Jobs – British Embassy in Addis Ababa Requires Somaliland Project Officer


POSITION : Somaliland Project Officer
SECTION : Projects Team
POSITION TYPE : Fixed Term contract until 31 March 2017
SALARY : ETB 17,325.00 per Month (Gross) + Special Allowance ETB 32,375.00

The British Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is looking for two proactive and dynamic Project Officers to work on its portfolio of projects in Somaliland. These roles are based in Addis Ababa, but will require regular travel to Somaliland.
These positions present an exciting opportunity to deliver on a UK foreign policy priority, and would suit anyone with an interest in security/conflict issues who wishes to further develop strong project management skills in a fast-moving political environment.  Our projects for 2016-17 are currently under development and are expected to focus on political stability, media and counter terrorism. A decision on the division of responsibility between the two positions will be made in consultation with the successful candidates.
These positions are offered on a renewable contract basis until 31 March 2017, with potential for further contract extension at that point.

Main purpose of job

To oversee projects using programme and project management (PPM) skills to design proposals, manage implementation, monitor project expenditure, and deliver VFM within an overall Programme. Particular emphasis is on delivery via contract management skills and through developing and maintaining mechanisms to monitor risk, results and spending.

The main duties will include
 Design project proposals informed by appropriate consultation, ensuring accurate budgeting, value for money, risk management (including through the Overseas Security and Justice Assessment [OSJA] process), and monitoring and evaluation strategies are in place, and bidding deadlines are met.
 Monitor overall project expenditure, overseeing financial reporting and ensuring value for money
 Oversee implementation of projects, monitoring through visits and regular contact with implementing agencies and intervening as necessary to ensure the projects deliver the results expected.
 Provide logistical support to project delivery through assisting with visits and workshops etc as appropriate.
 Review the programme at regular intervals and respond flexibly to changes in priorities or operating environment, taking advantage of new opportunities for engagement.
 Provide regular progress and expenditure reports to London or Nairobi as appropriate; and
 Offer policy/programme support to the Second Secretary Security/political team as and when required.
 Play a full role in the wider programme team which operates across Ethiopia, Djibouti, South Sudan and Somaliland. This may involve helping to cover periods of annual leave, or developing a role as the team’s champion in a particular area (such as gender issues, or countering fraud).

Required Skills:
• BA Degree or above from an internationally accredited university;
• Project management experience (ideally working for international agencies, governments and/or NGOs);
• Fluent English (spoken and written);
• A flexible and proactive approach;  willingness to work in support of different areas of Embassy objectives as needed;
• A business management qualification, and/or project management qualification such as PRINCE 2, would be advantageous;
• Excellent IT skills (advanced skills in Excel would also be desirable)
Given the nature of this role, employment will be subject to obtaining the appropriate security clearance.  Please note that nationals of UK, EU countries, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand are more likely to meet this requirement.

Working Hours & Benefits:

• Normal working hours are 08:00 – 16:45 Monday to Thursday and 8:00 – 13:00 on Fridays.  The successful applicant will occasionally have to work extended hours.

• The successful applicant will receive medical benefits and 22 days annual leave (after the probation period).

Key Competences:
Collaborating and Partnering
Delivering at Pace
Delivering Value for Money
Making Effective Decisions
Language requirements:

Spoken English Language both verbal and written

Level of language required:  Very Good

 All applicants must be legally able to work in Ethiopia with the correct visa/status or work permit.
 The British Embassy in Addis Ababa is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference.
 Employees recruited locally by the British Embassy in Addis Ababa are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Ethiopia.
 Employees who are not eligible to pay local income tax: e.g. certain third-country nationals and spouses/partners of diplomats will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount.
 Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted.
 If you have not heard from us 3 weeks after the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.  Any questions you may have about this position will only be answered during interview, should you be invited.

To Apply

Please read these notes carefully to ensure that your application is received and processed.

All applicants should submit:
• A covering letter of no more than 300 words stating why they are a suitable candidate for the position in line with the competencies outlined above. Please find further information on Civil Service competencies here:; and
• A copy of their CV in English.
by email to:

All candidates should use the following subject line for their email: 05/16 ADD Somaliland Projects Officer.
Please submit only the requested documents.  Please also ensure that your email including attachments is no larger than 2 megabytes, otherwise it may be rejected by your email system or the systems through which it will pass en route to us.

Internal candidates and spouses of diplomatic officers: Please quote in the subject line of your email, the Vacancy Notice No: 05/16 ADD Somaliland Projects Officer: and also indicate that you are an internal candidate or the spouse of a diplomatic officer.

Applications will only be accepted by email.
The closing date is 26 February 2016 and no further applications will be accepted after this date.