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Ethiopia: Project Coordinator - BMM Ethiopia Job Vacancy in Ethiopia

Organization: Seefar
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 01 May 2018

The Project Coordinator (PC) in Ethiopia has responsibility for coordinating the Better Migration Management (BMM) project activities on the ground. The objective of Better Migration Management’s (BMM) Component 4 (C4) is to provide migrants and potential migrants in target locations with better awareness of, and more and better information to inform their decision about their options. The vehicle for engagement will be through regional CSO partners who will provide awareness raising services to migrants. You will supervise, lead and train a team under the guidance of the East Africa Manager and other senior leaders at Seefar. You will be the local face of the project, engage with stakeholders and enjoy being a valued member of the Seefar team. You will have demonstrated project management experience, preferably in the development sector; have thematic experience on, and a strong interest in, migration issues; have management experience; be a natural communicator and always responsive; are results focussed; and have complete fluency in English, Tigrinya and Amharic. This position is based in Addis, Ethiopia and is for an initial 9-month contract.

Job Description

We are a social enterprise with a mission to work with vulnerable people to build a better future. We specialise in justice, migration and social inclusion. Our expertise is in strategic communications, counselling, consulting, monitoring and evaluation, and research. We work in East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, East Africa, North Africa, the Sahel and Europe. For more information about us, please visit

To get a sense of the services we specialise in at Seefar, please visit

For examples of projects relevant to the Migration Program, please visit

Seefar continues to grow and this role will be responsible for coordinating and growing a new project on the ground in Ethiopia. The role requires someone with at least five years professional experience in managing teams and implementing projects and who is smart, intrinsically motivated, worldly, interested in hard challenges and is highly flexible and efficient.


The following are the primary responsibilities of the role, with estimated allocations of time and attention.


Approximately 90% of your time and attention:

  • Supervise, develop and lead local teams in Gondar, Addis and Jijiga and team leaders.
  • Liaise with stakeholders and the broader community of interest.
  • Provide pastoral care to team members.
  • Responsive to taskings and requests from Seefar’s BMM Project Manager
  • Fulfilling project management responsibilities using our internal project systems and processes.
  • Provide regular and ad-hoc reports.
  • Provide inputs to programs relating to migration, displaced people, human trafficking.
  • Other tasks as directed.


Approximately 10% of your time and attention:

  • Develop project field teams.
  • Learning, growing and developing professionally and personally.
  • Strengthen the Enterprise’s reputation and profile in our areas of expertise.


  • Represent and demonstrate the Enterprise’s values.


Your work as a Project Coordinator in Ethiopia will require you to undertake local travel to project implementation sites around Ethiopia.

Working with Seefar

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as positive features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • The Enterprise combines entrepreneurialism with a focus on social impact.
  • You work with highly diverse people and across a diversity of contexts.
  • There is a high level of trust that supports you to work autonomously.
  • The people in the Enterprise encourage innovation and experimentation.
  • Achieving results is prioritised over rigid structures and workflows.
  • You are never bored and always challenged.

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as negative features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • Collaborating with geographically dispersed teams requires flexibility and patience.
  • Working remotely can make you feel isolated and so requires you to invest time in communication.
  • Travel schedules can sometimes be heavy.
  • A high-growth phase means problem-solving as the Enterprise’s systems evolve quickly.
  • It can be fast paced so you need to be productive and able to prioritise effectively.

An Excellent Candidate

To excel in this role, you will have five years professional project and personnel management experience in Ethiopia. You have complete fluency in written and spoken English. You will have complete fluency in written and spoken Tigrinya and Amharic. Having knowledge of Somali language is a plus. You have an undergraduate degree, are highly organised, communicate regularly and effectively, have the ability to prioritise and are highly productive. You are naturally responsive and are client focussed, while also able to work autonomously. You are motivated by an Enterprise performance framework focused on social impact. You are Ethiopian.

How to apply:

On or before 1 May 2018, complete our online application form. Before you start, you should do the following:

  1. Confirm you meet these minimum requirements:

    1. A minimum of five years professional experience
    2. Experience managing and developing teams in Ethiopia
    3. Experience in project coordination
    4. Complete fluency in oral and written English
    5. Complete fluency in oral and written Tigrinya and Amharic.
    6. Knowledge of Somali language is a plus
    7. An undergraduate degree.
    8. Be based in Ethiopia.
  2. Prepare a CV and introductory letter in Word or PDF format. You will upload this in our online application form.

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