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Duty Station: Addis Ababa

Number of Positions: One

Job Purpose

The Sub-national Capacity Building and Policy Lead is responsible for the overall implementation of the Central, South, and Southwest (CSSW) Sub-National Hub MaYEA program Capacity Building and Policy component in selected Woredas of Oromia, Gambela, Sidama, Central Ethiopia, South Ethiopia, and South West Ethiopia Regions. He / She will work within the wider MaYEA program team and other IIRR and implementing partners (SOS Sahel Ethiopia and MELCA Ethiopia) staff. He / She is accountable to the Sub-national Program Director and coordinates with other sub-national technical leads, implementing partners, and the two IIRR cluster leads (Omo-Konso Cluster and Gamo-Gofa Cluster). Moreover, he/she is responsible for the follow-up of Capacity Building and Policy-related resource management and communications of the CSSW-MaYEA program to adhere to all universal and MasterCard Foundation, 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 (Apiculture; Enterprise Development; Gender, Youth and Safeguarding; Programing, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning; 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 capacity building and policy 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 capacity building and policy component and establish and maintain closer working relationships with relevant program stakeholders at the subnational and cluster level for the smooth implementation of the capacity building and policy activities.
  • Technically lead capacity building and policy 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 capacity building and policy activities for every fiscal year specified in 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 capacity building and policy activities of MaYEA are produced and communicated in a timely manner to all concerned.
  • 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’ officers and ensure that they correctly understand the program’s objectives and approaches, as well as the contribution of the capacity building and policy component for fulfilling the program objectives.
  • Coordinates with the five sub-national leads to provide technical support for the implementing partners’ and IIRR clusters’ apiculture officers.
  • Technically lead and coordinate the program’s capacity building and policy interventions and support implementing partners, clusters, and Woreda officers on the same.
  • Coordinate with the other technical leads of the program to build the capacity of both public and private apiculture and other related extension systems.
  • Coordinate with the apiculture lead and others to improve participants’ soft and hard skills to run effective enterprises.
  • Coordinate with the enterprise development lead to plan, implement, and follow up on all the capacity building interventions of the program targeting financial institutions.
  • Coordinate with others to create an enabling environment, empower the program participants to effectively engage with other stakeholders, and intensively work on multi-stakeholder platforms and other coordination mechanisms.
  • Coordinate with other program leads to plan, implement, and follow up all the policy-related interventions of the program, including supporting the implementation and enforcement of relevant policies, regulations, proclamations, and initiatives.
  • Supervise and support the MaYEP Central, South and Southwest Sub National Hub, cluster, and Woreda teams and coordinate with other program leads to provide technical training, mentoring, and coaching to project staff, partners, and stakeholders as appropriate and provide demand-driven technical support about capacity building and policy related matters.
  • Ensure that every capacity-building and policy-related activity of the program aligns with universally accepted safeguarding principles and IIRR’s and MasterCard Foundation’s safeguarding policies and procedures.

Youth engagement, gender equity, and inclusiveness

  • Ensure 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 capacity building and policy communications are accurate and timely.
  • With other sub-national leads, ensure that feedback about the capacity building and policy 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 sub-national hub’s capacity-building and policy activities comply with MaYEA’s safeguarding policies and procedures.
  • Actively participate in mechanisms that engage stakeholders, partners, and program participants to reflect on the capacity building and policy interventions and ensure downward, horizontal, and upward accountability.

Qualification and Competence

 Educational Background

  • MA in Agricultural Economics, Policy, Development Studies, and related fields.

 Work Experience

  • A minimum of 10 years experience, with a minimum of 6 years direct experience related to the position.
  • 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 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.