Country Manager, Ethiopia: Job Reference CM/ET/11/2018

Country Manager, Ethiopia: Job Reference CM/ET/11/2018

About AGRA

Founded in 2006, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), is an African-led African-based organization that seeks to catalyze Agriculture Transformation in Africa. AGRA is focused on putting smallholder farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economy by transforming agriculture from a solitary struggle to survive into farming as a business that thrives. As the sector that employs the majority of Africa’s people, nearly all of them small-scale farmers, AGRA recognizes that developing smallholder agriculture into a productive, efficient, and sustainable system is essential to ensuring food security, lifting millions out of poverty, and driving equitable growth across the continent.

AGRA is rolling out a new 5-year strategy to catalyze and sustain an Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa to increase incomes and improve food security for 30 million farmers. Under this strategy, AGRA will deliver through an approach that simultaneously catalyzes change at farmer level, strengthens input and output market systems and puts government at the center to enable and champion private-sector-led agricultural growth at national level.

To support this transformation from a country perspective, AGRA is seeking to recruit an experienced and exceptional individual to the role of Country Manager, Ethiopia

The position is only open to Ethiopia nationals and will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Position

The Country Manager, Ethiopia is the resident representative responsible for delivering the AGRA-Ethiopia Strategy and plans. S/he reports to the Regional Head mainly be responsible for coordinating building necessary and sufficient partnership with the government, organizations of smallholder farmers, other private sector investors and actors, development partners (DPs) and other key stakeholders.  

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead development of country plan on an annual basis in collaboration with AGRA teams.
  • Coordinate country-level interventions set out in the country plan, working with program teams to deliver innovative intervention models across the value chain.
  • Convene and build relationships with domestic government, private sector, donors, civil society organizations and others with a presence in country, to build and nurture country-level partnerships deemed essential to AGRA’s mission in the country.
  • Represent AGRA in key meetings and forums of the government and its development partners including donor coordination meetings that contribute to the advancement of AGRA’s investments in the country.
  • Coordinate, facilitate, and oversee implementation of AGRA-supported investments and foster the integration of AGRA’s investments in country.
  • Oversee country level research required to complete the country plan on a periodic basis, to ensure that country and program objectives are aligned to the national/government goals and objectives.
  • Identifying and pursuing opportunities to mobilize resources in support of AGRA’s priorities and/or advocating for public and private sector stakeholders to scale AGRA’s demonstrated intervention models in country.
  • Maintain working knowledge of national agricultural sector development plans in order to identify and pursue opportunities to (i) mobilize resources to support AGRA’s priorities and/or (ii) advocate for public and private sector stakeholders to scale AGRA’s demonstrated intervention models in country.
  • Relay feedback from AGRA’s partners, especially the government and development partners to other parts of the organization.
  • Provide day to day guidance, oversight, management, and professional development of Country Team, and oversee the work of AGRA consultants in the country as needed.
  • Assist Program officers to research and develop grantee portfolios dealing with constraints, resources and opportunities for increasing and improving seed and technology supply at farmer levels.
  • Draw on the expertise of AGRA program officers in the areas of soil fertility, policy, and farmer organizations to enhance the operations of country strategies and link program investments and activities to other AGRA initiatives.
  • Serve as primary point-of-contact to donors in the relevant countries, furnishing them with required reports, day-to-day communications, and timely insights on program challenges and breakthroughs in a manner which maintains their positive engagement with the program.

Key Qualifications and Experience required:

  • Master’s degree in Agriculture, Economics or related disciplines.
  • A relevant Doctorate degree will be an added advantage.
  • Fluency in English and the main national language is mandatory.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in agriculture related international development work, with proven track record in the management of diverse teams working across diverse geographies.
  • Knowledge, skills and proven record of accomplishment at management, coordination delivery and leadership roles in seed and input systems development, strongly preferred.
  • High knowledge of challenges and opportunities for agricultural transformation in Ethiopia in particular, and in Sub-Saharan Africa, in general.
  • Professional development programs in leadership and management including financial and staff supervision/performance management.
  • Proficient in program management.
  • Proficient in program design and M&E.
  • Proven record in influencing regional and national policies and strategies with respect to agricultural transformation.
  • Experience, skills and proven record of accomplishment in working with the private sector, such as agribusinesses and financial institutions.
  • Experience working with a large multinational development agency in a management and coordination role is an advantage.
  • Passionate about the mission and opportunity AGRA has to catalyze and sustain agricultural transformation in Ethiopia in particular, and Africa in general.

An attractive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

If you believe you are the right candidate for this position, kindly submit your application with a detailed CV (including your e-mail and telephone contacts) to Please quote the job reference number in the subject line of the application e-mail.

To be considered, applications must be received by 17th December, 2018.

For more information on AGRA, applicants can visit

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

AGRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer