Plan International Project Lead for Women's Voice and Leadership - Jobs in Ethiopia

Plan International Project Lead for Women's Voice and Leadership - Jobs in Ethiopia

Plan International Ethiopia is looking for a Project Lead to effectively lead a team of professionals and deliver high quality programming and results for a project titled “Women’s Voice and Leadership - Ethiopia”.

The project will support local women’s organizations with grants and capacity development to strengthen their organizational development, programming and advocacy, and sustainability.

It will further support collaboration and collective action to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

The project will be implemented in the four regions of Addis Ababa, Amhara, Oromia, and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR).

Dimensions of the Role

The Project Lead will be responsible and ultimately accountable for project’s strategic direction, quality programming and results achievement, financial management and compliance, team leadership, stakeholder and partner relations, and donor deliverables.

Feminist principles of collaboration, participation, transparency and respect for the agency of women’s organizations will be integrated in all aspects of this role.

The post-holder will be based in Addis Ababa yet travel to the project locations in Amhara, Oromia and SNNPR for approximately 30% of their time.


  • Project Leadership and Management: Lead high quality, feminist and results-oriented program planning, implementation and reporting in compliance with donor and government agreements.
  • A strong understanding of project cycle management, results-based management, feminist principles, and grant disbursement processes is essential.

    Expected Outcomes:
  • Project cycle management processes and tools (including detailed implementation plans) effectively implemented to achieve project results and comply with donor requirements, government, and partnership agreements.
  • Grant management, disbursement and reporting processes developed in collaboration with women’s organizations and responsive to their needs.
  • Compliance tools and frameworks are designed to be responsive to the capacities of women’s organizations and meet donor requirements for audit.
  • Ensure program strategies in gender equality and women’s empowerment are responsive to the context, implemented consistently across all project activities, and adhere to best practices in the sector.
  • Expenditure is monitored monthly to ensure spending is on track and forecasts are duly updated based on project needs and in compliance with donor regulations.
  • Quality programmatic and financial reports are prepared on time and in line with Plan International and donor standards.
  • Feminist monitoring and evaluation system, tools and processes are developed for measuring the results of the project, and project data is collected, and validated by and shared with relevant stakeholders.
  • Ensure that local laws and operational policies and protocols, including for security, are observed and respected.
  • Synergy, Communication and Coordination: Foster and maintain productive and professional relationships with and between all project stakeholders, particularly with local women’s organizations.

    Expected Outcomes:
  • Provide strategic and feminist leadership within the project’s governance structures and in support of women’s organizations.
  • Foster strong coordination and collaboration with women’s organizations through open and transparent communication, participation and joint decision-making, and
    respect for their agency and technical expertise.
  • Cultivate a positive relationship with the donor agency (Global Affairs Canada) in Ethiopia and relevant government departments.
  • Best practices and lessons learned are documented, shared, and integrated into programming.
  • Work with program staff and technical advisors to identify the technical support needs of the project and ensure this support is provided.

    Skills and Knowledge
  • Academic Qualification BA/MA in Project Management, Gender Studies, or other related social science fields.
  • Proven experience (minimum 10 years for BA & 7 years for MA) in leading complex development projects that delivered high quality programming and gender transformative results.
  • Progressive experience working for INGOs in increasingly senior level management positions.
  • Proven experience in directly managing a diverse team including technical and finance staff ensuring high levels of motivation, commitment, capacity and teamwork.
  • Strong understanding of feminist principles, gender equality, and women’s empowerment.
  • Strong understanding of feminist monitoring and evaluation, and results-based management tools and approaches.
  • Demonstrable experience managing multimillion-dollar institutional grants through donors such as Global Affairs Canada, USAID, DFID and European Union.
  • Familiarity with Global Affairs Canada guidelines and requirements.
  • Strong understanding and proven application of project cycle management.
  • Strong experience in partnership management and aptitude for cultivating strong relationships with multiple stakeholders including women’s organizations, government, and donors.
  • Experience leading cross-functional and remote teams to deliver results.
  • Ability to establish priorities in a time sensitive environment, track project performance, meet deadlines, and ensure high quality deliverables.
  • Ability to fully function in English (verbal and written) in essential. All donor reports, deliverables and communication will be in English.
  • Proficient computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications (e.g. word processing, spreadsheet, database, internet).

  • Passion for feminist principles, mission driven work and personal values aligned with Plan International.
  • Commitment to working transparently and with integrity.
  • Inclusive and empowering approach to leadership and project management.
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills, natural ability to manage diverse opinions and agendas, finding win-win solutions in a respectful manner.
  • Demonstrated creativity and willingness to innovate.
  • Flexible and adaptable work style to respond to an evolving context.
  • Proven leadership, inter-personal and cross-cultural skills, and ability to build and motivate teams.
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritize and meet deadlines.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 21st April 2019
  • This position is only open to Ethiopian Nationals, who must be eligible to live and work in Ethiopia.
  • Applications and CVs written in English will be accepted and
  • Shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Please note that we are not accepting CVs that are not sent through the indicated link.
  • Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.
  • For more information and job application details, see; Plan International Project Lead for Women's Voice and Leadership - Jobs in Ethiopia

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