Agri-business and Marketing Advisor

at SNV
Location Hosaena, Ethiopia
Date Posted October 28, 2022
Category Agriculture
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization. Founded in the Netherlands 50 years ago, we have built a long-term, local presence in more than 26 of countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors work with local partners to equip communities, businesses, and organizations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.SNV, Netherlands Development Organization, is operating in Ethiopia since the 1970s. Currently, SNV is working in eight regional states and the two city administrations of Ethiopia, providing technical assistance and program implementation in Agriculture, WASH, and Energy Sectors. SNV is an open and learning organization that focuses on improving the lives of Ethiopian through a market-based approach inclusive of women and youth. In its new Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV will more explicitly aim for systems change including strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects.For more information on SNV's operations, visit our website: backgroundThrough its work in agriculture, SNV in Ethiopia supports the development of number of value chains such as milk and milk products, honey and bees wax, oil seeds and edible oil, fruit and pulses, livestock and horticulture. It takes a value chain development approach, with special focus on improving access to sustainable markets for smallholder farmers and by developing business-to-business relations and improving business development services.SNV Ethiopia with other consortia members including CARE Ethiopia, ORDA, REST and Agri Service Ethiopia is implementing Feed the Future Ethiopia: Livelihoods for Resilience Activity - a 5-year USAID funded project - in in 27 woredasPurpose of the jobThe purpose of the Feed the Future: Livelihoods for Resilience Activity is to reduce food insecurity and increasing resilience for households (HHs) in highland areas of three regions (Amhara, Tigray and SNNPR) in rural Ethiopia. In particular, the purpose of the Livelihoods for Resilience Activity is to enable 97,900 chronically food insecure households to graduate from the PSNP with resilience. SNV is mainly responsible to take the lead role on value chains/market systems development through building the capacity of implementing partners, private sector actors and other stakeholders.Job Description

  • Coordinate and undertake value chain selection process and market systems analysis
  • Coordinate the establishment and functioning of cluster level Multi Stakeholder Platforms (MSPs)
  • Undertake the documentation of MSP meetings’ outcomes and provide support for the implementation of actions plans
  • Facilitate business and market linkages
  • Identify private sector actors and other stakeholders and prepare proposals
  • Provide technical support for selected agro dealers and localized service providers and link them with agriculture offices
  • Contribute in the documentation and dissemination of learnings
  • Track data from agro dealers, localized service providers, selected cooperatives and unions
  • Represent SNV- Livelihoods for Resilience Activity and serves as a liaison
  • Provide technical support for implementing partners, private sector actors and unions and other stakeholders
  • Prepare monthly, quarter, biannual and annual progress reports both for L4R projects
  • Support consultants and local capacity builders
  • Closely work with SNV advisors and experts based in Addis Ababa and undertaking of field visits, trainings, studies, assessments, promotion of improved technologies and practices, market linkage forums and other similar assignments
  • Contributes to internal and external knowledge development
  • Ensures lessons learned are shared and applied
  • Initiates and coordinates the review process and evaluation of advisory services
  • Participates in knowledge development/expertise groups and in internal and external networks
  • Identify and propose technical process improvements
  • Act on improvement areas within the project and the organisation and give feedback.
  • Ensures lessons learned are applied to improve crop value chains across the project woredas.

QualificationsEducation And Experience

  • BA or B.Sc degree in a relevant field of Agri business, agricultural marketing, agricultural economics, agricultural livelihood development, and related fields
  • Minimum Five (5) years of relevant experience working with value chain development gained in private sector, or in a professional consultancy firm, reputable advisory organisation with an international NGO/GO development

Required Skill

  • Broad experience in capacity building, facilitation of multi-stakeholder platforms for business and market linkages and collaborations
  • Experiences in strengthening of farmer-based organizations
  • Pragmatic, good and patient negotiator and solution orientated approach
  • Knowledge of agriculture, food security strategies and programs of Ethiopia
  • Knowledge in agricultural marketing, development, business plan development, private sector involvement and cooperatives
  • Knowledge of rural development and working with PSNP households
  • Knowledge on agricultural input supply system


  • Problem Analysis
  • Coaching
  • Focus on Quality
  • Result Orientation
  • Persuasiveness

Additional InformationContract Type: NationalExpected start date: As soon as possibleDuty Station: Hosanna, Hadya Zone EthiopiaContract Duration: seven monthsWorking at SNVSNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package; for internationals, we offer an international benefits package and to Ethiopian nationals, we offer a competitive national package. We also offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. Our staff benefit from, and contribute to, an internal global network of experts.

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