Programme Manager, NGO Jobs in Ethiopia

Closing date: 12 Nov 2018


Link Community Development is a family of not for profit organisations working together to transform education for children and communities across impoverished areas of Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda. Since our foundation in 1995 we have worked in 3,000 schools and improved the lives of over two million children through unique and effective school improvement models. We guide governments and educators to adopt low-cost solutions to improve learning and support for children, with a focus on literacy, numeracy and inclusion for the most marginalised children. Through a partnership delivery model which embeds piloting and learning within local systems, we influence changes to policy, practice and accountability on a national scale, and our interventions are regularly adapted and replicated by governments and NGOs in new countries and contexts. Link Community Development International (LCDI), based in Edinburgh, Scotland supports all project, M&E, fundraising, finance and governance activities in our five sub-Saharan partner countries.


The Programme Manager will support the delivery of Link’s Girls’ Education Challenge ‘STAGES’ project in Ethiopia. Reporting to the Programme Director of Link Community Development Ethiopia, the post-holder will ensure all project activities are delivered on time, on budget and to the highest standard. Some travel within Ethiopia is required.


Supporting Transition of Adolescent Girls through Enhanced Systems (STAGES) is an ambitious eight-year project which aims to improve girls’ learning and transition in 128 rural elementary schools and up to 17 secondary schools – 13 existing schools and 4 new ‘deep rural’ schools. Over the remaining seven years, working in all schools in four marginalised, densely populated districts of Wolaita, STAGES will:

• Reach 63,571 disadvantaged girls and support their transition to general secondary

• Support older girls’ transition from general secondary to preparatory school, (Technical Vocational Education Training TVET), College of Teachers’ Education CTE) or work

• Include activities to embed support for girls’ education at regional level and develop sustainable models owned by the education system which can be maintained and replicated by zonal authorities in 12 additional districts and other regional authorities

• Engage multiple stakeholders and build on best practice to tackle the complex and intersecting causes that prevent girls performing and completing school

• Critically intervene in several key areas: lack of accurate data about girls’ performance; capacities to plan for and monitor girls’ education at all levels; access to safe, local secondary schools; quality of teaching and tutorial/ extracurricular support; socio-cultural beliefs and attitudes of community members, teachers and school managers; school construction and sanitation facilities; self-esteem and financial barriers to secondary education; community mobilisation in school improvement; and inclusive education practices

• Support the changing of entrenched attitudes and behaviour over this eight-year period STAGES will build on Link’s successful and innovative DFID-funded Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) interventions, working with existing GEC girls, streamlining interventions with the greatest impact and introducing new and adapted inclusive interventions targeting secondary school learners, as well as boys and men as ‘agents of change’.


• Lead and support the programme team to plan, deliver and monitor all STAGES activities per the project agreement, workplan and budget

• Develop and maintain strong and positive working relationships with the SNNPR Regional and Zonal Education Bureaus, and the Woredas in delivery of STAGES

• Provide strategic programme input, with a particular focus on gender and inclusive education, school improvement processes and community engagement

• Work closely with the M&E Manager and the STAGES external evaluators to deliver on the STAGES MEL framework

• Act as lead for the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. Ensure safeguarding policy is followed by the project team, contractors and visitors at all times, including supporting training needs of project staff and contractors and ensure concerns are escalated as appropriate

• Lead on field level reporting including the quarterly GEC-T Project Tracker, the LCDI quarterly report, and BoFED reporting

• Work with the programme team to strengthen government efforts around girls’ transition, learning and attendance, including training content, materials, resources and monitoring instruments

• Promote a safe, supportive, respectful and participatory organisational culture as per LCD’s values

• Ensure the robust and proactive management of project risk utilising the project risk register, due diligence assessment for downstream partners (as necessary), and fund flow map. Ensure the project level risk analysis and mitigation plan and actions are in place and risks are escalated in line with Link procedure.

• Attend and contribute to Advisory Committee meetings




• Strong knowledge and understanding of international best practice on education and community engagement

• Demonstrable experience of the Ethiopian education system

• Experience of working with government officials at a high level within Ethiopia

• Strong technical background and experience around gender and inclusion, budgeting and financial management experience

• Experience working on large, multi-partner, complex projects

• Proven skills in child and vulnerable adult safeguarding processes

• Experience working in a multicultural environment with a variety of stakeholders, including learners, communities and high-level government staff

• Strong experience of M&E and use of data to continually improve and strengthen programme quality

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Amharic

• Degree in a relevant discipline


• A postgraduate degree in a relevant field (International Development, education, research skills)

• Experience in delivering projects for marginalised beneficiaries

• An understanding of inclusive education programming

• Demonstrable human resource experience



• Ability to think and plan strategically

• Ability to self-manage a demanding workload

• Excellent interpersonal skills

• The ability to communicate complex information for a range of audiences, both in written reports and through presentations


• Please send a cover letter, Application Form and Equal Opportunities monitoring form to Link at with the subject line “Programme Manager, STAGES Application”

o Your cover letter should detail how you meet the required criteria

o It should also include your available start date and salary expectations

o The Equal Opportunities form is available here:

o The Application form is available here:

• The closing date for applications is 12th November 2018

• Interviews will be conducted in Addis Ababa in the week of the 26th of November. We will acknowledge receipt of your application. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview by 19th November 2018. Unsuccessful applicants well not be notified.


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