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17 Apr 2019

Business Advisor (BA) – TOV at Technoserve

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Job Description

Setting Up and Supporting Program Operations

  • Support in finalizing selection of enterprises participating in TOV;
  • Develop site plan, design drip kits installation, and install drip kits on farmers’ fields;
  • Provide maintenance service for the drip kits at field level;
  • Provide technical service and training to farmers on drip system operation, maintenance and lateral stretching, folding and storing kits at end of season;
  • Supporting planning meetings and workshops with selected enterprises and other key stakeholders;
  • Develop and closely manage relationships with local government agencies,  and other key stakeholders;
  • Coordinate team and guest visits, facilitate travel arrangement, provide assistance, and appropriate information and/or facilitate their visit as per schedule provided;

Enterprise Capacity Building

  • Build capacity of enterprises through facilitating trainings, including but not limited to: train-the-trainer, business model generation, financial and loan management, good governance, horticulture agronomy, TOV technology adoption, marketing, and nutrition
  • Support and facilitate growth in enterprises’ farmer membership and sustainable services offered to members
  • Facilitate enterprises’ access to finance

Teamwork and Reporting

  • Collaborate with other project team members to plan administrative and M&E activities
  • Provide strategic feedback to improve the TOV program to Interim Program Manager, M&E Coordinator, and teammates based on successes, challenges, and other analysis of ongoing activities;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Interim Program Manager
  • Lead ongoing research into horticulture as well as technologies and innovations relevant to the project scope; working with project team, update the analysis and understanding of the market systems on a regular basis;
  • Ensure benefit to women and youth as well as men;
  • Work together with and support Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) coordinator, as required

Job Requirements

    • Bachelor degree in water resource and irrigation engineering,  water engineering,
    • At least two to four year’s professional experience in preparation of site plan for drip irrigation, drip irrigation layout,
    • Practical experience in  drip irrigation installation and maintenance for smallholder farmers;
    • Understanding of relevant legislation, policies and procedures;
    • Excellent customer service skills;
    • High level of organization and efficiency;
    • Clear and concise communication skills;
    • Computer skills (emails, scanning, word processing) and proficiency Google Drive, Skype, and familiarity with Excel and Word software;
    • Perform basic Excel functions such as custom sort, filter, copy, paste, freeze rows/columns and can conduct search find and replace in Excel;
    • Keen attention to detail;
    • Ability to manage multiple tasks at once for different individuals in the office;
    • Proven ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion;
    • Results focused and aware of the different challenges faced by individuals;
    • Culturally aware and able to speak English and Amharic fluently.

 Preferred Qualifications and Capabilities

    • Skill in site design, drip kits layout, installation and maintenance;
    • Computer skill;
    • Experience in planning and coordination of events;
    • Experience with computer project related to data analysis in addition to Excel;
    • Experience in agriculture, agriculture technologies and innovations, or other relevant area;
    • Experience working with farmers, cooperatives and agribusinesses at the field level

How to Apply

Qualified and interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and salary history as a single document (either Word or PDF) to [email protected] or send through post office in the below address until April 27,2019. Please identify the position for which you are applying in the subject line.  Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Address:  TechnoServe Inc.

PO Box 100598

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

TechnoServe is an equal opportunity employer. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

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