Production & Marketing Officer – (crop & Livestock)

at GOAL Ethiopia
Location Filitu/Liben, Somali, Ethiopia
Date Posted August 7, 2020
Category Agriculture
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB

Description

‘If we engage communities, build on their inherent capacities and strengthen the systems in which they live and work, then poor and vulnerable households will achieve resilient well-being.

Source: GOAL’s theory of change

GOAL’s mission is to work with the most vulnerable communities to help them respond to and recover from humanitarian crises, and to assist them to build transcendent solutions to mitigate poverty and vulnerability. 

 

GOAL is a non-for profit organization that has been working in Ethiopia for over 30 years across all the region of the country towards ensuring the poorest and most vulnerable in our world and those affected by humanitarian crises have access to the fundamental rights of life, including but not limited to adequate shelter, food and livelihoods, water and sanitation, nutrition, healthcare and education. GOAL implements a range of multi-sectoral development, resilience, recovery and humanitarian responses Programmes by being sensitive to cross-cutting issues including gender, accountably, child protection, HIV/AIDS.

 

We envision a world where poverty no longer exist, where vulnerable communities are resilient, where barriers to wellbeing  are removed and where everyone has equal rights and  opportunities. GOAL Ethiopia’s main donors are Irish Aid, USAID/OFDA, EHF, ECHO and other private donors.

 

Description of the RIPA Programme:

Resilience in Pastoral and Agro-pastoral Areas (RIPA) is a five-year initiative (2020 – 2024), implemented by PCI, iDE and GOAL, targeting pastoral and agro pastoral communities in Borana, Guji, South Omo and Dawa. The purpose of RIPA is to improve resilience through improved food security and inclusive economic growth, it is supported by USAID in Ethiopia with a budget of $30 million.

The programme has five components, each led by a consortium member, PCI as the consortium lead have overall programme and grant management and are responsible for monitoring, evaluation and learning using USAID’s Collaboration, Adaptation & Learning (CLA) approach. The programme components are:

  1. Disaster risk management including access to informal financial services, PCI will lead.
  2. Diversified sustainable economic opportunities for people transitioning out of pastoralism, iDE will lead.
  3. Intensified and sustained pastoral and agro-pastoral production and marketing, water and natural resource management and access to formal financial services, GOAL will lead.
  4. Improved nutritional status of women and children, GOAL will lead.
  5. A crisis modifier to respond to sudden onset shocks while preserving development gains, PCI will manage with all partners participating.

 

ABOUT THE POSITON

 

The Production & Marketing Livestock & Crop Officer will conduct market assessment, participate in co-design, co-invest and manage multiple partnerships with Private Sector Partners (PSP) to increase access to livestock and crop inputs to support production and to link livestock and crop producers to market players in pastoral and agro-pastoral communities. The post holder is required to have existing knowledge and connections to livestock and crop markets and their players. The post holder will manage private partners operating in his/her operational areas, be able to work independently, be solution orientated and have a business and livestock background and the life and professional experience to work appropriately with SMEs and consortium partners.

 

Key responsibilities:

Livestock and crop market assessments

To have a detailed understanding of how the livestock and crop production and market systems work in pastoral and agro pastoral communities, the opportunities, constraints, and key players.

  • Actively participate with the RIPA team in the livestock and crop market assessments and micro-nutrient improved crop inputs (year 1.)
  • Keep the livestock and crop market assessment slide deck up to date and review regularly.
  • In collaboration with the Sr. Production and Market officer, review secondary data, including data from the previous USAID supported PRIME project to inform the livestock and crop market assessment.
  • Provide up to date information to the Sr. Production and Market Officer and to the consortium team on the livestock and crop market systems and support linkages between the different RIPA project components.

2.      Livestock and crop market input systems (Production)

To identify and manage partnerships with livestock and crop input providers to extend access to productive inputs and skills to pastoral and agro-pastoral communities.

  • Develop professional relationships with multiple livestock and crop input service providers.
  • Collaboratively with production and market team, map production service players against the incentive and capacities matrix to identify providers with increased will and skill to extend distribution systems to pastoral and ago pastoral communities.
  • Leveraging the data from the market assessments, co-design co-investment proposals with livestock and crop input service providers to extend their reach towards pastoral and agropastoral communities.
  • Manage joint initiatives adaptively to identify what work (and what does not) and take successful initiatives to scale.
  • Jointly with production and market team, ensure due diligence processes are undertaken and manage milestone-based agreements
  • Verify milestones reached prior to initiate new installments.
  • Ensure all partnerships follow GOAL’s SME partnership guidelines, are documented, appropriately approved, closed out and filed.

 

3.      Livestock and crop output market systems (Marketing)

To identify and manage partnerships with livestock and crop output providers to extend access to markets, value addition and skills to pastoral and agro-pastoral communities.

  • Develop professional relationships with multiple livestock and crop marketing / value addition service providers.
  • Collaboratively with the Sr. production and Market officer, and the financial inclusion officer, map marketing / value addition players against the incentive and capacities matrix to identify providers with increased will and skill to increase marketing / value addition systems to pastoral and ago pastoral communities.
  • Leveraging the data from the market assessments, co-design co-investment proposals with livestock and crop marketing / value addition service providers to extend their reach towards pastoral and agropastoral communities.
  • Manage joint initiatives adaptively to identify what work (and what does not) and take successful initiatives to scale.
  • Jointly with the Sr. Production and Market Officer and Financial Inclusion Officer, ensure due diligence processes are undertaken and manage milestone-based agreements
  • Verify milestones reached prior to initiating new installments
  • Ensure all partnerships follow GOAL’s SME partnership guidelines, are documented, appropriately approved, closed out and filed.

4.       Linkages to financial services including Business Development Services (BDS)

To identify private sector partners who have capacity to grow and extend access to goods and services in the livestock and crop market systems.

  • Identify existing private sector partners who have the incentive and capacity to absorb and benefit from a BDS engagement (capacity building) and link with the Sr. Financial Inclusion Officer
  • Identify existing private sector partners who have financial / investment requirements and link with the Sr. Financial Inclusion Officer.
  • Identify livestock and crop producers who require financial services and link to the Sr. Financial Inclusion Officer

5.       Micro-nutrient improved input systems

To identify and manage partnerships with micro-nutrient improved crop input providers to extend access to inputs and skills to pastoral and agro-pastoral communities.

  • Develop professional relationships with multiple micro-nutrient improved crop input providers.
  • In collaboration with the Sr. Production and Marketing Officers, map micro-nutrient improved players against the incentive and capacities matrix to identify providers with increased will and skill to increase distribution systems to pastoral and ago pastoral communities.
  • With the help of the Sr. Production and Market Officer, review data from the market assessments, co-design co-investment proposals with micro-nutrient improved crop service providers to extend their reach towards pastoral and agropastoral communities.
  • Team-up with the Sr. Production and Market Officer to manage joint initiatives adaptively to identify what work (and what does not) and take successful initiatives to scale.
  • Collaborate with the Sr. Production and Marketing Officer, Financial Inclusion officer and grant manager, ensure due diligence processes are undertaken and manage milestone-based agreements
  • Verify milestones reached prior to initiating new installments.
  • Ensure all partnerships follow GOAL’s SME partnership guidelines, are documented, appropriately approved, closed out and filed.

6.      Team management

This position has no direct supervisory role but it requires the incumbent to work closely with the Sr. Financial Inclusion Officer and Consortium team members assigned in the woredas where the position holder is assigned, in order to achieve RIPAs production and market objectives to enhance production and market for pastoral and agro-pastoral communities.

7.      Collaboration, learning and adaptation (CLA)

To manage joint initiatives adaptively to identify what work (and what does not), take successful initiatives to scale and contribute to learning in livestock and crop production and marketing for pastoral and agro-pastoral communities within the consortium and more broadly within the sector.

  • Work collaboratively with the RIPA MEAL team to ensure the monitoring and evaluation plan (as regards livestock and crop production & marketing), is fit for purpose, and reflects all internal and donor reporting requirements.
  • Work collaboratively with the Sr. Production and Market Officer and with the RIPA MEAL team to develop the production and marketing learning questions and ensure that appropriate data is being collected and analyzed.
  • Through the guidance and support from the Sr. Production and Market officer, produce at least one production and marketing learning brief each year, prior to the annual learning event
  • Collaboratively with the Sr. Production and Market Officer, set Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) within livestock and crop production and marketing provider partners proposals which align with private sector partners own information systems and contribute to project indicators.
  • Manage joint initiatives with livestock and crop production and marketing service provider partners adaptively, monitoring KPI very regularly to know what is working and what is not, adapt initiatives and either stop those that are not working or take to scale those that are.
  • Convene at least quarterly informal learning events with key stakeholders (e.g. government, communities / civil society and financial service providers and private sector partners), to reflect on what is working and what is not.
  • Plan and manage the livestock and crop production and marketing content and participants for the RIPA annual learning event.
  • Review and report livestock and crop production and marketing data on a monthly basis and report to the Sr. Production & Marketing Team Leader.

Job Requirements

JOIN US

Do you want to join an exciting organization that brings high level impact to the community and add value to your professional advancement?  Then join us if you have:

 

  • At least 4 years previous experience in agricultural marketing, agri-business, commercial farm business
  • An appropriate 1st degree and above in animal science, agronomy, veterinary medicine, natural resource
  • Ability to work within a team of professional staff from diverse technical and cultural backgrounds
  • Able to work independently and act on own initiative
  • Good communication, facilitation and negotiation skills
  • Good computer skills with ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook
  • Good English language skills, ability to speak, read and write of Somaligna language is mandatory

 

Desirable qualities, skills and competences:

 

  • Qualified and experienced candidates who originate from agro / pastoral communities.
  • This description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with the position.

 

This description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with the position.

Language Requirement

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in Somaligna for woredas in Somalie Zone,

 

REMUNERATION and BENEFITS:

  • GOAL will pay a competitive basic salary based on the salary grading with addition benefits.
  • A chance to develop tangible experience.
  • Being part of a team who continue to make a real difference to the lives of the most vulnerable people.

 

COMMITMENTS:

GOAL’s recruitment procedure is fair and transparent which is also in line with the organization’s commitment to its integrity, honesty and culture. GOAL is committed to ensure that, its performance complies with the terms and conditions of relevant agreements, applicable laws & regulations. Hence, pre-employment background checks will be conducted, and employees are required to read, understand, sign and implement different polices including safe guarding and child protection policy, Protection from Sexual Exploitation and abuse policy, sexual harassment policy, code of conducts and any other policy, rules and regulation of the organization.

Applying Instructions

APPLICATION PROCEEDURE:

Interested and qualified applicants need to submit ONLY once their non - returnable application with CV for one vacancy. The vacancy reference number along with the title & Duty station need to be written in the application letter and/or subject of the email. Applicants can apply using the following option.

 

GOAL strongly encourages female candidates to apply!

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview and exam.

Shortlisted candidates will need to submit other supporting documents upon request at later stage.

GOAL is not able to contribute towards any costs incurred by candidates during the recruitment process.

 

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