Donkey Sanctuary Programme Director Jobs in Ethiopia

Donkey Sanctuary Programme Director Jobs in Ethiopia

Closing date: 26 Sep 2019

The Donkey Sanctuary Trustee Limited (Company Number 07328588) Acting as Trustee of the Donkey Sanctuary (registered charity number 264818), whose registered office is at Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, EX10 0NU through its branch office in Ethiopia announces a Fixed Term 6 month position of Programme Director (with the possibility of extension).

Our Vision and Mission

The Donkey Sanctuary is working for a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, and their contribution to humanity is fully valued.

We will achieve this by transforming the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships.

Overall Purpose

Working closely with The Donkey Sanctuary´s Ethiopian Country Representative, and The Donkey Sanctuary Africa Regional Team (based in Kenya) to lead the planning, implementation, evaluation and documentation of the Programmes that take place in Ethiopia.

Specifically, to oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive national system strengthening programme focusing on veterinary and animal welfare education and training ranging from University level courses down to community level interventions designed to improve the national systems for donkey and mule health and welfare in Ethiopia.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and lead a comprehensive system strengthening programme focusing on education and training aimed at improving animal health and welfare for donkeys and mules at every level of intervention;

  • Oversee the livelihoods element of the national programme by supervising and supporting the Livelihoods Programme Manager;

  • Initiate and set goals for all programmes implemented in Ethiopia according to the strategic objectives of the organisation;

  • Identify and follow up on new opportunities for programmes in Ethiopia, in close collaboration with the Country Representative and Regional Director (Africa);

  • In coordination with staff in TDS UK, Ethiopia and The Donkey Sanctuary’s Regional Office (Africa), provide inputs to tools and use of tools for data collection to track key indicators of success, analysis, reporting of programme data, and determine the need for improvements;

  • Ensure programme operations and activities adhere to legal guidelines and internal policies;

  • Apply change, risk and resource management principles when needed;

  • Maintain close communication with colleagues in other sectors (a) The Donkey Sanctuary UK, (b)The Donkey Sanctuary’ s Ethiopia Office, (c) The Donkey Sanctuary’s Regional Office (Africa), (d) and other sectors regarding technical needs, progress, budget, challenges and opportunities;

  • Liaise closely with field staff to integrate project management and technical oversight in support of effective programme delivery;

  • Manage the selection, hiring, and development of new project staff and project management team members;

  • Assist the Country Representative in the day-to-day management of the Programme and in the Annual Planning and Budgeting process;

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with country programme teams;

  • Carry out any other reasonable
    duties as may be required.


  • 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Due to the nature of the role, flexibility to work evenings and weekends when required is a necessity, especially when overseas.

  • Extensive travel to projects mainly in Ethiopia, possibly wider Africa.


    This role will be based in The Donkey Sanctuary office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. There may be occasions when the post holder may be requested to work at another location considered reasonable.

    This role will require local, national and possibly some international travel.

    Person Specification


  • Proven experience as Programme Director or other managerial position;

  • Experience of programme/project management in the international development field, candidates with experience in education system strengthening programmes are of particular interest;

  • Thorough understanding of project/programme management techniques and methods;

  • Management in a development context including log frame design and implementing a project-specific Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning framework;

  • An analytical mindset with great problem-solving abilities;

  • Bachelor´s degree in management or a relevant field; Masters level education is desirable

  • Excellent communication skills and presentation skills;

  • Direct line management experience;

  • An ability to work with people at all levels;

  • Ability to travel;

  • Fluency in Amharic and English (written and verbal);

  • Strong IT skills.


  • Knowledge of veterinary and animal welfare structures in Ethiopia;

  • Relevant qualification / degree in international development and/or project management experience in the development sector;

  • Full and valid driving licence;

  • Knowledge and experience of the animal welfare sector and its role in development.

    Personal Attributes:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills along with the ability to develop strong working relationships with internal departments and external collaborators;

  • Ability to work as part of a team;

  • Attention to detail;

  • Adaptable to the demands of working in an area of rapid change and development;

  • Ability to present a positive professional image at all times;

  • Act as an Ambassador for the charity at all times;

    To work within the Charity’s guidelines with regard to conduct, recognising its policies with regard to equality, and showing respect and co-operation towards fellow colleagues.

    Note: To reflect any changes within the Charity during the next few years, the scope of this role will be regularly reviewed and may evolve to meet those needs. Any changes will be agreed in advance with the post holder and confirmed in writing.

    How to Apply:
    Documents to be sent to apply for the job

  • Curriculum vitae (English)

  • A letter of intention explaining why working with a charity supporting equids is of particular

    interest (English).

  • Documents proving that the person is able to work legally in Ethiopia.

  • Three signed letters of reference including contact details of the referee.

    If you would like to apply, please send the documents to: Bojia Duguma by 26th September 2019.

    Interviews will be held via Skype and then a face to face interview.

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