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.

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.

 

Gender in Coffee Value chain

Gender in Value Chains is one the products F&S has been devoted for years. Using customized and framed gender tools, F&S provides training, coaching, capacity building, and institutionalizing services in relation to gender aspects. Our root company in the Netherlands, Fair & Sustainable Consulting, has developed a number of gender mainstreaming and women empowerment tools in collaboration with various international organizations. And as a social enterprise and development aid firm, F&S has contributed a lot to the topic.

Earlier this year F&S Ethiopia was on Gender in Coffee Value Chain assignment in Jimma. Rain-Forest Alliance UTZ, with AgriProFocus Ethiopia, assigned us to provide a gender training on coffee value chain to introduce relevant gender tools in the sensitization workshop targeting selected coffee farms.

Management team members and representatives from the two coffee farms, representatives of Woreda level Women and Children Affairs bureaus of Oromia and SNNP regions, and relevant stakeholders attended the workshop. The objective of our assignment was to equip participants with effective gender approaches for further collaboration at farm level and to sensitize the level of awareness towards gender to the coffee farms and stakeholders.

UTZ sees gender equality as human right that has to be protected and promoted. Thus with gender equality UTZ understands that “men and women experience equal rights and opportunities and are free to develop their personal abilities and make choices without limitations set by stereotypes, rigid gender roles or prejudices.”

Our gender experts Hibiete Tesfaye and Ayalew Abebe involved in this assignment.

On this Friday, the world will celebrate the International Women’s Day 2019, campaigning with a theme of #BalanceforBetter. It is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. F&S would like to express its commitment to continue working with all stakeholders to empower women and attain gender equality.

 


In the picture: is the gender tool originally developed by AgriProFocus and Fair & Sustainable Consulting, then translated in Amharic and adopted by Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, AgriProFocus, and UTS. The tools depicts Women’s Economic Empowerment Framework.

Why a gender approach is good for workers, business and the sector: case from the Ethiopian Flower sector

Originally published at Fair & Sustainable Consulting

Conducted by Fair & Sustainable Consulting and Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, funded by IDH and ICCO, and supported by FSI, BSR and EHPEA

At global level there is ample and increasing evidence that investing in the female workforce aligns well with business priorities, such as meeting productivity targets, maintaining a strong and stable workforce, increasing labor productivity, compliance with health and safety requirements, and improved worker engagement.

The question was whether such evidence could also be found in the Ethiopian floriculture sector, where gender interventions took place since 2014 by the Ethiopian Horticulture Producers and Exporters Association (EHPEA) and the Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), supported by IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative and the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI).

Therefore IDH decided to commission a study in the Ethiopian flower sector, co-funded by ICCO,  to test the hypothesis that Gender interventions (e.g. inclusive policies and practices) increase workers’ satisfaction and engagement (for women and men) and lead to changes in employee attitudes, behavior and work motivation, which leads to improved business performance of flower farms. 

Jochem Schneemann (teamleader) : “Based on our strong track record in Gender and value chains, IDH selected Fair & Sustainable Consulting (Netherlands) and Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia to conduct the study. We started preparations in February, and visited five farms in Ethiopia in May 2018. Our mixed team consisted of: Hibiete Tesfaye, Ayalew Abebe, Jingwei Ling and myself”.

Photo: Greenhouse, by F&S May 2018

Data collection was done in four ways: Interviews, Focus Group Discussions (FGDs), exploring farm records through HR staff, and a desk review of available project documents and other relevant literature.

Jochem Schneemann: “It was great to hear from both women and men in the flower farms how the awareness raising and training on gender issues and role of gender committees have made a difference on the work floor, and also in their personal lives. Female workers feel more respected by colleagues and management, and are more confident to discuss sensitive topics also with their husbands and community members”.

The gender interventions by the EHPEA projects were found relevant and effective, as shown by the outcomes of the Most Significant Change method used by the F&S consultant team (see the quotes at the bottom). The good practices of the five farms leading to improved business performance were documented and serve for learning and sharing in the sector and even beyond. Those are summarized in the figure below.

The relationship between good practices and business benefits

Most farm owners and managers stated that the (gender) investments pay off, and most see gender interventions as rational and necessary for them to stay in business, not in the last place because the majority (up to 80%) of their workers is female.

We are grateful to IDH for the opportunity offered to us, and we are glad that IDH has published the results of the study in multiple ways: in an infographic (1 pager), a slide deck as well as the full report – for those interested in the details.

For more information please contact Jochem Schneemann: jochem.schneemann@fairandsustainable.nl

Cross-border MSD – Kenya/Ethiopia

Since October 2018, F&S has been undertaking an assignment on cross-border market system development project of CST at Kenya and Ethiopia border areas.

CST is alliance of UK based International NGOS, namely CAFOD, Trocaire and SCIAF. Its project aims to improve the livelihood of people in Borena and Marsabit. F&S is hired to conduct value chain and livelihoods assessments. Moreover, capacity building of field staff on Market System Development (MSD) is also our important task.

Currently, we have submitted our draft report after conducting a two and half day workshop introducing MSD in Nairobi and a field assessment at Marsabit. With regard to Borana, our activity is postpond to Febraury due to conflicts in the area.

 

Our consultants Assegid Gedamu and Victor van der Linden are involving in this assignment.

Contract Farming, concept and practices in Ethiopia

This publication from 2017 will provide you with insight on the Concept and Practice of Contract Farming in Ethiopia.

The objective of the publication is bring forward eight contract farming case studies made in Ethiopia on different agricultural value chains malt barely, chickpea, seed potatoes, sesame, bamboo, green beans, passion fruit, and sugar cane.

F&S Ethiopia contributed four cases on malt barley, bamboo, passion fruit and sugarcane. In collaboration with organizations and programs, such as LANDac, Change (C4C), SNV, Agriterra, and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth programme of Wageningen UR (ENTAG), F&S produced a publication entitled “Contract Farming in Ethiopia: Concept and Practice”. Beside case contribution, F&S has engaged in fund mobilization and stakeholder’s involvement. The publication of the book was followed by a public event – panel discussion – participating relevant government officials and experts.

As a result of this assignment, F&S and its partners has contributed a significant input to policies relating to contract farming and rural development, particularly in providing applicable frameworks of contract farming and challenges in existing trends.

On behalf of all the partners, please find the online version of the book, which was printed in limitted copies, HERE.

Agricultural Innovators in Ethiopia – a publication from 2016

This is a publication done in 2016 entitled “Agricultural Innovators in Ethiopia: Lessons from the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneirship Innovation Fund”

As a secretariate of AgriProFocus Ethiopia, F&S has been involving in the FSRE Fund program, financed by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Addis and managed by ICCO Cooperation. Our involvement was mainly in the linking and learning component of the program which focuses in building the capacity of agricultural innovators and creating linkages among topics and value chains.

At the end of the program, by the end of 2016, we published the book mentioned above, depicting the main narratives of the program as well as informative stories of innovators.

The book can be downloaded HERE.

Our Role in the Linking and Learning Component of FSRE Fund

F&S Ethiopia has an important role in the Linking and Learning component of the FSRE Innovation Fund. The program was financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia.

And while ICCO Cooperation manages the fund, AgriProFocus Ethiopia, hosted in Ethiopia by F&S, runs the linking and learning part of the program. Hence, our consultants took the lead role in providing trainings and coaching services for the fund winners, by also organizing networking events.

Read this interesting story entitled “Beyond the usual Funding” written by our consultant Teklemariam Awoke and featured on the Food Security platform of the embassy.