Program Officer, Ethiopia | Reach for Change Job Vacancy 2021 Vacancy in Ethiopia 2021

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Reach for Change

Reach for Change Ethiopia Job Vacancy 2021

JOB TITLE: Program Officer, Ethiopia 

WHERE:  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

REPORTING TO: Startup Program Manager 

COMMITMENT: 18 months 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 8th October, 2021, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

START DATE: As soon as possible 

About Reach for Change

Reach for Change is an international non profit organization with the mission to unleash the power of innovation and entrepreneurship to create a better world for children and youth. We find and support local, early stage social entrepreneurs to scale their innovations and solve the most pressing issues faced by children. Our core product is development programs for social entrepreneurs, in which the entrepreneurs are supported to scale their innovations through capacity building, networks and funding. Being co-created by successful entrepreneurs in the non-profit and the business sector in 2010 in Sweden, we have a portfolio of 600+ social entrepreneurs in 18 countries across three continents (Africa, Central Asia and Europe) who, together with us, have positively impacted more than 4 million children’s lives to date.

Reach for Change Ethiopia was registered in Ethiopia in 2015  as a Foreign Organization. Our work focuses on women’s economic  empowerment, creating sustainable jobs for youths, innovation for improving  education through  building the capacity of local social entrepreneurs. Since 2015 we have supported the development of more than 200 social entrepreneurs and impacted the lives of over 200000 children, youth and women in Ethiopia. For more information about Reach for Change, please consult our website 

Position Summary

Reach for Change Ethiopia in collaboration with the IKEA Foundation launched a program entitled “ETHIOPIA’S GREEN FUTURE”. Reach for Change envisions a green, sustainable economy in Ethiopia where everyone has the opportunity to have a decent quality of life and reach their full potential.The Program is Inspiring green growth and catalysing the green economy for sustainable livelihoods in Ethiopia.This project will contribute to our vision by piloting an approach to inspire young people to want to start sustainable, green businesses, and to then support them to do so. In doing so, we aim to cultivate a strong pipeline of new green enterprise startups that will create green jobs.

The Program Officer under the supervision of the Startup Program Manager will be responsible for providing management and technical assistance in day to day implementation of  the ETHIOPIA’S GREEN FUTURE program.

The program officer is expected to carry out routine activity planning and implementation of field level activities; coordinate and monitor/supervise timely implementation of project activities. He/She will be responsible for organizing and facilitating training, coaching sessions,  call to actions,  conducting regular site visits, and providing technical assistance for program participants. Moreover, he/she will actively contribute to documentation and reporting of program achievements and knowledge sharing.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Assist Startup program manager  and the program team in organizing program activities, including; rapid assessments; organize training and coaching sessions; provide support for external  local training consultants and coaches;  scheduling program meetings with partners etc. 
  • Contribute to the design and preparation of training materials; ensure collection of documentation and information (report, attendance list, photo, material, etc.)
  • Support in  search and selection process of running competitions to find high-potential entrepreneurs,
  • Help identify and evaluate high potential youth  entrepreneurs actively involved in the delivery of a strong Green Entrepreneurial Bootcamp, and green  innovation lab  program, ensuring all participants have the support they need.
  • Lead and conduct post training follow up supervision and mentoring to training and coaching service providers to ensure skill retention; and systematically document the support.
  • Contribute to program reports including weekly reports, quarterly reports and other program reports and work plan; Update indicator tracking tables periodically and keep records of verification documents. 
  • Take minutes of program meetings and serve as rapporteur for program team as needed;  
  • Support in collecting baseline and routine monitoring data based on key project indicators; closely working with the M&E team. 
  • Play an active role in organizing donor or partner visits to project sites through involving in drafting terms of references, working with program teams to identify sites and drafting detailed visit schedules, facilitating logistics to ensure smooth conduct of the visits.
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences such as economics, education, economics, business management, or related field required.
  • Minimum of three  years’ experience in Entrepreneurship  or business skill development  and has  practical fieldwork and experience in NGO.
  • Ethiopian national residing in Ethiopia.


  • Smart, brave, and passionate with an entrepreneurial mindset and cares deeply about improving the lives of women and youth. 
  • Mature, balanced personality with ability to maintain a cool head under high peak periods with intense pressure
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, strategic thinker, focuses on tangible results, has a collaborative “can do” attitude, and a desire for continuous improvement
  • Ability to coordinate training and write reports.
  • Well-developed communication skills to liaise, negotiate and advocate with key stakeholders including with other community based organizations and implementing agencies.
  • Good interpersonal skills to work in a multi-disciplinary team setup and work under minimal supervision
  • Excellent knowledge of the geographical context of reference;
  • Demonstrated ability to work sensitively with diverse people, cultures, and communities
  •  Computer proficiency in MS Applications including Excel, MS Word and PowerPoint; and internet navigation.
  •  Ability to work proactively and independently, organize and manage own work.
  • Good command in spoken and written English and proficiency in Amharic and relevant local language.
  • Must be willing to travel frequently to project activity areas and woredas as per need.

Reach for Change recognises that creating the change we want to see around us starts with ourselves, in our own organization. That is why it is important for us to strive to represent the change we want to see in the world. As a team, we strive to be diverse and inclusive along many dimensions. We believe that the wide array of perspectives results from such diversity and promotes innovation and success. We therefore invite every candidate to bring their unique individual strengths.


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