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Position: Dairy Milkshed Advisor
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Dessie, Oromia, Mekelle, Tigray - Ethiopia
Posted date: 2 weeks ago
Deadline: Submition date is over

Company Description

SNV is a mission-driven global development partner working in more than 20 countries across Africa and Asia. Building on 60 years of experience and grounded in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we work on the core themes of gender equality and social inclusion, climate adaptation and mitigation, and strong institutions and effective governance. Together with our team of over 1,600 people, our mission is to strengthen capacities and catalyze partnerships that transform the agri-food, energy, and water systems, which enable sustainable and more equitable lives for all.

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Project background

BRIDGE+ is a five-year program (from November 2023 to December 2028) implemented by a consortium of partners composed of SNV Netherlands Development Organization (lead) and Wageningen University (WUR and Agriterra, with financial support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN).

The overall objective of the BRIDGE+ program is to contribute to a functioning dairy Value Chain that creates inclusive and sustainable benefits for all its participants, including wider society, with a particular focus on smallholder farmers within the mixed farming system. To attain this objective, the project will operate at three levels: (1) smallholder farmers: increase benefits from dairy farming; (2) dairy value chain: improving functioning and food safety; and (3) at sector level: strengthening institutional structure.

Purpose of the job

The purpose of this position is to facilitate, support, and lead project implementation intended to enhance milkshed-level dairy sector development. This, among others, includes providing capacity development services to project beneficiaries (smallholder and commercial dairy farmers, dairy cooperatives, Agro-Input Dealers, small-scale dairy processors, and schools), milk shed level dairy sector coordination, potential stakeholder assessment, challenge and opportunity assessment, stakeholder engagement, B2B linkage creation, and facilitation and provision of service delivery support.

The Milkshed Advisor works at a milkshed (sub-regional) level and is directly accountable for the delivery of project results at that level. The position holder facilitates and ensures quality implementation of all the project components and achievement of the deliverables to the target clients or communities. Executes milkshed-level delivery of the project. Conforms to the advice given by the regional manager or national advisors, and SNV procedures and guidelines, making sure that timelines and project standards are met. Anticipates delivery challenges and suggests and takes mitigation measures to ensure service and delivery continuity.

Job Description

  • Advisory Service.
  • Knowledge Management - Contributes to internal and external knowledge development products and processes, sharing of lessons learned for application in daily practice.
  • Project and Process development - Develops implementation modalities and contributes to strategy adjustments as part of the project team, based on lessons learned.
  • Positioning - Contributes to the identification of market opportunities and threats within the context.
  • Business Development - provides support to proposal development.
  • People Management -Take part in project campaigns and specific assignments and through on-the-job coaching increase the capacity of associates and partners. Provides hands-on training, where necessary, and contributes to the development of training manuals and guidance.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a specialized and relevant technical field.
  • At least 6 years experience in development work and project implementation, of which at least 3 years in the dairy sector.
  • Dairy sector experience is important.

Additional Skills:

  • Excellent understanding of the culture and ways of living of target communities
  • Speaks the local language fluently.
  • Good written and spoken English.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and excellent awareness about communities, government structure, etc.
  • Good report writing skills and ability to collect documents and share records and information.
  • Computer proficiency is required.
  • work independently and as part of the team, and work effectively with co-workers, partner agencies, and the private sector.
  • Computer proficiency is required.


  • Problem analysis
  • Communication
  • Focus on quality.
  • Result orientation
  • Perseverance

How to Apply

If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV and a letter of motivation before/on the 7th of April 2024. Please submit your application only via Smart Recruiters. All information will be in the strictest confidence.

If we see that your experience and skills match the requirements of the position, we will contact you to advise you of the next steps in the recruitment process.