Agriculture & Knowledge Management Coordinator (based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

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Job Title: Agriculture & Knowledge Management Coordinator
Company: Self Help Africa
Department: Programmes
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reports to: Head of Programmes
Contract Type: Two years fixed term contract, renewable based on performance review
Job Purpose: The purpose of the role is to provide overall leadership and technical guidance to SHA’s agricultural interventions and coordinating knowledge management in line with the Country Strategic Plan (CSP). The Coordinator will provide strategic planning and coordination for the development and implementation of high-quality, evidence-based agriculture/livelihoods interventions and support the programme team in the areas of agriculture, sustainable rural livelihoods, livestock, and natural resource management. The Coordinator will take the lead on building the SHA knowledge and learning base and dissemination of key learning from programmes.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead agricultural and livelihood development components of SHA programmes, focusing on diversification and intensification of agricultural production using a value chain approach, conservation agriculture, climate smart approaches  and any other programme approaches adopted by SHA
  • Provide technical and strategic support to SHA’s Head of Programmes for planning, coordination, monitoring and quality assurance of agricultural, livestock, rural livelihoods and natural resource management projects ensuring that farmer organisations, sustainable agriculture practices, nutrition & gender, natural resources management and livelihood improvement issues are adequately addressed across the country programme.
  • Ensure training curricula used in programmes are appropriate from both a technical agriculture perspective and cultural aspects.
  • Support the HoP in the training & coaching of  project staff to meet technical quality standards and project reporting deadlines
  • Support the HoP in resource mobilisation and acquisition through new project development for  implementation of new  initiatives  and support in the project design and planning process
  • Lead practical action research projects on farming systems & technology adoption and document results
  • When specifically assigned by the HoP, monitor and communicate project status including progress, successes, and risks, and advise on management of challenges and opportunities in project implementation
  • Support the project managers in development of work plans, budgets, technical briefings and other relevant technical documents
  • Review, edit and support  timely submission of donor and internal reports
  • Undertake regular monitoring and periodical evaluation of project activities and support, follow up and report on all monitoring data in collaboration with the M & E team and  project staff
  • Support continual learning and collaboration between projects, including documentation and dissemination of success stories, case studies and lessons learned
  • Contribute to the development of networks of external sources of technical expertise to support agricultural and livelihood development
  • Liaise with Government and implementing partners in technical areas and support the M&E Advisor to coordinate the gathering of appropriate data from each project and distil lessons and recommendations with relevant project stakeholders
  • Prepare briefing notes for individual projects and for the country programme to be published periodically
  • Any other ad-hoc duties as assigned by the Head of Programmes

Key Relationships:


  • Country Management Team
  • Head of Programmes
  • Project Managers
  • Finance and Administration Team
  • Regional Agriculture Advisor
  • HQ Programme Quality and Communications Teams


  • Regional, zonal and district governments
  • Implementing partners

Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s (preferably Master’s) degree in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Extension, Agri-business, Agricultural science, Rural Development or related discipline relevant to the requirements of this post
  • Minimum of seven years of relevant technical and managerial experience in agriculture and/or livelihoods development, especially targeting smallholder farmers and farmers organisation
  • At least five years’ experience at a senior level as coordinator, and/or knowledge manager in NGO or in government or private sector with knowledge of NGO sector
  • In depth understanding of smallholder farming systems in Ethiopia
  • Technical knowledge of food security, nutrition, agricultural diversification and intensification, NRM, agricultural extension approaches, climate smart agriculture and related agricultural development topics;
  • Strong commitment to the aims, mission and values of SHA;
  • Practical experience of working with smallholders to analyse and address constraints in key crop and livestock value chains
  • Good understanding of current international and national best practices in agriculture/livelihoods and continuing challenges in agriculture/livelihoods programming
  • Excellent partnership skills and the ability to interact effectively with donors, collaborating agencies, local and government partners
  • Excellent understanding of project cycle management approaches and tools
  • Excellent  analytical, communication  and writing skills in English
  • Excellent knowledge management skills
  • Experience in team management and coordination
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation and knowledge of M&E principles
  • Experience in facilitation of learning process, networking and knowledge management
  • Experience in programme planning and management with an emphasis on managing for results


  • Good understanding of the Ethiopian Government structure and system as well as agricultural extension services
  • Knowledge of seed production and the Ethiopian seed sector
  • Knowledge of key methodologies of gender mainstreaming (such as gender analysis & gender auditing)
  • Training in communication/writing skills
  • Basic experience and knowledge in budget tracking and financial management
  • Commitment to international and humanitarian NGO codes and standards

How to apply:

Please submit: A completed application form together with CV/resume and a covering letter before Feb 21, 2020, explaining why you want the position and why you think you are particularly suited to the role. Applications should be in a Word document or in pdf. Make it clear which position you are applying for by writing the Position in the subject line of your e-mail as follows [A-KMC + Your name].The application should be submitted by email to the following email addresses:   AND via

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Closing date for applications is 21 February 2020.

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