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Country Offices

$10.8M

Organizational Budget

150

Staff

Stand with Farmers

Joining the Digital Green family means standing with farmers around the world. To date, we’ve touched the lives of more than 1.5 million smallholder farmers – eighty percent of whom are women – in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. And we’re just getting started.

Current Openings

Ethiopia

Senior Program Manager

Programs
Mekele and Hawassa

Digital Green is currently working with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Agriculture and other NGO partners in the country. Within the next two years, Digital Green will increase its scale significantly in the country. Digital Green is inviting applications from suitable candidates for the position of Senior Program Manager to be based in the Regions (Mekele and Hawassa) of Ethiopia to help provide programmatic, administrative and logistical support to a various sets of programs. This position will report directly to the Deputy Country Director and will work in collaboration with the entire Digital Green Ethiopia team.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for program planning, overseeing, guiding and monitoring all day-to-day technical implementation and financial operations within the assigned region
  • Monitor, support and ensure implementation of regional work plan by reviewing program data with Digital Green regional team and other key stakeholders
  • Determining key mitigation strategies to meet timely deliverables and to embed the video-based approach into the mapped-out regional extension system
  • Provide support on regional level to ensure that video content is technically sound and is in accordance with government/research packages of practices available in extension materials and manuals
  • Ensure quality assurance is upheld in region assigned by aggregating quality assurance visit data, conducting spot-quality assurance visits to various sites, and by monitoring video production quality in close collaboration with Digital Green regional team members and government extension functionaries
  • Provide performance review/progress reports against deliverables per engaged woreda in assigned region to NPC on a monthly basis
  • Conduct presentations (such as data day presentations), in close collaboration with PMs and APMs, with support from the NPC on regional achievements and challenges faced
  • Build relationships across the regional bureau, zonal offices and woreda offices to further institutionalize and embed the video-based approach into the pre-existing national agricultural extension system
  • Facilitate the implementation of all video-based activities and other ICT-enabled services of the assigned region by working closely with key stakeholders from regional bureau, woreda bureau and other NGO partner
  • Establish links with regional pre-existing programs and committees (PMC/TAC) that exist on regional level, and work in close partnership with them
  • Facilitate meetings with ATVET colleges in the region and ensure inclusion of the video-based approach into their curriculum
  • Organize regional review of the regional progress at least once in a year by working closely with key stakeholders on regional level (in collaboration with Digital Green regional team)
  • Strategically communicate roles and responsibilities with partners
  • Follow up and support partners to meet timelines and quality standards of deliverables
  • Facilitate and help organize concept seeding meetings on regional level by leveraging various platforms.

Qualification and Skills

  • MSc in Rural Development, Agricultural Extension, Sciences or Information Technology; Desired at least 6 year of relevant experience in project/ program design and implementation with national and international consortiums and partners; or BA degree and 10 years of experience;
  • Interest in food security, health-based and/or ICT4D-related development innovations
  • Ability to meticulously plan for events; Strong detail-orientation required
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work within a team as well as independently
  • Ability to take initiative and conduct tasks with highest level of quality
  • Personal commitment, drive for results, efficiency, flexibility and a sense of humor

Application Process: Interested candidates are requested to email their resume alongwith a cover letter with motivation for applying for the position and three references to jobs@digitalgreen.org. or to Digital Green Foundation, P. O. Box 100056, Addis Ababa. Please mention the title of the position applied in the subject. All positions are contingent upon funding. Knowledge of local language is essential.

United States of America

Engagement Consultant – Uganda


Uganda

About Digital Green

Digital Green is a global development organization that empowers smallholder farmers to lift themselves out of poverty by harnessing the collective power of technology and grassroots-level partnerships. We join forces with governments, private agencies and, most importantly, rural communities themselves to co-create digital solutions that are of the community and for the community. When farmers have the tools they need to connect with one another, they’re far more likely to apply what they’ve learned on their farms and in their households–improving their own livelihoods and those of others in their community, in a manner that’s nutrition-sensitive, climate-resilient, and inclusive.

 

So far, Digital Green has reached 1.5 million rural community members across over 8,000 villages in India, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Ghana, Niger and Tanzania. Collaborating with over 50 partners, Digital Green has helped facilitate the production and dissemination of over 5,000 localized videos in 50 languages. Digital Green operates from offices in San Francisco, New Delhi, Addis Ababa and Washington, DC. Digital Green is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the US. For more information, please visit Digital Green’s website: www.digitalgreen.org.

 

USAID’s Bureau for Food Security (BFS) and Digital Green have launched the five-year Feed the Future Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) project, in partnership with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), CARE International, the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS), and multiple resource partners. By collaborating with USAID missions, host country governments, public and private extension advisory service (EAS) providers, rural civil society organizations, and host country research institutes, DLEC will help host-country extension systems become more effective, accountable, scalable, and sustainable. DLEC will conduct diagnostics in multiple countries and implement on-the-ground activities in a select few

 

Assignment Summary

The Uganda engagement consultant will play a critical role in coordinating the DLEC-funded engagement activity in Uganda implemented by DLEC core partner International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Working closely with DLEC, Digital Green and IFPRI colleagues, the engagement consultant will serve as point of contact for activities in the country and will play a key role in (i) monitoring progress of the activity; (ii) establishing a community of practice in Uganda to galvanize discussion and action on the engagement results; (iii) managing partner relationships;  (iv) representing Digital Green in stakeholder meetings, workshops and other fora in the country; (v) scaling current programs; and (vi) establishing relationships with the Government to institutionalize practices.

The successful candidate will have an entrepreneurial approach, experience setting up and managing ICT-related agriculture programs, cultivating a network of relevant stakeholders, and experience representing organizations and projects at meetings with the Government, USAID and other donor representatives. The candidate will also have an understanding of rural farming communities, best practices in agricultural extension, and partner management.

The position will report to the Director of Africa Programs at Digital Green and will work closely with the DLEC team. The location of the position is flexible but must be within Uganda.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as Digital Green’s and DLEC’s representative in Uganda by participating in agricultural extension-related events and identifying opportunities to present DLEC findings and results at such events
  • Leveraging existing communities within Uganda, establish and maintain a community of practice (CoP) for DLEC to serve as a platform to generate discussion and action on engagement results
  • Via the CoP, partnerships and other avenues, apply knowledge of extension research, gender and agricultural ICT/ICT4D to translate learnings from the engagement to wider systemic change in EAS in Uganda
  • Apply entrepreneurial skills to create linkages between experts, donors, partners, and stakeholders within Uganda to advance the DLEC learning agenda and expand Digital Green’s presence within the country
  • Analyze current engagement to identify opportunities to apply the engagement’s learnings to other programming
  • Monitor ongoing activities including conducting site visits, regular meetings with partners to ensure the activity is on-track, delivering results and impact
  • Liaise with IFPRI research investigators and DLEC team on outreach and communication on the engagement results
  • Work closely with the Digital Green and DLEC team, including but not limited to:
    • Communicating progress and challenges and building Digital Green’s Uganda strategy
    • Sharing updates on activities with Communications Manager relevant for outreach materials
    • Liaising with the M&E Manager to ensure accurate tracking of results and impact
    • Coordinating with finance manager and program manager on financial and program management of the engagement
    • Liaising with the broader Digital Green team based in India and Ethiopia to coordinate their involvement on the in-country engagement
  • Anticipate challenges in advance and prepare to address them
  • Support visits by DLEC and Digital Green staff by arranging meetings, planning training sessions, and helping with logistics and travel
  • Track progress on multiple streams of work
  • Prepare regular progress reports, deliverables and other ad-hoc summaries and reports on the project as required
  • Prepare progress reports and other deliverables of Digital Green project/s
  • Travel to rural areas to meet with farmers and other partners, as needed

Qualifications and Experiences

  • Bachelor’s degree required in international development, agriculture or related field
  • Experience in ICT4D, extension research and gender-focused agricultural programming
  • Experience setting up and growing an enterprise, business or project
  • At least 4 years of program and partnership management experience on international development projects in the area of agriculture, food security, or nutrition
  • Hands-on experience working with rural farming communities
  • Previous USAID project implementation experience preferred

 Skills, Competencies, and Attitudes

  • Self starter with an entrepreneurial spirit and approach to forming partnerships, designing programs, and problem-solving
  • Excellent partnership building and management skills
  • Demonstrated programmatic, management, and interpersonal skills to effectively collaborate with other professionals
  • Skills in managing projects in compliance with US Government contracts and agreements
  • Willing and able to work in a fast-paced, growth-oriented environment
  • Flexible attitude towards changing priorities and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to act with urgency for continuous improvement and with a bias towards action, promote development of breakthrough solutions, and embrace innovations that improve results
  • Highly organized and able to manage multiple processes at once
  • Demonstrable analytical, organizational and written communication skills in English

To be successful as a member of the Digital Green Team, you will also:

  • Have a passion for the Digital Green mission and a strong desire to impact an up-and-coming non-profit organization
  • Be an innovative and creative thinker – you are not afraid to try something new and inspire others to do so
  • Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness
  • Have a strong work ethic, take initiative, and require minimal direction
  • Work well independently as well as part of a team
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment

Compensation

Digital Green is a great place to work and prides itself on a competitive compensation package. This opportunity is on a contractual basis and has a fixed duration, with a potential for extension/renewal based on organizational needs. The hired consultant would be categorized as an Independent Contractor working with Digital Green. Digital Green is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please email your resume and cover letter to recruitmentus@digitalgreen.org with the title Engagement Consultant – Uganda in the subject line. Due to the high volume of applicant response, not all applicants may receive a response from Digital Green. Digital Green is an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds.

 

Our Multi-Disciplinary Team

From a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, our team is diverse in almost every way – but united by our shared commitment to the world’s farmers.

Technology Team

We build cutting-edge software to benefit farmers worldwide. Our strong rural presence, data-driven decisions and human centered design enables us to pioneer new applications for rural users.

Program Team

We bring together deep experience in development and an entrepreneurial mindset. The farmers are our clients and we are excited to keep pushing the status quo to improve their lives.

Finance & Operations

We are enablers of Digital Green's work around the world. We focus on developing our systems and people so we can reach more farmers with better solutions to improve their livelihoods.

Business Development & Communications

We love to talk about the work we do and elevate the voices of our farmer heroes. We are passionate storytellers focused on growing Digital Green's impact.