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 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is looking for qualified applicants for following open  position in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Project Coordinator, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia- UNDP

Job Overview 

Job Identification : 2440

Locations : Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Apply Before : 03/03/2022, 04:59 AM

Degree Level : Advanced/Postgraduate Degree

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : Government Agency

Grade : NB5

Vacancy Type : National Personnel Service Agreement

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Practice Area : Conflict Prevention, Peace building and Responsive Institutions

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Africa

Contract Duration : 1 Year

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree – 5 year(s) experience

Other Criteria : Bachelors Degree with 7 years of experience

Required Languages : English

Desired Languages : Amharic and knowledge of Oromiffa

Job Description


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
The intercommunal conflict between the Oromo and Amhara ethnic groups in North Shewa and Oromo Zones of the Amhara region in March 2021 followed by the recent war between TPLF and ENDF in the same geography has led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. The conflict and displacement further exacerbated existing gender inequalities exposing women/girls to SGBV and increasing the level of poverty and vulnerability. The socio[1]economic damage caused by the conflict has serious implications for the peaceful co-existence of different ethnic groups, the sustainability of businesses and livelihoods, the vulnerability of women and youth to violence and abuse. In response to this, UNDP designed a project entitled “Livelihoods, economic recovery and peacebuilding support for communities affected by inter-communal conflict in North Shewa and Oromo Special Zones of Amhara region”. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the restoration of peace and stability among the conflict-affected communities, enhance economic recovery, rehabilitate damaged infrastructure, restoration of businesses, and reinforce the capacity of the local and regional authorities to prevent and mitigate conflicts through independent and effective structures at the local level.

Against this background, UNDP seeks to recruit an experienced Project Coordinator to lead the project implementation processes through effective collaboration with the implementing partners in the region. The Project Coordinator will be responsible for the overall coordination of the project, including the mobilization of all project inputs and the implementation of planned interventions by the respective partners. The Project Coordinator will report periodically to the Inclusive Economic Transformation (IET) team leader based in Addis Ababa. Generally, the Project Coordinator will be responsible for meeting government obligations under the project, under the national implementation modality (NIM). The Project Coordinator will perform a liaison role with the Government, UNDP, the staff both in the governance and IET team, implementing partners, and other stakeholders.

The Project Coordinator will conduct all necessary coordination and management activities to successfully implement the project. The Project coordinator will work closely with the staff from inter alia Ministry/Bureau of Peace as well as the Ministry/Bureau of Labour and Skills at regional, zonal, and woreda levels. Furthermore, the coordinator is expected to establish productive working relationships with humanitarian and development partners including NGOs, UN agencies operating in the target areas. The Project Coordinator will be based in Addis Ababa with 50% time to travel into the target region.

Scope of Work

The project is anchored in the UN durable solutions initiative to provide a principled operational framework to support both IDPs and host communities. It aims to address the impact of the crisis and activities that are intended to advance sustainable solutions for the displaced populations and host communities to foster lasting peace, promote social cohesion, rule of law and economic recovery. Interventions seek to enhance access to justice, collective engagement in the recovery process, utilization of community-based participatory approaches enabling citizens to determine their development needs with equal distribution of resources that seek to minimize social tensions within the communities. In general, the incumbent will perform the following major responsibilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provision of technical support to implementing partners and capacity building
    It facilitates the provision of technical guidance to the implementing partners about the project interventions areas such as peace building, reconciliation, rule of law, access to justice, gender equality, livelihood, and economic recovery and start-up of businesses;Ensure local peace structures are established and functions as required and provide capacity building support to implementing partners;Conduct project assessments/studies/mapping such as baseline assessments, gender analysis, market survey, project evaluations, etc in collaboration with UNDP technical focal persons;
  • Coordinate and oversee the gender equality work to be implemented under the project in collaboration with UNDP technical focal persons;
  • Assist relevant government agencies and implementing partners with the development of essential skills through training workshops and -the-job training, thereby upgrading their institutional capabilities.
  • Coordination, communication and stakeholders and partners engagement
    Liaise with the Amhara Regional bureaus of Peace and Security as well as Labour and Skills as the implementing partners to the project and ensure that the activities in each results area are implemented in accordance with the project objectives, UNDP’s rules and regulations (POPP) and reported promptly;
  • Ensure partnership through liaising with other relevant line bureaus, NGOs, UN agencies, and all implementing partners for effective coordination of implementation and review of progress of all project activities;
  • Coordinate and supervise the implementation of project outputs to the required standard of quality and within the specified constraints of time and cost as outlined in the project document;
  • Work closely with regional counterparts to ensure transparency through organizing regular stakeholders’ platform, facilitate consultations and project review meetings as required.
  • Project management as per the UNDP procedure and requirements
  • Ensure that the work plans, and budgets conform with the project objectives;Oversee the outsourcing by competitive tender, monitor the procurement of works, goods, and services for the project, and ensure execution according to the rules and guidelines in conformity with UNDP’s and/or government procurement procedures;
  • Ensure that the financial management arrangements are in conformity with the UNDP regulations and that all payment vouchers and payment orders are correctly authorized thereby ensuring that all expenditures are justified, within budget frames, and in line with project objectives;
  • Undertake closing out activities for the project which include final financial, procurement, and technical reports, and the handing over of documents.
    Monitoring, supervision, reporting
  • Oversee the implementation of the project activities in line with the Project Implementation Plan; c7sSzSb DmW5BD
  • Lead the monitoring of project activities against the established indicators detailed in the project’s Results Framework;
  • Conduct field visits as required to verify project activities relative to stated targets;
  • Prepare periodic monitoring reports (technical and financial) of the project for submission to the donor;
  • Oversee the preparation of quarterly/annual financial reports, quarterly project status reports, and monitoring and evaluation reports;
  • Carry out regular, announced, and unannounced inspections of all sites and activities.
    Institutional Arrangement

The project is a joint initiative of both the governance and inclusive economic transformation units of the UNDP Ethiopia country office to promote integration and portfolio approach. The project also needs to collaborate with the gender specialist and portfolio manager under the PDRM (Partnership development and resource mobilization). The project is expected to be implemented by the bureau of peace and security as well as the Bureau of Labour and Skills of Amhara region and their corresponding authorities in the target Zones and Districts. There will be project steering committees composed of all the relevant stakeholders to oversee the overall implementation and progress following a National Implementation Modality. The incumbent is therefore expected to work with diver stakeholders and partners to demonstrate the new ways of integrated working approach. The individual is expected to report to the IET team leader regarding project administration and management.


Core competencies

  • Partnerships – Ability to engage with other UN agencies, donors, and other development partners and forge productive working relationships;
  • Project Management – Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures, and protocols to achieve specific goals;
  • Relationship Management – Ability to engage and foster strategic partnerships with other parties, Inter-Agency Coordination and forge productive working relationships;
  • Results based Management – Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results;
  • Capacity Development – Ability to support partners’ capacity to manage resources effectively and harmonies with national policy and financing frameworks.

Technical competencies

  • Report Writing – Ability to prepare quality reports;
  • Priority Setting – Ability to scan and synthesize diverse sets of information to arrive at strategic priorities and positioning recommendations;
  • Communication – Ability to communicate clearly through successful interactions with all levels of stakeholder groups, including senior government officials, business executives, and local people/communities.
  • Knowledge and skill of using computer and other technologies
    Being innovative and agile

Required Skills and Experience


Advanced university degree (MSc. or equivalent) or Bachelor’s degree in development studies, social science, gender studies, Peace and Development, disaster risk management, sustainable development, or another field relevant to the project.


  • 5 years of relevant experience for Master’s degree holders and 7 years of relevant experience for Bachelor’s degree holders;
  • Proven track record of technical and managerial experience in project management;
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of the Ethiopian political and socio[1]economic context in general and that of the North Shewa and Oromo Zones of Amhara Region in particular;
  • Proven work experience in restoration of peace and stability, reconciliation, rule of law, gender equality, livelihood, and economic recovery;
  • Experience with and understanding of durable solutions, humanitarian systems, coordination platforms including the cluster approach and architecture,
  • Humanitarian-Development and Peace nexus;
  • Ability to effectively coordinate a multi-stakeholder project including extensive experience in planning, prioritizing, sequencing, managing, problem-solving, and reporting on the implementation of projects.


Fluency in both spoken and written English is required. Excellent working knowledge of English and track record in producing reports in English including writing project success stories, lessons learned, and best practices;
Proficiency in Amharic and knowledge of Oromiffa is an advantage.

Professional Certificates

Completion of Project Management training is an asset

Important information for US Permanent Residents (‘Green Card’ holders)

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment.

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

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How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply through the following  link

Application Deadline : 3 March, 2022


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