Intervention Manager at Nathan Associates

Job Description

Background of the programme

The Land Investment for Transformation (LIFT) programme has been developed by DFID and the Government of Ethiopia with the objective of improving the incomes of the rural poor, through support to the Government of Ethiopia in the implementation of second level land certification (SLLC) covering 14 million parcels, introduction of sustainable land administration systems, and the use of the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach to leverage the economic benefits of increased tenure security.

The M4P component (which has been renamed Economic Empowerment Unit – EEU) has developed interventions that address the constraints identified in three sectors: rural land rental, access to finance, and environment & conservation agriculture.

Scope of work

The intervention manager (IM) will be responsible for LIFT’s front-line work within these sectors. He/she will be responsible for the general implementation of the portfolio of interventions and overseeing the work of co-facilitators and sub-contractors. The intervention manager will also analyse the wider sectors to spot emerging opportunities that may influence the work of LIFT and which could benefit rural, low-income households. The IM will work closely with stakeholders who have a genuine interest in serving this market, identifying and proposing new interventions and activities as needed.

The IM will need to understand the ‘big picture’ of the economy in general and the rural land market, to recognise the constrains faced by LIFT’s intended beneficiaries when trying to access the economic benefits of increased tenure security. The IM will work in partnership with stakeholders and service providers at all levels of the project to develop sustainable solutions for improving incomes and supporting greater land productivity in target areas.

The tasks of the IM will be wide-ranging, and evolve with the needs of the project. Summary areas of work include:

  1. Analysis and learning: gather data and information to better understand the situation in the sector, continuously assess ongoing interventions and identify ways to improve the efficiency and effectively of delivery, including how to improve their impact on the poor.
  2. Reporting and presentation: contribute to the design of sector strategies, prepare detailed intervention workplans. Conduct general awareness raising and pitch specific opportunities to stakeholders externally.
  3. Project management: work with identified intervention partners, oversee implementation, ensure compliance, assure quality of deliverables.
  4. Results management: Maintain intervention specific monitoring systems, and design and participate in field assessment trips.

 Specific Responsibilities

The specific responsibilities of the IM will include the following:

  • Manage relationships and partnerships with stakeholders (regional EPLAUs, kebele and woreda experts, etc) who will be LIFT’s key implementing partners in all interventions.
  • Continuously identify and establish relationships with new stakeholders who LIFT could partner with.
  • Manage the activities of sub-facilitators/sub-contractors/grantees who support LIFT in the implementation of the interventions. Review monitoring reports and undertake spot-checks to ensure accuracy.
  • Maintain intervention monitoring tools up to date and verify data.
  • Continually oversee the rural land interventions, identifying any need for revision, expansion or discontinuation
  • Explore opportunities for development of new interventions that supplement the existing portfolio.
  • Coordinate with other programmes working in the areas of rural land to identify potential areas of synergy and collaboration. Regularly review the effectiveness of these partnerships to understand where they need further deepening and/or renegotiation.
  • Lead key knowledge management activities including training, dissemination workshops, developing case studies and articles to be shared through several channels on the lessons learned from LIFT interventions.
  • Present weekly, monthly and quarterly progress reports on all interventions to the EEU Coordinator.

Reporting and relationships

The IM will report to the EEU Coordinator and will work full time. He/she will be expected to work closely with team sector members to ensure complementarity of interventions and knowledge as well as with cross-cutting functions.

Job Requirements

Desired competencies

The IM will be entrepreneurial, creative, analytical, a team-player, a good listener and thoughtful communicator. He/she will be able to lead others, have strong interest in market systems development, enjoy travelling to rural areas, understand the big picture but also work-out the details. The individual will need to be highly motivated, systematic and methodical and, above all, have a great curiosity for how to make things better, especially to economically empower women.

LIFT does not expect to find all these competencies in a candidate from day-one, but a subset of them from which to develop candidates whose professional aspirations match the requirements of a successful IM.

Qualifications and experience

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree. An advanced degree in business and/or economics is an advantage.
  • Experience of working in the agricultural sector is an added advantage.
  • Excellent analytical skills, including demonstrated experience of monitoring an access to credit project.
  • Strong communications skills, the ability to communicate effectively with government institutions.
  • Strong command of English and Amharic, preferable also other Ethiopian languages.
  • Interested and qualified applicants can send an email with CV and cover letter to erussell@nathaninc.com

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