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Value Chain and IGA specialist – CARE Ethiopia

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CARE Ethiopia would like to invite competent and qualified job seekers in the position of Value Chain and IGA specialist.

Position: Value Chain and IGA specialist

Job Description:


The purpose of the Value Chain and IGA Specialist for the Livelihood for Resilience project is to lead the value chain development and marketing component of the project including provision of technical assistance and quality control to the CARE Operational Area in Sidama and Gedio Zones of SNNPR. The VCS will lead the design, planning and implementation of technical interventions under the on- farm livelihood path way (agricultural and livestock) and off-farm livelihoods components of the Livelihood for Resilience project in project operational areas of the targeted woredas, and provide guidance to the work of Community Facilitators in the field.  The VC and IGA officer will coordinate activities of the project closely with Livelihood for Resilience Technical Partner SNV in targeted agricultural value chains to ensure PSNP households have increased income from crop and livestock production. The position is responsible to develop and create linkage with private sector actors.  The VC and IGA officer will ensure that the Livelihood for Resilience project interventions are performed as planned and to bring about the desired impact through monitoring, evaluation, research and documenting lessons learnt.


Job Responsibility #1: Capacity Building:

Develops capacity of CARE staff on agricultural marketing and value chain application.
Organizes training courses and delivers or arranges for the delivery of training programs aimed at Livelihood for Resilience project target beneficiaries, government stakeholders and private sector. 
Organize and facilitates presentations, reports and other documentation on marketing and value chain training events and field program operations.
Strengthened  existing /established new BDS providers to provide inclusive BDS services
Work to improve Extension services (technical, business and motivational skills) to recognize and support resilient livelihoods for women, men and youth.
Support to improve output market system for  PSNP men, women & youthWork to achieve sustainable input sourcing and delivery market system such as agro dealers and other community based groups to increase input accessibly and affordability for PSNP Women, men and Youth.provide regular support and capacity building activities to cooperatives, FEMAs or other private sector actors provided with support to aggregate production

% of Time:  30%

Job Responsibility #2:  Program Planning and Implementation:

Participates in Livelihood for Resilience detailed implementation planning (DIP), and annual reviews, to ensure that proper practices, tools and guidelines are adopted throughout the life of the project.
Designs and develops work plans for field office operations in the agricultural sector in association with field office staff.
Participate in value chain analysis and development strategy for the project.
Ensures that implementation of field programs proceeds according to approved plans and that immediate corrective actions are taken when required
Provides oversight and guidance to CARE woreda team leader on the application of recommendations and practices in the targeted value chains. Facilitate linkage with public and private sectors
Support external and internal project reviews for higher-level reflective practices;
Assist project baseline studies, annual reviews, midterm assessments and final evaluations as required. Leads or participate in diagnostic studies (livelihood assessments) for project design;
Reviews project evaluation reports, compile and share lessons for future project design considerations;
Prepare proposal for private sector development and ensure their proper implementation

% of Time:  30%          

Job Responsibility #3:  Learning and Networking:

Liaison with national programs in agricultural marketing including SNV for value chain development.
Keeps up to date with developments in the sector, including best practice examples within the country and internationally, and ensures ongoing personal development and learning;
Ensure the communication of Agricultural Marketing concepts and procedures within the organization, with the local partners and other stakeholders.
Facilitate periodic multi stakeholder forums for each value chain (4-5 VCs)Links the Livelihood for Resilience Project and CARE Country Office with Government and NGO partners on issues related to value chain.
Facilitate field visit for farmers in order to help the scale up and scale out of good practices
Ensure the participation of farmers and private sectors on VC Expo
Facilitate linkage for community based input system with research centers & other stakeholder to source new varieties.

% of Time:  20%          

 Job Responsibility #4: Information Management:

Works closely with SNV to understand, analyze and present information on targeted value chains to GRAD Stakeholders and partners.
Reviews and keeps current Government of Ethiopia practices in the agricultural marketing sector, and ensures an active information flow regarding best practices and ensures application of program/project standards in the Livelihood for Resilience Project implementation;
Ensures the collection of accurate information on field activities under the assigned sector from CARE Livelihood for Resilience Project.
Regularly maintains project information on value chain activities using appropriate database management system and make accessible to the staff and other stakeholders at CO level;
Prepare directory of suppliers, wholesalers and Agro processing industries related to value chains implementedPromote joint planning, sharing and learning within and outside the project 
Develop strategy to address systemic issues (access, gender sensitive, demand driven extension).

% of Time:  15%          

Job Responsibility #5: Gender Equity and Diversity related:

Promote gender equality within teams, communities and households;
Ensure that proposals and reports make explicit reference to approaches used to address unequal gender relations;
Facilitate different capacity building activities for staff on gender and diversity issues.

% of time:5%

Job Responsibility #6:  Perform other duties as assigned.

% of Time:  5%

III. PROBLEM SOLVING (Thinking Environment)

All the three levels of problem solving apply to the incumbent. But category numbers two and three are most applicable to this position because, the incumbent must use interpolative skills to pick and choose the right strategy to address a given problem and also has to deal with variable situations, which need analysis, problem definition and development of alternative solutions.


Understanding and demonstrated commitment to the importance of gender, youth and social inclusion issues.
Demonstrated commitment to principles of Gender Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and PSEAH (safeguarding), as evidenced in previous positions / programmingJob Requirements:



B.A. Degree in Agricultural Development, agricultural economics, business administration, Economics and Marketing or other closely related field. 


M.A. Degree in Agricultural Development, agricultural economics, business administration, Economics and Marketing or other closely related field. Academic work and published reports on the Agricultural Marketing sector in Ethiopia


4 – 6 years of work experience in the Agricultural Marketing, value-chain, local economic development business development and entrepreneurship and familiarity with food security, rural development


Experience in development programs



Highly developed computer skills (Word processing, database management);Excellent written and verbal communication in English Language;Firm belief in teamwork, gender equality, and participatory approach and sustainable development.


Knowledge of Agricultural Marketing practices and operationsTraining on value chain analysisExperience in value chain development projectsTraining planning and delivery skills.Experience in proposal development


Respect, accountability, courage, excellence, building partnership, building commitment, contributing to team success, innovation, pro-active problem solving, analytical ability.


The VC and IGA specialist is expected to establish and maintain good relations with partners, counterpart GOs and NGOs. S/He will also closely work with the CCU and SNV staff, PQL Coordinator, LDM Team Leader, Department heads, Area Coordinators, Program/Project Managers and other related staff.


This position is located in Hawassa Town(one) , and Dilla SNNPR ( one)  and requires up to 70% of his/her time travel to respective Woredas of implementation, Sidama and Gedio Zone .

How To Apply:

If you are interested to be part of our dynamic team, exciting work environment and contribute to CARE Ethiopia’s mission and vision, please send your CV (not more than 3 pages) and cover letter (not more than one page) through Ethiojobs.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Passionate and dedicated candidates who meet the requirement are strongly encouraged to apply, especially women!

CARE Ethiopia is committed to preventing all unwanted behavior at work. This includes sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, and child abuse. We expect everyone who works for us to share this commitment by understanding and working within the CARE Safeguarding Policy and related framework. CARE Ethiopia has a zero-tolerance approach to any harm to, or exploitation of, a vulnerable adult or child by any of our staff, representatives or partners.

CARE Ethiopia reserves the right to seek information from job applicants’ current and/or previous employers about incidents of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment the applicant may have been found guilty to have committed or about which an investigation was in the process of being carried out at the time of the termination of the applicant’s employment with that employer.

By submitting the application, the job applicant confirms that s/he has no objection to CARE Ethiopia requesting the information specified above. All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks.

CARE seeks to improve the lives of the most marginalized, particularly women and girls. Our diversity is our strength. We encourage people from all backgrounds and experiences to apply.


Application Deadline: August 23, 2022

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