Partnerships Manager – Technical at Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA)

Category:  Accounting and Finance, Business and Administration, Economics
Location:  Addis Ababa
Career Level:  Managerial Level (Manager, Supervisor, Director)
Employment Type:  Full time
Salary: Competitive

Job Description

Vacancy Announcement



Position:                          Partnerships Manager – Technical

Term of Employment:   Full time

Duty Station(s):              Addis baba

Required Number:        One

Salary & Benefits:          Competitive

Application Deadline:   October 18, 2021


The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) is a strategy and delivery-oriented government agency created to help accelerate the growth and transformation of the country’s agriculture sector. The ATA envisions that, by 2025, smallholder farmers are commercialized with greater incomes, inclusiveness, resilience and sustainability, contributing to Ethiopia’s achievement of middle-income country status.

The agency focuses on two primary national approaches to catalyze agricultural transformation. First, we support the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Resources (MoA), its affiliate institutions, and other partners to identify and address systemic bottlenecks within an Agricultural Transformation Agenda. Second, we support Regional Governments to accelerate the development of high-priority commodity value chains in clearly defined geographic clusters, through the Agricultural Commercialization Clusters (ACC) Initiative.

Our major activities include conducting strategic and analytical studies, providing technical implementation support, coordinating platforms to better integrate partners and projects, and designing and directly leading a number of implementation projects. Our headquarters are in Addis Ababa, and we have regional offices in Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, and Tigray regional offices, allowing us to work closely with a wide range of public, private and development sectors partners across the country.

Our Culture

We have an exceptional team of highly competent employees with a proven track record of success in managing complex activities and achieving transformational results.  Our culture is one where talented, dedicated and adaptable individuals are committed to doing their best and exhibit great teamwork to achieve excellent results.

At ATA, we provide an exceptional platform for people who want to achieve their highest potential and make a meaningful contribution to changing the country’s agricultural sector.  We offer rewarding work in a young, fast-paced growing organization with passionate, committed, motivated colleagues and excellent career development and training.  We recognize our most valuable assets are our staff and are committed to providing our employees with the tools, training, and mentorships necessary to achieve their career goals.


The Partnerships Manager – Technical will be a core member of the Partnerships Office, working with a team that works to create, maintain and facilitate effective partnerships between ATA and its partners. The Partnerships Manager will work closely with ATA’s Government and Development Partners, ensuring timely fund mobilization and reporting.

The Partnerships Manager – Technical will report to the Director of Partnerships.


The specific duties of the Partnerships Manager – Technical will include the following:

  • Lead the implementation of the comprehensive resource mobilization strategy by setting achievable targets.
  • Manage the timely submission of financial reports to respective development partners ensuring high quality.
  • Control the planning, budgeting, and reporting guidelines and templates for Development Partners to align support with priority areas.
  • Join forces with ATA’s Finance team in the analysis of forecasts and financial allocation processes within ATA to meet program objectives and donor requirements.
  • Lead the Finance team to establish financial data tracking and analysis for budgeting, monitoring, reporting and grant audit to meet program objectives and partner requirements.
  • Manage the budget analysis and forecast process twice a year and provide input to the budgeting process in close consultation with the finance team.
  • Spearhead the review of grant agreements and other binding documents.
  • Support the day-to-day engagement with development partners to build strong relationships.
  • Contribute to the partnership proposal development process in collaboration with program teams ensuring proper alignment with program objectives and agency priorities.
  • Help the development of concept notes, and the proposal development processes in collaboration with program teams to ensure that they are properly coordinated and consistent with internal program priorities, cross-cutting issues and donor priorities and requirements.
  • Contribute to the comprehensive database of donors to facilitate tracking of partnerships and outreach to potential partners.
  • Performs any other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements


  • Master’s degree in Economics, Finance, Business Administration, Accounting, or other relevant fields of study, obtained from a recognized University.
  • At least eight years of experience in the management of partnerships involving management donor financing, of which two years should be in a senior position.
  • Experience in international development, including working in resource mobilization and financial reporting for multilateral and bilateral agencies, private foundations, or NGOs.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex tasks involving multiple stakeholders.
  • Ability to work effectively in a diverse, multicultural environment and to the ability to work and deliver under pressure.
  • Exceptional analytical and organizational skills with excellent attention to detail and a high degree of personal initiative.
  • Superior communication skills, both verbal and written, and fluency in English and Amharic.

How to Apply


We invite all candidates meeting the required qualifications to submit (i) a cover letter and (ii) a CV (maximum 5 pages) to

Please DO NOT submit scans of certificates with your application.

Women are highly encouraged to apply.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.