Director of Programmes Ethiopia Vacancy in Ethiopia

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: ZOA
Closing date: 30 Dec 2021

Job location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Starting date: as soon as possible

Vacancy closing date: 30th of December 2021

Duration position: 3 years

Working hours: 40 hours per week

We are here for our neighbours in need, who are suffering in this broken world.

ZOA, as an international NGO, supports people who have lost everything due to armed conflict or natural disaster. Together, we can come to their aid in emergencies and remain faithful to communities as they recover – providing new opportunities for them to help themselves again. The work of ZOA is coordinated from the Netherlands. We are active in multiple countries in Africa, South America, the Middle East Region, and Asia. We work with approximately 900 employees worldwide and with (local) partners. We invite you to join our team of committed colleagues.

ZOA is looking for a

Director of Programmes in Ethiopia

ZOA’s programme in Ethiopia

ZOA works in several regions in Ethiopia: Gambella Regional State (field office in Gambella Town), Somali Regional State (field office in Dolo Ado and Melkadida refugee camp), Tigray Regional State (field office in Shire and Mekelle), Oromia Regional State (field office in Harar), Amhara and Addis Ababa. In Ethiopia, ZOA works with Internally Displaced People (IDPs), host populations, returnees, and a large population of refugees who fled a combination of violence and drought in Somalia, South Sudan and Eritrea.

Your challenge

The Director of Programmes (DoP) role is to lead, develop and manage the programme team to deliver the ZOA Ethiopia country strategy and annual plans through development, effective coordination, technical support and guidance by ensuring a cohesive team spirit and motivation to perform. The role is responsible for building and maintaining ZOA Ethiopia’s external stakeholders.

Your main tasks and responsibilities

Programme Planning, Management and Implementation

  • Provide leadership for the development of the strategic plans and budgets, with at least an annual review based on the context, needs and learning reviews;
  • Provide leadership for all programme team members to ensure the effective delivery of all objectives internally and externally;
  • Ensure that all team members take people centred approach in project design, fully embedding ZOA’s cross cutting areas of conflict sensitivity, gender and protection;
  • Ensure quality and timely delivery of all projects;
  • Ensure that ZOA’s project cycle management methodology is fully embedded and followed by all programme staff members.

Business development

  • Ensure quality, accurate and timely submission of donor, government and internal reports as per agreed standards and deadlines;
  • Ensure all projects are delivered in full compliance of approved project plans;
  • Ensure ZOA’s MEAL frameworks and tools are implemented to evaluate all projects.

Partnership and external representation

  • Support programme teams to strengthen our relationships and contribution in networks/fora in regional and technical areas;
  • Ensure follow up and delivery of agreed capacity building plans with partners.

Operations and finance

  • Accountable for the management of all ZOA projects and builds competence in programme teams to ensure all project managers are accountable for their individual project budgets;
  • Oversee the implementation and monitoring ZOA and donor policies ensuring full compliance;
  • Ensure the design and maintenance of an effective security management system at country programme level, in compliance with ZOA’s over-all security policy and procedures, and the monitoring of compliance to that system by staff and other relevant persons for whom the DoP holds security responsibility.

Leadership and management

  • Line management of five area managers and their teams.
  • Build a high performing programme team ensuring implementation of ZOA’s approach to performance management;
  • Create an inclusive and empowering work environment enabling all staff to excel in their roles and inspiration innovation and retention;
  • Represents all programmes in the country in the Country Management Team.

Your profile


  • The candidate is expected to fully support the vision, mission and Christian values of ZOA.

Knowledge & Experience:

  • University degree in a humanitarian, development or other relevant field;
  • Ten years field experience in a development country, preferably in a conflict/post-conflict setting;
  • Management experience;
  • Familiar with Project Cycle Management;
  • Strong command of English, preferably knowledge of Amharic.


  • Visionary;
  • Analytical;
  • Organisational sensitivity;
  • Writing skills;
  • Effecting delegation;
  • Planning and organising;
  • Participative leadership;
  • Provides regular feedback, acknowledges success and the need for improvement;
  • Coaches, challenges and provides opportunities for growth.


  • Flexibility and adaptability;
  • Interpersonal and cross cultural sensitivity;
  • Able to work under pressures and meet deadlines;
  • Able to work in a sometimes fluid and insecure environment.

Special conditions

  • Up to 1/3 of time required for travel.

What we offer

ZOA offers a challenging position with a lot of responsibilities. We offer good benefits and remuneration which suits the NGO sector (including, but not limited to: medical and other insurances, housing (to a max of 600 euro per month), training options, 29 leave days).

Do you need more information?

For more information about ZOA, please visit at our website

If you have questions about this vacancy, you can contact Heline (HR Advisor), email

How to apply:

Interested and you want to apply?

ZOA operates with an equal opportunities policy and is committed to diversity in the workplace. Qualified women and men, people of all nationalities, and cultural backgrounds, and candidates with disabilities are welcome to apply.

If you are interested in this position, please apply directly via: Director of Programmes Ethiopia | CVSelection.

CV’s of no more than 5 pages in length are appreciated.

Please provide at least 3 references related to your previous employment listed in the application. References of previous positions held should not be older than five years.

Only selected candidates will be contacted and invited to participate in the process of recruitment. It is our aim to inform all other candidates of their status in the recruitment process within 4 weeks after the vacancy has closed. An assessment may be part of the recruitment procedure. Documents that do not match the profile above will not be considered. Internal candidates will have priority, in case of similar results.

Please note that, as part of its recruitment process, ZOA carries out background and reference checks for all candidates. As ZOA participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme, all reference checks include a written questionnaire: the “Statement of Conduct”, which will be sent to past employers regarding Misconduct (such as sexual exploitation, abuse or harassment).

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