Programme Coordinator Jobs in Ethiopia

Programme Coordinator Jobs in Ethiopia


CORDAID is a Dutch, international non-governmental organization which combines 100 years of experience and expertise in emergency aid and structural poverty eradication.

CORDAID believes in a world without poverty and exclusion. We strive for a just and sustainable society where every person counts.

We stand for knowledge and talent sharing between North and South, between farmers and businesses, between activists and policymakers. Where poverty, conflict and exclusion tear up societies, we connect people and communities.

We also stand for professionalism, expertise and solidarity across borders, to make a difference where it is most needed.

Together with more than 600 partner organizations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America we structurally improve the living conditions of the poorest and most excluded populations - the bottom billion.

Since 2015, we have been running a PBF showcase project in the Borana Zone in Oromia Region (Ethiopia), in close collaboration with the Oromia Regional Health Bureau (ORHB) and the Borana Zonal Health Department (BHZD).

More information about this project can be found online on
Building on the success of this project, we were invited by the Netherlands Embassy to develop a proposal for a second Ethiopian PBF project, targeting a substantial part of the Jimma Zone in Oromia Region, for a duration of four years.

This project aims at improved health service delivery in participating districts (through
independent monthly quantity and quality verification of the facilities), as well as improved governance of health service delivery, and an enhanced health information system.

Cordaid Ethiopia invites professionals to apply for the position of Program Coordinator as detailed below:

Responsibilities and Accountability

  • Coordination
  • Coordinate the start-up and the implementation of the PBF-project and office in Jimma Zone, making sure that all systems and procedures are in place and that the project will realize the results aimed for, formulated in the proposal approved by the Netherlands Embassy and are in line with the Project Implementation Manual (PIM, to be developed).
  • Coordinate the PBF-project, its activities and the roles/responsibilities of all local actors involved in the project. (with reference to the PIM).
  • Participate in the development of the PIM and the designing of effective and usable tools for data collection, monitoring and evaluation of the PBF activities.
  • Responsible for the daily organization and (financial/administrative) management of the Jimma office and PBF project Contracts, Work plans and Reviews
  • Facilitate and manage the timely preparation and signing of contracts with the health facilities and the CBO’s.
  • Formulate on a quarterly basis PBF-project management work plans and operational budgets.
  • Support the quarterly reviews undertaken by the Woreda Health Offices and the Zonal
    Quality analysis
  • Oversee that the (verified) final invoices for payment of the PBF-subsidies submitted are accurate and sent timely to the Fund holder, so that payments can be made in a timely manner.
  • Monitor the progress of the PBF-project and identify key challenges and come up with solutions to solve them, this in close consultation with the PBF staff based in the Cordaid Addis Ababa office.
  • Monitor and verify the client satisfaction questionnaires for completeness and accuracy of data

    Database system

  • Function as the Jimma contact person for the development, maintenance and use of the PBF-database system linked to DHIS2 and the innovative block chain technology to be linked to PBF.

    Quantity and Quality Assurance

  • Regularly analyse the performance of the quantity and quality of the PBF data of all the contracted health facilities and Woreda Health offices, as well as the payments.
  • Report on trends in the data and advice on any anomalies and out layers. Investigate on abnormalities of the results of data and recommend about changes where needed.
  • Ensure that financial and health data collected and verified from the contracted parties are properly managed and accounted for in the PBF-data base (to be developed, aligned with the DHIS2).
  • Ensure to maintain a
    record of each payment on the subsidies to each health facility.
  • Submit quarterly reports on budget projections and forecast as per the indicators performance trends.
  • Contribute to the periodic review and revision of the Quantity Indicator list, the Quality assessment tools and the PIM under the guidance of the ‘(Zonal) PBF-pilot Steering Committee’.
  • Training and coaching
  • Providing training and support to the Jimma staff and the other actors playing a role in the institutional setup of the PBF-project (such as the Zonal Health Department, Woreda Health Offices, contracted CBO’s, the Steering Committee, the contracted health facilities) on performing their tasks and responsibilities as formulated in the PIM (to be developed).
  • Compile quality and timely half yearly and annual financial and narrative progress reports in line with requirements of the Netherlands Embassy and Cordaid Global Office.

    Representation and networking

  • Represent Cordaid and the PBF-project within the Jimma Zone.
  • Where needed, liaise with relevant stakeholders in and outside the project area to ensure its success.
  • Function as an active member of the PBF-Jimma Zonal Steering Committee.
  • As the focal person in Jimma, ensure to act as the security coordinator to raise awareness at Jimma and continuously assess and update Addis Ababa office on security updates, incidents and required procedures for in-case of evacuations.
  • Attend to any other duties necessary for the successful implementation of the PBF-project assigned by the PBF Program Manager.

    Qualifications and Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine, Public Health, Nursing or any other, similar qualifications in this field.
  • A master degree in Public Health or Medicine constitutes a distinct advantage, as is a professional certification in clinical quality of care and management of quality improvement strategies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in Ethiopian Public Health Services.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in managing a multi stakeholder health project and a team.
  • Therefore, able to start up, lead and manage the multi stakeholder PBF-project, making sure that all PBF-actors are playing their required role effectively.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the Ethiopian HMIS system and DHIS2.
  • Prior working experience with quality improvement in a public health organization is an advantage.
  • Good experience with relevant computer software packages.
  • Proficiency in data analysis tools such as STATA, and SPSS is preferred.

    Knowledge and Skills
  • Knowledge of and working experience in the Jimma Zone is an advantage.
  • Effective internal communications – a team player, with the ability to establish a team and to work as a team, adapting to different personalities and situations, maintaining positive working relations.
  • Effective external communications – Good networking, representative, diplomatic and social skills, able to communicate and to liaise with the Oromia Regional Health Bureau, the Jimma Zonal Health Department, the Jimma branch of the Ethiopian Health Insurance Agency, the Woreda Health Offices and facilities involved in the PBF project, and other stakeholders relevant for the PBF-project.
  • Proven quantitative and qualitative analytical skills. Ability to analyze and present data in well written reports.
  • Experience in preparing attractive reports, presentations and in facilitating skills.
  • Ability to work and succeed under distant supervision and guidance, meeting deadlines.
  • Good command (in writing and verbally) of the Oromifa and English language.
  • Possess good organizational and planning skills.
  • Knowledge of the PBF approach will be an added advantage
  • Willing to work and to frequently travel long distances in the Jimma Zone.
  • Able to ride and in the possession of an (Ethiopian) motorbike license.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualifying applicants can submit their application letter and CV in English, with both phone and email contact details of at least 3 professional references, to the following email
  • Mention the vacancy reference number in subject line. e.g. CETH03/03/2019 Program
  • Coordinator PBF – Jimma Zone
  • Deadline for submission is by the 26th April 2019.
  • CORDAID is an equal opportunities employer and women are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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