Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic development and post-crisis stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.
Creative Associates International, Inc. (Creative) is seeking a Regional Director for an anticipated USAID-funded program in Ethiopia. The Regional Director will be responsible for leading activities at the sub-national level in his/her assigned region in coordination with the Chief of Party and Deputy Chief of Party. The Regional Director will engage regional, woreda, and/or kabele-level government officials, civil society, and other stakeholders in capacity building, technical assistance, assessments and research, and other initiatives.
- The program will contribute to the ability of Ethiopian sub-national government to meet citizen needs and to citizen engagement in governance;
- Activities will be responsive to the needs and priorities of beneficiaries at the sub-national level, and grounded in the region's political, economic, and social context;
- Coordination with other implementers, Government of Ethiopia institutions, and other key stakeholders improves synergies and increases the impact of the project.
- Provide a broad range of technical assistance and capacity development to government officials, civil society organizations, or other stakeholders;
- Facilitate public dialogue on governance and civic engagement between government and non-governmental actors through technical assistance to local civil society organizations;
- Lead the identification of strategic approaches to multi-stakeholder dialogue, government/civil society engagement, and government responsiveness to citizen needs;
- Support the COP and the DCOP in the development of the project strategic framework and work plans for the program implementation to ensure the achievement of the program goals;
- Work with local public servants on engaging with constituents and addressing their priorities by providing technical advice and guidance;
- Facilitate interaction, collaboration, and collective action between diverse stakeholders and leverage stakeholder networks to develop strategies advocating citizen priorities;
- Support the collaboration of civil society and media to raise awareness of citizen priorities;
- Engage women, youth, and excluded groups in public and political dialogue, and electoral campaigns;
- Document implementation successes, challenges, and lessons learned and share them with through regular program reports; and
Deliver technical presentations on program achievements to implementing partners, civil society organizations, government officials, donor, and other organizations.
Minimum Bachelor's degree in public finance, political science, conflict resolution, public administration, business administration, public policy, law, or a related field; Master's degree preferred;
Minimum six (6) years of related international development experience in community development, economic development, public financial management, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities, and/or political analysis;
Expertise in managing complex partnerships and cross-cutting projects, and local, regional, and federal institutional building;
Expertise in public service, good governance and/or accountability and oversight;
Proven effectiveness in managing high-level government relations;
Experience with civil society and government capacity building, and governance accountability;
Strong experience with coalition building and collaboration with multiple stakeholders, including civil society, and government;
Demonstrated leadership, management, strategic thinking, training, and human resources experience;
Able to work effectively and professionally with high-level government officials, civil society organizations (CSOs), donor, project staff, and other beneficiaries;
Excellent communication skills and a demonstrated track record of working effectively in a teamwork environment;
Experience with providing technical assistance, including organizing and conducting workshop and trainings;
Fluency in English required; and
Proficiency in one or more Ethiopian language preferred.