Executive Director- Re-advert

Health Care
EMwA Head Office, Addis Ababa 
Career Level:
Managerial Level (Manager, Supervisor, Director)
Employment Type:
Full time
As per the organization scale

Job Description

Ethiopian Midwives Association (EMwA) is a legally registered, autonomous, and not-for-profit professional association established in 1992 and re-registered under the new civil society proclamation. (EMwA) operates in all regions of Ethiopia and the two city administrations by using and works for the quality of midwifery education and care. EMwA has been a member of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) since 1993.

The primary goal of EMwA is to contribute towards the reduction of maternal and child mortality and morbidity in Ethiopia to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The vision of the association is to see every woman, newborn, and their family have access to standard midwifery care. The mission of the association is to promote and enhance the expansion, performance and status of midwifery profession through adapting quality and evidence based practices; adhering to the code of ethics and conduct empowering the professionals.


The Executive Director under the overall control of President of the Association is responsible for the overall leadership, management and representation of the association at national, regional and international level. S/he is responsible in leading and coordinating the different units and programs in the association. S/he is also responsible in developing and implementing strategies aiming to promote the organization’s mission and “voice”.

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Plans, organizes, leads, coordinates and controls the overall day-to-day operation /programs execution of the association.
  • Prepares the strategic plan of the association in consultation with the Executive Board and department managers.  
  • Implements general policies, Policies, procedures, guidelines and rules and regulations established by the Executive Board; directs their administration and execution.
  • Designs medium and short-term goals, programs, and strategies of the Association and presents to the Executive Board; make continuous follow up of their implementation after approval.
  • Creates active administration by developing specific operational policies and procedures, which are consistent with policies and directives issued by Executive Board and other supervising agencies.
  • Based on the approval by the Executive Board, recruits, selects, develop and dismiss heads and managers under his/ her span of control. 
  • In accordance with the Association’s human resource policy and relevant government rules & regulations transfers, recruits, promotes, demotes, dismisses and gives prizes for employees of the Association.
  • Prepares the Association’s annual budget and presents it to the Executive Board and GA for approval.
  • Ensures the existence & timely availability of the necessary quantity & quality of human resource, facilities, financial resources etc. for the smooth functioning of the Association.
  • Corrects administrative problems, weaknesses, and malpractices and ensures the existence of appropriate authority and responsibility relationships & job distributions.
  • Reviews or studies (or engages consultants for doing a study on) the organizational structure, human resource plan, salary scale & employee benefits; presents improvements to the Executive Board & implements them upon approval.
  • Oversees the care and maintenance of all the Association’s physical assets and facilities; establishes strong internal control system; makes immediate & appropriate actions based on audit findings.
  • Fosters strategic alliance, partnerships and networking between Ethiopian Midwives Association, other allied health professional associations, local and international organizations and government organizations
  • Strengthens external relationship and representation of the association at national, regional and international level.
  • Advocate for quality of midwifery education and care in Ethiopia and the placement of senior midwives at policy level
  • Compiles relevant national statistics as regard to midwifery training and services, outputs and deployment of midwives as well as attrition rates
  • Takes part in the development of national guidelines in Ethiopia in relation to the midwifery profession
  • Leads and take part at national level advocacy and policy dialogue on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health
  • Takes part in the development of the strategic plan of the association, midterm review and end evaluation
  • Leads the development of Data Base for all midwives and midwife students in Ethiopia
  • Designs grant proposals for international NGOs and government organizations
  • Leads and coordinates the preparation of annual work plan and budgets
  • Monitors the overall programs and projects of the organization in line with the tools and strategic plan
  • Participates in the development of standards for monitoring the quality of teachers and the performance of preceptors
  • Designs resource mobilization strategies for the Association and communicate potential partners nationally and internationally to strengthen the midwifery profession in Ethiopia
  • Leads and coordinates in the development of publications in the association
  • Takes part and lead the information and knowledge sharing of good practice and lessons learnt for promoting maternal health programs
  • Leads and coordinates the different units in the Association
  • Ensures the design & implementation of capacity building work through trainings & education.
  • Designs strategy for the continuous improvement, growth and expansion of the Association.
  • Ensures the accounting & internal control are performed in accordance with financial policy of the Association; all properties are registered; periodic counts are performed & reports are produced; annual financial statements are produced.
  • Delegates the necessary authorities to the appropriate managers.
  • Ensures the services provided by the Association fulfill the member’s requirements.
  • Opens and operates bank accounts of the Association.
  • Represents the Association before any third party or court or appoints an attorney.
  • Submits periodical reports to the Executive Board on the overall operations of the Association; and 
  • Undertakes any other activities assigned by the President of the Association and External board carry out the activities incidental to the above. 

Required number:  One

Report to : President of the (EMwA)

Supervises: Depute Executive Director, Department Managers, Executive Secretary, Internal Auditor, Legal Service Officer, Communication and Public Relations Officer

Job Requirements

Requirements (Must Criteria)

Education : Master’s Degree and Above in Midwifery, Reproductive Health, Public Health, Nutrition, Nursing, Health Informatics, Economics, Project Management with midwifery background

Experience : A minimum of 4 years after second degree/Master’s and 2 years in managerial position(s). Experience in International and national NGO environment or working in donor-based systems are advantageous. Extensive knowledge and experience in managing partnership and grants from UN agencies and government organizations like FMOH and regional health office is a benefit.

Additional Training:

  • Project/Program Management training Certificate
  • leadership/management,  or/& Resource mobilization

Competencies/ Personal attributes

  • Demonstrate commitment to the vision, mission, core values, aims and principles of EMwA, including equal opportunity, gender sensitivity.
  • Ability to build trust-based relationships with FMOH and influence work outcomes with partners, government & other stakeholders;
  • Ability to solve challenging problems without extensive structural or operational support;
  • Ability to adapt to fast-paced and changing environments, both internally and externally;
  • Exhibit a desire to support a large number of people
  • Strong team leader, skills in interpersonal communication, proactive and innovative with a drive for results, respectful and cooperative
  • Shows integrity, commitment, willingness, and push for high standards of work quality
  • Proactive, flexible and problem-solving skill
  • Creative and strategic thinker
  • Strong leadership skill

Technical skills

  • Knowledge & experience of Program /Project Management, M&E, Budget Management
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of managing grants of multiple funding organizations
  • Demonstrated experience of management of large-scale programs and projects;
  • Proven ability to lead, coordinate, manage and evaluate program performance;
  • Strong understanding of Ethiopian Health system, cultural diversity and cross-cultural responses;
  • Experience in designing researchable areas, study protocol preparation, M&E, analysis, preferably in the health sector;
  • Excellent writing, editorial, and communication skills, including strong presentation skills to report results to major donors, national and international partners;
  • Broad knowledge of maternal health issues and polices in Ethiopia


  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Amharic 

 Desired Criteria (An Asset)

  • Knowledge of MS Project software
  • Other language national/International

How to Apply

Interested and qualified applicants who met the MINIMUM requirements should send the required documents through e-mail:  [email protected] or P.O.Box 1410, or in person to Ethiopian Midwives Association’s Head Office located on Equatorial Guinea Street, Haya Hulet, behind Elsa Kolo or behind Meklit Building, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

  • A cover letter / application letter (not more than one page)
  • A CV (not more than 4 pages)
  • A one-page table summarizing your educational background, work experience, technical skills and competencies to facilitate the screening process. Refer the vacancy announcement while doing this.

Please DO NOT SUBMIT scanned copies of transcripts, academic degrees or recommendation letters with your application. You will provide them upon request. Make sure that you state the title of the position on the subject of your email.

Note :

  • Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply.
  • All travel and/or recruitment related the applicant should cover costs…
  • Only short listed applicants will be contacted.
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