Support to ACERWC Response Measures to the Impact of COVID-19 on the Rights and Welfare of Children in Africa

Country: Ethiopia Organization: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Closing date: 11 Dec 2020 Re-invitation to Bid Reference No: 83368440 The Covid-19 global pandemic has resulted in unprecedented disruption of the health, social and economic order of the world and that of Africa. Its direct impact on health has already resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands and left millions in dire situations. The resulting macroeconomic downturn has affected every country and every sector resulting in mass disruption or loss of household incomes. The United Nations (UN) reported that COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It threatens to reverse years of progress on poverty, hunger, healthcare and education. It is noted that while the pandemic has impacted everyone, it is affecting the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people the most. Hence its overall consequences for Africa are overwhelming. Children, as the m

Project Coordinator - Innovation for Development

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Background

For the last 10 years, the Ethiopian economy has grown at an annual rate of over 10% in real terms, making Ethiopia one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. Ethiopia’s growth acceleration was also supported by positive demographic trends and human development achievements. Nevertheless, Ethiopia continues to face serious development challenges and remains one of the poorest countries in the world. The demographic trends in Ethiopia suggest that more than 2 million youth are entering the labor market every year. The national labor market faces considerable challenges in absorbing new entrants. Aiming to sustain the growth momentum of the past decade, the government regards small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as engines for economic growth and employment opportunities for the country’s young and growing population.
The private sector, however, remains nascent and is constrained by structural challenges, notably weak competitiveness, low economic productivity, and difficulties in doing business. Evidence also suggests that the private sector is crowded-out by the public sector, notably in access to finance. SMEs represent a missing middle in the Ethiopian economy. Job creation in the private sector looms as one of the most significant developmental priorities of the country. The challenge is to not only create new jobs, but also to improve the quality and productivity of these jobs. The changing nature of work increasingly demands entrepreneurial knowledge and skills, resilience, and innovation. Young and women entrepreneurs face particular challenges.

The overall objective of the Innovation for Development Project is to strengthen the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Ethiopia in order to enhance economic growth and productivity, and contribute to job creation, focusing in particular on women and youth. In order to achieve the project objective, and address the barriers that hinder the development of the innovation ecosystem, the project’s intervention will be organized around six outputs:
Output 1. Enabling policy environment for ICT based start-ups and SMEs to innovate is supported.
Output 2.. Institutional coordination among innovation ecosystem actors is facilitated.
Output 3. Capacity of SMEs and start-ups for entrepreneurship and innovation is strengthened.
Output 4.. Capacity of key institutions in the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem is strengthened.
Output 5. Capacity to operate the Innovation Fund and Credit Guarantee Fund is enhanced.
Output 6. Innovative financial mechanisms are made available to SMEs and start-ups.
The successful candidate will perform the duties of Programme Coordinator for the Innovation for Development Project based at Ministry of Innovation and Technology.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Programme Coordinator is expected to perform a variety of day to day implementation of the Innovation for Development Project’s & project monitoring and evaluation to achieve results that create positive developmental impact; and 2) to UNDP, Ministry of Innovation and Technology(MInT), Job Creation Commission(JCC), Ministry of Finance(MOF) and relevant stakeholders. To be successful in this role, the incumbent is expected to be well-organized, have great time management skills to meet deadlines and self-starter. The Programme Coordinator will be based at Ministry of Innovations and Technology (MI nT) and, work closely with MInT staffs, JCC staffs and relevant internal & external stakeholders.

The Project Coordinator is responsible for the following areas of work.

Achievement of the Project Outputs and Outcomes:
  • Ensure the Innovation for Development Project’s outputs and outcome are achieved with effectiveness;
  • Coordination with relevant stakeholders such as MInT, JCC, UNDP and other stakeholders to effectively implement the planned activities of the project;
  • Monitor agreed procurement, recruitment and implementation, practices of implementing partners to ensure organized schedule and proper implementation of project activities are undertaken;
  • Follow up with implementing partners and provides relevant and adequate technical assistance;
  • Follow up and monitors project implementation by working closely with UNDP Project Coordinator, MInT Communication to ensure that project progress and impacts are communicated to the wider public;
  • Provision of project and administrative support in the preparation of project work plans, budgets, proposals on implementation arrangements;
  • Support collects, analyses and presents information for monitoring and evaluation of project implementation against targets;
  • Compiles and designs background information for formulation of work plans, draft annual/quarterly budgets, proposals on implementation arrangements.
Reporting and External Communications:
  • Prepares and submits timely quarterly, annual and other relevant reports as per the requirements of UNDP, MInT and JCC for the Project Board decision-making, transparency and public disclosure;
  • Ensures the preparation of Consolidated Quarterly and Annual Project Progress Reports;
  • Work with UNDP Project Coordinator, MInT Communication and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that project progress and impacts are communicated to the wider public.
Support to Project Management:
  • Manage information flow in a timely and accurate manner
  • Assist in the in planning, designing, implementing, and documenting of field ;visits, special events, meetings, conferences, staff missions, and trainings including with the logistics, budgets, reproduction of background documentation, preparation of list of participants, and the drafting of minutes;
  • Support in developing progress reports and correspondence as necessary, and provision of inputs to donor reports as per applicable guidelines;
  • Support to project monitoring and evaluation;
  • Organize, compile and process information from stakeholders, as inputs to various.
  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them.

  • Ability to persuade others to follow.
Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers.

People Management:
  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others.

  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others.

  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.
Level 5: Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions.
Required Skills and Experience
  • University degree in social sciences or development.
  • At least 6 years (4 years with Masyter's Degree) of relevant work experience in development project management/coordination.
  • Sound practical knowledge of computer-based applications such as Microsoft Office applications.
  • Good communication and report writing skills, willingness to work and meet tight deadlines, excellent in setting priorities and managing time.
  • Capacity in strategic thinking and planning, good interpersonal communication skills and team work, self-starter.
  • Excellent written and oral communication in English and Amharic. Knowledge of other Ethiopian languages is an asset.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English and Amharic. Working knowledge of other UN languages and local language is desirable.

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