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Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has over 30 years’ experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector. As a not-for-profit, independent research institute based in North Carolina, USA, RTI has roughly 5,000 employees with global experience implementing international development projects. RTI’s Sustainable Growth & Resilience (SG&R) technical unit within the International Development Group brings together RTI experts and capabilities across food security, agriculture, energy, environment, water, governance, and economic opportunity. SG&R will leverage RTI’s experience designing and delivering multisectoral programming and technical solutions to respond to climate change, build resilience, and promote economic growth around the world.
SG&R’s Global Food Security and Agriculture portfolio is working to strengthen agricultural markets, engage youth and women as critical leaders of the on- and off-farm workforce, and tackle the dual burden of malnutrition around the globe. RTI’s work is helping foster stronger food systems, reduce malnutrition in all its forms, build resilience and engage the next generation of food security leaders. RTI is currently partnering on nearly 30 projects in East Africa, including activities focused on private sector-driven agricultural growth in Rwanda and market systems development in Kenya.
The purpose of the USAID/Ethiopia Transforming Agriculture Activity is to increase access to healthy diets, particularly for women and children, by improving competitiveness, inclusiveness, and resilience of the Ethiopian food and agriculture system. Transforming Agriculture will also increase incomes gained from agriculture by as much as 40 percent over the next five years. To achieve its goals Transforming Agriculture must collaborate intensively with other USAID funded projects working in the food and agriculture sector.
The Input Specialist – Addis Ababa will be responsible for assisting with linking farmers input suppliers, identify, select, and assess of improved inputs and crop input interventions and technical activities in the country. This position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and will report to the senior crop market system Manager, national Office.
Your primary responsibilities will include but not be limited to:
- Link farmers with financial institution, agro-dealers and selected private sector to access different agricultural inputs including fertilizer, improved seed, and agro chemicals.
- Identify, select, and assess potential seed and fertilizer companies to enhance the resilience of regional fertilizer market and supply chain.
- Oversee regional input identification, planning, and distribution to the required region.
- Design and manage all new and scale up of existing demonstration on improved input commercialization and trial.
- Ensure timely project implementation and technical reliability, monitor project activities, and ensure quality of input supply.
- Provide technical and/or operational guidance and serve as a subject matter expert on improved crop/horticulture inputs.
- Support Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) team on crop and/or horticulture inputs real-time data collection and planning.
- Liaison between stakeholders such as government, private as well as donor programs who are directly or indirectly working in the crop and/or horticulture input sector in the project Clusters/zone of influence.
- Additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Required Skills and Qualifications:
- Relevant experience in private sector engagement in relation to agricultural marketing and value chain development (input supply chain).
- Master’s degree and 3 years of experience working on seed, fertilizers, and other crop and horticulture inputs
- A bachelor’s degree in plant science, seed science, Agronomy, or related field and 15 years of related experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Demonstrated experience in crop input, field demonstration on seed and fertilizers, or agricultural development programs strongly preferred.
- Experience in crop and horticulture input management interventions required.
- Previous experience/knowledge of USAID projects and private sector engagement, approaches, and policy.
- Proven ability to work under pressure, and with multiple concurrent demands.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Verbal and written fluency in English required.
- Ability to travel and work throughout Ethiopia in difficult terrain/conditions at times.
EEO & Pay Equity Statements
The position attracts a salary range as below: