SA Project Coordinator

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Development and Project Management, Economics
Addis Ababa 
Career Level:
Senior Level (5+ years experience)
Negotiable and attractive packages

Job Description

 Hiwot Ethiopia was established in 1995. It has been working for the well being of children and youth in Ethiopia. It has been delivering a range of multi-year programs on health, education, child rights/projection, livelihood, gender equality and disability with a number of local and international partners. Hiwot Ethiopia, by the financial support of ESAP3 has been implementing “Enhancing Social Accountability for quality and Inclusive Public Service delivery” project in, Arada Sub city,Addis Ababa. 
SA is a concept that facilitates dialogue between citizens and service providers which should lead to more responsive and quality service delivery. Service providers and their supervisors and administrators within government are then held accountable for their performance. SA is used as a process and mechanism to inform and educate citizens on their rights, responsibilities and on minimum service standards. It thus contributes to good governance by engaging citizens to facilitate the SA process, ultimately leading to enhanced service delivery.    
Through a grants program, ESAP mobilizes SA implementing partners (IPs) to guide local institutions through a 5-step social accountability cycle. This may include training and coaching for selected community representatives, citizen groups, local government officials and other stakeholders on social accountability principles, service standards and selected social accountability tools.  
During this third phase of the program, ESAP will expand its SA interventions from 317 to 417 woredas.  Grantees are expected to conduct institutional mapping in new woredas to identify citizen groups such as locally embedded CBOs, associations of disadvantaged groups and service user groups (such as PTSAs).  
Therefore, Hiwot Ethiopia would like to invite interested applicants for  SA Project coordinator  positions.

The SA project coordinator (PC) shall be stationed in the region where the project is operating. S/He is responsible for overall coordination, planning & budgeting, implementation and quality assurance of the project in the intervention woredas. S/he is accountable to the MA for the overall functioning of the project, including the activities undertaken with partners, and the financial management

Main tasks of the PC:

  • Follow-up and implement directives and guidelines of the project management team as per the contract with the MA – ensure that new MA directives are shared with and understood by the partners and all project team members;
  • Ensure full adherence/compliance to MA new directives and guidelines during project implementation;
  • Lead the project team in activity planning and budget forecasting – so that every team member understands the project activities, the resources available and how to account for these;
  • Provide technical, organizational and coaching support to all the WSAEs (including those employed by partners) – facilitate and monitor their active collaboration with FTA/PFM, woreda administration, sector offices and council, citizens and their organizations, in particular women and vulnerable groups;
  • Support and mobilize sub-partners and WSACs for meaningful involvement in project planning and implementation;
  • Together with the M&E officer, provide training to WSAEs and enumerators on data collection and uploading; 
  • Coordinate CRC pre-survey activities across the woredas;
  • Ensure safeguarding the organization staffs, target community groups and stakeholders from sexual abuse, exploitation and other forms of harms
  • Lead the cluster level CRC survey process and ensure cluster level CRC reports and woreda level JAPs according to MA’s guidance; coordinate the activities of project staff, including GSIE, M&E officers and WSAEs;
  • Ensure CRC survey data collection is conducted in accordance with the MA guidance and standards;
  • Oversee project implementation and fund allocation and expenditures; the preparation and submission of narrative and financial reports to the MA as per the grant agreement and operational manual - follow-up timely disbursement of the project funds;
  • Together with other PCs and the MA, prepare ESAP grantee participation in the regional FTA-SA partnership meetings for sector responsiveness, policy dialogue, and SA systems development – debrief the project team and follow-up activities agreed in these meetings;
  • Establish partnerships with local media to promote SA; 
  • Ensure organization of monitoring visits, either planned by the MA or requested by government, development partners por other stakeholders – participate   in such visits;
  • Participate in and provide input to learning and capacity development events organized by the MA with the federal/regional governments and relevant sector ministries/ bureaus – actively share learning with the project team and follow-up on agreed actions;
  • Liaise with regional, zonal and woreda sector bureaus and departments on SA project matters including submitting progress reports as required; 
  • Strictly observe and support project staff members to comply with safety precautions in times of public health events, such as COVID-19, natural disasters and other security situations as per set standards and guidelines;     
  • Follow-up and coordinate timely auditing and close-out of the ESAP3 project grant contract. 

Report to: Program Director

Terms of employment: one year contract with possible extension

Place of work: Addis Ababa with frequent travel of the organization project site

Number of vacancies: one

Job Requirements

Minimum qualifications and skills:

  • BA in social studies, development studies, economics or related field  
  • Six and above years project management experience  preferably at CSOs
  • Some SA or local governance experience, or similar, required
  • Proven work experience as a project officer or other similar tasks
  • Strong facilitation skills
  • Proven knowledge on safeguarding children and adult at risk
  • Strong determination to promote gender equality 
  • Good knowledge and experience on local and regional government operational systems and procedures  
  • Willingness to spend significant time in the woredas – a minimum of 20% travel is expected, and sometimes significantly more.
  • Proven English speaking and  writing skills

How to Apply

Interested applicants who fulfill the above requirements (each position) should submit their CVs and relevant documents with 5 consecutive days starting from the date of this announcement to the Administration and Finance Department through [email protected]
Please mention the position you are applying for on the subject of your email.


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