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Duty Station: Addis Ababa

Number of Positions: One

Job Purpose

Accountable to the Sub-national Program Director, the Sub-national Apiculture Lead implements the Central, South, and Southwest (CSSW) Sub-National Hub MaYEA program apiculture component. He / She will work within the wider MaYEA program team and other IIRR and implementing partners staff to technically lead the proper implementation of the apicultural activities of the MaYEA program within the CSSW sub-national hub jurisdictions. He / She cooperates with the sub-national program director, other sub-national technical leads, implementing partners, and the two IIRR cluster staff for the overall success of the MaYEA program of the CSSW sub-national hub. Moreover, he/she is responsible for the follow up of apiculture-related resource management and communications of the CSSW-MaYEA program to adhere to all universal and MasterCard, IIRR, Federal and Regional Governments, and program-specific standards and procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities

 Technical Leadership

  • Technically lead, support, and follow up the other five thematic leads of the sub-national hub (Enterprise Development; Gender, Youth and Safeguarding; programming, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning; Capacity Building and Policy; Communications; and Finance and Grant Management Leads) the two implementing partners (MELCA and SOS) and the two clusters of IIRR (Omo-Konso Cluster and Gamo-Gofa Cluster) in their effort to properly execute the apiculture component of MaYEA program in their jurisdiction.
  • Technically lead the design, implementation, and follow-up of quality of program delivery and efficacy of program resources of the apicultural component and established and maintained closer working relationships with relevant program stakeholders at the subnational and cluster level for the smooth implementation of the apicultural activities.
  • Technically lead apicultural activities, ensuring the law of the land is respected and MasterCard’s and IIRR’s rules, regulations, and procedures are followed.

Programming, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

  • Based on the program document, supported by the sub-national Program Director and the programming, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Lead, prepare detailed annual implementation plans of apicultural activities for every fiscal year specified on the contract agreement between IIRR and the donor and get the plan approved by concerned.
  • Ensure records are well kept, consolidated hub-level ad-hoc, and quality and annual reports of the sub-national apicultural activities of MaYEA are produced and communicated to all concerned promptly.
  • Gather stakeholders, partners, and program participants’ reflections, draw programmatic and operational learning, and document and share results to facilitate learning, knowledge management, and informed and adaptive management systems across all levels and partners.

Program Implementation

  • Build the capacity of the implementing partners and IIRR clusters’ apiculture officers and ensure that they have a proper understanding of the program’s objectives and approaches as well as the contribution of the apicultural component to fulfilling the program objectives.
  • Coordinates with the five sub-national leads to provide technical support for the implementing partners’ and IIRR clusters’ apiculture officers.
  • Together with the sub-national hub Enterprise Development Lead, implementing partners and IIRR cluster coordinators ensure that a youth-friendly credit mechanism is in place for program participants to engage in apiculture and allied value chains.
  • Coordinate with the other technical leads of the program to strengthen both public and private apiculture related extension systems and encourage private sector engagement.
  • Coordinate with the other technical leads of the program to plan, implement, and follow up on the commercialization of existing apiculture enterprises, establish new youth-led apicultural enterprises, organize cooperatives, and promote contractual farming.
  • Coordinate with the sub-national hub Enterprise Development Lead to avail important apicultural inputs (like beekeeping equipment, bee colony, bee hives, etc.), finance, and other resources required to implement the program properly.
  • Coordinate with the sub-national hub Enterprise Development Lead to plan, implement, and follow up on apiculture input and output market development activities.
  • Coordinate with the sub-national hub Enterprise Development Lead 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 hub Capacity Building and Policy Lead to plan, implement, and follow up on all the capacity-building interventions of the program.
  • Coordinate with the sub-national hub Capacity Building and Policy Lead to plan, implement, and follow up all the policy-related interventions of the program and support the implementation and enforcement of related policies, regulations, proclamations, and initiatives.
  • Collaborate and work with the national program hub on improving the enabling environment for youth and apiculture sector development and improvement of honey quality to meet international and national standards.

Youth engagement, gender equity, and inclusiveness

  • Ensures an enabling environment is created and mechanisms are in place 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 technical leads of the program to plan, implement, and follow up a youth-focused targeting strategy that prioritizes 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 with all critical actors in apiculture and allied value and benefits from networking.
  • Actively participate in 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 apiculture and allied interventions and standards are well communicated to all stakeholders and program participants.
  • Ensure that all periodical and ad hoc communications related to apiculture are accurate and timely.
  • With other sub-national leads, ensure that feedback about the apicultural interventions is collected; project gains and progress are documented and publicized to concerned stakeholders and the wider audience.

Safeguarding and accountability

  • Ensure project communities know safeguarding policies and how to raise and report concerns.
  • Serve as a liaison between the MaYEA and project community on safeguarding matters.
  • Ensure the implementation of a safe program by being alert and responsive to safeguarding risks in project communities.
  • Comply with and ensure that the apicultural activities of the sub-national hub comply with MaYEA’s safeguarding policies and procedures.
  • Actively participate in mechanisms that engage stakeholders, partners, and program participants to reflect on the apicultural interventions and ensure downward, horizontal, and upward accountability.


Qualification and Competence

 Educational Background

  • MSc and above in Apiculture, Animal production, or closely related fields.

 Work Experience

  • A minimum of 10 years experience, with a minimum of 6 years of direct experience related to apiary and honey and allied value chains.
  • Experience in executing and managing complex programs related to livelihood development, rural finance, agribusiness development, marketing and value chain, youth employment, and inclusive development is advantageous.

 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 equality, transparency, and respect for others are core values needed. 

Application Process 

  • Interested applicants are expected to apply only through email at, 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.