Ethiopia Country Representative
Contract Type and Duration: 1.5 years, then possible 1-year renewable
Interpeace is an international peacebuilding organization that supports locally led peacebuilding initiatives around the world. Interpeace tailors its approach to each society and ensures that the work is driven by national actors. Together with civil society and government partners, Interpeace develops programmes that help to establish processes of change that connect communities, civil society, government and the international community.
Interpeace has been active in Ethiopia as of 2019. In 2020 Interpeace and the Ministry of Peace (MoP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to have partnership in a range of areas but particularly on the implementation of the Ethiopian Police Doctrine and the Ethiopian Peace and Resilience Index. Interpeace is a registered organization in Ethiopia as of early 2021.
For more information about Interpeace, please visit www.interpeace.org
Position within the Organization
The Country Representative is a senior member of the Programme Management Unit which manages and implements Interpeace’s active and ongoing programmes in Ethiopia. The Country Representative reports to the Senior Regional Representative who is based in Nairobi and coordinates closely Interpeace’s senior management and with relevant departments, including global operations, programme development and innovation, strategic partners and communication and policy, IPAT and learning.
The Country Representative is responsible for the strategic management of the Interpeace country specific programme. This includes managing and developing the portfolio of a country programme in collaboration with programme management, responsible for the country budget (budget holder) the country programme and liaising closely with global operation teams, providing strategic and managerial oversight to country teams, and contributing and maintaining Interpeace’s institutional relationships, including with the most senior political leadership in country.
In collaboration with the Programme Development and Innovation Unit, the Country Representative is responsible for identifying and creating new programmes, projects and initiatives to advance Interpeace’s mandate and goals in Ethiopia, ensuring that new projects have the potential to produce enduring and positive impact, meet the organization’s high-quality standards, and are guided by internal strategic thinking as well as a deep connection to the local context.
As such, the Country Representative maintains relationships with and draws regularly on support from colleagues in the Programme Management, Programme Development, and Global Operations teams in particular as well as others, such as the Policy team for learning and support of monitoring and evaluation.
Purpose and General Overview
The Country Representative provides unity of mission, policy and programme coherence, and optimized programme management – including budget transparency and accountability – across Interpeace programmes in Ethiopia. More specifically, s/he:
- Provides leadership and coordination of country programme staff, and supports implementation of the strategic direction and delivery of programmes in Ethiopia as necessary to enable Interpeace to implement its mandate
- In line with organizational priorities, develops the country portfolio in size and scope to ensure the relevance of Interpeace and its work to the contemporary context of the country
- Coordinates and manages existing programmes ensuring high quality delivery of all agreed outputs on schedule and within agreed budgetary and financial management parameters
- Develops and maintains relationships at both leadership and programmatic/working levels with the highest levels of government, partners, donors and others necessary for the development and management of Interpeace programmes in Ethiopia
Duties and responsibilities
The duties of the Country Representative cover 5 areas:
- Strategic engagement
- Programme management & development
- Management – institutional coherence
- Management of personnel and resources
- Design, develop, implement, monitor and evolve the country strategy, in line with Interpeace overall strategy and the organisational change framework.
- Provide constant analysis of the political context of the country and ensures a flexibility and adaptive programming approach which is responsive to shifts in the socio-political context.
- Design, develop, implement, and monitor political engagement and communication strategies that maximizes visibility, builds strategic partnerships at the highest level, while mitigating any risks that could arise from political engagement and communication.
- Captures and communicates effectively programmatic needs and achievements and use these to build strong relations with donors and government to ensure that they are well informed and satisfied with the programme’s impact and to attract new funding and new strategic partners.
- Create, coordinate and support high quality updates to senior management, colleagues and relevant partners on the country context and changes in the country programme.
- Builds strong relations with other programmes in the region and collaborate with other representatives and regional representatives to contribute to the establishment or cross-border and regional programmes.
- Provides leadership according to Interpeace’s values, vision and mission at the country level
- Contributes to developing and maintaining a strategic framework for Interpeace’s institutional relationships
Programme Management and Development
- Oversees and coordinates the programme portfolio to ensure the highest level of project quality and accountability.
- Provide strategic leadership to innovate, adapt and strengthen existing programme work at country level to maximize the programmatic impact.
- Ensure strong coherence in the country programme and ensuring that projects, teams and staff have strong synergies.
- Ensure a strong strategy to regularly review and reflect on programmatic achievements, to capture the changes that the programme contributes to in an effective way.
- As the country programme’s budget holder, ensure that there is strong financial oversight and that country teams are adequately resourced.
- Ensures timely forward-looking consideration and delivery of options to secure funding for extended programme work where relevant
- Supports formulation of new proposals in coordination with the Programme Development Unit, including contributing to the drafting of proposals
- Coordinates the production of timely quality programme reports in line with Interpeace and donor requirements
- Leads on the preparation of actor and context mapping aimed at improving Interpeace’s ability to develop new and innovative programming.
- Monitors openings for funding, in particular from new and diverse sources, and advises Interpeace colleagues of relevant opportunities.
Management – institutional coherence
- Accountable for compliance of Interpeace programmatic work in-country with Interpeace internal controls including decision-making processes and other institutional requirements
- Accountability for compliance to Interpeace policies, including employment manuals, financial manuals, procurement manuals, gender policy and other relevant policies.
- Ensure that our programming and staff management is in line with Interpeace overall strategy, institutional change framework and overall values, vision and mission at the country level
- Provides regular information briefs about the country work to the SRP and SDPM.
- Build, maintain and strengthen political relationships with relevant ministries, political leadership and government departments in the host countries. This includes creating opportunities to engage directly with presidents, prime-ministers, ministers where possible, and to build institutional relations with ministries and government departments that have mandates that are relevant to Interpeace’s work.
- Build, maintain and strengthen strategic relations with religious, cultural, women’s, youth and CSO leaders.
- Build, maintain and strengthen strategic relations with members of the diplomatic community and donors, both in country in in donor capitals, this includes ambassadors, heads of development, senior advisors and other relevant members of the diplomatic community.
- Leads on Interpeace’s media engagement in country when required and in-line with Interpeace communication policy
- Engages and supports relationships with partners, while also providing strategic guidance, capacity building, and programmatic support to ensure high level of coordination and convergence across the country programme
Management of Personnel and Resources
- Supervises and develops country level staff
- Creates an enabling work environment that fosters learning and innovation, where staff members can achieve their potential, demonstrating gender-responsive and non-discriminatory behavior and attitudes
- Monitors, evaluates and documents the individual performance of direct reports through a staff development lens
Candidates with relevant qualifications, experience, a tertiary degree, and fluent in English and Amharic, are invited to apply. Additional local language knowledge is an asset.
Relevant experience and qualifications may include:
- Tertiary degree in peace-related studies, social or political science or other relevant fields
- Seven to ten years of experience in peacebuilding, political and/or developmental work with increasing management responsibility
- Experiences working with multilateral (AU and IGAD) and embassies in Addis Ababa
- Experience in country and in the region desired
- Demonstrated effectiveness and substantial experience with short and long-term planning; financial, personnel and program management in cross-cultural, international organizations
- Demonstrated experience in conflict resolution/peacebuilding, advocacy, partnership management, proposal writing and programme management
- Strong leadership qualities, including on organisational change management, leading inclusive processes and motivating staff.
- Developed ability of raising the profile of an organization, strategically networking with government agencies, donors and other international agencies, and using the media to generate profile
- Advanced knowledge of current thinking on peacebuilding issues and methods; and demonstrable ability to anticipate emerging needs and integrate them swiftly into priority programme setting
- Well established and practiced organizational and planning skills; and extensive knowledge and experience of project cycle management including using project planning and management tools
- Excellent writing and communications skills in English is required
- Excellent knowledge of management principles as they relate to multi-cultural and complex organizations
- Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-responsive and non-discriminatory behavior and attitudes.
- Collaboration and Weaving
- Drive for results
- Adaptability and Continuous Learning
- Respect for Diversity
How to apply:
Qualified candidates are invited to submit their application to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 18 April 2021. “**Country Representative – Ethiopia**” must be included in the subject line of the application email to be considered. The application must include:
- a complete curriculum vitae
- a letter of interest
- an acknowledgement letter, answering the following questions:
Have you ever been criminally convicted or subject to any criminal or administrative penalty by any competent authority? If yes, please specify:
Have you ever been terminated or separated (e.g. contract termination, dismissal, non-renewal) or subject to any disciplinary measure or sanction by your employer for fraud, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse?
Have you ever resigned while under investigation or during disciplinary proceedings?
- Confirming the following declaration of understanding:
I confirm the accuracy of the information provided, with the understanding that Interpeace will conduct reference checks to verify relevant information.
I understand that if any false or misleading information is provided in my application, or any material fact suppressed, I may not be employed, of if I am employed, I may be dismissed.
Interpeace values diversity among its staff and aims to achieve gender equality both through gender parity at all levels of the organisation and the promotion of a gender dimension in all its work. We welcome applications from women and men, and those with disabilities.
Please note that due to high volume of applications, ONLY short-listed candidates will be contacted.