Department for International Development - DFID A2/A2L Social Development Advisor Jobs in Ethiopia

Department for International Development - DFID A2/A2L Social Development Advisor Jobs in Ethiopia

Job description/duties

  • This is a stretching role which will require the applicant to provide a range of cross-cutting skills, analytical competencies and the ability to apply these analyses effectively to influence FCDO’s programmes and policy engagement.

  • Accelerate social inclusion and equity in the Human Capital Development portfolio and, where required, other delivery teams in FCDO-Ethiopia :

  • Provide analytical support on social inclusion and equity with the particular focus on education, health (health system strengthening and RMNCH) and WASH, to ensure that opportunities to better deliver for vulnerable groups are maximised and risks are mitigated to deliver basic services.

  • Provide strategic forward look and options analyses on how to enhance the social inclusion and equity agenda in Human Capital Development portfolio through enhancing multisector approach the to understand and address the wider social determinants of human capital development; within existing and new programmes.

  • Review major human capital policies and reforms with a social development, inclusion and poverty lens. External engagement and influencing with GoE and other partners to ensure equity, inclusion and impact on multidimensional poverty remain at the core of such policy/strategy directions.

  • Provide technical advice, inputs and quality assurance to both Economic Development and Resilience and Humanitarian teams as needed for business cases, annual reviews, project closure reviews, theories of change, monitoring and evaluation frameworks or other key programme deliverables and support teams to achieve meaningful yet proportional consideration of social development issues.

  • Co-lead the cross-office strategy work on gender equality, disability inclusion and safeguarding along with other SDAs

  • Provide technical advice and support on implementation of the gender strategy, gender equality act compliance, youth strategy, safeguarding policy and FCDO disability framework implementation.

  • Work with other SDAs in the analysis, application and monitoring of poverty and wellbeing in Ethiopia using qualitative and quantitative data. Support teams to use poverty and vulnerability analysis to inform programme design and monitor and evaluate desired results for the poor.

  • Lead the Gender Equality, Women Empowerment and Social Norms pillar of the Africa Strategy demography shift and provide technical advice and analytical support on key drivers of demographic transition - SRHR, girls education, women economic empowerment

  • Share knowledge of best practices in gender mainstreaming, youth development, safeguarding and disability inclusion and different sector specific models.

  • Lead technical and analytical streams on emerging equity, inclusion and social policy agenda across the office as per business plan priorities.

  • Engage in policy dialogues and strategy developments with the government and development partners on social development issues.

  • Ensure FCDO’s existing programmes deliver results for women and girls, people with disabilities and marginalised and poor.

    Job Requirements

    The post holder is expected to demonstrate a strong mix of technical social development and core competencies at the A2 level, in addition to meeting the following specific requirements for this post:

  • Minimum of Masters level qualification in social science (social anthropology, sociology, political science, human geography, social policy/planning or related).

  • Relevant experience working on poverty, gender and other social development issues in Ethiopia preferably at national level with evidence of understanding of key policies and strategies;

  • A strong grasp of understanding key social development priorities in human capital development and demographic dividend

  • Demonstrable experience of working with the international development community and an understanding/familiarity with the international development architecture;

  • A proven ability to communicate clearly and confidently, verbally and in writing, to represent the issues, the team and FCDO to peers, FCDO senior management, parliamentary and public enquiry, ministers and external partners.

  • Good networking and policy influencing skills.

  • Ability to interpret a range of data and evidence and to effectively communicate it to non- technical audiences to inform decision making. An understanding of M&E and research methodologies would be an advantage;
    Good understanding of programme management cycle, experience in manage and deliver complex development programmes with Government, civil society and private contractors to a high standard.

  • Excellent inter-personal and team working skills, with an ability to
    work flexibly and adapt to emerging issues.

  • Fluency in spoken and written English and basic computer literacy (office applications and the Internet).


    Candidates will need to demonstrate the following competencies at A2/A2L level:

  • Seeing the big picture – you will need to build and maintain a firm understanding of the social and political context and support senior leadership and external stakeholders to respond to this when it changes. You will lead strategic, cross HMG policy work on demographic transition and will need to understand how the social development portfolio and the work of others supports delivery of this shift.

  • Making effective decisions – in this role you will need to make technical and programmatic decisions with minimum oversight.

  • A firm understanding of the context, evidence and risks will be important, as will judgement on when to escalate decisions.

  • You will frequently be asked for your opinion on technical issues and will need to provide evidenced-based responses that are implementable/practical at pace.

  • Leadership –, You will take leadership/co-leadership over the UK’s work on social development in Ethiopia.

  • This will include helping others across the HMG platform understand the social context, promote appropriate policy and programmatic responses and motivate others to work on these issues.

  • This will include supporting and build the capacity of colleagues, but critically you will also need to listen and learn from others.

  • Communicating and influencing - The postholder will need to be influential and persuasive within the development community, regularly representing the UK to senior partners and the Government. An ability to respond quickly and clearly to ministers and senior managers is also important.
    Please refer to the Civil Service Behaviours for more information.

    Technical competencies

  • The Social Development Cadre have 5 technical competencies which all Advisors must demonstrate at various levels.

  • Ability to use these skills in Human Capital Development and basic services sectors is important.

    The technical competencies include:

  • Social Policy (social and political analysis and inclusion): examining the social, cultural, political and economic structures, dynamics, norms and power relations that include or exclude people, and drive or constrain poverty reduction; enabling the application of social policy to influence policies and strategies, lead or quality assure programme design and implementation and build capability of others to do-no-harm, benefit poor and excluded people and deliver transformational change.

  • Poverty and Vulnerability Analysis and Monitoring: analysing the different concepts and measures of wellbeing, poverty and vulnerability and the strengths and limitations of each, as well as the range of poverty analysis approaches and tools and the evidence base on what causes poverty or drives poverty reduction; enabling advisors to influence, lead, quality assure or build the capability of others in analysis, application and monitoring of poverty and wellbeing.

  • Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Girls and Women: analysing key concepts, frameworks, and the evidence base on policies and programmes that work to achieve gender equality and the rights and empowerment of women and girls; enabling advisors to influence, lead, quality assure and build capability of others to design, manage, monitor and evaluate a range of evidence-based action for gender equality and the rights and empowerment of women and girls, including multi-sectoral strategies and structural and transformative change.

  • Empowerment and Accountability: analysing key concepts, frameworks and the evidence base on policies and programmes that work to achieve empowerment and accountability; enabling advisors to influence, lead, quality assure and build capability of others to design, manage, monitor and evaluate a range of evidence-based action to enhance citizen empowerment and accountability of public, private and traditional institutions, including in conflict-affected and fragile environments.

  • Social Protection: analysing key concepts, frameworks, and the evidence base on social protection policies and programmes; enabling advisors to influence, lead, quality assure and build capability of others to design, implement, monitor and evaluate policy, programme and system approaches for social protection.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Department for International Development - DFID A2/A2L Social Development Advisor Jobs in Ethiopia

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