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Ethiopia: Request for Proposal - Development and Marketing of a Mobile app to link Employers and Job Seekers Job Vacancy in Ethiopia

Organization: International Labour Organization
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 28 Sep 2018


Three million young Ethiopians are estimated to enter the labour force every year. Despite undertaking mega employment intensive projects in the manufacturing, construction as well as trade and services sector, the Government of Ethiopia still faces challenges in ensuring productive employment opportunities for both rural and urban youth. Moreover, there are limited platforms to link job seekers with the opportunities that best match their skills, needs and interest. The ILO assessment on the Public Employment Services Provision and Labour Market Information Collection and Utilization in Ethiopia[1] concluded that Public employment services in Ethiopia are inefficient and less effective due to the insufficient infrastructure and utilities needed to provide effective, and up-to-date service to job seekers including the registration of job seekers, the provision of counseling services or providing job matching and placement assistance. The public employment services were also found to be weak in collecting and compiling LMI, and facilitating the dissemination of data on labour market.

Due to this limited access to employment, low-skilled Ethiopians tend to look for job opportunities abroad. Ethiopia, as a major labour sending country is now facing an increased return rate of Ethiopian migrants. Countries such as Saudi Arabia have started deporting, in mass, undocumented Ethiopian migrants to their country as part of the “Saudization” of the KSA labour market aimed at creating job opportunities for young unemployed Saudis and regularization of the labour market. Between November 2013 and March 2014, more than 163,018 Ethiopian migrants were forcibly repatriated. Moreover, following the declaration of the KSA Government in March 2017 marking the end of the final amnesty period for all irregular migrants to voluntarily leave the country, an estimated 190,000 Ethiopians are estimated to have returned.

Returnees face a number of challenges to sustainably reintegrate and make a living in their homeland. As a result, the ILO has been implementing EU funded development cooperation project entitled ‘*Support to the reintegration of returnees in Ethiopia’*, with an aim to provide individualized and right-based reintegration assistance to returning migrants and local community members with a particular focus on vulnerable women and girls. As part of this project, the ILO intend to use digital platforms such as phone app. to connect job seekers to suitable job opportunities. These platforms are expected to make it easier for returnees to access jobs opportunities easily; address the mismatch in the demand and supply of low-skilled labour; reduce the cost of recruitment; and allow individuals to market themselves to a wider audience. Moreover, migrants in the destination countries can easily look at available jobs in Ethiopia, which will prepare them better for their return and economic reintegration. In this regards, the ILO is looking for a consulting firm to develop a job matching mobile application to link employers and job seekers (returnees) in the non-professional sector.

Purpose of the Consultancy

The main purpose of the assignment is to develop a user friendly and viable mobile app that will facilitate employment opportunities for returnees in Ethiopia by linking employers and job seekers in the non-professional sector. More specifically the app needs to contain the following information:

  1. Detailed information of low-skilled employers in different field;

  2. A platform where job seekers can upload their CV or work experiences;

  3. Available job offers;

  4. A platform where job seekers can discuss among themselves on challenges and opportunities they are facing.

  5. Once a worker is registered and indicates the kind of job they are seeking, the app. should send a nudge/reminder/notification once such jobs are available.

Scope of the Consultancy

The task of the consulting firm will be to design and develop the app and assist in the launch and marketing of the app. to ensure that the mobile app is widely used by employers and job seekers.


The duration of the consultancy is 3 months after the signing of the agreement between the two parties.

Required Competencies/Qualifications

  • The team leader should hold a BA degree (at the minimum) in software engineering or related field from a reputable university and have excellent mobile app developing skills and knowledge of Java and XML and other open source programming languages with at least 3 years’ experience on mobile app development.
  • The consulting firm should have proven record of innovation in the mobile platform and application field.
  • The Consulting firm should have proven record of applications on the market in both Android and Apple iOS
  • The Consulting firm must have a team of experts that include technology experts, coders and mobile platform innovation experts.
  • The Consulting firm will need to present portfolio of previous apps developed using open source programming language to demonstrate her/his skills and special talents
  • The Consulting firm should be able to solve problems creatively and adapt her/his style, creativity and imagination while enjoying creative work
  • The Consulting firm must have proven experience in developing and implementing marketing strategies to better market a product. It must have an excellent working relationship with existing print and broadcast media and have expertise and experience in leading branding and campaign work.
  • Team leader should have proven ability of innovation with a working knowledge of the United Nations
  • Knowledge of the country context, ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, and willingness and capability to accommodate feedback is expected.

[1] International Labour Organization, Public Employment Services Provision and Labour Market Information Collection and Utilization in Ethiopia, 2016

How to apply:

Interested applicants should request the detailed Request for Proposal (other than this advertisement) by emailing to until 17 September 2018. Those who do not request for the Request for Proposal, will not be eligible to participate in the bid. Interested applicants must submit their financial and technical proposals (including all documents required in the detailed Request for Proposal) by 28 September 2018 to the following address:

ILO Country Office for Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan and for the Special Representative to the AU and the ECA By hand delivery: Congo Building, Room No. 536

By post mail: PO Box 2788

UNECA Compound- Addis Ababa

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Ethiopia: Grants Coordinator Job Vacancy in Ethiopia

Organization: International Rescue Committee
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 23 Sep 2018

The IRC is a non-governmental organization operating in 40 countries in the world. IRC started operation in Ethiopia in year 2000, currently working in five regions in providing relief services to refugees, victims of drought, and war affected populations.

Position- Grants Coordinator

Location- Addis Ababa

Salary & benefits- Negotiable

Posting Date- September 10, 2018

Closing Date – September 23, 2018

Vacancy Code - 01/541

The Grants Coordinator will contribute to overall business development and grants management of the Refugee Portfolio at IRC Ethiopia. The position reports to the Senior Grants Coordinator. This position is based in Addis Ababa with occasional trips to field sites and refugee camps, if needed.

The Grants Coordinator will work collaboratively with all of the 15 members of the Grants and Partnership Unit, the technical coordinators, Accountability & Learning, operations team, and the finance team.

The Refugee portfolio at IRC Ethiopia is made of grants mostly from UNHCR, BPRM and private foundations, and is roughly 60% of the total annual funding of IRC Ethiopia. This position supervisors 2 staff members and 1 intern.



  • Coordinate proposal development (including logframe meetings) working with program staff and ensuring proper review at the HQ level, gathering input from technical coordinators, technical advisors, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning staff, and the Regional Unit.
  • Develop budgets, budget narratives, concept notes, proposals, and supporting documents; ensure proper proposal development procedures are followed;
  • Act as focal point with donors in-country for the proposal development process, as needed.
  • Liaise with NY and UK grant units in order to ensure proposals meet internal standards, apply IRC’s Outcomes Evidence Framework (OEF), are in line with IRC Ethiopia’s Strategic Action Plan (SAP) and are donor compliant.

Reporting and Grants Management

  • Oversee all reporting for Refugee Grants, including coordinating HQ reviews and approvals before submission to the donor. Send out monthly info to team members on all reports due in the coming 60 days.
  • Ensure that reports to donors are submitted on time; that reports are coherent and accurate (quarterly, interim or final reports); and that the internal reporting tracker and OTIS reporting info are up to date.
  • Coordinate information on beneficiary numbers and indicator targets achieved with the Accountability and Learning Coordinator for reporting purposes.
  • Lead Grant Opening, Mid-review and Closing meetings, as well as monthly/regular grants management meetings (BVA meetings) which include representation from each unit (finance, programs, logistics) and ensure proper follow up of issues raised.
  • Coordinate proper grants management of all Refugee Portfolio grants. Ensure Grants Tracker and other information management systems are up to date.
  • Monitor burn rates and implementation progress of the Refugee Portfolio grants and flag grant underperformance and compliance issues to relevant Field Coordinators, Program Coordinators and the Senior Management Team. Support follow-up actions to resolve grant challenges.
  • Monitor and support the use of management tools such as Budget vs. Actual (BVA) for the proper monitoring and the successful implementation of programs and early warning in case of obstacles or challenges.
  • Lead capacity development of Program staff to ensure that they have the skills and knowledge on how to write donor reports.

Donor Compliance

  • Oversee donor compliance research for new opportunities or existing grants, as needed, within the Refugee Portfolio of IRC Ethiopia, with a special focus on UNHCR and BPRM compliance.
  • Review donor agreements and coordinate their review with the relevant IRC HQ office. Coordinate and support the team to obtain DOAs prior to grant signatures, as needed.
  • Ensure that grants are implemented in compliance with IRC and relevant donor regulations.
  • Obtain compliance guidance from HQ as needed. Ensure that the compliance knowledge of the Refugee team grows.
  • Oversee the development of compliance cheat sheets for Refugee Portfolio grants.

Communications and Information Management

  • Act as a focal point for all donor communications in the Refugee portfolio. Communicate with donors and attend donor meetings in order to share IRC’s accomplishments as well as to stay up-to-date on the latest donor developments and requirements, with a special focus on UNHCR HQ/Field communications and information exchange.
  • Oversee the distribution to IRC staff in Addis, HQ and field offices of all documentation (grant proposals, reports, budget, etc.) related to their specific programs.
  • Ensure an updated inventory of all communications related to programs/donors.
  • Oversee that all visibility requirements for the Refugee Portfolio grants are met in a timely manner and properly documented.

Team Coordination, Management and Capacity Building

  • Coordinate the Refugee Grants team (consisting of 3 staff and 1 intern) to consistently deliver high quality results.
  • Provide orientation and on-the-job training to the Refugee Grants team members. Topics may include donor compliance rules and regulations, BVA, OTIS, project design, proposal development, budget development, Grant Opening and Grant Closing meetings etc.
  • Hire, manage and supervise staff, interns and TTAs. Coach and develop team members to grow professionally and to grow technically in their positions. Lead annual performance reviews for the Refugee team.


  • Ensure OTIS, Shared Drive and Hard Copy data is up to date for all assigned new proposals and grants. Secure all OTIS approvals for the assigned new proposals prior to submission to the donor.
  • Supervise and complete special projects as assigned by the Senior Grants Coordinator that may fall outside the job description.
  • Backstop the Senior Grants Coordinator, as needed.

**Applications without a Cover letter will NOT be considered. A writing and an EXCEL test will be given to selected candidates only.

Job Requirements:

  • Fluent English skills (written and verbal) required.
  • Advanced MS Excel and Math skills required (skills will be tested through an exam).
  • BA degree required; Masters degree in Accounting, Economics, International Affairs, Social Sciences, or STEM (Science, Technology and Math) strongly preferred.
  • Proven staff management experience required.
  • At least five years of experience working in program management, grants management and proposal/business development/design required.
  • Prior knowledge of donor and government regulations (UNHCR, OFDA, USAID, ECHO, DFID, SIDA, UNICEF, ARRA etc.) required. Previous experience with UNHCR proposal development, budget develop or financial report development is an advantage.
  • Willingness to travel to field sites and refugee camps in Ethiopia required.
  • Good communicator with strong organizational, time management and analytical skills.
  • Excellent inter-personal, cultural and diplomatic skills; Flexibility to adapt to changing requirements.
  • Strong capacity to mentor and build capacity of staff.
  • Ability to juggle competing priorities, meet demanding deadlines and work under pressure in unstable security environments.
  • Strong computer skills required, including touch-typing.

How to apply:

· Please send your CV, application letter and copies of credentials to the following address:

- IRC P.O.BOX: 107 Code 1110, Addis Ababa, or apply online on

· Please include 3 references from current and former employers.

· Applications will not be returned. IRC discourages phone calls or personal visits.

· Only applicants meeting the minimum qualification will be short listed and contacted.

Your application letter/cover letter must include the following information.

· Name of the position you have applied for

· Date of application

· Summary of your qualifications and experience

· Motivation/objective of why you have applied for the job

· Permanent Address and present address (if different from permanent) and telephone number

· Disclose any family relationships with existing IRC employees.

Are any of your relatives employed by International Rescue committee (IRC)? If answer is “yes”, give the following information:





Office/field office

Recruiter of the position**: HR/Admin – Addis Ababa**

IRC is an equal employment opportunity employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.

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