Project Manager

at Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR)
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted June 15, 2021
Category Legal
Social Sciences
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) is looking for qualified candidates to fill the following position.

LOCATION: DIHR project office, Addis Ababa

REPORT TO: Responsible Project Manager in Copenhagen

DURATION: One-year contract, renewable dependent on performance. Starting 1 September 2021 or as soon as possible

SALARY RANGE: To be negotiated and guided by the qualification of the candidate and instructed by levels in similar positions in like-minded non- Ethiopian organisations

Purpose of the job:

The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) is engaged in a partnership with Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in the project ‘Empowering Ethiopian Human Rights Commission 2020- 2024.’ The project is supported by several donors in a basket fund structure. A project team consisting of the responsible project manager, a project economist/finance officer and a project officer operate from DIHR Copenhagen. To complement, a project team is set up in Addis Ababa consisting of a project advisor, a project manager and a project economist/finance officer. The Project Manager will act as a link between DIHR Copenhagen, DIHR’s project office in Addis Ababa and the partner, EHRC, on project management matters. This includes project management matters with a particular focus on detailed planning, preparations, implementation and follow up in the project as well as activity follow up on progress, monitoring and reporting. A second main area of responsibility is facilitation of the project structures.

The position is subject to confirmation of the expected grant.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Cooperate and coordinate especially with the responsible PM in Copenhagen on tasks described below and ad hoc tasks when needed.
  • Prepare meetings in the two top project structure levels, including preparing meeting documents and agendas, organising the meetings, minute taking, etc., as well as being instrumental in systematic follow up.
  • Prepare, circulate invitations and follow up on the monthly PM team meetings.
  • In cooperation with the partner and project advisor, develop draft annual action plans in the project and circulate to relevant colleagues for feedback.
  • Compile and finalise the external interim project activity reporting and the annual reporting on the result framework, involving collection of data on indicators.
  • Develop internal monthly DIHR reports on the project progress, including the human rights and the security situation and other relevant developments in the country.
  • Ensure that tasks are carried out by the project office in Addis Ababa according to plans and make adjustments in the electronic platform when relevant.
  • Prepare first drafts of contracts when new donors commit funds to the project and when
  • DIHR’s partner contracting needs adjustments, renewal, etc.
  • Collaborate with the partner and project economists in cases of local/international contracting of larger assignments.
  • Provide assistance to the responsible PM in Copenhagen on employment contracting of local project staff.
  • Engage with partner’s PM team and assist the partner in delivering the required project outputs such as budget, action plan and reporting.
  • Provide capacity development and advising to the partner in creating a professional PM systems and procedures meeting the international standards.
  • Ensure coordination and cooperation with the regional hub and contribute to regional initiatives when necessary in consultation with the PM in Copenhagen and the Regional hub representative.

Job Requirements

Qualifications and Experience:

  • BA/MA Degree in Human Rights, Political Science, or related fields.
  • 5-10 years of experience in the field of human rights for BA and 5 years of experience in the field of human rights for MA.
  • Strong organisation and project management skills is essential.
  • Proficient computer skills.
  • Fluency in English and Amharic (spoken and written).
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills, including an ability to work in politically sensitive contexts


Applying Instructions

Interested candidates should write a covering letter, explaining why they are interested in this position, why they are the right person for the job, and include a recent CV, which should be sent to:

Please submit your application no later than 12h00 CET on 1 August 2021

Starting date: preferable 1st September 2021 or as soon as possible.

The Institute strives to achieve diversity in its staff composition and therefore invites all qualified candidates to apply for the position.

For more information about the position, contact Lis Dhundale on phone +45 91325696 or by mail or Amalie Kristensen on by mail

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