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Agronomy Advisor 1


Company NAme: Technoserve

Posted Date: 2023-08-25

Deadline: 2023-09-29

Job Type:Full time

Salary: N/A



Job Description

TechnoServe Background

Everyone deserves the opportunity to build a better future. This simple idea has been at the heart of TechnoServe’s work around the world for over 50 years. TechnoServe is a pioneer in leveraging the power of business and markets to create sustainable pathways out of poverty.

The low-income communities in which we work are full of enterprising people. Their small-scale farms and businesses are the keys to economic development. But they face many challenges: low literacy, lack of access to jobs and markets, unpredictable political dynamics and, increasingly, the effects of climate change. For many women and young people, the challenges are even more daunting. Working with TechnoServe staff, people around the world are lifting themselves out of poverty. The results are amazing…when incomes increase and living conditions for families get better, they are able to access health care and education previously out of reach. Communities and even whole countries are better off.

Program Description

The five-year CREW program aims to increase climate resilient economic empowerment of women coffee farmers in Southern Ethiopia. CREW will advance this vision through targeted approaches at the farm/household, wet mill, and industry level. CREW’s design embraces the mutually reinforcing relationship of women’s economic empowerment (WEE) with our aim to increase thriving and resilient coffee production. CREW’s ultimate beneficiaries will be 76,000 women and men and 80 coffee processing businesses in coffee-growing communities in targeted zones of the Ethiopian regions of Sidama and Oromia.

  • Position Description

The Agronomy Advisor shall support the implementation of strategies that will enable smallholder coffee farmers to achieve sustainable increase in coffee quality and yields as per TechnoServe and project’s quality requirements. Responsible for day-to-day execution of the coffee agronomy program, activities plan, local stakeholder relations management and supervise project deliverables of farmer trainers to ensure the timely achievement of targets.

Key roles and responsibility

  • Sensitize local leadership, smallholder coffee farmers and all local stakeholders on the TechnoServe coffee project work.
  • Implement existing strategies to provide assigned woredas and kebeles with agronomy training and with structured post-training farm visits to improve adoption.
  • Train and advise farmers being assisted by the project on coffee agronomy best practices with the objective of helping them to improve coffee yields and quality.
  • Train, mentor, coach and support assigned Farmer Trainers on all technical and operational aspects of their work and in relationship with farmers. This includes assisting them to set performance goals, continuous assessment of performance and giving feedback.
  • Participate in the implementation of the defined project monitoring, measurement and evaluation activities that ensure accurate and consistent capture of date for project reporting and documenting of the impact of our work.
  • Where possible, create linkages between wet mills, farmers and suppliers of recommended inputs and other farm requirements.
  • Collect, collate, validate and submit the specified project data and clients’ reports within stipulated time lines. This includes impact stories, photos and other beneficiaries’ information that may be requested from time to time
  • Cultivate and manage good relationship with local leadership and farmer as well as with key industry stakeholders and community leaders at local levels.
  • Keep abreast of developments concerning coffee at the wet mills, farms and in the local community and regularly report these.
  • Understand, respect and promote TechnoServe’s values, vision, and strategy in the implementation of assigned duties.
  • Any other relevant tasks as assigned by the Senior Agronomy Advisor.

Job Requirements

  • ethioBachelor’s Degree in Horticulture, or Plant science. May accept experience in lieu of a degree.
  • At least 2-4 year’s professional experience – ideally in the private sector – in one or more of the following areas: coffee processing or agronomy; business or cooperative management; SME development; agriculture; training; extension services.
  • Demonstrated good understanding of the Ethiopia coffee industry is an added advantage
  • Possess an aptitude and skills for training adults in a field set up.
  • Strong planning skills and ability to generate innovative solutions in highly dynamic work situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and present well-written, cohesive analyses and reports.
  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative and cross-cultural skills.
  • Willingness to be based and to spend time in project implementation sites located in rural areas.
  • Valid Renewed Motorcycle riding license, ability and willingness to ride a motorcycle is a MUST
  • Fluency in English and Amharic. Knowledge of local languages such as Afan Oromo or Sidamigna is an added advantage Success Factors

    Competency is a combination of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) directly related to successful performance on the job.

    Core Competencies include:

    • Integrity and honesty: Is widely trusted; seen as a direct, truthful individual; presents truthful information in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; does not misrepresent himself or herself for personal gain.
    • Team Work/ Relationships: Works co-operatively and flexibly with other members of the team with a full understanding of the role to be played as a team member and/or leader, to achieve a common goal. Ability to build and maintain effective relationships and networks.
    • Learning attitude: Proactively takes advantage of opportunities to learn. Actively identifies new areas for learning; applies and shares new knowledge and skill appropriately.
    • Diversity/Inclusiveness: Demonstrates an understanding and appreciation for diversity and supports diversity efforts. Interacts effectively with and inclusively with people of all races, cultures, ethnicities, backgrounds, religions, ages, and genders.
    • Communication: Expresses ideas effectively in individual and group situations. Listens effectively; shares information, ideas and arguments; adjusts terminology, language and communication modes to the needs of the audience; ensures accurate understanding; acts in a way that facilitates open exchange of ideas and information; uses appropriate non-verbal communication.
    • Decision making/Problem Solving: Is able to analyze situations, diagnose problems, identify the key issues, establish and evaluate alternative courses of action and produce a logical, practical and acceptable solution. Is able to make effective decisions on a day-to-day basis, taking ownership of decisions, demonstrating sound judgement in escalating issues where necessary.
    • Results Oriented/ High Quality Deliverables: Stays focused on the efforts necessary to achieve quality results consistent with programmatic or departmental goals. Demonstrates the ability to achieve effective results; works persistently to overcome obstacles to goal achievement. Accomplishes tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks.
    • Planning & Time Management: Establishes a course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a specific goal. Effectively plans, schedules, prioritizes and controls activities; identifies, integrates and orchestrates resources (people, material, information, budget, and/or time) to accomplish goals. Prioritizes work according to the program or department’s goals, not just own job responsibilities; manages own time effectively.
    • Business Acumen: The ability to use information, ask the right questions and take decisions that make an impact on the overall business performance.

    Job Specific/Technical Competencies include:

    • Financial & Resource Management: The ability to estimate, justify, and manage appropriate funding levels to support goal accomplishment. Managing Resources is about understanding human, financial, and operational resource issues to make decisions aimed at building and planning efficient project workflows, and at improving overall organizational performance.
    • Donor/Partnership Management: Identifying opportunities and taking action to build strategic relationships between one’s area and other areas, teams, departments, or organizations to help achieve business goals.
    • Analysis, Research, Report Writing: Experience in business planning and analysis, modeling for feasibility and execution. Able to analyze and express oneself clearly in business writing.
    • Innovative Mindset: Curious inquiries, asks questions and seeks out information from multiple sources, learns from mistakes, sees change as an opportunity.

    How to Apply

    We encourage all qualified individuals who share TechnoServe’svision of improving the lives of others through proven business solutions to apply by September 29, 2023 using the below link

    With our commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer andaffirmative action employerand do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, HIV/AIDS status, protected veteran status, disability and all other protected classes.

    We are also proud of our commitment to protecting staff, partners, and beneficiaries from abuse and exploitation and thoroughly vet all final candidates through rigorous background and reference checks.

    If you have a disability that affects your ability to use our online system to apply for a position at TechnoServe please contact the Human Resources atrecruitment@tns.orgor call +1 202 785 4515.



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