Nursery Coordinator at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Job Description

Nursery Coordinator

Internal/External Vacancy Announcement #194/2019

Strengthening Drought Resilience Programme (SDR)


Economic development in Ethiopia is highly dependent on agriculture. Crop cultivation and livestock farming are the mainstay livelihoods for 79% of the population. Over 25 million people live in Ethiopia’s arid and semi-arid lowlands, with 1.6 million living in the state of Afar. 87% of the population is rural and derives its livelihood either entirely from livestock farming or from a combination of crop and livestock farming. However, the adapted traditional agricultural systems are coming under increasing pressure. The primary reason is the growing scarcity of natural resources, which is the consequence of population growth and climate change. The increasing frequency of climate-related extreme weather events, such as drought caused by El Niño followed by heavy rains, exacerbates the situation and has an adverse impact on food security.

The population and the institutions involved do not have the capacities required to secure productive livelihoods and food for the long term, also in the event of climate-induced weather extremes (core problem). The project objective is strengthening capacities of the population and the institutions involved to enable them to secure productive livelihoods and food for the long term, also in the event of climate-induced weather extremes.

To support the smooth implementation of various activities, SDR seeks to hire an Nursery Coordinator as per the following:

Position:                                Nursery Coordinator

Place of Work:                      Semera

Required Candidate:            One

Application deadline:          December 15, 2019


  • Support the nurseries of the Strengthening Drought Resilience Programme (SDR) both group-based and project-based, in their day-to day operation;
  • Create linkages between nursery production and demand from the different projects in the SDR programme
  • Identify and promote production of promising indigenous grasses and tree species suitable for integration in the dry valley rehabilitation and productive use approach
  • Coordinate plantation of identified indigenous tree and forage grasses in the designated areas;

General Tasks:

  • Facilitate communication between the project nursery staff and regional programme management to ensure smooth implementation of activities;
  • Support the existing project nurseries in operational aspects, including follow-up of yearly production plans, signing of daily labour sheets and facilitate payments
  • Support the existing group-based nurseries in overall management and production linking the nurseries with project activities of SDR and other government and non-government organisations
  • Ensure the provision of the necessary technical and business training for the members of the established group-based nurseries;
  • Ensure in collaboration with Woreda experts, Development Agents and community representatives the sustainability of the group-based nurseries;
  • Facilitate the production of planting material (seeds, cuttings, seedlings) of identified indigenous species and the utilization in the project areas;
  • Provide training to Woreda experts and Development Agents on different planting techniques needed for proper establishment of trees and grasses;
  • Distribute and safeguard project materials and equipment that is being delivered and used at the project implementation sites;
  • Carry out the day-to-day supervision and monitoring of project activities at community level;
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly work plan and activity based report in collaboration with the GIZ-SDR Livelihood team leader and SDR senior NRM advisor
  • Job Requirements

    Qualifications and Experience:

    • Degree in relevant subject matter;
    • Minimum of 5 years’ relevant occupational experience


    • Excellent communication skills to handle stakeholders with different interest;
    • Capability of concise and coherent reporting along standard formats;
    • Conflict management skills;
    • Good analytical skills;
    • Solution oriented;
    • Proven track record as trainer for practical sessions;
    • Good knowledge of both Afarigna and Amharic;
    • Good English language skills, both written and oral;
    • Basic computer skills esp Microsoft office.

    Interested and qualified candidates shall submit their motivation letter along with their non-returnable recent CV via Email:


    Please make sure you mention the vacancy number and position title ‘Nursery Coordinator #194’ in the subject line of your email application. Due to large number of applications we categorise applications with the vacancy numbers. Applications without vacancy numbers in subject lines might not be categorized in the appropriate folder and could be disqualified.

    Applications without vacancy numbers in subject lines might not be categorized in the appropriate folder and could be disqualified.

    We encourage persons with disabilities to apply for the position. In case of equal qualification, persons with disabilities will be given preference.

    Applications from qualified women are encouraged.

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