Head of Programme

Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted May 10, 2022
Category NGO
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB



  • COOPI started its operations in Ethiopia in 1995. In 2021, COOPI is implementing 18 projects in the sectors of WASH, Food Security, Emergency Response and Energy in the 3 regions of Oromia, Afar and Somali. In particular:
  • Promote access to safe water and efficient irrigation; we improve hygiene and sanitation for rural populations working in communities, schools and health centers.
  • Is responding to emergencies including forced displacements, floods and recently desert locusts.
  • Promotes agriculture, livestock and sustainable employment. We sustain the coffee value chain and increase long lasting youths employment.
  • Since 2017, COOPI is working in the energy sector promoting the use of efficient cooking stoves, solar and renewable energies.
    Purpose of the role
    The Head of Programme (HoP):
  • Is the focal point for COOPI programs in Ethiopia;
  • Will be leading the program support team (MEAL Supervisor and Program Coordinator).
    Project Development
  • Lead the definition and implementation of the country program strategy, with the support of the HoM and Program Advisors;
  • Lead the development of new project proposals (current donors include ECHO, EU, AICS, OCHA-EHF and various UN Agencies);
  • Review priorities and evidence from ongoing and closed grants;
  • Use M&E data, innovations and evidence collected from on-going and past projects, for preparing new project ideas and concepts;
  • Collaborate with support offices on logistics and administration requirements.
  • Approve M&E plans for projects in alignment to planning documents and to Logical Frameworks;
  • Provide quality assurance of M&E reports (e.g. KAP surveys, Monitoring Reports, PDM.);
  • Use M&E data, innovation and evidence collected in the on-going and past projects for engaging new donors and partners;
  • Carry out field monitoring missions in the areas of interventions
    External coordination
  • Meet regularly with donors and partners, consolidating the position of COOPI in the country;
  • Engage new potential donors and partners, working closely with the HoM and program advisors;
  • Manage donors visits, liaising with the HoM and PMs;
  • Represents COOPI in relevant fora.
    Project Reporting
  • Ensure a final review of all project narrative reports (interim, quarterly and final) and their submission in line with submission deadline;
  • Ensure that sources of verification of accomplished activities are meet quality standards and are available.
    Project Planning
  • Support review and approve the M&E plans for all projects, according to log frames and indicators;
  • Support and participate the internal project grant opening meetings;
  • Support the program advisors and PMs to approve project activities workplan.
  • University master’s degree in relevant subject;
  • A minimum of 5 years of work experience in project formulation, implementation and coordination with an International NGOs;
  • Experience in working with different donors (ECHO, EU, USAID, AICS, UN agencies);
  • Good knowledge of humanitarian standard and background;
  • Excellent report and proposal writing skills in English;
  • Advanced IT skills.
    Soft skills
  • Proactive aptitude in terms of planning and coordination with different bodies, institutions and reference points;
  • Target oriented and problem-solving aptitude;
  • Strong managerial skills;
  • Good leadership skills, aimed at managing and motivating a team;
  • Positive ability to bear stressful and complicated situations;
  • Diplomacy and confidentiality.
  • Knowledge of GIS;
  • Knowledge of Italian;
  • Previous experience in the Region;
  • Previous experience in livelihood sector.


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