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Duty Station: Jinka and Arbaminch

Number of Positions: Two

Job Purpose

 The Omo-Konso Cluster / Gamo-Gofa Cluster Enterprise Development Officer is responsible for implementing the Omo-Konso Cluster / Gamo-Gofa Cluster MaYEA program enterprise development component in selected Woredas of South Omo and Konso Zones / Gamo and Gonfa Zones of South Ethiopia Region. He / She will work within the wider MaYEA program team and other IIRR staff. He / She is accountable to the respective cluster coordinator and coordinates with the CSSW sub-national technical leads, other program officers within his/her Cluster, and the other IIRR cluster office. Moreover, he/she is responsible for following the overall MaYEA resource management and communications of the Cluster’s enterprise 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 (Apiculture 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.
  • Ensure quality of program delivery and efficacy of the program resources allocated for enterprise development and establishes and maintains closer working relationships with relevant program stakeholders at the regional, zonal, Cluster, and woreda levels concerning the enterprise development component.
  • Ensure all program resources of the enterprise development component (human, financial, material, time, and other resources) are effectively and properly utilized for better impact and fulfillment of 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 enterprise 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 enterprise 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 enterprise development component are well kept and consolidated cluster-level ad-hoc, quarterly, and annual reports are produced and communicated promptly to all concerned.
  • Ensure enterprise 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 enterprise 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 stakeholders.

Program Implementation

  • Build the capacity of the cluster team, including the Woreda program officers, and ensure that they have a proper understanding of the enterprise development component and approaches.
  • Collaborate and work with the other cluster program officers, the sub-national program hub, and others on improving the enabling environment for youth, the apiculture sector development, and the improvement of honey quality to meet international and national standards.
  • 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 officers of the Cluster to strengthen both public and private apiculture related extension systems and encourage private sector engagement.
  • Coordinate with the apiculture development officer of the Cluster to avail important inputs (like beekeeping equipment, bee colonies, bee hives, etc.), finance, and other resources required for the proper implementation of the program.
  • Coordinate with other technical officers of the Cluster to plan, implement, and follow up the promotion of digital financing, digital marketing, and credit scoring systems that can benefit the youth.
  • Coordinate with the apiculture and other technical officers to plan, organize, implement, and follow up business opportunity identification, business plan development, market studies, input and output market development activities, and promote market-driven production systems that meet quality standards.
  • Coordinate with the apiculture development officer of the Cluster and the sub-national hub technical leads to plan, implement, and follow up apiculture and apiculture allied value chain development activities, ensuring business creation, agro-processing, and addition of value chain points and forward and backward linkages.
  • Coordinate with the sub-national capacity-building and policy lead to plan, implement, and follow up all the enterprise development 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 all the policy-related interventions of the enterprise development activities of the program and support the implementation and enforcement of related policies, regulations, proclamations, and initiatives.
  • Coordinate with others to create an enabling environment for enterprise development and intensively work on multi-stakeholder platforms and other coordination mechanisms.

Youth engagement, gender equity, and inclusiveness

  • Ensure 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 that the program is well networked at the cluster level with all critical apiculture and allied value chain actors, enterprise development stakeholders, 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 necessary.
  • Ensure the program’s objectives, approaches, and standards, especially that of the enterprise development component, are well communicated to all stakeholders and program participants in the Cluster.
  • Ensure that all periodical and ad hoc communications of the enterprise development component of the Cluster are accurate and timely.
  • Ensure that feedback is collected and project gains and progress in the enterprise development component are documented and publicized to concerned stakeholders and the wider audience.

Safeguarding and accountability

  • Make sure every enterprise development-related activity of the program in the Cluster is in line 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 enterprise 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 enterprise 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/MBA in Agri-business, Agro-economics, Business Management, or closely related fields.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 10 years experience for BSC and six years for MSC, with a minimum of 4 years direct experience related to the position.
  • Experience in executing complex programs related to livelihood development, rural finance, agribusiness development, marketing and value chain, youth employment, and inclusive development is essential.

Skills and competencies required

  • Proven skill and track record in teamwork, coordination, partnership building, multi-stakeholder engagement, networking, effective communication and facilitation, problem-solving, and decision making.
  • 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 human equality, transparency, and respect for others are core values needed.
  • Prior experience in apiary and honey and allied value chain development is advantageous. 

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.