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Programme Officer

at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Location Tigray, Ethiopia
Date Posted July 2, 2019
Category Development and Project Management
Job Type Full-time


Programme Officer (Tigray region)

Internal/External Vacancy Announcement #119/2019

GIZ- Qualifications and Employment Opportunities for Refugees and Host Communities in Ethiopia Program (QEP)





The program on Qualifications and Employment Perspectives for Refugees and Host Communities in Ethiopia (QEP) has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in December 2017. The program is part of the German Special Initiative on Displacement and seeks to provide better vocational training and employment perspectives for refugees and host communities in Ethiopia. The program leverages the potentials of TVET for integration. Implementation will take place in Addis Ababa, Somali Region, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella and Tigray.


QEP works on three output levels and seeks to (1) increase the quality of technical and vocational training (TVET), (2) broaden the opportunities of TVET available to the target groups and (3) foster entrepreneurship and exchange formats for employment. QEP works together with the public TVET system and tries to the extent the standards of the Ethiopian TVET system to TVET opportunities available for refugees and host communities.


A rather new implementation area for the program is Tigray region, with a special focus on the area around the Shire. The program officer will play a major role in preparing the program implementation in different areas of Tigray region, develop activities further, build a reliable cooperation network and keep close relations as well as coordination among various stakeholders and implementing bodies.


The program officer will be based in Shire, steers and ensures the satisfactory and timely implementation of activities in Tigray. The program officer works with the program coordinator in Addis Ababa regarding the conduct of activities in Tigray region and will also cooperate with further program officers and advisors in Addis Ababa office. The program officer functions as the focal point of QEP in Tigray and ensure excellent cooperation and coordination with relevant private, government and non-government stakeholders.


Position:                                 Programme Officer

Place of Work:                      Tigray Region

Application deadline:           July 10, 2019

Required Candidate:             One


Duties and Responsibilities

  •  TVET Bureau, at the TVET College Shire, further TVET Colleges and other relevant (government) offices (eg. Urban Job Creation Agency) to ensure successful program implementation
  • Communicates clearly the objectives of the program among regional stakeholders, raises their awareness and commitment to the program and shared objectives
  • Develops approaches and procedures to “put activities on the ground” (operationalization of concepts and activities into concrete action on the ground)
  • Drafts ToR and further preparation documents to prepare and organize cooperation with government partners, consultants, and other third-party service providers
  • Cooperates regularly communicates and updates program coordinator on the progress of activity implementation in the region
  • Initiates, steers, and monitors the implementation of activities in cooperation with partners and stakeholders
  •  Facilitates and supports consultants and other service providers to fulfill their respective assignment
  • Contributes to the documentation of successful approaches to further document and develop generally applicable approaches of delivering TVET to displaced communities in remote contexts
  • Collects relevant data from TVET Bureau, TVET Colleges, and further partners and stakeholders and provides them in appropriate form (word, excel) to QEP office Addis Ababa
  • Explores and develops cooperation concepts with local and regional industries as well as Chambers of Commerce and other relevant actors of organized industry / private sector
  • Supports government and non-government stakeholders in fulfilling their role within the overall cooperation system of the program (including facilitation and implementation support of financing agreements and other modes of cooperation)
  • Addis Ababa and connects respective PR staff with the “faces behind the story”
  • Organizes regional conferences/events and facilitates national and international visits in the region
  • Takes on a variety of further tasks in a flexible manner upon request of the program coordinator

Job Requirements


  •  College or University Degree in Social Sciences (eg. educational science, political science, public management/policy, economics, business science, or related fields)
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant occupational experience.
  • Experience in organizing and steering complex processes that involve a variety of stakeholders and require a high degree of coordination
  • Excellent knowledge and network of the regional government, non-government and private (especially business) stakeholders related to vocational training, employment creation and refugees
  • Ideally experience of working in and/or with (private) businesses and industries
  • Theoretical and/or practical experience related to the Ethiopian TVET system
  • Experiences in designing and conducting job creation measures
  • Experience in cooperating with or working in Ethiopian government offices, agencies, NGOs and ideally international organizations
  • Ideally, experience in working within the field of refugee assistance and/or migration
  • Very good language skills in English (writing, speaking, listening)
  • Very good language skills in Tigrinya and Amharic (writing, speaking, listening)
  • Very good skills in using Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and Outlook)
  •  Very good communication skills and ability to work in an intercultural team
  • Flexibility and preparedness to perform a changing array of duties according to the needs of the program
  • Preparedness to work with a high amount of time and output pressure


How to Apply

Application procedure:

Interested and qualified candidates shall submit their motivation letter along with their son- returnable recent CV via Ethiojobs or Email[email protected]


Note: -

Please make sure you mention the vacancy number and position title ‘Programme Officer #119/2019 in the subject line of your email application. Due to a large number of applications, we categorize applications with the vacancy numbers. Applications without vacancy numbers in subject lines might not be categorized in the appropriate folder and could be disqualified.


Only short-listed candidates will be contacted


Applications from qualified women are encouraged.