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The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

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Position: Research Officer III - Internal/External
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Addis Abeba - Ethiopia
Salary: Birr 71,122 per month
Posted date: 2 weeks ago
Deadline: Submition date is over

The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) seeks to recruit a Research Officer III who will play a key role in supporting the Climate Action initiative by providing capacity building, technical support, and coordinating field data collection activities in Ethiopia. Additionally, the job will involve coordinating partnership meetings, ensuring timely follow-up on project progress, and disseminating project results to stakeholders.

The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) one of 15 CGIAR research centers dedicated entirely to delivering research-based solutions that address the global crises of malnutrition, climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation. The Alliance focuses on the nexus of agriculture, nutrition, and the environment. We work with local, national, and multinational partners across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and with the public and private sectors and civil society. With novel partnerships, the Alliance generates evidence and mainstreams innovations to transform food systems and landscapes so that they sustain the planet, drive prosperity, and nourish people. The Alliance is organized into six key levers: 1)Food environment and consumer behavior - reshaping the food environment and consumer behavior toward healthy and sustainable diets; 2) Multifunctional landscapes - fostering innovation for environmental health and productive landscapes to improve livelihoods; 3) Climate action - mainstreaming climate action in the food system to reduce risks; 4) Biodiversity for food and agriculture - making agricultural and tree diversity available and safeguarding it for the diverse needs of food system actors; 5) Digital inclusion - promoting inclusion in the digital agriculture revolution for equitable benefits; and 6) Crops for nutrition and health - putting nutrition and health at the heart of crop improvement to address the triple burden of malnutrition. The job will provide support to the Climate Action lever in Ethiopia by coordinating the execution and implementation of day-to-day project activities related to de-risking and digitalizing production and supply chains to build resilience and improve productivity, and vulnerability assessment.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Conduct and coordinate field data collection related to livestock and drought risk management in collaboration with partners;
  • Contribute to the development of decision support tools across the waterpoints for effective early warning;
  • Facilitate and coordinate consultative workshops with concerned stakeholders;
  • Contribute to the development of agro-climate advisories for pastoral and agro-pastoral areas;
  • Co-develop and co-promote Pastoral Community of Practice (PCoPs) ToR /Framework, governance structure and charter;
  • Lead pastoralist community of practice (PCoPs) establishment and operationalization at Zonal and National levels;
  • Ensure gender-responsive project activities implementation:
  • Lead the capacity building of stakeholders to improve their understanding of water monitoring, pasture condition assessment, and climate risk and vulnerability assessment;
  • Contribute to the dissemination of project results through available stakeholder platforms including presentations and reports;
  • Work with farmers and pastoralists, their representatives, and other key stakeholders to improve the uptake of products/ technologies/innovations developed under this program;
  • Actively take part in planning, coordination, and implementation of project activities for multiple projects or a moderately complex project;
  • Contribute to resource mobilization through significant input to proposal development.
  • Lead the writing of project reports and outputs of small-scale /local projects;
  • Translates SMS and other agro-climate advisories and technical contents of project results and briefs into easily understandable languages or formats;
  • Identify, document, and share project experience, successes challenges, and lessons learned.
  • Translate manuals, field guides, and demo materials from English to local languages as required;
  • Perform other duties as requested by the supervisors.

Minimum Requirements:

Education:

  • Master’s degree in veterinary medicine/livestock production from a highly recognized university.
  • Broad/Specialized knowledge of methods, techniques, and processes - MBA Degree or Leadership certification.
  • In-depth knowledge in a technical or specialized field

Experience:

  • Seven years of solid work experience in project management including complex project designing, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation in pastoralist and agro-pastoralist areas in Ethiopia is required.
  • Solid work experience in food security, resilience programming, and market systems development approach in outreach activities is required.
  • Must have extensive work experience in pastoralist communities of Ethiopia especially in collaboration with customary institute, in PRM.
  • Practical experiences of climate risk management and its application in the lowland settings of Ethiopia;
  • Conflict-sensitive programming experience.
  • Deep knowledge and experience in development and humanitarian programming-
  • Cross-border and Horn of Africa Regional experiences are desirable.
  • Adaptive project management is a plus.

Skills:

  • Monitoring and impact evaluation of projects;
  • Participatory Resources Mapping and Community Action Plan (CAP) Development;
  • Deep understanding of pastoral production systems, their dynamics about climate change, adaptation, and coping mechanisms, and their implication on the wider rangeland resource management systems.
  • Livestock movement and market mapping and Analysis (MMA);
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, MS Word, MS Access) and in one or more statistical data analysis software (e.g., SPSS, STATA, etc.)
  • Teamwork with staff management experience
  • Problem-solving skills and strong results orientation.
  • Proven negotiation and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Capacity to work under pressure with minimum supervision.
  • Excellent in English language skills are essential; Communication skills in Amharic and Afan Oromo are desirable.
  • Working experience in data management
  • Fully computer literate

Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Position level: HG 15

Minimum Base salary: Birr 71,122 per month (Negotiable depending on the salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment: Initial appointment is for a one-year renewable appointment based on performance and funding availability. ABC offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salaries and excellent benefits in line with ILRI's salary applicable for its Nationally Recruited Staff. ABC is an international and equal opportunity organization and believes that the diversity of its staff contributes to excellence. The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus with dining and sports facilities.