Project Manager (Woldia & Metema)

at Save The Children
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted January 2, 2020
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


Project Background   

As a dual mandated organization, Save the Children (SC) is currently implementing programs/projects both in development and humanitarian contexts in all parts of the country. Migration Livelihood and Child Protection are among the key thematic areas where SCI is actively engaged to improve the well-being of children, family and community in Ethiopia.

Overall Purpose of the Role:

The Project Manager will be the highest-ranking person who is 100% dedicated to the program, and therefore will be responsible for overall project management and implementation of the Ethiopia Migration Program in the respective location. The Project Manager will supervise a multidisciplinary team and ensure that all activities are comprehensively planned, implemented and adapted based on learning.  The Project Manager will also be responsible in submitting quality reports, reviewing and revising project documents, fulfilling area-level compliance and coordinating with all partners and stakeholders engaged in the program.

The Project Manager will report to the Senior Program Manager (Operations) and work closely with the Sr. Technical Program Manager and the entire technical team.


Reports to: Senior Program Manager (Operations)

Number of direct reports: Tbc

Budget responsibilities: Yes


Program implementation:

  • Oversee implementation of the project according to contract objectives, ensuring the program meets or exceeds agreed targets, annual plans and budgeting processes for the program with full accountability to Save the Children, project partners and to the donor.
  • Develop area specific program strategies for successful implementation of program objectives.
  • Identify and effectively manage due diligence and all associated key risks related to the program in the implementation area.
  • Ensure that technical, financial, and operational activities, including reporting are carried out according to agreed milestones, donors’ and Save the Children’s policies and procedures.
  • Identify and effectively manage all key risks in the Area related to the project, including compliance with DFID, UK’s International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and due diligence requirements.

Reporting and MEAL

  • Contribute to the development and documentation of best practices and their dissemination to a variety of internal and external audiences.
  • Coordinate with MEAL officers the data input and co-responsible for report writing for all narrative and program data reporting requirements.

Program and Technical Oversight:

  • Provide technical oversight of all programming in the Area, ensuring achievement according to targets, on time, within budget, consistent with high impact quality programming and in compliance with core protection principles and best practices, and donor regulations.
  • Actively engage in incorporating learning for programmatic adaptation.
  • Coordinate technical inputs from the consortium’s Technical Lead and Advisers with implementer in the field to maintain a high level of program quality.

Support Services:

  • Coordinate with the Senior Program Operations Manager and relevant support services functions to support financial and operational management of the program according to donors’ and Save the children’s standards for compliance.
  • Support the establishment of efficient and effective systems and procedures to monitor Payment by Results requirements and demonstration of Value for Money.
  • Assume full responsibility over the program team, with direct line management over Managers as indicated above. Manage all team members and support respectful and positive working relationships for quality program implementation.

Job Requirements

In order to be successful you will bring/have:

Experience and Technical Competencies:

  • Bachelor/ advanced university degree in a related field, such as development studies international relations, migration, human rights, law, or social sciences.
  • A minimum of 6 years’ experience working in international humanitarian and/or development aid, preferably with refugees and returnees, and with at least 3 years in supervisory role
  • Technical expertise and experience in migration, protection and/or livelihoods programming
  • Robust analytical and strategic planning skills.
  • Demonstrable track record of meeting or exceeding program targets, whilst maintaining program quality.
  • Highly diplomatic with excellent political awareness and understanding
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and experience in managing diverse teams
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, partners, local organizations, and other stakeholders
  • Ability to take personal responsibility for completing tasks to a high standard and to meet deadlines.
  • Willingness to work flexibly and professionally in a dynamic and fast-moving environment.

SKILLS AND BEHAVIORS (our Values in Practice)


  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values.
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same.
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency

 We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector.

This role is offered on the basis of national terms and conditions only.

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector.  This role is offered on the basis of national terms and conditions only.


Applying Instructions

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at


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