Project Officer – Governance & Institutional Development (SEGORP)

at HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
Location Debark, Amhara, Ethiopia
Date Posted February 22, 2021
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


Job Description: Project Officer – Governance & Institutional Development (SEGORP)


HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Ethiopia is a registered charity operating in the working areas of Rural Infrastructure, Natural Resources Management, Support to Civil Society Organizations and Local Government, Skill Development and Education, and Emergency Responses. See also

HELVETAS Ethiopia is presently looking for motivated and competent professionals for the Governance & Institutional Development – Project Officer position for a project entitled “Semien Gondor Resilience Project (SEGORP)” in Amhara Regional State-Debark.


HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation (HELVETAS), Concern Worldwide (CWW) and local government of the North Gondor Zone, have formed a strategic partnership bringing together complementary competencies to address the complex nature of poverty in the zone. The overall aim of the project is to strengthen household and community resilience to climate change. This will be achieved through system level change across the following 4 main outcomes: Improved management of natural resources;  Improved household income and market access within and across livelihood zones; Strengthened systems for an improved human condition; & Strengthened institutions for improved governance and accountability.

Major Duties and responsibilities:

The Project Officer Governance & Institutional Development (PO-G&ID) will bring thematic competence in government accountability and responsiveness, civil society development, and GO-CSO engagement activities and will provide technical support for the successful implementation of the SEGORP project in order to achieve the project goals, objectives, outcomes and outputs, thereby adhering to the principles, working approaches, and strategies of HELVETAS. The PO-G&ID will work with project partners, stakeholders and beneficiaries, who are critical for the success of the project. S/he will report to the Project Manager (PM) of SEGORP.

At the institutional level of HELVETAS, the National Personnel Regulations 2018, the Administrative and Finance manuals, the Gender and Social Equity Strategy and Policy, the Code of Conduct as well as further organizational policies and procedures constitute fundamental documents, defining the relationship between employer and employee, and are binding in nature.

·         Main Tasks

·         The PO-G&ID is required to handle the following main tasks; however, tasks can be revised and further specific tasks added, based on the project’s needs and the staff’s profile and performance.

    • Technical Role
      • Assess the capacity of woreda structures,
      • Support the implementation of woreda capacity development plans,
      • Facilitate the introduction of the woreda block grant mechanism,
      • Support adaptation and replication of the block grant mechanism,
      • Facilitate the development of Community Based Organisations in the woredas,
      • Oversee the planning and use of CBO development grants.
    • Capacity Building Role
      • Provide technical support and coaching for woreda technical staff on grant management
      • Organize and facilitate leadership training and workshops for relevant target groups, community committees and other community members,
      • Support the growth of associations, apex bodies and others in the zone,
    • Networking and Collaboration
      • Support the creation and coaching of woreda consultation platforms
      • Support the creation and functioning of a zonal coordination forum,
      • Contribute to the expertise and approaches of HELVETAS in the area of governance and institutional development,
    • Carry out other duties as requested by the project manager.


·         Gender Equity and Diversity

  • Design, promote, and/or implements training curricula and capacity building activities that take into account the needs of female youth in terms of training topics, methodologies, timing, location, and other aspects
  • Ensure that gender transformative approach considered—and particularly young women’s and girls access to information, services, finance, and markets, as well as other aspects of women’s empowerment—are incorporated into all youth assessments and activities
  • Promote gender equality within teams, communities and households
  • Ensure that reports make explicit reference to approaches used to address unequal gender relations 

Job Requirements

Job Requirements


  • Master Degree in social economic, social studies, development studies or related discipline.
  • Seven years in similar or related assignments in terms of design and execution of capacity building projects/programs;
  • Experience coaching and mentoring  and Proved facilitation and communication skills
  • Relevant experience working within a partnership agreement and/or a network including regional institutions.
  • Experience in facilitating capacity development programs, training facilitation, familiarity with stimulation/awareness methods, community development works is desirable.
  • Track record in capacity building of local government bodies and community based institutions, knowledge management; and networking; excellent communication, social, interpersonal and team building; very good IT skills (MS office); fluent in English (written and oral) and Amharic; ability to forge and nurture partnerships with the stakeholders; high degree of initiative, integrity and accountability

Terms and conditions for the positions:

  • Contract duration: from March  2021 to February  2023 (renewable)
  • Duty Station: Debark with frequent travel to project areas
  • Salary & Benefits: As per the salary scale of the position and benefit packages for national staff (NPR 2018)

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.


Applying Instructions

Interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by sending their application & updated CV through before/on 28th of February 2021.

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Ethiopia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable law.

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