of apicultural production.
  • Collaborate with the sub-national program hub and others on improving the enabling environment for youth and apiculture sector development and improvement of honey quality to meet international and national
  • Coordinate with the other technical officers of the Cluster to plan, implement, and follow up the commercialization of existing apiculture enterprises, establish new youth-led apicultural enterprises, organize cooperatives, and promote contractual farming.
  • Coordinate with the other Cluster officers to strengthen public and private apiculture-related extension systems and encourage private sector engagement.
  • Coordinate with the enterprise development officer of the Cluster to avail necessary apicultural inputs (like beekeeping equipment, bee colony, bee hives, etc.), finance, and other resources required to implement the program correctly.
  • Coordinate with the enterprise development officer of the Cluster to plan, implement, and follow up on apiculture input and output market development activities.
  • Coordinate with the enterprise development officer of the Cluster and the sub-national hub technical leads to plan, implement, and follow up on apiculture and apiculture allied value chain development activities, ensuring business creation and forward and backward linkages.
  • Coordinate with the sub-national capacity-building and policy lead to plan, implement, and follow up all the capacity-building interventions of the program in the Cluster.
  • Coordinate with the sub-national capacity building and policy lead to plan, implement, and follow up on all the program’s policy-related interventions and support for implementing and enforcing related policies, regulations, proclamations, and initiatives.

Youth engagement, gender equity, and inclusiveness

  • Ensures an enabling environment is created and mechanisms are in place in the Cluster for real and effective engagement of young people in the apiculture and allied value chains, especially those of young women and other vulnerable groups.
  • Coordinate with the other officers of the Cluster to plan, implement, and follow up a youth-focused targeting strategy and prioritize young women (at least 80%) and other vulnerable groups (at least 10%) to engage in apiculture-based Agro-enterprise.

Networking and communication

  • Ensure the program is well networked at the cluster level with all critical apiculture and allied value chain actors and networks to better contribute to and benefit from networking.
  • Actively participate and support the effective functioning of Participatory Review and Reflection Sessions (PRRS), Multi-Stakeholder Platforms (MSP), Value Chain Actors Platforms (VCAP), and other arrangements as
  • Ensure the program’s objectives, approaches, and standards, especially that of the apiculture development component, are well communicated to all stakeholders and program participants in the Cluster.
  • Ensure that all periodical and ad hoc communications of the apiculture development component of the Cluster are accurate and timely.
  • Ensure that feedback is collected and project gains and progress in the apiculture development component are documented and publicized to concerned stakeholders and the wider audience.

Safeguarding and accountability

  • Ensure every Cluster program’s apiculture-related activity aligns with universally accepted safeguarding principles and IIRR’s and MasterCard Foundation’s Safeguarding policies and procedures.
  • Ensure project participants know safeguarding policies and how to raise and report concerns.
  • Serve as a liaison between the cluster and project participants on safeguarding matters.
  • Ensure the implementation of safe development activities by being alert and responsive to safeguarding risks.
  • Ensure appropriate reflection mechanisms are in place for stakeholders, partners, and program participants of the apicultural development program to ensure that program interventions in the Cluster are effective and downward, horizontal, and upward accountability among the program stakeholders is materialized. 

Qualification and Competence

 Educational Background

  • BA/MA/BSC/MSC and above in Agriculture, Animal Production, Apiculture, Business Management, Economics, Agricultural economics, Business Administration, Development studies, and closely related fields.

 Work Experience

  • A minimum of 12 years experience for BA and eight years for MA, with a minimum of 6 years in managerial position of development programs and projects
  • Experience in executing and managing complex programs related to livelihood development, rural finance, agribusiness development, marketing and value chain, youth employment, and inclusive development at higher capacity (such as chief of party, program director/manager)

Skills and competencies required

  • Proven skill and track record in team building, leadership, partnership management, multi-stakeholder engagement, networking, effective communication and facilitation, problem-solving, and decision-making are
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and work independently
  • Ability to think and lead strategically while managing details
  • Advanced computer skills.
  • Integrity and honesty, hard work, firm belief in equality, transparency, and respect for others are core values
  • Prior experience in apiary and honey and allied value chain development is desirable. 

Application Process 

  • Interested applicants are expected to apply only through email at ethiopia@iirr.org, the latest by December 21, 2023, at 4:00 PM.
  • The application package shall include an application letter clearly outlining the applicant’s experience and suitability for the position and an updated CV of the applicant with three references. No other supporting documents are needed at the application stage.
  • IIRR Ethiopia will notify short-listed candidates to provide their credentials. 

Women and people with disability are encouraged to apply.