Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture Program Manager (NSA-PM)
|Location||Addis Ababa, Ethiopia|
|Date Posted||August 3, 2021|
|Category|| Agriculture |
|Job Type|| Full-time |
The Seqota Declaration is the government of Ethiopia commitment to end stunting among children under two years by 2030. To attain this goal their Excellences at federal and regional level and inter-ministerial steering committee and regional cabinets has provided leadership and performance management in the past years. This has leverage the government commitment and allocation of funding for the Innovation Phase (2016-2020) which focuses on the implementation of priority intervention packages to generate learning and evidence that inform the design and implementation of the expansion phase (2021-2025).
In the past three years, nine government sector ministries at federal and regional level jointly with development partners have been implementing the Innovation Phase Investment Plan which comprises ten strategic objectives and 50 strategic initiatives. Moreover, six innovations were tested to draw key learning in program management, data revolution, community labs, agriculture and water technologies, costed woreda based multi-sectoral planning and first 1000 days plus public movement for social and behavior change. Lessons and insights from this phase will allow the government to outline and develop a program to address child stunting in the country during the Expansion Phase.
Based on the inter-ministerial score card in 2012 E.C alone over 300,821 children and pregnant and lactating women received access to health and nutrition interventions, 477,889 pregnant and lactating women benefited from homestead gardening and nutrient dense plant and animal source foods, and 319,000 people have access to clean and safe water supply. The overall coverage based on inter-ministerial score card for 2012 E.C was 72.1%. Trend review based on the growth monitoring and promotion showed there was an increasing trend of children participation in GMP activities.
The Seqota Declaration provided a high level coordination mechanism that seeks to mainstream and accelerates existing multi sector programs in Ethiopia. The SD goal of zero stunting by 2030 is widely known and has been embraced by actors from diverse government sectors, development partners and religious leaders at different levels from federal to kebele level.
One of the key differences between the SD and other multi-sectoral program approaches in Ethiopia is the political ‘face’ that has been mainstreamed into its day-to-day roll-out. In terms of the sectors participation, the level of engagement of the different sectors has been based on the existence of nutrition-sensitive plans within the sectors, previous presence and vibrancy of nutrition- sensitive programs, and the availability of nutrition staff or nutrition focal points in the SD implementing sectors. The leadership provided by the inter-ministerial steering committee and government financial contribution has been sustained to finance the Investment Plan in past years.
An evidence review on the Innovation Phase, that will inform the development of an Investment case for the Expansion Phase, is being developed by the R4D. In addition, the government has also endorsed the concept note for the Expansion Phase. This will be guide the development of the expansion phase geographic locations with the aim of reaching more stunting prevalent woredas across the country. The Expansion Phase will be implemented in all regions and city administration in phased approaches.
To institutionalize the governance, the Proclamation for the establishment of the Food and Nutrition Council and Agency is currently submitted for Cabinet of the Ministers office for approval. Until the Food and Nutrition Agency is fully functional, the current PDU team with additional staff will coordinate the national level coordination in consolidating the Innovation Phase and preparation of the Expansion Phase jointly with the Food and Nutrition Coordination Offices deployed at regional level and two PDUs in Amhara and Tigray regional states.Reports to: Seqota Declaration FPDU, Senior Program manager
Duty station: Seqota Declaration Federal Program Delivery Unit (FPDU), MoH, Addis Ababa
Required no: One
Type & Duration of Position: The assignment will be for a period of 12 months’ contract with the possibility of extension subject to performance.
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Knowledge, Skills & Experience
- Minimum postgraduate degree in agriculture fields including; Agronomy, Agriculture Economics, Agricultural Extension, Agricultural Engineering, Livestock production, Aquaculture, Rural development, Soil and water conservation, Crop protection.
- At least 10 years of ‘on-the-ground’ experience working in the agriculture sector at grassroots level with progressive managerial and coordination responsibilities at regional and national levels; and a minimum of 5 years of experience working in the agriculture sector projects at governmental or Non-governmental institution.
- Broad knowledge of the agriculture – nutrition nexus, food security and climate resilient sustainable agriculture;
- Prior experience working in multilateral financial institutions/donor agencies or similar large organizations in the agriculture sector will be an advantage;
- Deep knowledge of the project cycle, including project implementation and portfolio management will be an advantage;
- Broad professional and personal network in the Ethiopian agriculture sector will be a distinct advantage;
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a wide range of partners with varying interests and priorities in the field of agriculture and nutrition;
- Good understanding of the Ethiopian context and of program management within this context;
- Good understanding of the ‘Seqota’ Declaration and the Government of Ethiopia response to child under nutrition;
- Strong written and verbal communication skills (in English);
- Ability to multi-task and work under pressure with attention to detail;
- Willingness to travel within Ethiopia;
- Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite is a critical requirement
for, non-returnable CVs and copies of all documents together with original documents to the Federal Ministry of Health, Human Resource Administration Directorate within 10 consecutive working days from the first date of this announcement on newspaper. Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply.
MINSTRY OF HEALTH, ETHIOPIA
HUMAN RESOURCE ADMINISTRATION
DIRECTORATE, GROUND FLOOR,