Junior researcher

Research and Development
Addis Ababa  
Career Level:
Entry Level (Fresh Graduate)

Job Description

Junior Researcher

Internal/External Vacancy #078/2019

GIZ- Social and economic reintegration of ex-combatants and conflict-affected groups in Ethiopia

  As a provider of international cooperation services for sustainable development and international education work, GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – is dedicated to building a future worth living around the world.

 We have over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including rural and economic development, education and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. Together with our partners, we work to deliver flexible, effective and cost-effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions. Of our 18,260 employees in some 120 countries, almost 70 per cent are national personnel working in the field.

 As a public-benefit German federal enterprise, we are committed to meeting our clients’ high standards with regard to transparency and accountability. German and European values are central to our work. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is our main commissioning party. European Union institutions, the United Nations, the private sector and national governments benefit from our services, too.

 In Ethiopia GIZ has been implementing development programmes on behalf of the German government for over 40 years jointly with our national partners. The focus of our work in the country is on vocational education, sustainable use of natural resources, land management and food security, biodiversity and forestry. Further programmes enhance the development of a sustainable textile sector and renewable energies

  The project “Social and economic reintegration of ex-combatants and conflict-affected groups in Ethiopia” responds to the request of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia to the Federal Government of Germany to support the reintegration of disarmed and demobilized ex-combatants. The promise of reintegration support for former insurgent groups is part of the Ethiopian Government’s peace initiative. Supporting the Government in delivering on that promise and helping the members of these insurgent groups to regain a civilian life therefore contributes to maintaining the momentum of the peace initiative. Derived thereof, the main objective of the project is ex-combatants from Ethiopian resistance groups receive effective support to promote their social and economic reintegration. The methodological approach of GIZ’s technical support is to strengthen the capacities of the government and relevant national and regional institutions to deliver on the promise of reintegration support, while extending individual capacity building support to ex-combatants.


The project is broken down in three fields of activity:

1.    improving the capacities of the governmental Project Office for Reintegration and its regional counterparts, including the development of standards, procedures and implementation strategies;

2.    supporting the social reintegration of ex-combatants through an Information, Counselling and Referral System (ICRS);

3.    supporting the professional reintegration of ex-combatants through life skills and vocational training, as well as technical assistance in entering the labor market.


Position :                                 Junior researcher

Place of Work :                       Addis Ababa

Required Candidate:             One

Application deadline:            May 1, 2019



 The Junior Researcher is responsible for

  • Conducting needs assessments of the target group of the project
  • Providing continuous analysis of the developments in the environment of the reintegration process, including political analyses
  • Providing a mapping of stakeholders related to the project
  • Supporting the planning, monitoring and evaluation of the activities of the project

 The Junior Researcher performs the following tasks:


  • conducts continuous research and media monitoring and provides regular briefings and written reports with a focus on political assessment of the environment of the reintegration process, conflict sensitivity and do-no-harm
  • conducts field missions for research and follow-up, accompanies those of the project partner
  • collects, evaluates and analyses data for an assessment of the background, the situation, the needs and the wishes of the ex-combatants
  • provides a mapping of the situation and the needs of the target group of the project in a written and regularly updated fact sheet
  • develops and maintains the stakeholder map of the project
  • consolidates and adapts information and produces documents, concept notes, presentations and recommendations

  Planning and monitoring

  • supports project planning, monitoring and evaluation and updates information on progress, documents and reports regularly on results
  • develops and organises quality assurance measures and suggests necessary changes, improvements and initiatives

  Other duties/additional tasks

  • contributes to knowledge management of relevant information
  • participates in meetings at the GIZ office and the government’s project office
  • translates work-related documents, and provides interpretation service if necessary
  • performs other duties and tasks at the request of the management


Job Requirements

Required qualifications, competences and experience


  • University degree in relevant area (peace and security, social sciences, development studies, or a related field)

  Professional experience

  • 0-year professional experience

  Other knowledge, additional competences

  • Fluency in English and Oromifa, ability to follow media reports in Tigray and Amharic required; German is an asset
  • experience in collecting qualitative and quantitative data, including by conducting interviews, compiling and analyzing data and drafting informative and concise reports
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Very good working knowledge of ITC technologies (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office)
  • Willingness to travel across the Country
  • Willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed with management
  • Strong interpersonal skills and team spirit


How to Apply

Application procedure :

Interested and qualified candidates shall submit their motivation letter along with their non-returnable recent CV via Ethiojobs or Email : hreth@giz.de

  Note: –

Please make sure you mention the vacancy number and position title ‘ Junior researcher #078/2019 ’ in the subject line of your email application. Due to large number of applications we categorise applications with the vacancy numbers. Applications without vacancy numbers in subject lines might not be categorized in the appropriate folder and could be disqualified.

  Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Applications from qualified women are encouraged
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