IPPF Project Officer (IPPF/AU Packard Project) Jobs in Ethiopia

IPPF Project Officer (IPPF/AU Packard Project) Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Purpose

  • Under the overall supervision of the Head of the Office, the post holder will support the advocacy team in advocacy for the Maputo Plan of Action and other SRHR programmes; monitoring changes in social and political dynamics, and upcoming national, regional and major global events to reposition IPPFAR. S/he will be to lead sub regional advocacy initiative, overseeing and monitoring the MPoA implementation in programme designated countries Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco and Senegal.

  • Emphasis will be placed on contributing towards a favourable legislation on the provision of safe abortion services to enable access to services for women and girls.

  • The incumbent shall support AU related campaigns and other strategic intergovernmental forums.

    Key Tasks

    Person Specification


    • Routinely advocates and monitors the implementation, coordination and performance of MPoA at country and sub-regional levels.

    • Develops programme reach-out strategies on the MPoA project

    • Provides quality technical information on sexual and reproductive health in general and in particular on abortion and access to family planning services.

    • Facilitates stakeholder consultation and meetings at the national and sub-regional levels

    • Represents the programme at platforms such as the African Union, ECA, regional forums, as well as in countries of collaboration – independent of technical supervision

    • Contributes to advocacy for policy change in countries where abortion legislation is restrictive – by instituting advocacy-based advocacy.

    • Conducts high level advocacy, education and sensitisation programmes on the MPoA

    • Develops and publish advocacy policy briefs and reviews on SRHR, particularly safe abortion.

    • To support the development and updating of a medical abortion database in collaboration with other stakeholders.

    • To conducts occasional training sessions on existing policies that support SRHR, particularly focusing on women and girls.

    • Supports programme leadership on the possible revisions of the MPoA programmes or proposals in conjunction with other team members.

    • Prepares drafts and edits a range of documents including reports on activities, reports for the donor, and reports on the budget.

    • Participates in mid-term and end of programme evaluations.

    • Organises meetings with external and internal stakeholders on abortion related issues.

    • Builds and maintains positive relationships with all members of staff and contacts within and outside the Federation, at country and sub-regional levels.

    Financial Responsibilities

    • Exercises high degree of accountability – ensuring timely submission of finance reports as required.


    • S/he shall embrace safeguarding as well as all organisational policies;

    • Undertake any duties as may be assigned by the supervisor or his/her representative from time to time To undertake any other duties as may be requested by the Head of Office.



  • Knowledge of the work of IPPFARO in the field of Advocacy, communications, resource mobilisation, partnership building, SRHR and Human rights.

  • Understanding intergovernmental bodies of the African Union and the United Nations.

  • Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of IPPF mandate, particularly in the areas of advocacy, communications, public relations and partnership building.

  • Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems
    or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

  • Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.


  • Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

  • Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.


  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

    Planning & Organizing

  • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.


  • Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly;

  • gathers relevant information before making a decision;

  • considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them;

  • takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization;

  • proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information;

  • checks assumptions against facts;

  • determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;

  • asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


  • MA Degree in social sciences, public policy, international relations, communications and/or other related fields.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience, preferably in political and policy advocacy and/or communications.

  • Knowledge of the African Union and UN systems, Africa Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Member State/Intergovernmental Processes is required.


  • English and French are the working languages of the ARO. For this post fluency in English and French (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of Portuguese is an advantage.


  • Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a desk review and/or an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

    Other Requirements

  • Experience working in a multicultural environment.

  • Willing to work outside standard office hours as required.

  • Willing to travel internationally – about 30 days a year.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; IPPF Project Officer (IPPF/AU Packard Project) Jobs in Ethiopia

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