Crop production & Farm Machinery Operation Advisor

  • Mek'ele, Ethiopia
  • Full-time
  • Contract type: National employment contract

Company Description

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is an international development organisation established in 1965. SNV has a local presence in more than 25 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, providing market-driven solutions in Agriculture, Energy and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). Our team of 1,300 specialists and generalists, nationals and internationals, women and men, young and more seasoned colleagues are the backbones of SNV.

SNV, in response to the 1974 drought in northern Ethiopia, started working on the Food for Work Program, called Kobbo-Lalibella Road Construction project - which involved 6000 farmers. Successfully completing the project, SNV started implementing other rural development projects focusing, particularly, on capacity development of key stakeholders in different sectors. Currently, we are working in Agriculture, Energy and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sectors to making a lasting difference in the lives of people. SNV strives to ensure that women, men and youth balance benefits from their efforts. Presently, SNV Ethiopia is implementing over 14 projects in more than 369 woredas; Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa City Administrations, Afar, Amhara, Benishangul Gumuz, Gambella, Oromia, Somali, Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region, and Tigray National Regional States.

Project Background

SNV Ethiopia in collaboration with CARE and REST is implementing a project called Biruh Tesfa in Tigray region. It is embedded with Livelihood for Resilience Activity (L4R) as an emergency response targeting households who reside in conflicted affected L4R operational woredas of Eastern and Southern Zones of Tigray Region. Both PSNP and non-PSNP households have lost all productive assets.

They have limited availability and access to livestock feed, veterinary services, planting materials (seeds), ploughing oxen and extension support to keep animals alive and productive, and plant crops in the coming main season training.

The purpose of the emergency project is to provide agricultural production support that contribute for enhancing food security and nutrition for at least 72,00 conflict-affected households in Eastern and Southern Tigray Zones.   To achieve this purpose the project will intervene to address Immediate needs for:

  •  Improved wheat seeds, vegetable seeds, local barley, field pea and flax seeds, fertilizer and agricultural tools.
  • Feed to maintain dairy cows, oxen, sheep/goat and poultry with focus on breeding stock and the need to restart poultry production.
  • Veterinary pharmaceuticals to address immediate animal health needs

SNV will serve as technical partner to identify the most efficient market channels through which inputs will be distributed, and to follow up with input and service providers. In line with this, the livestock production and health expert will collaborate with SNV’s Livelihood for resilience activity team and REST, and develop activity plans, provide training, technical support and coaching, review progress and prepare and submit report to the Project manager and relevant stakeholders as necessary.

She/he identifies opportunities and areas for improvement to ensure quality delivery and closing of project activities within the budget, timeline and acceptable quality levels along the commitments specified in the contracts signed with the donor(s) and other relevant stakeholders. She/he maintains effective working relationships with key government partners and market actors and ensures effective representation of the project and SNV.

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Job Description

The Crop production & Farm Machinery Operation Advisor provides technical insights and advisory. He/she provides technical insights and advisory services on livestock (sheep/goat/cattle) value chains interventions to the project team and project partners in order to meet the agreed objectives and realise successful interventions. The Advisor identifies opportunities and areas for improvement to ensure quality delivery and closing of project activities within the budget, timeline and acceptable quality levels along the commitments specified in the contracts signed with the donor(s) and other relevant stakeholders. He/she maintains relationships with other stakeholders to the effective implementation of the project.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Advisory Services
  • Knowledge Development
  • Project and process development
  • Positioning
  • Business Development



  • Master’s degree in, Agri Business, Agricultural Marketing, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural livelihoods (crop/livestock) and related fields. 


  • 6 or more years’ experience in value chain development project implementation in public and private sector. 
  •  Sound knowledge of market systems analysis and experience in facilitating and supporting pro poor value chain development.
  • Knowledge of local, national and international livestock (sheep/goat/cattle) trade systems and market linkages for the advantage of the poor in practice.
  • Familiar with agricultural sector policies and national strategies, functioning of government/ public sector, private sector and farmers organizations;
  • Experience working for NGOs and similar projects and programs


Additional Information

How to Apply

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Candidates should apply by sending:

i) A motivation letter including one-page summary of experience (mandatory)

ii) An updated Curriculum Vitae, (mandatory)

iii) Names and contact details of three professional referees.

· If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by clicking on the I’m Interested button and complete your application in our house recruitment system on or before 13 May 2021.  

· The Title of the Position You are applying for MUST be mentioned on the subject of your motivation letter.

· Women candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

NB. Only shortlisted Applicant will be contacted

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