Organisation of Educational Cooperation Liaison Officer – East & Southern Africa Jobs in Ethiopia

Organisation of Educational Cooperation Liaison Officer – East & Southern Africa Jobs in Ethiopia

Overall purpose of the role:

Operating under the authority of the Secretary-General, the guidance of the Under-Secretary General for External Relations and International Cooperation (ERIC); Section of Bilateral Cooperation and Liaison and the direct supervision of the Chief of Bilateral Cooperation and Liaison, the Liaison Officer for East & Southern Africa regions is a critical role within the ERIC Department of the Organisation of Educational Cooperation (OEC).

The Liaison Officer works closely with the Chief of Bilateral Cooperation and Liaison to develop and strengthen strategic bilateral relationships with OEC Member States and other key stakeholders in East & Southern Africa.

The Liaison Officer will also support the Chief of Section in coordinating and streamlining OEC's engagement with key bilateral partners in East & Southern Africa as well as fostering new relations and implementing engagement strategies with potential partners.

The Liaison Officer will contribute to advancing OEC's vision and mission in the field of educational cooperation and innovation in East & Southern Africa.

This position offers a unique opportunity to join a new international Organisation, contribute to its institutional development, and shape its future direction.

The main functions of the Liaison Officer – East & Southern Africa are but not limited to:

  • Act as the focal point for all bilateral relations with actors from Arab Countries.

  • Contribute to the analysis and development of policies and strategies for relations with key bilateral partners relevant to OEC’s mandate in Arab Countries.

  • Provide the necessary support and information on relevant topics (educational, social and political) from the region to the Secretary-General and USG-ERIC.

  • Support in the Organisation and management of bilateral meetings chaired by the Secretary-General and/or the Under-Secretary-General ERIC.

  • Assist the Chief of Section in the preparation of briefings for OEC senior leadership as required on the OEC’s engagement and collaboration with key member states.

  • Prepare meetings with officials for the Secretary General and/ or the Under-Secretary-General.

  • Prepare for official visits to the regions of expertise, including the schedule of the Secretary-General’s visits.

  • Contribute to the smooth functioning of activities undertaken by the Section.

  • Assist and coordinate activities with key member states from Arab Countries.

  • Draft speeches, briefing notes and talking points for the Secretary General and/ or the Under-Secretary-General when required.

  • Represent the Department at internal and external meetings and conferences as needed.

  • Provide and coordinate inputs for policy papers and draft reports, including the preparation of brief reports.

  • Perform any other duty as assigned by the Secretary-General and/or USG-ERIC.

    Experience and technical competencies:

  • Excellent interpersonal, diplomatic and cross-cultural communication skills with a proven track record.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English and Arabic.

  • Knowledge of other OEC official languages (Spanish, French) is an asset.

  • Strong methodical and strategic thinking skills and ability to develop long-term strategies.

  • Ability to operate sensitively and effectively in a multicultural environment and deal with cross-cultural sensitivity.

  • Ability to withstand and work effectively in stressful situations.

  • Strong monitoring and tracking techniques of developments in the region.

  • Understanding of cultural differences and ability to communicate effectively in/with international teams.

    Education & Professional Experience:

  • At least 7 years of working experience in diplomacy or international relations

  • At least 4 years of work experience in a management role within an international and/or regional organization.

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree (or higher) in International Relations or related fields


  • English – Fluent

  • Portuguese - Fluent

  • Any other languages spoken in the East & Southern Africa Region is an added advantage

    How to Apply

    Qualified & Interested candidate can apply for this position by sending an email your resume and cover letter to hre(at) with the subject line "Job Title".

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