Director of Project Management Office

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Apply by 22 April 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 10 April 2018

Job Description


The Director of Project Management (DPM) will create and lead a Project Management Office (PMO) team that works as a Center of Excellence within the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) and across the Ethiopian government to catalyze successful execution of the projects in the Agricultural Transformation Agenda. The PMO will support Project Leaders and their teams and build their execution capacity to ensure that the Agricultural Transformation Agenda projects are delivered on time, on budget and with the targeted results. This execution capacity has been identified as a major bottleneck to the transformation of Ethiopia’s agriculture sector, and the DPM will be on the front lines of creating national change affecting millions of smallholder farmers.

This is a unique opportunity for international candidates to play a leadership role directly within African government.

This position will report directly to the Senior Director of Strategic Services. As part of the Strategic Services department, the DPM will work closely with the Performance Management (planning, reporting & evaluation), Analytics and Communications teams and the Delivery Unit at the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The DPM will be a key thought partner to the Senior Director in refining the strategy for this vertical. The position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The terms of employment for this position maybe done and governed by World Food Programme and managed in accordance with the internal framework of the WFP, which provides employment contracting and related services to ATA.


  • Develop strategy for the PMO’s engagement with ATA projects and partners.
  • Lead design of best practice project management processes, tools and training for the entire project lifecycle.
  • Hire, manage and develop PMO team members.
  • Identify and prioritize specific projects and activities that require enhanced project management support.
  • Train the PMO team to support ATA teams and partners from project launch through execution and troubleshooting to documentation and handover or transition
  • Ensures clear communication and coordination of activities between the Project Management team, other Strategic Services teams, ATA project teams and ATA partners
  • Design and manage productivity or work planning software as needed for successful project management.
  • Regularly survey ATA and partner project teams for feedback on improvements to Project Management tools, training and support.
  • Link projects with common activities and bring learnings from one project to another in consultation with the Senior Management Team.
  • Provide portfolio management insights to the Senior Management Team – look across projects to identify common trends, areas for collaboration with partners, potential bottlenecks, risks, and opportunities for refocus or expansion.


  • Master’s degree in business, economics, engineering or other relevant field. Professional certification in Project Management preferred
  • At least 10 years’ relevant professional experience in the direct management of large, complex, long-term projects in the private sector or in international development, including responsibility for people management, goalsetting, budgeting, work planning, meeting targets, and capacity building
  • Experience working in developing countries is highly preferred.
  • Highly structured thinker and communicator – you can quickly and clearly envision and explain a system that makes people’s jobs easier.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships and influence people without authority – you get things done even when people don’t report to you and have different priorities.
  • Good judgement and decisiveness in choosing among competing priorities – you can wisely lead your team in a rapidly changing environment with limited information.
  • Passion and talent for training, coaching, and capacity building – you share your learnings with others in a way that fits their needs, and enjoy the growth and success of others.
  • Highly adaptive and resourceful problem solver in rapidly changing environments – you enjoy the challenge of rapid invention and iteration and come up with surprisingly practical solutions.
  • Energized by a fast-moving environment with an emphasis on high performance, accountability and results - you have a drive for excellence and enjoy being around others with the same drive
  • Strong set of personal values, including integrity, honesty and desire to be of service – this is your bedrock when all else is uncertain.
  • Fluency in English is required.


We invite all candidates meeting the required qualifications to send (i) a cover letter and (ii) a CV (maximum 5 pages) to, and submit a completed ATA Application Form at

Please note that CVs, cover letter and other application materials WILL NOT be considered unless accompanied by a fully completed ATA Application Form. Also, please DO NOT submit scans of certificates with your application form.

Women are highly encouraged to apply.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

About the Organization

The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) was established by the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to identify and address systemic bottlenecks to Ethiopia’s agricultural development. The Agency does this through problem-solving, implementation support, and capacity building of stakeholders involved in implementation of interventions that address the systemic bottlenecks. The Agency reports to the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Development and is Secretary to the Transformation Council chaired by the Prime Minister.

The programmatic focus of the Agency responds to a core set of needs identified by the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Development and the Transformation Council. Within the Agency, issues are divided into four different pillars: Crops & Natural Resources which includes Inputs and Plant Protection, Soil Health & Fertility, Irrigation and Drainage, and Mechanization; Cross Cutting Initiatives, which includes Inclusive Growth, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, and Planning and MLE; Livestock, which includes Animal Health and Genetic Improvement and Feed & Feeding; and Agribusiness and Markets including Market Development, Rural Finance, ICT, and Private Sector. In addition, the Agricultural Commercialization Clusters Initiative is another critical focus area for the Agency. Across the programs, the ATA engages public, private and non-governmental stakeholders to support strategic planning, manage and strengthen implementation capacity and test innovative models.

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.

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