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17 Apr 2019

Assistant Program Officer at Link Community Development

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Job Description


Link Community Development International (Link International) was established in 1989 as Link Community Development and is one of a family of partner organizations working to improve the quality of education in rural schools across sub-Saharan Africa so that children and their communities have better life opportunities

Link International works at all levels of the education system – with communities, schools and governments – to identify and remove the obstacles to quality education. We work with our partner organizations to improve schools and the quality of education they deliver; to build the capacity of district departments of education; and to support government education policy and inform national and regional strategies.


The Assistant Program Officers will support the delivery of Link’s Girls’ Education Challenge ‘STAGES’ project in Ethiopia in general and four intervention Woredas in particular. Reporting to the Programme Coordinators of Link Community Development Ethiopia, the post-holders will ensure all project activities are delivered as per the work plan. S/he takes supporting role in education project activities implementation, ensures networking with strategic partners; organize, liaises and establishes working partnership with local government organizations and works closely with other STAGES Program, Support functions and MERL team.

The Assistant Program Officers has expected to be aware of the Regional Education Policies, Strategies, and Education Sector Development Programs (ESDP-V) including Gender strategies of MoE. S/he should have good knowledge of equity and quality issues of primary education in the region.

S/he is responsible for documenting best practices and case stories that would help for sharing achievement of the project to others and scaling up innovative ideas in other areas in the Zone, Region as well as in the Country. S/he will document relevant data for substantiating narrative report. S/he has also expected to liaise with communities, local authorities, other agencies and STAGE’s projects regularly to ensure coordination, collaboration and effective implementation of activities of the project.


  • Liaison with education offices to maintain strong and positive relationships and work closely with all teachers, school directors, PTAs, cluster supervisors, WEO experts and Woreda authorities in delivery of STAGES and report on implementation progress to programme coordinator timely.
  • Ensure that girls (and boys) in project schools understand safeguarding and protection, and that they participate in the development of school level policies or guidelines which seek to protect them from harm, violence or abuse.
  • Provide strategic programme input, with a particular focus on literacy – numeracy activities, gender and inclusive education, school improvement processes and community engagement activities.
  • Takes lead to coordinate school, cluster and woreda performance appraisal meetings and performance monitoring testing.
  • Facilitate the provision of training for school directors in leadership for improved girls’ education at woreds.
  • Facilitate and coordinate girls direct support program activities (tutorial programs, scholastic material support, bursaries and sanitary materials) and organise relevant data and report them timely to program coordinator.
  • Work with LCDE team to strengthen government efforts around girls’ transition, learning and attendance, including training content, materials, resources and monitoring instruments.
  • Support the in-depth Safeguarding, GESI Assessment in intervention areas and develop refine STAGES Safeguarding, GESI action plan based on assessment results, ensuring proper implementation of the action plan at all levels.
  • Undertake field visits to each schools to monitor and track progress of program activities using qualitative research tools from Safeguarding, GESI and overall STAGE’s program perspective.
  • Document community concerns and recommendations on how to best overcome identified challenges like engaging men, women, boys and girls from diverse ethnic groups.
  • Explore and recommend meaningful methods to include men, women, boys and girls from diverse ethnic groups in the program activities through regular interaction with program participants and representatives of donors and governments as well.
  • Facilitate Community Outreach Campaigns and communication processes as well as engage women in active community participation.
  • Coordinate Safeguarding, GESI related capacity building initiatives as per need and demands of the organization to different stakeholders at Woreda level for integrating gender equality, Safeguarding and social inclusion programmatically and institutionally.
  • Facilitate regular community consultations, group meetings, events, roundtable discussions and training sessions to ensure programming remains gender sensitive, safeguarding and inclusivity are on-track working together with the local government partners.
  • Performs other related tasks as required by immediate supervisor.

Contract period: One year with possibility of extension based on performance

Job Requirements


  •  BA in Social studies or B. ED/B. A in Education, Gender Studies, Social Science and related areas.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of Ethiopian Education System.
  • (2+-4) years of related experience preferable in NGO context working on education projects and Woreda education offices engaged particularly as a teacher, cluster supervisor and WEO expert.
  • Experience of working with cluster supervisors, school directors and teachers as well as knowledge of GEQIP especially SIP, TDP, literacy and numeracy, special need education and social inclusion.
  • Experiences of M&E and use of data to continually improve and strengthen programme quality.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, Amharic and Wolayitatoo.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching.
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind-sets.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Commitment to Link Community Development values and Safeguarding Policy.


  • Ability to think and plan strategically.
  • Ability to self-manage a demanding workload.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • At least basic computer skills
  • Motorbike driving licence
  • The ability to communicate complex information for a range of audiences, both in written reports and through presentations

Number of Position: Four

How to Apply

Interested applicants who met the MINIMUM requirements should send their CV with application letter through

[email protected]

a.     A CV (not more than 3 pages)

b.     A cover letter (not more than one page)

c.   A one-page table summarizing your educational background, work experience, technical skills and competencies to facilitate the screening process. Refer the vacancy announcement while doing this.

Please DO NOT SUBMIT copies of transcripts, academic degrees or recommendation letters with the application. You should provide them upon request otherwise your application will reject.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU STATE THE CODE OF THE VACANCY ON THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL ensuring that the job title is clearly stated in the cover letter. All applications should be received within 10 working days of this advertisement.

We need to keep our safeguarding, gender sensitive & social inclusion policies and as such, our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with our policies are considered for these posts. All successful applicants will, therefore, be required to complete a Police Check and must sign onto our Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.

In the selection of its staff, Link Community Development is committed to safeguarding, Gender sensitive, gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities.

Note: All travel costs should be covered by the applicants, if invited for written exam or interview.

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