Program Coordinator in Ethiopia

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Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe

The Bread for the World (BftW) is the aid agency of the Protestant regional and free churches in Germany and a member of the Action by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance. Both international NGOs, Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World) and Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, are part of the aid agency and operate in Ethiopia under this joint registration. While Bread for the World has the mandate of development aid, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe is the humanitarian agency of BftW.

The BftW Regional Office based in Addis Ababa supports emergency/relief, food security, health, and education projects implemented by local faith-based and civil society partners in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan.

The international organization hereby invites qualified applicants to apply for the following positions: Program Coordinator in Ethiopia.

The position is based in the Regional Office of BftW in Addis Ababa. Integrated into the program team of BftW and administratively working under the BftW Head of Programme, the Project Officer reports to and is managed by the Ethiopia desk of the Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe Regional Office Nairobi, Kenya.

The duty station of the position is Addis Ababa, with frequent travels to project areas in Ethiopia, including but not limited to Afar, Tigray, and Somali (at least once a month).

The position’s primary responsibility is to support partners of Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe in Ethiopia under the guidance of the T3B Multi-Country Representative. The Programme Coordinator will provide field-level coordination and technical support to the Local Implementing Partners to ensure effective and efficient implementation, monitoring, and reporting of all program interventions while ensuring compliance with donor regulations and Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe policies.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Programs Coordination, Implementation, and Technical Guidance

  • Responsible for designing humanitarian and (triple) nexus projects in close collaboration with DKH partner organizations in Ethiopia and the Humanitarian Officer based in Addis Ababa
  • Provide support and substantive inputs in project planning, proposal, budget and log frame development, project appraisal, and monitor project progress against approved programmatic and budgetary targets of projects being implemented by Partner organizations, including quality of projects based on reports and field visits.
  • Overseeing, monitoring, and supporting the implementation of all project activities in Ethiopia, ensuring quality assurance, and initiating project and programme-related evaluations.
  • Responsible for tracking project-related approvals, timely submission of cash flow forecast and submission of cash request reports, and ensuring timely preparation of reports, quality review, and providing feedback on each narrative and financial report to partners and submission of reports to HQ.
  • Responsible for timely identification of problems in project implementation and supporting partners in finding solutions, if needed, through inter-team coordination with little supervision and guidance and seeking advice and support from the DKH technical unit.
  • Maintaining a calendar of activities, such as the annual programs plan for Ethiopia, in line with the DKH global strategy and consulting with partner organizations and the Regional Director (with medium supervision).
  • Represent and advocate for Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe in external coordination meetings, such as cluster meetings related to Ethiopia, and coordinate interventions with other humanitarian actors.
  • Support the Multi-Country Representative in fundraising and donor relations.
  • Maintain partner relations and collaboration with the different PADD offices.
  • Contribute to collecting, documenting, and sharing lessons learned that highlight program adaptations.


  • Facilitate the maintenance of the regional office program filing system for project-related documentation.
  • Evaluate the performance of the team members and provide guidance and support as needed; proactively address performance issues by providing timely and constructive feedback.

Minimum Qualifications and Competencies

  • Bachelor’s degree level of education in a relevant field with at least 7 years’ experience in managing humanitarian projects.
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity, flexible worldview, and ability to work with a wide range of people from different backgrounds.
  • Effective Communication and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent knowledge in preparing major international donor proposals and reports.
  • Excellent program formulation, monitoring, and evaluation skills.
  • Possess strong analytical and conceptual skills.
  • Experience in working in a post-conflict area is desired.


Fluency in English and Amharic is required.

How to apply

Qualified applicants are invited to submit their CVs, including three professional referees and a cover letter in PDF, by May 14, 2024, to Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe Regional Office Nairobi at [email protected].

Bread for the World (BftW) is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted; if you don’t hear from us one month from the closing date, consider yourself unsuccessful.

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