Vacancy in Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency in 2023

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Vacancy in Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency in 2023


Ethiopia has waterfalls and volcanic hot springs, as well as barren desert plains and abundant arable farmland. Agriculture is the backbone of Ethiopia’s economy. It accounts for over 46 percent of national GDP and employs more than 80 percent of the workforce.

Ethiopia was in the final year of its five-year Plan for Accelerated and Sustained Development to End Poverty (PASDEP) when the first Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) was designed. It had also began a period of tremendous expansion, with significant gains in its agricultural sector. In the midst of these developments, the late Prime Minister Meles had a fortuitous meeting with Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in which he requested the Foundation’s assistance in identifying an innovative way to catalyse not only the growth, but also the transformation of Ethiopia’s agriculture sector.

This was the start of a nearly two-year journey in which the Gates Foundation enabled a process led by the Ministry of Agriculture that resulted in eight separate diagnostics and a set of recommendations. Two significant hurdles to improving Ethiopia’s agriculture economy were mentioned in the summary conclusions:

Many projects and programmes have focused on certain parts of the industry, resulting in disjointed interventions that fail to address the core reasons of low agricultural output. As a result, many efforts fail to attain the cohesiveness and integration essential for large-scale success. Furthermore, individual programmes are frequently not tailored to the specific needs of different locations.

Lack of implementation capability – At both the federal and regional levels, many large-scale initiatives lack staff with the necessary mindsets or abilities. Even well-designed and well-resourced projects frequently fail to accomplish all of their objectives owing to a lack of competent project management and consistent implementation.

This study also identified lessons learned from other rapid development and transformation programmes around the world, as well as from other sectors inside Ethiopia. A dedicated team led a successful effort of transformative and sustainable change in a specific programme area, with strong management and support from senior government leaders.


Based on these proposals, Ethiopia’s Ministerial Council issued Regulation 198/2010 in December 2010, establishing the Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) as the Secretariat of an Agricultural Transformation Council chaired by the Prime Minister.



The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Institute (ATI) is a government institute dedicated to accelerating the development and transformation of the country’s agricultural sector. By 2030, the ATI hopes to be the premier centre of creative solutions for the transformation of Ethiopian agriculture.

The Institute focuses on two major national approaches to agricultural change. To begin, we assist the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), its affiliate institutions, and other partners in identifying and addressing structural bottlenecks as part of an Agricultural Transformation Agenda. Second, via the Agricultural Commercialization Clusters (ACC) Initiative, we assist Regional Governments in accelerating the development of high-priority commodities value chains in clearly defined geographic clusters.

Conducting strategic and analytical research, offering technical implementation assistance, organising platforms to better integrate partners and projects, and creating and personally directing various implementation projects are among our primary tasks. Our headquarters are in Addis Abeba, and we have regional offices in Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, Sidama, South-West, and Tigray, enabling us to collaborate with a diverse variety of governmental, business, and development sector partners across the nation.

Our Way of Life

We have a fantastic team of highly qualified individuals that have a demonstrated track record of accomplishment in managing complicated tasks and generating revolutionary outcomes.  Our culture is one in which talented, hardworking, and adaptive people are devoted to achieving their best and working as a team to produce outstanding outcomes.

At ATI, we offer an outstanding platform for those who desire to reach their full potential and make a significant contribution to altering the agricultural sector of the nation.  We provide satisfying work in a young, fast-growing organisation with enthusiastic, devoted, and driven colleagues, as well as outstanding career development and training.  We recognise that our most significant assets are our workers and are devoted to providing them with the tools, training, and mentorships they need to advance in their careers.


The Finance Director will be in charge of ensuring that the finance and financial administration tasks are carried out efficiently and cost-effectively, as well as providing necessary assistance to the CEO and Senior Directors.  She or he is in charge of monitoring the budget’s development and utilisation, as well as creating financial reports by the organization’s reporting timetable and the demands of partners. The Director is responsible for ensuring legal and regulatory compliance for all accounting and financial responsibilities. In addition, the Director of Finance is in charge of cost and general accounting, accounts receivable/collection, payroll, and risk management.


This post will report to the Senior Director of Operations.



• Provides strategic financial management and leadership, ensuring that adequate systems, processes, and internal controls are in place to support the program’s ongoing expansion.


• Creating and effectively executing a finance plan that is aligned with organisational goals.


• Creates a yearly budget with input from and consultation with Senior Directors, and monitors budget utilisation to ensure effective utilisation and value for money.


• In Responsible of preparing and revising programme and grant applications and budgets by donor criteria, as well as ATI and donor forms.


• Establishes priorities and directs team members’ attention to those goals to satisfy the growing needs of the programme.


• Builds a strong financial team capable of implementing all essential finance functions and producing succinct, comprehensive, and high-quality management information.


• Manage the financial team’s performance and growth while ensuring quality and timely delivery.


• Creates management information reporting systems and provides top management with timely financial reports.


• Ensures that donor requirements, policies, and procedures are followed across the organisation; gives direction and training to finance and non-finance programme teams on donor requirements, policies, and procedures;


• Closely monitor the donor reporting schedule and the programme business cycle to ensure that financial donor reports are created and filed on time and by narrative reports.


• Manage the development of donor financial reports in collaboration with other team members.


• Maintain a thorough audit trail from original paperwork to the accounting system to ensure accurate and timely donor reporting and general record keeping.


• Maintains current knowledge of government financial needs and assures compliance with tax legislation and other legal obligations.


• Oversee all project bank account operations, including fee, interest, and currency exchange rate negotiations.


• Develop regulations governing cash holding limits, cash movements, and foreign currency holdings; ensuring that cash transfers to Transformation centres are secure.


being placed, and any issues that arise are discussed and resolved


• Create, implement, and monitor the systems, processes, and reporting required to keep current projections of cash needs for fulfilling future expenditure, including promises made that obligate the project to future spending.


· Regularly monitor expenditures and project reviews with the Senior Management Team;


• Establish and frequently assess an adequate and effective internal control system.


• Collaborate closely with leadership and management teams to improve staff capabilities in finance, financial administration, and donor reporting and compliance.


• Donor and regulatory agency liaison: maintain ongoing communication with current and prospective financial sources, as well as government regulatory authorities.


• Ensure that partners’/clients’ financial policies and practises are in accordance with Ethiopian federal legislation.


• In charge of liaising with external entities and financial legislative authorities;


• Ensure that the authorised signatory list and bank information forms are kept up to date and that hardcopies are kept on file.


• Ensure that balance sheet reconciliations are conducted on a regular and timely basis, and that final reconciliations and trial balances are reviewed.


• Oversee contractual and other receivables collection.


• Make monthly field office visits to Transformation centres to assist, advise, and monitor internal control implementation, identify support requirements, and educate finance and non-financial workers.


• Ensure that all essential financial papers are properly filed (soft and hard copy), with quality referencing for the filed documents and document safety.


Job Prerequisites


• A master’s or doctorate degree in accounting, financial management, accounting, finance, or a related discipline;


• At least 12 years of relevant experience in a leadership or management capacity in an international organisation is required for a master’s degree and 6 years for a Ph.D.


• A minimum of six years of leadership or management experience


• Demonstrated ability to manage a financial unit is total work process by guaranteeing effective work assignments, supervision, and development to assure the availability of qualified and well-motivated people;


• Critical thinking, organisation, analytical skills, and a strong will to succeed;


• Solid understanding of financial management and accounting;


• Accounting certification is advantageous.


• Proven problem-solving, prioritisation, planning, and delegating skills.


• Thorough understanding of Ethiopian financial laws, rules, and processes.


• Knowledge of Ministry of Finance Directives, multi-donor supported projects, and project reporting is required.


• Thorough understanding of accounting software;


• Strong computer skills and understanding of office software products such as Agresso ERP and IFMIS are required.


• Excellent writing and spoken communication abilities in Amharic and English.


• The ability to function in a fast-paced atmosphere and to handle stress.

Application Deadline:    August 28, 2023







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