Whiz Kids Workshop Chief Operating Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Whiz Kids Workshop Chief Operating Officer Jobs in Ethiopia


  • Business and Administration, Business Development, Management


  • Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa

    Career Level:

  • Senior Level (5+ years experience)

    Employment Type:

  • Full time


  • Negotiable

    Job Description

    Whiz Kids Workshop, founded in 2005, is an Ethiopian-led, innovative social enterprise that focuses on improving the lives of children and youth through educational media.

    We believe that mass-media is the most cost-effective and immediate way to spark young imaginations and make an impact on education.

    We use existing research on mass-media education, new lower-cost technologies for media creation, and the wide reach of television, radio, print and cell phones to put that belief into practice.

    Our content covers topics that include literacy, health education, character building and social-emotional learning to prepare children and youth for success in life.

    Whiz Kids has produced three television series that inspire, engage and empower Ethiopian youth age 3 to 18, including Involve Me, Little Investigators, Tibeb Girls and the award winning show Tsehai Loves Learning.

    In addition, Whiz Kids Workshop has published over 100 titles of children’s books in over seven mother tongue languages in Ethiopia.

    Major duties and responsibilities of the Chief Operating Officer include:

  • Provide general support during project planning/design, monitoring and project management.
  • Increase annual profit and impact of the organization significantly
  • Review/analyze project reports and provide feedback as per approved proposal and budget.
  • Conduct field visits to projects in Ethiopia and other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to monitor implementation of projects, assess local situations and resources and network with Government and non-government stakeholders. Prepare and share field visit and meeting reports.
  • Attend and present on selected technical cooperation meetings/conferences in Ethiopia and abroad, prepare notes and undertake follow-up actions as required
  • Engage with Government and non-government actors to promote “Tsehai Loves Learning” and “Tibeb Girls” regionally and solidify partnership.
  • Hire new employees and monitor employee performance, hold bi-weekly or monthly company meetings and develop short and long-term goals.
  • Review strategic plan, annual budget regularly and ensure annual goals are met
  • Ensure all departments are executing tasks as per annual plan and strategic plan
    Conduct annual and quarterly planning and implementation review meetings with staff, partners and stakeholders
  • Present timely
    and relevant reports to Whiz Kids Board, donors and other stakeholders
    Design big size proposal, bids and contracts that are in line with Whiz Kids vision & mission
    Document and present data driven result of each department performance every month to the CEO
    Approve of select financial decisions
    Job Requirements

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Educational Requirements: Master Degree in business administration or other business related field preferred, or 3-5+ years of equivalent experience.
  • Background in financial management or administration.
  • Fluency in Amharic and English, including written and oral communication skills in both languages.
  • Ability to work in teams and work effectively, independently and as part of a team that is widely dispersed.
  • Expectation and willingness to perform and coordinate administrative duties
  • Ability to travel frequently throughout Ethiopia and internationally if required to occasionally.
  • Strong communication and listening skills.
  • Being analytical and strong problem-solving skills.

    The Ideal Candidate

  • Thrives in a fast paced environment and acts as a self-starter.
  • Takes data-driven approach to business decisions.
  • Loves children, education and is excited to change education for the better.
  • Believes in radical candor with your team and members of our community.
  • Is ready to get their hands dirty in any unexpected task that may come up, whether that’s jumping in as a trainer, helping problem solve with a community member or advising a team member on a new proposal.
  • Is on a path of personal growth with a desire to make a massive impact on countless lives.
  • Is hardworking
  • Is extremely organized and know how to plan ahead in case the unexpected comes up.

    Please include the following documents:

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Answer the following questions in no less than 500 words ( 500 words for each question).
  • Name a time when you made a decision that wasn’t the most efficient route. In hind sight, can you state exactly why what you did was wrong? What could you have done differently?
  • What is the single biggest problem that you see in operations, either external or your own? Propose a solution.

    How to Apply

  • To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a resume & cover letter to Whiz Kids Workshop PLC at whizkidshr@gmail.com Apply by 31st December, 2018

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