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Government & Public Service

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Movemeback African oppportunity location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Description

The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) was established by the Government of Ethiopia in 2011 with the primary aim of promoting transformation of the agriculture sector to help the country reach middle-income status by 2025. Headquartered in Addis Ababa, the organization currently has over 400 staff in five offices across the country. ATA reports to the Transformation Council which is chaired by the Minister of Agriculture and has representatives from a wide range of federal and regional government bodies across agriculture, trade, industry and other closely related sectors.

 

ABOUT THE TEAM 

As ATA’s strategic advisory and consulting function, the Analytics Team supports Directors and Senior Directors within the organization, as well as senior leadership at partner organizations in government, multilateral and bilateral donors, NGOs and private sector companies, to execute high-impact, analytically challenging client engagements. The team applies an approach similar to top strategy consulting firms and government strategy units in a number of countries, to support clients to more effectively bring together the strategic, analytical, technical and operational capabilities required for transformation. Client cases typically fall into one of several areas:

  • Strategic development & strategic planning
  • Policy & regulatory analysis
  • Institutional & organizational enhancement
  • Business model & business case development
  • Design & incubation of innovative pilot programs

In addition, the team also works extensively on capacity building through managing training and professional development programs for ATA staff and designing and delivering programs for partners. The Analytics Team reports to the Senior Director of Implementation Support and consists of a Director, Principals, Case Team Leaders (including Senior CTL, CTL, and Associate CTL), Senior Analysts and Analysts, totalling 45 staff. Case teams typically comprise a CTL and two to four Senior Analysts and Analysts. International staff are recruited into Analytics at the Principal, Case Team Leader levels (based on consulting and managerial experience) to support the build out of the team’s full structure, and work very closely with junior local staff to accelerate their development and progression into more senior roles.

 

ABOUT THE POSITION
Case Team Leaders (CTLs) play a critical role in the team, leading and managing client engagements, with support from senior management. This includes everything from understanding client issues and determining what kind of support the Analytics team is best placed to offer, and structuring the case and individual work streams, to delivering the final output and following up with the client to support implementation of recommendations. ACTLs are responsible for identifying the level and type of resourcing required for each case, day-to-day management of the client relationship and the case team’s activities, leading meetings with stakeholders, coaching and providing feedback to team members to ensure high-quality output as well as rapid staff development, and ensuring any major issues are effectively escalated to senior management. 

CTLs are also heavily involved in developing and lead trainings for junior staff and take on strategic initiatives within the team such as developing a university recruiting or internship program, or managing development of a knowledge management system. The position therefore provides a unique opportunity for high-performing individuals with four or more years of international work experience in strategy consulting to step up into a client, case and people management role.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

  • Lead and execute diverse, high-impact projects while ensuring effective partnership with internal and external stakeholders
  • Manage and coach junior staff day-to-day on both project work and professional development, building their structuring and problem solving, project management, communication and other skills
  • Ensure project decisions and outputs are high-impact, timely, analytical and operationally sound, and otherwise meet client expectations
  • Identify stakeholder sensitivities and manage these effectively
  • Develop training materials and lead training sessions to support professional development of staff within and outside of the team
     

Criteria

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field with a minimum of either 4 years of experience in a rigorous management consulting environment or 6 years in another analytical field, demonstrating expertise in problem-solving, client interaction, communication, project management, and leadership / team development
  • MBA with a minimum of either 3 years of experience in a rigorous management consulting environment or 5 years in another analytical field, demonstrating expertise in problem-solving, client interaction, communication, project management, and leadership / team development
  • At least one year of experience managing and coaching others 
  • Presence and ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a range of stakeholders in a cross-cultural environment (fluency in English is essential)
  • Strong set of personal values including integrity, honesty and desire to be of service
     

Benefits

  • The Case Team Leader position provides a very unique opportunity to stretch yourself and lead challenging client cases in a developing country government context.
  • You will gain experience with development strategy, policy, and program design and incubation.
  • You will be exposed to a variety of new topics in a fast-paced environment with a focus on strategic thinking, analysis and results, while working with a highly motivated and talented group of Ethiopian and international staff.
  • You will engage with senior government officials and private sector executives to help tackle governance, policy, operational and capacity issues that affect the opportunities of millions of farmers
  • In terms of career progression opportunities, depending on experience and performance, a CTL can move up into a Principal role within the ATA which would involve managing across three to five cases and case teams, rather than managing individual cases. Many Case Team Leaders also use the role to boost their professional and managerial skills before returning to strategy consulting to progress to more senior roles or as a stepping-stone to careers in emerging markets or development
     

About Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency

The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) was established by the Government of Ethiopia in 2011 with the primary aim of promoting transformation of the agriculture sector to help the country reach middle-income status by 2025. Headquartered in Addis Ababa, the organization currently has over 400 staff in five offices across the country. ATA reports to the Transformation Council which is chaired by the Prime Minister and has representatives from a wide range of federal and regional government bodies across agriculture, trade, industry and other closely related sectors.

ATA works closely with these government partners, local and international private sector firms, and development partners, to address systemic challenges in agriculture. The Agency comprises more than 35 teams with diverse programmatic focus, from increasing agricultural productivity to catalyzing rural finance industries to growing agribusiness and agricultural markets to building institutional capacity. Major activities across the organization include: policy enhancement, strategic and analytical problem-solving, testing and scale-up of innovative solutions, implementation support, and coordination and capacity building of stakeholders.