Project Manager Vacancy in Ethiopia 2021

Hawassa, Ethiopia Save The Children Ethiopia

Save the Children Vacancy 2021

Project Manager - (210008Z0)

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External Vacancy of Project Manager

No of Positions: 1

Duty Station: Hawassa

Contract Duration: One year


The project Manager is principally responsible for providing day-to-day oversight about the program implementation both in the Economic Empowerment and Gender components, quality assurance and technical assistance for city/town/wereda and community level activities and the project’s coordination and partnership with the SHs & actors involved in youth livelihood improvement activities as well as with other local government partners. The jobholder will be primarily responsible to implement the program activities at city/town/wereda/community level and provides continues support and assists the program staff. S/he will also be responsible to support program planning and coordination in regional/wereda program activities and also ensures active involvement of communication with the Eth. CO TA’s, members, Donors, beneficiaries, communities and partners for smooth and successful implementation of program components as per approved program document; and government and donor requirements and standards. S/he will also be responsible to facilitate & execution of the existing Academy (YES) service activities to a sustainable social enterprise network. Under the mentorship, technical and administrative guidance of the Field Operations Manager s/he will work together with regional team to carry out the following activities.


The job holder will be primarily responsible for ensuring the high quality of young women’s Leadership and Economic Empowerment Academies(LEEP) project Implementation as per the project document, overseeing the overall program activities, and effectively communicating and escalating issue in a timely and appropriate manner. Responsible for overall program management and implementation at Regional and wereda level; Manage and support LEEP Program staff in planning, coordination, implementation and supervision of project & community based activities and ensure active involvement and communication with communities and partners for smooth and successful implementation of program activities as per the approved program document; interact with relevant governmental offices at Regional and wereda level for adoption of new curriculum on skill training; and ensure the program implementation is in line with government and donor requirement and save the children standards. In addition, the job holder will be responsible to manage the program budget in line with SCI’s finance policy and field office requirement

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Represent the project & the implementation of the LEEP program action plans of the target City/wereda/towns.
  • Accountable and responsible to facilitate or create a detailed implementation plan (DIP) of the projects for the city/town/wereda
  • Ensure program staff is deployed on respective target areas and training centers
  • Ensure Program Coordinators (both Gender and Economic) engage in community mobilization, need identification, planning and effective implementation of program activities.
  • Regularly visit field activities and provide formal and informal feedback to the project staff in terms of adequate and inadequate progress as well as recommendations for improved performance;
  • Continuously assess project’s context, assumptions and changes in the working environment to ensure that the project focus, strategies and activities remain relevant and to proposed adjustments when needed.
  • Ensure the implementation of project activities in accordance with the DIP and with the aim of 100% achievements of project results and approved budget.
  • Ensure feed backs are gathered from participants and beneficiaries on the Youth livelihood curriculum, leadership & economic empowerment of women’s and overall program activities for further improvement and possible actions.
  • Establish Regional/ wereda/town level linkages and partnerships with private sectors, MFIsGOsNGOs, TTIs etc and maintain existing partnerships in wereda/town level.
  • Work with Life Skills Trainers to plan activities on a quarterly and weekly basis;
  • Ensure & Coordinate that gender issues are properly addressed during the process of the project planning and implementation in  weredas;
  • Provide technical backup along with close coaching and mentoring support to enable Life Skills & other women empowerment trainers to work effectively in the implementation woreda & kebele;
  • Maintain and create good relationship and collaboration with government ministry offices in Regional/ wereda/town level.
  • Coordinate & ensure that the YES centers are equipped and well informed to provide the necessary services and information to business starters and unemployed youths to find jobs.
  • Ensure & work towards improved YES service delivery and make YES centers are green, attractive and women friendly.
  • Coordinate, participate and contribute for program development and planning meetings
  • Facilitate the involvement of volunteers from different sectors to support the program.
  • Support ToR and procurement requests (PRs) for any program related purchase in consultation with the program staff.
  • Ensure Regional/ wereda level program plans & reports are good quality, regularly updated and timely produced and communicated to all stakeholders.
  • Organize periodic (Quarterly, BI-Annually) review meetings involving all relevant SHs (including project staff, support functions and partners) to assess all project management documents and evaluate if project is being implemented on time, achieving results and quality.
  • Prepare budget forecasts and AIR Review regularly towards budget management


  • Communicate effectively with program staff and partners to identify needs and develop alternatives business solutions.


  • Coordinate & ensure team sprit develop among program staff at city/town/wereda level.
  • Organize periodic meetings with program staff.
  • Maintain program files and related program inputs are properly documented and available at safer places.
  • Carry out other duties as requested by the Field Operations Manager.


Network Building

  • Ensure proper implementation of identify young budding entrepreneurs and youth having potential to become entrepreneurs.
  • To ensure the effectiveness of network of entrepreneurial young leaders.
  • To ensure effective partnership and link the target groups with private companies and association, training entities and Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs)
  • Identify Potential Economic Opportunities of the wereda.
  • Build good networking with other YES services in the wereda & adopt best practices in the existing YES center at the city/town/wereda level.
  • Establish and maintain formal and informal communication mechanisms with private sector, community partners and other stakeholders as relevant;Carry out other duties as requested by the program Programme coordinator  


Minimum Qualification and  Experience 

MA/ BA Degree preferable in field (s) such as social work, gender, rural development, business, commerce, Agriculture and related courses.

  1. 10 years of relevant progressive experience, out of which 6 years in Youth Livelihood program positions.
  1. Experience of working with youth livelihoods development programs in rural and urban setups.
  1. Excellent understanding of the culture of and ways of living of target operational Areas
  1. Good written and spoken English.
  1. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with private sectors, communities, government structure, existing NGOs etc
  1. Good team player and open for new ideas and learning
  1. Good report writing skill, able to collect, document and share program records and information.
  1. Experiences of working in INGOs, Communities at grass root level, local training institutes are advantageous.
  1. Knowledge of computer applications.
  1. Ability and willingness to travel and work in rural areas where the program is implemented, within approved security frameworks.



  1. Extensive experience in Budget Management
  1. Work experience in facilitation, Coaching, partnership development, networking and supporting IGAs.
  1. Work experience in Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health services for youth.

Work experience in productive areas and knowledge of local culture is advantageousSC Values are: Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity. To meet the value system the post holder is expected to demonstrate the following Competencies on ongoing bases (this varies according to the position please consider the below as example)

Leading: (align with Ambition, Integrity collaboration and creativity)

  • Delivering result: Takes personal responsibility and holds others to account to deliver our ambitious goals for children, continually improving own performance or that of the team/ organization.

Thinking: (align with Ambition, Creativity, Collaboration and Creativity)

  • Applying technical and professional expertise: Applies the required technical and professional expertise to the highest standards; promotes and shares best practice within and outside the organization.

Engaging: (align with Collaboration, Creativity)

  • Working effectively with others Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives on diversity of people and perspectives; knows when to lead and when to follow and how to ensure effective cross-boundary working.
  • Communicating with Impact: Communicates clearly and confidently with others to engage and influence; promotes dialogue and ensures timely and appropriate messages, building confidence and trust with others.

 We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. 

 The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 

 We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated


We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at


We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.


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