Leadership and Management
The Second Agricultural Growth Project (AGP2) is a complex program involving government ministries, directorates, regional Bureaus, zonal and woreda offices, and key implementing agencies that requires commitment and collaboration among leaders and managers at all levels of the agricultural public sector. CDSF understands the importance of engaging senior leaders and middle managers in the change process early on in any program or project intervention, considering that leadership “buy-in” is essential to institutional sustainability. Based on CDSF’s institutional capacity assessment and the baseline, two levels of programs will be delivered by CDSF including:
- one that targets federal and regional AGP Steering Committees’ senior leaders, and
- a second program for regional directorates, zonal and woreda administrators.
The senior leadership program targets AGP Steering Committee members who are the most senior agricultural leaders in each region (i.e. Tigray, Amhara, Oromia, and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region) and at the federal level. These key decision-makers are brought together in a forum conducive to building or strengthening institutional relationships. Situational leadership is the approach CDSF uses to train these senior Steering Committee members to be more effective leaders, particularly with their immediate staff.
The second CDSF regional/zonal/woreda leaders’ program is designed to address specific AGP2 management issues, especially related to commitment, coordination, and collaboration at both directorate and department level and among institutions. Process owners and woreda administrators are the target participants for this capacity development initiative.
Participants gain competencies in the following areas: program commitment; program collaboration and coordination; team building; meeting management; time management and decision-making. Managers are introduced to the concept of emotional intelligence as a way to more effectively engage with staff and other personnel. Specific cross-cutting challenges related to gender, nutrition, the environment and social management will be reviewed by managers. Over 400 managers and administrators are targeted for this program, which will be delivered using an enhanced cascaded approach by master facilitators at the regional level.
CDSF also strengthens AGP2 technical committees through a series of training, and together with the leadership initiatives, these two programs work in concert to strengthen AGP’s strategic and technical collaboration.