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Program Coordinator

CARE Ethiopia is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Program Coordinator in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

Job Title: Program Coordinator

Job in Ethiopia by CARE Ethiopia

Job Description


Program Coordinator

CARE is an international NGO with local staff and community partners in more than 90 countries. We create local solutions to poverty and inequality and we seek dignity for everyone every day and during times of crisis. These solutions have a broad range, from clean water to access to education; from microfinance to ensuring that everyone has nutritious food; from agriculture and climate change to disaster response. CARE puts women and girls at the center of everything we do because they have proven to be the best hope for creating lasting change in the world. Our staff live where they work, which makes us effective at understanding the challenges they face. We’ve been doing this for over 70 years, since World War II. It started with the world’s first CARE Package® of food for the post-war hungry in Europe. Our work today is as important as ever, we believe that poverty and inequality are historic injustices that we can end within a generation, for good. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us.

Date: February 15, 2021

Vacancy No.   019/21

 Grade: 10E

Salary: USD 2633

No of positions; (One)  

Type of Employment- Indefinite

Duty base and Position:   Addis Ababa

Dead Line for application: 10 days from the date of announcementJOB SUMMARY:

The purpose of the Program Coordinator (PC) position is to to ensure that design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of WE-GO project are in accordance with CARE Ethiopia’s mission, strategic objectives and program approaches and to address systemic and underlying causes of vulnerability to poverty in particular to women in agriculture. The PC will be responsible for leading the program delivery unit and managing the day-to-day operation of the project. The PC coordinates programmatic, financial, managerial and reporting requirements associated with WE-GO project to ensure CARE is in compliance with donor and Government of Ethiopia requirements. The PC will develop plans for enhancing field office capacity to carry out the Project, and draw lessons for increasing impact and sustainability of the action. She/he establishes and maintains effective working relationships with key government partners, NGOs, private sector actors, donors working with the MoA and those in the same geographic areas. She/he will represent the project and CARE with external stakeholders as appropriate.   



§  Manages and supervises, leads guides and supports technical advisors based at the country office and seconded staff within the MOA and BOA at field level (project implementation sites).

§  Ensures the development of key leadership, management, financial and administrative skills of direct reports to increase their capacity to develop and undertake major initiatives and assume larger responsibilities to further expand program/project impact and sustainability;

§  Supports the development of high performing teams at the program/project operational area level and ensures that appropriate procedures and policies are followed;

§  Completes all CARE performance management activities including: performance planning, monitoring, and annual performance appraisals.  In consultation with the Program Director and HR Unit, takes appropriate personnel actions to address problems.

§  Works with SLT members to advance CO’s efforts in promoting and realizing diversity and gender objectives within the organization and programming.Program Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation 

§  Ensures that WE-GO project team develops realistic and strategically focused quarterly implementation plans which are oriented toward accomplishment of the project, and are supported by individual performance plans of the PDU, field based and MoA based project staff.

§  Ensures Project team include communities and local organizations in participatory planning and implementation of interventions.

§  Ensures that the Project interventions are implemented according to agreed upon plans and signed agreements. 

§  Monitors the implementation of Project and documents progress on Project objectives and areas for correction, and ensures that appropriate follow-up actions are taken. 

§  Ensures gender impacts of the project are timely and appropriately monitored, analyzed and reported through monitoring and evaluation system.

§  Leads/Supports the development of new program initiatives/project designs based on the program approach as well as lessons and evaluation results of WE-GO project. Support MoA’s GESA expansion  by assessing their programs (and project) effectiveness, to identify program gaps and to develop concept papers, in coordination with the CO/PQL, on critical interventions to advance efforts towards accomplishment of the CO’s strategy in resilience and WEE.

§  Monitors and adjust strategies to maximize progam quality and impact. 

§  Works with FOs to ensure FO program initiatives progressively include communities and local organizations in participatory planning and implementation of development projects;

§  Takes initiatives to progressively include communities and local organizations in participatory planning and implementation of development projects;Program Implementation and Technical Support

§  Supports the development of detailed implementation plans (DIP) of each initiatives under the unit, ensuring quality and alignment with the program goals.

§  Works with Field Offices and Program Department staff to assess and identify technical assistance needs with regard to technical skills, supervision support, etc. for new and ongoing programs/projects;

§  Ensures Project field teams mainstream and adopt organizational core values, policies, procedures and approaches (e.g. Gender, Social Analysis and Action (SAA), Community-based Adaptation, CI program standards and principles) and  monitor progress and organizational performance, for organizational learning, decision-making and reporting, and for promoting innovations.

§  Ensures that appropriate technical, administrative and financial support is provided by the respective deparments and sections of the CO to enhance the capacity of the the programs/projects/field offices to effectively undertake and support program implementation with progressive degrees of decentralization and autonomy.

Financial Management

§  Monitors budget utilization and sets systems to improve financial management and utilization of program budgets per plans and commitments made to donors and government, and that appropriate revisions and adjustments are made when needed;

§  Identifies needs and facilitates access to appropriate support and training by the CO finance to Projects/ Field Office to produce timely and accurate reports alerting management of low/high burn rates and proposing appropriate measures to improve budget utilization.

§  Lead the preparation of new project/program budgets under the unit.

% of Time:  15%

Responsibility No. 5: Networking and Learning

§  Establishes and maintain formal and informal communication mechanisms with government, community partners, donors and other stakeholders particularly with agriculture, markets/trade/commerce and financial related sector.

§  Ensures that reports are prepared and submitted to concerned parties, donors, government counterparts and CARE members on time and in a professional manner;

§  Keeps up to date with developments in the program, including promising practice examples in-country and internationally, and ensure ongoing personal development and learning;

§  Actively participates in Project Coordinating Committee and Technical Working Group to ensure that new information, innovations and lessons are shared and capitalized on. 

§  Works with the team to assess current conditions in the Field Offices and ensure that issues are correctly identified and corrective actions taken when necessary.

§  Ensure that organizations gender policy is being implemented through collaboration with the HR unit to ensure competent female candidates are encouraged to apply for vacant posts and fair assessment of examinations and sincere application of affirmative action.

§  Leads and participates in the documentation and dissemination of lessons learned.

Job Requirements




§  Master’s Degree in International Development field of study related to agricultural markets, rural livelihoods, economics, and relevant background and experience with agricultural value chains related programs and initiatives.     


·         Experience and familiarity with issues related to gender equality program of the government of Ethiopia  



§  years of experience in development and management of multi partner complex Projects/programs focused on econmic empowerment, accountability, rural livehood recovery, long-term food security interventions, gender equality, market based, financial inclusion interventions and/or program management.


§  Significant exposure to projects involving networking and multiple partnerships, particularly related to agricultural/economic empowerment issues, women’s economic empowerment, participatory governance and advocacy;

§  Experience in the design and delivery of market-based input and output system interventions.

§  Experience in using value chain approaches to agricultural development encompassing targeted production and marketing techniques in field program operations.

§  Working knowledge of programming with vulnerable and marginalized women and girls, and communities. 



§  Expertise in food security and livelihoods, with a focus on PSNP.

§  Proficiency in verbal and written English, proposal development, strategic and operational planning, budget planning and management, monitoring and evaluation, report writing;

§  Proficiency in standard office software package;

§  Demonstrated leadership ability to inspire and empower others;

§  Good interpersonal communication skill and ability to effectively liaise with government, community leaders and other stakeholders;

§  Firm belief in teamwork, gender equality, and conceptual understanding of participatory approach and sustainable development.


§  Knowledge of local languages;

§  Skills in organizing and facilitating training events;

§  Expertise in one or more of the following program areas: value chain development, income generation, market systems, good governance and gender.


Respect, integrity, diversity, excellence, adaptability, stress tolerance, innovation, building partnership, communicating with impact, coaching, facilitating change, developing teams, initiating action, strategic decision making, planning and organizing, leading through vision and value.

How to Apply

If you are interested to be part of our dynamic team, exciting work environment and contribute to CARE Ethiopia’s mission and vision, please send your CV (not more than 3 page) and cover letter (not more than one page) using one of the following options:

  • Send your application by e-mail to:

 Note: On the subject Line, please clearly write the position you are applying “Program Coordinator”. Your application will be automatically disqualified, if you fail to do so. 

Passionate and dedicated candidates who meet the requirement are strongly encouraged to apply, especially women

 Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Job in Ethiopia by CARE Ethiopia