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Vacancy: “Production Coordinator” for YOBA FOR LIFE FOUNDATION

Assignment Description

Assignment Title:   Production Coordinator
Reports to:   Africa Coordinator, Yoba for life foundation.
Location:   SNV Addis Ababa office, Bole
Duration:   Two (2) months consultancy function, with possibility of extension into full-time employment
Start:   11th March 2020

Strategic Function:

The production coordinator work with retailers of fresh and fermented milk to start yoghurt businesses in the target areas, and closely monitors and coaches small and growing businesses to achieve the goals of the Yoba for life Foundation. The production units are guided in probiotic yoghurt production in conformity with the national standards. Subsequently, the production units will be trained and coached to commercialize and market their product, and putting proper bookkeeping and financial management systems in place.

Secondly, the production coordinator will work with existing medium-scale yoghurt producers to adopt the use of Yoba culture, which will enable these producers to produce a health promoting product and create impact at scale.

The Yoba For Life Foundation production coordinator will ensure successful, innovative, efficient, and effective functioning of all probiotic yoghurt producers in the program through production of high-quality probiotic yoghurt, effective use of applicable marketing techniques and proper financial management.

Responsibilities:

PROBIOTIC YOGHURT PRODUCTION

  1. Contextualize and complement the different training packages/modules, business plan models and training materials of Yoba for Life.
  2. In close coordination with SNV, select and asses suitable entities for yoghurt production in the selected areas, taking into account the motivation of the potential producer, previous experience in milk business and milk processing, structures and technologies already in place, and opportunities at the demand side.
  3. Train selected production units on the production of probiotic yoghurt that meets national standards.
  4. Continuously coach, guide and build capacity of production units on solving quality issues and building capacity of production unit members in this area.
  5. Support production units on acquiring packaging material and accessing inputs for their probiotic yoghurt business.
  6. Ensure that there is constant and continuous production and supply of quality yoghurt to the market.
  7. Facilitate PUs to apply for the marketing and production support grant program of SNV/TIDE.
  8. In close coordination with the distributor of Yoba culture in Ethiopia, maintain a robust supply chain for yoba culture in the producing areas.

PROBIOTIC YOGHURT ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT

  1. Provide support to probiotic yoghurt producers in exploring business opportunities along the probiotic yoghurt value chain.
  2. In collaboration with SNV business advisors, provide support to probiotic yoghurt producers in preparing actionable business plans, track the implementation, evaluate bottlenecks and provide solutions to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the probiotic yoghurt producers.
  3. Provide support in establishing and facilitating market structures (e.g., milk collection, processing facilities, distribution, etc.)
  4. Coordinate the support to yoghurt producers in the process of product quality/safety certification and registration with the appropriate regulatory authorities like FMHACA.

YOGHURT  PRODUCERS GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT

  1. Build the capacity of the management of the trained entrepreneurs in effective and efficient decision making, financial management, human resource management, operation and strategic planning and implementation, possibly by organizing inter-group workshops.
  2. Facilitate inter-group interactions between the yoghurt producing groups such as exchange visits and information sharing platforms
  3. Coordinate and build up linkages and networks with the appropriate policy makers and other stakeholders

OTHER DUTIES

  1. Keep an updated producer track sheet, timely and regular reporting
  2. Collaborate with other partners and stakeholders and market the Yoba concept to potential Government and non-governmental organizations
  3. Serve as a team motivator in the Yoba for Life programs.
  4. Seek continued growth in the knowledge of Yoba for Life programs and support the organization interests.
  5. Perform other job-related responsibilities as requested by the supervisor.

Preferred Requirements:

A Bachelor’s Degree in food technology, dairy technology, food microbiology or a related field is preferred, plus three (3) years of experience in the food sector as well as in business administration. Other job-related education and/or experience may be substituted for all or part of these requirements.

Most Critical Proficiencies:

  1. Knowledge of and experience in food production and the dairy value chain
  2. Knowledge of and experience with or within community organizations
  3. Hand on experience in business plan development
  4. Knowledge of and experience of working with the private sector
  5. Knowledge of the non-profit sector and the context in which non-profit organizations operate
  6. Hands on experience in adult training
  7. Practical experience in setting up and thus nurturing small and medium scale enterprises with special emphasis on cottage-based food processing.
  8. Fluent in national language/s and English, both spoken and written
  9. Good qualities to train, educate and coach groups and individuals
  10. Good communication skills
  11. Excellent organizational skills including strong attention to detail
  12. Skills with Microsoft Office Suite, internet browser, and other appropriate technology

Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands:

  1. Motivated to work responsibly with little supervision
  2. Ability to meet and deal with others in a courteous and tactful manner
  3. Produce and present adequate reports
  4. Constant face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication with colleagues and the general public
  5. Constant sitting, standing and walking, with occasional bending and lifting; may work at a computer for extended periods of time
  6. Sound judgment, professionalism and a positive attitude with the ability to demonstrate a high degree of honesty and integrity
  7. Ability and willingness to work with a flexible schedule
  8. Willingness and ability to travel extensively, using public means.

Deadline to apply – 20th March 2020 at 17:00 East African time.

Send your CV and Motivation letter to:
nieke.westerik@yoba4life.org
Copy: assegid.gedamu@fs-ethiopia.cocm

Paying attention to gender pays off!

New KPIs to track and evaluate gender-equality interventions 

IDH – the Sustainable Trade Initiative recently published a new Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) tool which helps track and evaluate gender-equality interventions. The new KPIs are the result of a Gender Business Case Evaluation study conducted by Fair & Sustainable (F&S) Ethiopia in collaboration with F&S NL, back in 2018. 

Through this action-research, it has proved that a more ‘gender conscious business operation’ will improve business performance – measured in indicators such as reduced absenteeism, increased productivity and other business benefits. The study focused on investigating and documenting whether investing in the female workforce (applying gender sensitive policies and practices; respecting human rights and nondiscrimination; promote education, training and professional development for women, etc.) aligns well with business priorities.  

The study has specifically reviewed the results of two projects – Empowering the Source 1 and 2 – which in total helped about 42 flower farms in the country to be gender sensitive in their business. The Ethiopian Horticulture Producers and Exporters Association (EPHEA), IDH, the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI), and Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) invested in gender interventions on Ethiopian floriculture farms with encouraging results. 

In collaboration with EHPEA, five farms were selected as best performing and expectedly best reporting on gender interventions. 

Based on the result of the study, IDH has developed Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to track and evaluate gender-equality interventions, which can be found HERE. The full report of the study can be accessed HERE.

Consultants Hibiete Tesfaye and Ayalew Abebe, from Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, and Jingwei LING and Jochem SCHNEEMANN (Team Leader), from Fair & Sustainable Consulting, participated in the study.

Picture Source: IDH

Reporting-back on the Gender in Agriculture Value Chains training

On September (16-20) this year, Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, in collaboration with AgriProFocus Ethiopia, organized a four and half day training on Gender in agriculture value chains to participants from prominent development organizations, at Magnolia hotel in Addis Ababa.

The training was planned to take place at Bishoftu. However, due to technical difficulties in logistics, the venue changed to Addis Ababa. For that, Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia apologizes for the inconvenience caused on our esteemed participants.

The training, which targets agribusiness and agricultural development professionals and practitioners in Ethiopia, was attended by 12 participants (10 women and 2 men) representing organizations such as CARE Ethiopia, Banyan Global (USAID Feed the Future project), Save the Children, Feed the Hungry (FH) Ethiopia, Pharo Foundation, and CEFA (European Committee for Training and Agriculture).

A number of tools and techniques that help in introducing and linking the gender perspective in the agricultural value chain development efforts were implemented in the training, including and based on the Gender in Value Chains Toolkit, which contains practical tips and ready-to-use tools to intervene at all stages of the agricultural value chain, jointly produced/published by Fair & Sustainable Consulting, affiliate of Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia in the Netherlands, and AgriProFocus, the International Multi-stakeholder Network in the AgroFood Sector.

Field activity was also part of the training, in which participants were travelled to Bishoftu to practice household profiling and gender scan service providers. With regard to household profiling, the dairy value chain was selected and participants were able to meet four women dairy farmers and to assess gender perspectives. In addition, participants practiced a gender scan at the Alema Farms PLC.

Gender dynamics at the level of farming households, approaches to promote gender awareness in farmer organizations and service providers, and the business arguments for gender-sensitive approaches were the specific topics addressed during the training. Furthermore, at the end of the training, participants are able to use concepts of gender equality, equity and Women’s Economic Empowerment, to analyze a value chain from a gender perspective, to identify gender-based constraints hindering the performance of the value chain, to formulate the business arguments for a gender-sensitive business strategy, as well as to develop gender-responsive interventions benefiting both women and companies.

The week-long training was led by Angelica Senders, Senior Consultant in gender in value chains at Fair & Sustainable Consulting in the Netherlands, and by the co-trainer Meskerem Ritmeester, Country Network Coordinator of AgriProFocus Ethiopia and certified gender in value chains trainer.

Have coffee with Us – ኑ ቡና ጠጡ!

Invitation to Our 10th Anniversary – Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia 

Dear Partners & Friends of F&S,

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to our 10th Anniversary event, which will be held on the afternoon and evening of Thursday October 10, 2019, at Zoma Museum, Addis Ababa.

Since 2009, Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia (F&S) has been actively supporting various development efforts, especially in the agricultural sector. We have worked with NGOs, private companies, government agencies, knowledge institutions, and most importantly smallholder farmers in Ethiopia and beyond.

In a decade of business development service provisions, we are honored to have created and sustained strong partnerships with respected organizations and individuals like you.

That is why we are inviting you for coffee, and celebrate with us this special day!

What will await you?

  • All the F&S Team will welcome you with a demonstration/presentation of major business development services, which you will have the opportunity to engage in a conversation & inquire how these products could contribute to your programs.
  • You will learn more about the services and track records of F&S in its journey as business service provider.
  • While sipping “the best coffee in town”, chat with us and other partners which will definitely help broaden your networking opportunities.
  • Cocktail, with Anniversary cake J … and a few selected “thank you” speeches
  • Small gifts for you, from your esteemed partner J
  • Surprise Pitches which you must not miss by one prominent NGO and one well-known agricultural network!

Time

It will be a walk-in event and open from 14:00 to 19:30, we will await you the whole time. Come & celebrate with us the 10th anniversary of F&S in a nice garden of Zoma!

Location

The beautiful Zoma Museum, where you will enjoy the magnificent view and cool breath while still in town. No entrance fee is required – as this has already been settled!

Please refer to the map of the location ONLINE.

Confirmation

Prior confirmation is necessary, please use the following link to confirm your attendance for the event: https://fs-ethiopia.com/10th-anniversary-confirmation/

For More Information

Please contact Gizaw Legesse, +251 91 115 6248, Gizaw.Legesse@fs-ethiopia.com; or Meskerem Bedilu, +251 91 177 2875, at Meskerem.Bedilu@fs-ethiopia.com

aya Ethiopia: training opportunity for Women in Agribusiness

2SCALE, the largest agribusiness incubator in Africa, launched a 6-month entrepreneurship track for female entrepreneurs in Ghana last year and called it: aya. As this turned out to be a great success, 2SCALE is expanding aya to the other 7 target countries of the program including Ethiopia. The project only targets 50 female entrepreneurs and organize free 2-day face-to face training to support them to take their agribusinesses to the next level. During this training, 50 Ethiopian female business entrepreneurs in agribusiness will be able to:

  • Learn more about how to improve their business model and make it more inclusive
  • Interact with Professional Business Trainers
  • Meet and connect with other successful Ghanaian women agri-entrepreneurs
  • Get connected to each other in mentor groups that will continue also after the training
  • …..And much more.

So, we are looking for possible applicants through online application or phone calls and we are looking for possible partners that could connect us to these potential female partners.

Click https://www.aya-2scale.org/  to register

Country contact person: Hibiete Tesfaye,

Email: hibiete.tesfaye@fs-ethiopia.com

Tel: +251 (0)91 167 0337

Our takeaways from Market Systems Symposium 2019

Last April, F&S Ethiopia sent one of its team members, Victor van der Linden, to the Market Systems Symposium 2019 in Cape town, South Africa. We are pleased to present his blog post on the symposium.

By Victor van der Linden

The Market Systems Symposium 2019 is unique in the world as it unites practitioners from around the globe, and is focused on peer learning and exploring cutting-edge market systems thought and theory.

Prior to the Symposium, one-day trainings were organized. I participated in the YOUTH EMPLOYMENT AND EMPLOYABILITY: Applying the MSD approach to labour market development training provided by Helvetas and focusing on Eastern Europe. Many useful parallels could be drawn with our own work on youth employment in Ethiopia for PerspActive. An interesting takeaway was the shift in mindset that has taken place, now seeing the employment sector as a market system and thus susceptible to market system development approaches. Also, the role TVETs, private sector companies and the media can play was especially inspiring.

The Symposium itself, which took place during 3 days, employed many different formats including plenary sessions, clinics and consultations to work on four main thematic areas: Adaptive Management, Market Systems Resilience, Application of Systems Thinking Beyond Agriculture, and Practical Application of MSD in Difficult Contexts.

The innovative formats and some very thoughtful facilitation allowed the participants to share their knowledge, to network among each other, but also get to know several organizations and their programs in a much more in-depth way than would have been the case in a standard conference. As MSD is very context specific the local reality of a project or program took center stage in the discussions.

F&S Ethiopia is involved as a technical partner in several MSD projects, among others in Ethiopia, on the border between Ethiopia and Kenya, and in the Eastern DRC. Hence, the application in difficult contexts (so-called thin markets with relatively few suitable market actors that can be employed for change) was of special interest and yielded some interesting lessons learned and best practices to take home to Ethiopia.

Another thing that resonated with our experience was the internal mechanics of MSD projects, including issues such as staffing, MEL system organization, and implementing practices. These should ideally be designed to allow for the much sought-after adaptive management that will create the necessary flexibility for successful implementation when working with non-traditional development partners in the private sector. This is an issue F&S Ethiopia encounters often, and which also comes up in the MSD work done by its mother company, F&S Consulting in the Netherlands.

F&S Ethiopia seeks to keep consolidating and broadening its knowledge on the MSD approach, to provide our clients with up-to-date practices and advice, and to realize our mission of assisting people in developing countries to improve their livelihoods.

Training Opportunity on “Gender in Agriculture Value Chains” – for Gender and Agriculture Development Practitioners

  • How inclusive are your development projects?
  • Would you like to equip your project staffs with contemporary practical tools to incorporate gender in all stages of value chain interventions?

Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia and AgriProFocus Ethiopia are pleased to organize an interactive training on “Gender in Agriculture Value Chains” that targets practitioners working on Gender and Agriculture sectors.

Training Course by: Angelica Senders, Gender in Value Chain Expert (Fair & Sustainable, The Netherlands)https://www.linkedin.com/in/angelicasenders/

Co-trainer: Meskerem Ritmeester (AgriProFocus Ethiopia, Country Network Coordinator) https://www.linkedin.com/in/meskerem-niesette-ritmeester-09213097/

The Training “Gender in Agriculture Value Chain” intends to support and encourage practitioners in integrating a gender perspective in agricultural

value chain development by providing practical tools for all stages of the value chain intervention. The training will refer to the Gender in Value Chain Toolkit produced and published by AgriProFocus. The toolkit is closely linked with other publications that resulted from collaboration within the AgriProFocus Gender in Value Chain Network.

Hence, this 5-day interactive training is specifically designed to provide efficient and practical knowledge for participants. Using the latest techniques, the participants will broaden their horizon in Gender in Agricultural Value Chain field and learn how to apply contemporary practical tools.

Registration Information:

Training venue: Bishoftu, Ethiopia
Total training Days: 5
Expected start Date: September 16th 2019
Training Fee: 600 Euro (including training materials, full accommodation, certificates)
Training Dates: 16th to 20th September 2019
Registration Closes on: 30th July 2019

To learn more on the content of the training, methodology and other details, please visit:. https://agriprofocus.com/gender-in-value-chains

To register for the training, use the following online link:

http://tiny.cc/uafe8y

For more information on specific issue: Hibiete Tesfaye, Senior Gender Consultant, Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, Hibiete.Tesfaye@fs-ethiopia.com

Limited Seats! First come, first served.

 

Vacancy at F&S: Want to be part of our Team of Consultants?

F&S wishes to recruit a self-motivated, energetic and result-oriented consultant who will join and work together with a team of experienced national and international consultants.

Required Profile:

Qualification, competence in one of the following disciplines: Value chain development, agribusiness, investment (business) plan, market systems, livelihood systems, sustainable development, inclusive economic development.

Familiarity with themes: on agri. sectors – livestock, food crops, cash crops, horticulture; natural resource management, pastoralism, access to finance, labour market, youth employment, gender in value chains, entrepreneurship, etc.

Education: at least a master’s level in economics, agronomy, business management, rural development, or any related field.

Work experience: at least 10 years relevant experience, preferably in international organizations; with practical engagement in consultancy works.

Additional skills: IT, analytical/research, facilitation/training skills, presentation, excellent report writing

Attitude:  highly flexible, versatile, multi-tasked, client satisfaction, attention to quality, time consciousness.

Language: A very good command of English as working language; as well as Amharic. Proficiency in one the regional languages is a plus.

Women are highly encouraged to apply!

  • Deadline – 21 April 2019
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Motivation letter with a CV can be sent directly to assegid.gedamu@fs-ethiopia.com, with a copy to meskerem.bedilu@fs-ethiopia.com

Please find the full call advert HERE.