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CAPACITY BUILDING FOR SCALING UP OF EVIDENCE-BASED BEST PRACTICES IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION IN ETHIOPIA (CASCAPE) INNOVATORS HARAMAYA UNIVERSITY
BACKGROUND

The Government of Ethiopia has recently adopted the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) for national development. The joint-donor government Agricultural Growth Programme (AGP), within the context of the GTP, focuses on the sustainable increase in agricultural production. The Government of the Netherlands is supporting the AGP; amongst others through financing the ‘Capacity building for scaling up of evidence-based best practices in agricultural production in Ethiopia’ (CASCAPE) project.

The main aim is to better understand the success factors for upscaling of best practices in the agricultural sector through research for development approach. Within the framework of CASCAPE project on capacity building and upscaling of best practices for agricultural production in Ethiopia, the Ministry of Agriculture, Bahir Dar University, Haramaya University, Hawassa University, Jimma University, Mekelle University, Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) (Netherlands), and the Royal Netherlands Embassy work in partnership on strengthening the agricultural sector in Ethiopia.

One of the components within this project is performing on-ground research activities, i.e. farm surveys, monitoring, interviewing, experimentation with farmer groups, etc. at local (farm, kebele, woreda) levels. The coordinating organisations for this programme are Bahir Dar University, Haramaya University, Hawassa University, Jimma University and Mekelle University with technical backstopping from Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR). The task of the Innovators is to execute on-farm activities, provide agricultural, environmental and organizational advice to farmers and Development Agents (DAs) in order to accelerate their development.

Haramaya University has already employed four innovators in the fields of Agronomy, Agricultural Economics, Soil and Water Conservation, and Agricultural Extension, who have been working in the project in east and west Hararghe Zone of the Oromia Regional state for the last two years.

The University seeks to employ two additional innovators in the following fields:

1. Agroforestry (Agroforester)
2. Animal Sciences (Livestock expert)

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Under the supervision of the coordinator of the CASCAPE project at Hramaya University, the innovators will:
- Support local partners in the development and implementation of regional work plans
- Facilitate and follow-up the implementation of different activities under the project plan specifically in areas of their respective expertise.
- Give technical support to partners supporting agricultural developments
- Facilitate local meetings and workshops
- Design and conduct the analysis and documentation of the best practices and innovations in their fields
- Together with farmers’ organisations, plan innovations and assist in the implementation
- Facilitate field research activities of CASCAPE supported post-graduate students.
- Evaluate and validate best practices and promising innovations for      scaling up
- Work in multidisciplinary teams and communicate with other stakeholders at local levels.
- Prepare narrative reports and working papers on the interim results of field research work on their respective area of specialisation.
- Carry out other project related duties as requested by the regional coordinator and or the national coordination unit of CASCAPE.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

- BSc with at least 5 years’ or MSc with at least 2 years’ of relevant work experience in his/her respective area of specialisation as indicated above.
- Experience in project management, evaluation and reporting procedures
- Proven ability to work with farmers and extension agents
- Strong technical, analytical and planning skills
- Local experiences and being able to communicate with people in the local language is an advantage.
- Strong communication skills and a good command of the English language
- Proven ability to work in multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder environments
- Good knowledge of computer applications
- Willingness to work at least 50% of the time with partners in the field.
- Qualified women are encouraged to apply.

TERMS OF CONTRACT

o Initial contract for 12 months starting early February 2013 with possible extension based on performance
o Attractive and competitive salary based on project scale with additional allowances for field work
o Opportunities exist for training and capacity building

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Interested applicants should send their non-returnable copies of CV, degree, recommendation letters, letter of motivation (in English), and other credentials to the Project Coordination unit at Haramaya University on the main campus or to the Haramaya University Liaison Office in Addis Ababa, in front of American Embassy, Higher Education Relevance and Quality Agency, Second Floor, Office number 355. Scanned documents sent by e-mail will not be considered.

Office of Research and extension, Haramaya University
P.O. Box 138, Dire Dawa
Telephone (Office): 0255530324
E-mail: ndechassa@yahoo.com or mengistuket@gmail.com
Please, indicate clearly which of the two positions you are applying for. More information on the project can be found at: www.cascape.info. Applications must be submitted before 31 January 1, 2013.

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