Program Officer, Ethiopia

Development and Project Management
Addis Ababa 
Employment Type:
Full time
USD $28,000 to USD$30,000 per annum, depending on experience

Job Description


The Freedom Fund has been working in Ethiopia since 2015, focusing its work on generating improved understanding and practices of safer migration, providing socio-economic support to those most likely to migrate,  promoting learning and good practices among civil society, and strengthening governance structures and systems to improve migration pactices and provide support to migrant workers. By 2019, the Ethiopia hotspot program had impacted over 128,000 survivors of trafficking and vulnerable women and girls.

The Freedom Fund has recently been awarded USD 7 million from the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State under their Program to End Modern Slavery. In addition to our cross border work, this funding will allow us to expand our work to also focus on child domestic servitude.

We are now recruiting a Program Officer with expertise in child domestic work, safer migration and/or anti-human trafficking and experience of program management in Ethiopia.

About the Freedom Fund

The Freedom Fund ( ) is a leader in the global movement to end forms of child labour, trafficking and bonded labour. It:

  • Generates private funding by demonstrating how effective interventions can protect those at risk.
  • Invests in those countries and sectors with the greatest incidence of trafficking, bonded labour and child labour.
  • Analyses which interventions work best and shares that knowledge.
  • Brings together those committed to ending exploitation and empowered by the knowledge of how best to do so.

The Freedom Fund has programs in India, Ethiopia, Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal and Brazil. It currently supports and funds over 100 organizations in these countries, the vast majority of which are frontline, community-based NGOs. 

Full Time Position of 40 hours per week

Reporting to: Ethiopia country representative  


  • USD $28,000 to USD$30,000 per annum, depending on experience
  • 11% pension contributions
  • 33 days holiday pro rata, inclusive of public holidays

About the Position

This is an exciting and demanding role for an outstanding individual with experience in managing and implementing development programs with a focus on child domestic workers’ rights, safer migration and/or anti-human trafficking programming.

The Program Officer is responsible for setting-up the project, managing awards to local partners, monitoring partners’ work for program quality and impact, conducting site visits, reviewing results of project progress, and convening meetings and events for partners, government officials, and other stakeholders.

The Program Officer will be an employee of the Freedom Fund’s Addis Ababa office and will be provided workspace to successfully carry out the deliverables listed below.


Leadership and Operations Management:

  • Assist in the delivery of the Freedom Fund program strategy in Ethiopia ensuring quality, impact and compliance of the US government funded Program to End Modern Slavery.
  • Represent the Freedom Fund and its work in Ethiopia, working closely with frontline organizations, local officials, and other key stakeholders.
  • Maintain strong relationships with local authorities, relevant ministries, frontline organizations and civil society actors, multilateral organizations and any other relevant key stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the strategic planning for next stages of program development, as needed.

Program Management:

  • Assist in overseeing program quality in country; ensuring quality execution of the Freedom Fund’s program.
  • Support the coordination of program-level research and evaluation and conduct regular program site visits of grant recipients.
  • Oversee the monitoring, evaluation and reporting of partners’ interventions in accordance with project proposals, logical frameworks and policies and requirements.
  • Where needed, work closely with head office staff, Ethiopia office staff, and consultants to ensure implementing partners have sound programming, financial, and control systems in place. This should include strong project design and thoughtful interventions that stand rigorous scrutiny; adequate budgets that are proportionate to goals and targets; detailed implementation plans and sound monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) systems which allow for tracking progress and understanding impact.
  • Identify and manage risks associated with his/her portfolio and escalate as per the Freedom Fund’s systems and policies with support from the Country Representative.
  • Troubleshoot where necessary and monitor partner engagement with technical consultants so that critical timelines are met.
  • Provide systematic and structured partner reviews and monitoring practices that use the grant agreement as a reference point.
  • Review and ensure partners submit accurate impact data and narrative reports that capture results.
  • Highlight problem areas as early as possible and consult the Country Representative as may be needed.
  • Assist in the development and facilitation of a community of practice of implementing partners.
  • Coordinate and organize engagement of implementing partners with relevant policy makers.
  • Contribute to the understanding of Ethiopia’s child domestic worker, safer migration and/or anti-slavery legislative framework, provide information on existing program efforts in country, and advise the Freedom Fund program strategy accordingly.
  • Assist in identifying, vetting, managing relationships, and coordinating work across the program with new and existing partners.

Coordination and Representation:

  • Coordinate various meetings for a diverse range of stakeholders, including grant recipients, government stakeholders, and other service providers.
  • Assist in coordinating logistics and provide support for program site visits with the Freedom Fund’s representatives and other donors.
  • Communicate progress, challenges, and lessons learned related to program deliverables with members of the Freedom Fund team on a regular basis.
  • Cooperate with other members of the Freedom Fund in other countries and headquarters, as needed.
  • Promote healthy team communication.
  • Within the scope of the grant portfolio, and with support from the Country Representative, contribute to maintain visibility and profile of issues related to child domestic workers and safer migration to the Freedom Fund and its partners in Ethiopia. 

Job Requirements

Qualification and Experience:

The Freedom Fund seeks an energetic, thoughtful and committed Program Officer. The successful candidate will have experience working with child domestic workers and/or migrant workers/returnees and/or marginalized communities and a track record of implementing development programs with a strong monitoring and evaluation background.


  • 5-7 years of experience in project management/coordination and community development in Ethiopia.
  • Knowledge and experience of managing child domestic workers, safer migration and/or anti-human trafficking programs. Experience in other key areas such as workers’ rights, economic empowerment and mental health an asset.
  • Experience in engaging with a range of stakeholders and coordinating with government stakeholders.
  • Experience in financial management (forecasting, budget and financial report review)
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation of local partners and programs, including data collection, data management, and financial monitoring.
  • Grant management experience on behalf of international organisations to local civil society organizations.  
  • Fluent in Amharic and English.
  • High proficiency with Microsoft Office tools (especially Word and Excel)


  • Experience of USAID and US Department of state grants.
  • Knowledge of migrant worker experiences and rights.
  • Experience of conducting due diligence assesments, financial reviews and organisational capacity assessments.
  • Knowledge of TVETs and other job training institutions within Ethiopia.

Personal Attributes 


  • To build relationships with a wide range of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to work independently, displaying strong initiative in solving day-to-day problems with limited direction. Team player committed to the Freedom Fund’s values and passionate about human rights issues.
  • Ability
  • Detail oriented, with ability to manage, track and organize data, including numerical data.
  • Willingness and ability to travel, as required.

How to Apply

Due to the volume of inquiries, only candidates offered an interview will be contacted. Regrettably we will not accept phone calls.

Applications should be submitted in English and include a CV, cover letter (maximum one page) and contact details of three referees.

Please send applications by email in PDF format to [email protected] , including ‘Ethiopia Program Officer in the subject line before 9am GMT on Monday  9 th of November 2020.

Please note that only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please. No agencies please.

The Freedom Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position. Applicants must be eligible to work in Ethiopia.

The Freedom Fund is committed to the importance of meaningful survivor inclusion and leadership. As such, particular consideration will be given to applicants with lived experience of trafficking and/or forms of modern slavery. 

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