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Duty Station: Addis Ababa

Number of Positions: One

Job Purpose

The Sub-national Enterprise Development Lead is responsible for the overall implementation of the Central, South, and Southwest (CSSW) Sub-National Hub MaYEA program Enterprise Development 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) 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 Enterprise Development 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; Gender, Youth and Safeguarding; Programing, 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 Enterprise Development component. Establish and maintain closer working relationships with relevant program stakeholders at the subnational and cluster level for the smooth implementation of the Enterprise Development activities.
  • Technically lead Enterprise Development 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 Enterprise Development 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 Enterprise Development activities of MaYEA are produced and communicated to all concerned in a timely manner.
  • 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’ Enterprise Development officers and ensure that they have a proper understanding of the program’s objectives and approaches as well as the contribution of the Enterprise Development component for the fulfillment of the program objectives.
  • Coordinates with the five sub-national leads to provide technical support for the implementing partners’ and IIRR clusters’ Enterprise Development officers.
  • Technically lead and coordinate the enterprise development interventions of the program and support implementing partners, clusters, Woreda officers, community beekeeping mentors, and beneficiaries to establish and/or manage effective and sustainable apiculture and allied enterprises.
  • 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 other technical leads of the program to plan, implement, and follow up on a youth focused targeting strategy and prioritize young women (at least 80%) and other vulnerable groups (at least 10%) to engage in apiculture and allied enterprises.
  • Coordinate with the other technical leads of the program to strengthen both public and private apiculture and another related extension system, encourage private sector engagement, and promote public-private partnerships.
  • Coordinate with the other technical leads of the program to plan, implement, and follow up on the promotion of apiculture and allied value chains, agro-processing, and the addition of value chain points.
  • Coordinate with the other technical leads of the program to plan, implement, and follow up on the promotion of digital financing, digital marketing, and credit scoring systems that can benefit the youth.
  • Coordinate with the apiculture lead and others to avail necessary inputs for beneficiaries (like beekeeping equipment, bee colonies, bee hives, seeds, pullets, etc.), finance, soft and hard skills, workspace, and market to run their enterprises.
  • Coordinate with the apiculture and other technical leads 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 other technical leads to plan, organize, implement, and follow up on apiculture and apiculture allied value chain development activities, ensuring business creation and forward and backward linkages.
  • Coordinate with the capacity building and policy lead to plan, implement, and follow up all the capacity building interventions of the program, including the capacity building interventions targeting financial institutions.
  • Coordinate with the 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.
  • Coordinate with others to create an enabling environment for enterprise development and intensively work on multi-stakeholder platforms and other coordination mechanisms.
  • Make sure every enterprise development activity of the program is in line 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 that the program is well networked with all critical actors in enterprise development related to apiculture and allied value chains 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 and approaches and enterprise development interventions and standards are well communicated to all stakeholders and program participants.
  • Ensure that all periodical and ad hoc communications related to enterprise development are accurate and timely.
  • With other sub-national leads, ensure that feedback about the enterprise development interventions is collected and project gains and progress are documented and publicized to concerned stakeholders and the wider audience.

Safeguarding and accountability

  • Ensure that project communities are aware of 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 enterprise development 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 enterprise development interventions and ensure downward, horizontal, and upward accountability.

Qualification and Competence

Educational Background

  • MBA in Agri-business, Agro-economics, Business Management, Economics, or closely related fields.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience, with a minimum of 6 years of 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.