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Duty Station: Twenty-four project Woredas within South Ethiopia Regional State (Salamago, South Ari, North Ari, Hamer, Bena Tsemay, Malie, Dasenech, Boko Dawula, Jinka town, Segen Zuria, Karat Zuria, Kena, Melekoza, Denba Gofa, Zala, Uba Debre Tsehay, Gezei Gofa, Oyida, Melo Gada, Chencha, Kemba, Kucha Alpha, Garda Marta and Kucha)

Number of Positions: Twenty-four

Job Summary

The Woreda Program Officers are responsible for implementing the MaYEA program in their respective Woredas in the South Omo, Konso, Gamo, or Gofa Zones of the South Ethiopia Region. They will work within the wider MaYEA program team and other IIRR staff. They are accountable to their respective cluster coordinator and coordinate with sub-national and cluster teams and other IIRR teams. Moreover, they are responsible for the follow-up of the overall MaYEA resource management and communications of their Woreda MaYEA program to adhere to all universal and MasterCard Foundation, IIRR, Federal and Regional Governments, and program-specific standards and procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Make sure the program resources are well-managed and effectively utilized.
  • Prepare annual plans of enterprise development activities of MaYEAP within the Woreda; implement and follow up the implementation by others; keep proper records and documentation of activities, outputs, and outcomes of the enterprise development activities.
  • Properly implement the MaYEA program with the required quality and magnitude within their woredas.
  • Ensure records are updated and well-kept, and ad-hoc and monthly, quarterly, and annual reports are produced and communicated promptly to all concerned.
  • Coordinate, implement, and follow up the MaYEAP’s apiculture and allied value chain-related program interventions and support Woreda officers, Kebeles experts, community beekeeping mentors, and other stakeholders to improve the quality and quantity of apicultural and allied commodities production.
  • Coordinate with the program’s cluster coordinator and cluster officers 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 program’s cluster coordinator and cluster 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 cluster coordinator and cluster officers 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 and allied enterprise.
  • Identify potential program participants in the Woreda following the targeting criteria and procedures of MaYEAP.
  • Coordinate with the program’s cluster coordinator and cluster officers to strengthen both public and private apiculture-related extension systems in the Woreda and encourage private sector engagement.
  • Coordinate with the cluster coordinator and enterprise development officer of the cluster to avail necessary apicultural inputs (like beekeeping equipment, bee colony, bee hives, etc.), finance, and other resources required for properly implementing the program in the Woreda.
  • Coordinate with the cluster coordinator and enterprise development officer of the cluster to plan, implement, and follow up on apiculture input and output market development activities within the Woreda.
  • Coordinate with the cluster coordinator and enterprise development officer of the cluster to plan, implement, and follow up on apiculture and apiculture allied value chain development activities within the Woreda, ensuring business creation and forward and backward linkages.
  • Coordinate with the cluster coordinator and enterprise development officer of the cluster to plan, implement, and follow up on the promotion of apiculture and allied value chains, agro-processing, and adding value chain points within their Woreda.
  • Coordinate with the cluster coordinator and enterprise development officer of the cluster to promote digital financing, digital marketing, and credit scoring systems in the Woreda that can benefit the youth.
  • Collaborate with the Sub-National capacity building and policy lead, cluster coordinator, and cluster officers to plan, implement, and follow up all the capacity building interventions of the program within the Woreda.
  • Collaborate with the Sub-National capacity building and policy lead, cluster coordinator, and cluster officers 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 within the Woreda.
  • Coordinate with the cluster coordinator and cluster officers to create an enabling environment for gender equity and equality, youth engagement, and protection and inclusion of vulnerable groups.
  • Ensure project communities know safeguarding policies and how to raise and report concerns.
  • Serve as a liaison between the organization and project community on safeguarding matters.
  • Ensure the implementation of safe programs by being alert and responsive to safeguarding risks in project communities.
  • Ensure every MaYEAP program and related activities in the Woreda align with universally accepted safeguarding principles and IIRR’s and MasterCard Foundation’s safeguarding policies and procedures.

Qualification and Competence

Educational Background

  • At least an Advanced Diploma in Agriculture, preferably BSc/ BA and above, in animal science, agriculture, agricultural economics, agri-business, business management, and related fields.

 Work Experience

  • Direct experience in agricultural enterprise development, especially in apiculture at the root level, is required. A minimum of two years experience for a master’s, six years for a bachelor’s, and ten years for an advanced diploma holder is mandatory.
  • Experience in the NGO sector is preferred.

Skills and competencies

  • Ability to work and leave with communities (both pastoral and farming communities).
  • Knowledge and competence in participatory approach and multi-stakeholder engagement facilitation.
  • Gender sensitiveness, inclusiveness, sense of equity, and ability to engage and work with young people
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Amharic and the local language.
  • Ability to work independently and under tight deadlines.
  • Team spirit with other staff.

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.