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Program Officer – Somali Region of Ethiopia

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Program Officer
Category: Business and Administration

Location: Somali Region of Ethiopia

Career Level: Senior Level (5+ years experience)

Employment Type: Full time Salary:

Job Description

Program Officer

Internal/External Vacancy Announcement #064/2020

STEP Programme


 As German organization for international development cooperation with worldwide operations, the federally owned Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the German Government in achieving its development-policy objectives. GIZ promotes complex reforms and change processes in more than 80 partner countries.

In Ethiopia, GIZ has been working for more than 40 years in bilateral cooperation on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and on commission of the Ethiopian government and international donors.

The Second Ethiopian Growth and transformation Plan (GTP II) assigns a key role to the education sector for accelerating economic growth, achieving developmental goals and becoming a middle-income country by 2025. The Ethio-German Sustainable Training and Education Programme (STEP), co-financed by the European Union and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), improves the employment prospects of young Ethiopians by promoting quality and relevance in vocational training and higher education. The programme establishes strong linkages between the education and the private sector to support the development of a modern education system geared towards employment and economic growth.

 The programme supports the agro-industrial development of the country through the development of long- and short-term trainings in the agro-processing parks and the establishment of agro industry incubator units. Currently GIZ-STEP would like to recruit a qualified Programme Officer as per the details below:

 Position:                                Program Officer

 Place of Work:                     Addis Ababa

 Required Candidate:            One

 Application deadline:          March 26, 2020

Brief Description of the project/ unit:-

 The Programme Officer will be based in Jijiga, steers and ensures the satisfactory and timely implementation of activities related to the TVET Bureau, TVET College Jijiga and other government stakeholders in Jijiga in the field of quality training and employment creation. The programme officer works with the programme management in Addis Ababa regarding the conduct of activities in Somali Region. The programme officer functions as the focal point of QEP in Jijiga for officials from the TVET system and other relevant bureaus and government stakeholders.

 Maintains good relations with the focal persons for QEP implementation at the TVET Bureau, at the TVET College Jijiga and other relevant (government) offices to further develop the foundation for a successful project implementation
Cooperates, regularly communicates and updates the programme management on progress
Initiates, steers and monitors the implementation of activities in cooperation with the TVET College Jijiga. This includes inter alia
Steering of processes to improve college teaching facilities
Organization of maintenance trainings at the college
Contribution to procurement of material and equipment
Steering installations of materials and equipment
Organization of training for teachers
Organization of workshops
 Contributes to the development of “mobile teaching modes”/outreach measures of the TVET college Jijiga to reach refugee populations in Aw-Barre and Shedder (linking the public TVET with TVET for remote communities)
Cooperates with the agriculture department (focal person) of Jijiga TVET college and an international agriculture expert of QEP in introducing and maintaining an agriculture teaching field
Contributes to the development of holistic entrepreneurship support measures in cooperation with the TVET college Jijiga
Contributes to the development and implementation of new approaches, eg. in the field of employment creation in Jijiga and Somali Region
Provides guidance and advice to entrepreneurs to foster the success of their business
 Contributes to the documentation of successful approaches to further document and develop generally applicable approaches of delivering TVET to displaced communities in remote contexts
Collects relevant data from TVET Bureau, TVET College, and other government partners provides them in appropriate form (word, excel) to QEP office Addis Ababa
Contributes ideas about success stories and major achievements in the field, shares them with QEP office Addis Ababa and connects respective PR staff with the “faces behind the story”
Organizes regional conferences/events and facilitates national and international

Job Requirements


 Master’s degree in social sciences (eg. educational science, political science, public
management/policy, related fields) or bachelor’s degree qualifying as TVET teacher
 Professional experience

 A minimum of 5 years relevant occupation experience in the necessary field
Experience in organising and steering complex processes that involve a variety of stakeholders and require a high degree of coordination
Experience in project management, planning and smooth steering of activities
Experiences in designing and conducting employment creation measures
Strong local experience and networks in Somali Region, especially Jijiga area including knowledge of relevant stakeholders in the field of TVET, entrepreneurship, and employment creation are a strong advantage
Experience in the Somali TVET system and ideally other regional government offices
Excellent knowledge of mandates and roles of regional government bodies in the field of training and employment creation
Experience in cooperating with regional government offices, agencies, and ideally international organisations
Knowledge of the refugee and IDP situation in Somali region and experience in designing and conducting projects involving refugees and/or IDPs
Knowledge of relevant government and multilateral stakeholders concerned with refugees and IDPs; ideally knowledge of CRRF approach and implementation experience in Somali region
 Very good language skills in English (writing, speaking, listening); good knowledge of Somali (writing, speaking, listening); good knowledge of Amharic (writing, speaking, listening) is an advantage
Good skills in using Microsoft Office (Excel, Word and Outlook)
Flexibility and preparedness to perform a changing array of duties according to the needs of the programme

How to Apply

Application procedure:

Interested and qualified candidates shall submit their motivation letter along with their non-returnable recent CV via Email: hreth@giz.de

Note: –

Please make sure you mention the vacancy number and position title ‘Program Officer #064/2020’ in the subject line of your email application. Due to large number of applications we categorise applications with the vacancy numbers. Applications without vacancy numbers in subject lines might not be categorized in the appropriate folder and could be disqualified.

Applications without vacancy numbers in subject lines might not be categorized in the appropriate folder and could be disqualified.

We encourage persons with disabilities to apply for the position. In case of equal qualification, persons with disabilities will be given preference.

 Applications from qualified women are encouraged

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