Senior Technical Expert – Engineer at Ethiopian Agricultural

  • Senior Technical Expert - Engineer at Ethiopian Agricultural
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    Senior Technical Expert - Engineer at Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) Job Vacancy in Ethiopia

    Category: Engineering
    Location: Addis Ababa 
    Career Level: Senior Level (5+ years experience)
    Employment Type: Full time
    Salary: Competitive

    Job Description

    Vacancy Announcement



    Position:                          Senior Technical Expert - Engineer

    Term of Employment:   One year with possibility of extension

    Duty Station(s):              Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC), Addis Ababa

    Required Number:         One

    Salary & Benefits:           Competitive

    Application Deadline:    March 22, 2020


    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 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 sector partners across the country.

    The Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) is an autonomous federal government institution established under Proclamation No.769/2012 Council of Ministers Regulation No.313/2014 to carry out an efficient investment administration system and to encourage foreign and domestic investments in Ethiopia through promotional, support and aftercare schemes. Functionally, the EIC operates under the direct supervision of the Ethiopian Investment Board (EIB), chaired by the Prime Minister and composed of various government stakeholders including the Ministry of Trade and the National Bank of Ethiopia. The programmatic focus of the EIC responds to a core set of national investment needs and objectives identified under the establishment laws and further developed in EIC’s organizational structure document (2015).

    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 team work 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 in 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.


    This position is a secondment position to the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC). The Senior Technical Expert (STE) is to support the Ethiopia Investment Commission on a broad range of issues, including but not limited to be planning, coordinating and administering contracts in order to ensure project objectives are met within budget and according to the time schedule set for completion. The overall objective of the assignment will be to oversee the managements of contracts under the EIC Project in planning, implementation, monitoring of contracts and evaluation. The STE will work in close coordination with Supervision Consultant (Engineer), Contractor, procurement specialists, Project coordinator and other actors defined in contract agreement for quality, timely and cost-effective implementation of contractors in course of execution of various civil works contracts and consultancy assignments for effective and efficient completion of contracts. In General, the STE will need to have highly effective planning, organizing and problem-solving skills together with the ability to lead, motivate and influence others is considered essential, as are strong communication skills (both written and verbal).


    The STE is responsible for planning and monitoring the construction activities of the EIC Project from the design phase up to completion. The tasks and responsibilities of the role, among others, will include the following: -

    • Formulate and prepare complete and well-defined contract agreements, in close coordination with the project lawyer.
    • Prepare contract implementation plans, monitor implementation thereof, review deliverables, and manage contract changes.
    • Work closely with procurement specialists to prepare bid documents, evaluate bids related to construction works, bidders list and submits recommendations to selection committee(s), including inquiry preparations, request for bids and recommendations for award of contract as per the EIC procurement guidelines.
    • Represent/ support EIC Project during statutory and internal audits including audits and reviews by financiers and procurement reviews.
    • Provide technical advice on aspects of the works if and when necessary Work closely with the Financial Management Specialist to ensure proper documentation and certification of payment requests and timely processing of payments due to contractors and consultants.
    • Reviews design of construction works, including off-site and on-site infrastructure based on national standards and international practices.
    • Prepare construction implementation schedules by studying project plans and specifications; calculating time requirements; sequencing project elements.
    • Agree construction schedules with Site Managers and supervision consultants and regularly monitor progress.
    • Communicate schedules and subsequent changes to all affected parties. Intervene and agree action plans to recover delays where possible.
    • Ensure timely request for and delivery of all information that is on the schedule critical path.
    • Compile such reports as are required to demonstrate progress against schedules and budget.
    • Ensure contracts are implemented timely and in accordance with the terms of the contracts agreement and minimize the risk of contract variations and time extensions.
    • Receive requests, obtains estimates, update records, initiates paperwork and follow up on request for approval of work not previously covered in the contract; processes and obtain approval of contract changes. Identify variations to contract that will impact on the schedule and ensure schedule is revised to accommodate them.
    • Interpret contract provisions to help resolve claims and questions submitted by contractors.
    • Monitor compliance to contract requirements and terms of the contract to ensure all conditions are satisfied before approval of any payment.
    • Quantified and checked all site measurement and recorded the soft and hard copies for reference.
    • Recorded interim and final measurement work for payment.
    • Prepared and quantified quantities of executed works for monthly, quarterly and annual progress report and check against payment.
    • Initiate and/or conduct meetings with contractors and consultants concerning contractual problems as necessary. Establish and update records of all correspondence related to contract activity.
    • Properly document all contract related communications and documents, including preparation and maintenance of a contract’s management register.
    • Apply project management disciplines to ensure successful completion of projects within time, cost and budget.
    • Checked and approved working drawings and templates as well as approved as built drawings.

    Job Requirements


    • Minimum of 8 years’ experience with BSc degree or 6 years with Msc in civil engineering in managing complex and large value works and contracts.
    • At least five years of experience with demonstrative effectiveness, in providing technical support on contract administration issues on large and complex projects.
    • The candidate should have demonstrated professional experience in the interpretation of contractual documents.


    • Knowledge of requirements for acquiring professional design and construction services in accordance with current Ethiopian regulations
    • Knowledge of the laws and directives regulating building construction
    • Knowledge of the procurement and contracts administration rules and laws of the country.
    • Skill in negotiating, writing and interpreting contractual agreements
    • Demonstrated analytical skills in engineering, costing, and financial analysis
    • Should be conversant with engineering software like AutoCAD and project management software (e.g., Microsoft Project or similar)
    • Problem solver/team player with high leadership qualities
    • Highly organized and dedicated with positive attitude
    • Thrive on working in challenging environment
    • Work very well under pressure
    • Supervise projects in professional and tactic full manner
    • Good ability to manage complex and demanding workload with good analytic skill
    • Excellent interpersonal communication skill.
    • Ability to effectively communicate

    How to Apply


    We invite all candidates meeting the required qualifications to submit (i) a cover letter and (ii) CV (maximum 3 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.

    Senior Technical Expert - Engineer at Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) Job Vacancy in Ethiopia

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    Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA)

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    Job type: Full Time Salary: Negotiable Publish date: 13 Mar 2020

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