2 Jan 2019

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (Giz) Gmbh Jobs in Ethiopia : Program Officer

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The new programme on Qualifications and Employment Perspectives for Refugees and Host Communities in Ethiopia (QEP) has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in December 2017. The programme is part of the German Special Initiative on Displacement and seeks to provide better vocational training and employment perspectives for refugees and host communities in Ethiopia. The programme leverages the potentials of TVET for integration. Implementation will take place in Addis Ababa, Somali region and Benishangul-Gumuz region. In 2019, an expansion of the programme to Tigray and Gambella is foreseen.


QEP works on three output levels and seeks to (1) increase the quality of technical and vocational training (TVET), (2) broaden the opportunities of TVET available to the target groups and (3) foster entrepreneurship and exchange formats for employment. QEP works together with the public TVET system and tries to extent the standards of the Ethiopian TVET system to TVET opportunities available for refugees and remote host communities. The programme works in fragile social and economic contexts. It is therefore crucial that refugees and Ethiopian host communities benefit equally from programme interventions. The changing regulatory framework governing inter alia access to education and employment for refugees poses a challenge and an opportunity at the same time.


Through a co-financing agreement with Norad (Norway), the programme will expand its operations to Gambella in 2019. QEP seeks to establish an office in Gambella town. A new implementation structure needs to be set up in Gambella. The new Regional Programme officer in Gambella will be crucial in establishing a new GIZ office in Gambella and set up the implementation structure in the region. She/he will be based in Gambella.


She/he steers and ensures the satisfactory and timely implementation of activities related to the Poly-Technical TVET College Gambella, other government partners in the region, and relations with other implementing partners in the refugee camps setting. The Programme Officer works with the Programme Coordinator in Addis Ababa regarding the conduct of activities in Gambella. The programme officer functions as the focal point of QEP in Gambella for officials from the TVET system, other relevant bureaus, ARRA and partner NGOs. She/he coordinates the GIZ-QEP office in Gambella town in cooperation with the Programme Coordinator in Addis Ababa.


Position:                                 Program Officer

Place of Work:                      Gambella Town

Application deadline:           Jan 12, 2019

Required Candidate:             One



Duties and Responsibilities


§  Steers and organizes the establishment of a new programme office in Gambella town

§  Establishes good working relationships with all relevant government and non-government partners in Gambella

§  Contributes to establishing a network of relevant stakeholders in Gambella and sets up an implementation structure for QEP in Gambella

§  Further develops and plans activities for Gambella region

§  Maintains good relations with the focal persons for QEP implementation at the TVET Bureau, at the Poly-Technical TVET college and other relevant (government) offices

§  Cooperates, regularly communicates and updates Programme Coordinator on the progress of activity implementation in Benishangul-Gumuz

§  Initiates, steers and monitors the implementation of activities in cooperation with the TVET College Gambella and other partners. This includes inter alia:

o   Contribution to procurement of material and equipment

o   Organization of training for teachers

o   Organization of workshops

§  Contributes to the development of “mobile teaching modes”/outreach measures of the TVET college Gambella to reach refugee populations in refugee camps (linking the public TVET with TVET for remote communities)

§  Explores and develops cooperation concepts with local and regional industries

§  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, implementing partners as well as other relevant organizations and 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 visits to the implementation area in cooperation with QEP office Addis Ababa

Takes on a variety of other tasks according to changing demands

Job Requirements


§  Master degree in social sciences (eg. educational science, political science, public management/policy, business, or related fields)

§  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

§  Theoretical and/or practical experience related to the Ethiopian vocational training system, the private sector and/or other Ethiopian organizations aiming at employment creation

§  Experiences in entrepreneurship support and employment creation measures

§  Local experience and networks in Gambella, including knowledge of relevant stakeholders in the field of vocational training, entrepreneurship, and employment creation

§  Very good overview of regional and local government structures and knowledge about mandates and responsibilities of different government actors

§  Knowledge and sound networks with industries and investors in Gambella, especially in the field of agriculture and agro-processing

§  Experience in cooperating with Ethiopian government offices, agencies, NGOs and ideally international organisations

§  Very good language skills in English (writing, speaking, listening); good knowledge of Amharic (writing, speaking, listening); good knowledge of a regional language spoken in Gambella is an advantage

§  Good skills in using Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power Point, and Outlook)

§  Flexibility and preparedness to perform a changing array of duties according to the needs of the programme

Your application


·         Please submit a cover letter showing why and how you qualify for the job

·         Please submit a CV with all relevant information for the job

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates shall submit their motivation letter along with their non- returnable recent CV via Email: [email protected]

Note: -

The name of the position for which the application is made should be clearly marked on the subject line with the position title. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

Applications from qualified women are encouraged.

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