Economic Strengthening Coordinator

The Organisation

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.


Plan International is a rights-based development and humanitarian organization working for better lives for all children. We are independent of government and have no political or religious affiliation. Our purpose is to strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Our global strategy has a specific focus on girls, as they are often the most marginalized and most often left behind. We have committed ourselves to the ambitious target of reaching 100 million girls over 5 years, to ensure they can learn, lead, decide and thrive. This is our contribution to reaching the sustainable development goals, and in particular the goals on gender equality. Our organization is transforming itself to meet this enormous challenge everywhere we work. We need bold, forward-thinking and innovative individuals to lead our country operations, driving change and delivering results that will allow us to reach our target of 100 million girls.

In Ethiopia, Plan has more than 25 years of experience in implementing its programme. Currently PIE mainly operates in seven geographical areas; Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR, Gambella, Benishangul Gumuz, Afar, and Addis Ababa City Administration on different projects funded by different donors including sponsorship.

Plan International Ethiopia’s main purpose is to seek Gender Justice for Girls, Adolescent Girls, and Young Women. We aim to help create an enabling environment where girls, adolescent girls, and young women are safe, valued, equally cared for, and have equal opportunities. PIE will contribute to the global strategy by aiming to reach directly 2.1 million Girls, Adolescent Girls and Young Women over the period of the strategy 2020-2024 and to reach an additional 6.3 million beneficiaries through its interventions.

The position exists to design and coordinate pilot intervention on economic strengthening, livelihoods and microfinance activities to serve the populations surrounding the Hawassa Industrial Park. The position will work closely with the Hawassa community as part of the USAID-funded Workers Wellness Alliance (WWA).

The incumbent provides technical support to all stakeholders, specially surrounding communities and newly arrived workers to the Industrial Park.  to ensure the implementation of the USAID WWA economic strengthening activities. She/he will also work very closely with the CoP and local WWA technical staff and will function as an integral part of the team managing economic strengthening activities. The incumbent will actively participate in program planning, implementation support and follow up of the progress of economic strengthening activities under the project.

management scope, reporting lines, key relationships

Direct reports – To the USAID WWA CoP

Key relationships

Internal: The job holder has a close working relationship internally with the following departments and/or functions:

  • South PA staff in general the USAID WWA team in particular.

External: The job holder has a close working relationship externally with the following departments and/or functions:

  • Government Sector Partners: Relevant Government Ministries
  • Local Capacity Building Partners
  • Project beneficiaries: Specifically, recipients of small business grants, community leaders and Industrial Park Workers.

Accountabilities and MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES

key responsibilities

  • Leads the design of a series of economic strengthening activities (savings, mobile banking, access to capital) to build the financial resiliency of key stakeholders, specifically young women.
  • Works in partnership with community members to identify economic strengthening needs and interests to inform program design
  • Identifies local capacity building and implementation partners for delivery of programming, including but not limited to the establishment of Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA)
  • Develops key success metrics to identify ROI and activities positioned for Perform any other relevant assignments given by the supervisor

Other Responsibilities

  • Within the scope of the role, there will be additional assignments as needed.
  • Seek and promote innovative ideas, approach to ensure quality of work

Safeguarding Children and Young People (Safeguarding) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI)

  • Understands and puts into practice the responsibilities under Safeguarding and GEI policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), ensuring that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.
  • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in day-to-day work.
  • Ensures that Plan Ethiopia contributes to Plan International’s global efforts to ensure safeguarding and GEI, including making sure that relevant reporting and data are submitted.


  • Setting and communicating ambitious but realistic work goals and priorities, explaining how these contribute to Plan International’s purpose.
  • Setting high standards for self and others’ behaviour, inside and outside work. Championing our values and commitment to rights, gender equality and safeguarding. Supporting the health, well-being and both physical and psychological safety of our staff, including their safety to speak out.
  • Holding self and others to account for what we have agreed, dealing with poor performance quickly, firmly and constructively.
  • Creating a positive team spirit, helping people work well together, to reflect and continuously improve the efficiency and quality of what we do.
  • Collaborating with team members, colleagues and partners in finding creative solutions to problems by sharing information, experience and ideas and actively seeking their input.
  • Motivating and developing others by taking an interest, giving constructive feedback and praise, ensuring they are properly trained and helping them develop their potential.
  • Positive about change and supporting others in adjusting to it, helping them understand.
  • Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

Qualifications/ experience essential:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in international development or a related field preferred;
  • At minimum of 3-5 years of work experience in economic strengthening/empowerment programming
  • Previous work experience with USAID, preferred
  • Strong conceptual, verbal, and written communication skills;
  • Ability to initiate and organize work while establishing priorities in a fast-paced, time-sensitive environment to meet deadlines with attention to detail;
  • Ability to develop strong trusting relationships in order to gain support and achieve results;
  • Ability to manage multiple conflicting priorities;
  • Ability to be flexible and interpersonal skills to interact with employees at all levels;
  • Strong office and organizational skills.
  • Ability to travel as required;
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)

Qualifications/ experience desirable:

  • Expertise in and sensitivity to the socio-cultural barriers facing intended beneficiaries for this program.
  • Previous experience working on economic strengthening activities.
  • Demonstrated leadership and team-building skills
  • Fluent in English, Amharic and Sidama languages
  • Knowledge of local languages and strong command of English, with strong verbal and written communication skills


Type of Role: 

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Closing Date:

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.

We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

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