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Chief of Party for our Maternal and Child Nutrition Project in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

  • Organization: CARE - Canada
  • Location: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nutrition
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Social Affairs
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Closing Date: 2016-06-24

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CARE Canada is currently seeking a Chief of Party for our Maternal and Child Nutrition Project in Ethiopia.

The Chief of Party (COP), located in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, provides overall leadership and direction of the Maternal and Child Nutrition Project funded through Global Affairs Canada (formerly DFATD) as part of Canada’s commitment to maternal, newborn and child health. The Project seeks to reduce stunting and wasting in children under five and malnutrition in women of reproductive age. The incumbent leads and manages the Project through a combination of technical assistance, local capacity building, nutrition and livelihood interventions both for CARE’s operational areas, and in alignment with Government of Ethiopia policies and structures. This includes personnel and financial management, administrative oversight, program quality assurance, management of the technical unit based in Addis, and management of field teams in East Haraghe, West Haraghe and Afar. The COP also ensures close coordination and collaborative relations with project partners and other stakeholders involved in maternal, newborn and child health, livelihoods and nutrition programs including the National Nutrition Program, Food Security Coordination Bureau, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and other donors implementing related programs. S/he ensures CARE’s contribution to dissemination of program learning and achievements, and documentation of promising practices in programming within Ethiopia to assist evidence based decision on nutrition policy and programming. The position is required to provide the vision and strategic leadership necessary to promote sustainable program design and implementation modality as well as effective management of the overall program.

Responsibilities and Tasks:

Job Responsibility #1: Staff supervision and talent management – 25%

  • • Provide ongoing supervision, leadership, support, guidance and mentorship directly to Project staff in the technical unit in Addis Ababa and indirectly to field based staff in CARE’s operational areas in East and West Hararghe and Afar.
  • • Oversee performance management of Addis based project staffs and project managers at the three field offices.
  • • Ensure consultative and coordination approach, through matrix management, with field office teams.
  • • Ensure that all program staff have appropriate individual operational plans linked to program priorities and the Country Office’s Strategic Plan.
  • • Develop and implement national staff development plans in line with CARE and the project objectives so that national staff are increasingly taking decisions, and are implementing programs effectively and efficiently.
  • • Promote and model a working style aligned with the organization’s core values that encourages optimal performance of Project staff.
  • • Complete all performance management activities including: performance planning, monitoring, and annual performance appraisals.
  • • Provide ongoing feedback to program staff, recognizing and praising successes and pointing out failures that needing corrective measures.

Job Responsibility #2: Strategic management and leadership – 30%

  • Lead planning and implementation of the program, overseeing all aspects (programmatic, financial, administrative, personnel).
  • Ensure that all program interventions are of a high quality and lead to measurable impact. This includes, but is not limited to, overseeing the annual work plans preparation, identifying external technical support needs, ensuring that appropriate management practices are being used in project implementation and the monitoring and evaluation systems are being used to provide timely management information.
  • Ensure that all program resources are being used efficiently, effectively and transparently towards meeting program objectives.
  • Organize regular internal CARE program coordination meetings with project staff to follow-up on program progress, recommend as required corrective measures to address problem areas.
  • Manage the relationship with DFATD and the GFDRE related to the Project to ensure that program implementation proceeds to the satisfaction of all interests.
  • Lead the public relations aspects of the Project, including program launching, press releases, documentation of success stories and dissemination of results.
  • In collaboration with finance staff, prepare annual budgets based on donor approved project contracts and ensure compliance with donor requirements.
  • Ensure appropriate utilization of fund codes for charging budget expenditures.
  • Monitor monthly budget burn rates and make adjustments when needed.

Responsibility #3: Networking, Learning and Representation – 15%

  • Establish and maintain formal and informal communication mechanisms with government, community partners and other stakeholders.
  • Participate in government coordination meetings held at Zonal and national levels to discuss program related issues.
  • Keep up to date with developments of external programming of other agencies including best practices in-country and internationally, and ensure CARE staff are applying these consistently in its Nutrition programs.
  • Lead in documenting and coordinating information dissemination activities that share project achievements and results with the aim of influencing decision and policy-makers with regards to nutritional security among the project impact groups.
  • Prepare and deliver formal presentations to stakeholders about program progress, challenges, lessons learned and needed adjustments.
  • Responsible for liaison on a regular basis with the assigned projects’ DFATD Officer in country and other relevant donor staff to keep them abreast of the progress on both projects’ implementation activities.
  • Coordinate in-country joint partnership meetings and activities for the Muskoka program.

Job Responsibility #4: Oversee program monitoring, evaluation and reporting – 20%

  • Participate in the design and implementation of program policies and procedures as well as monitoring and evaluation systems to ensure that the projects will meet their objectives and expected results.
  • Ensure these are consistent with CARE and donor policies and procedures.Ensure that all projects under his/her supervision include an appropriate log-frame and/or results framework and M&E plan.
  • Oversee effective implementation of a monitoring system to collect baseline and periodic data for tracking program performance and decision making.
  • Plan and conduct quarterly and annual project and program review meetings to assess progress, adjust plans, and draw/disseminate lessons learned.Participate in field-based project steering committee meetings.
  • Plan and conduct program mid-term and final evaluations.Responds and acts upon internal audit recommendations.
  • Write monthly/quarterly/annual comprehensive and high quality project progress reports, and ensure timely submission and approval of financial and narrative reports to the donor.

Responsibility #5: Perform other duties including assuring application of GED strategy – 10%

  • Ensure that gender equality and diversity values are upheld in the recruitment, orientation, performance and management of staff.
  • Ensure that proposals and reports make explicit reference to approaches used to address unequal gender relations.
  • Approve funding for a full slate of gender activities organizationally and programmatically.
  • Reinforce different interventions to build a better gender balance in staffing.
  • Enforce the sexual harassment policy and the gender and diversity policy and create a safe space or environment for reporting any sexual harassment issues or cases.
  • Maintain strategic partnership with NGOs and GOs that directly or indirectly work on gender equality and women empowerment issues.



  • At least ten 10 years of experience of which 4 must have been in a management position
  • Demonstrated project management experience with projects of similar size (20M CAD) and complexity
  • Effective management of DFATD reporting, budgeting, procurement, and project management procedures.
  • Excellent facilitation and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to meet multiple deadlines under pressure.
  • Demonstrated skills in leadership; ability to inspire and empower others
  • Demonstrated technical and managerial ability, sound judgment, ability to interact and work effectively with others at all levels;
  • Firm belief in and proven skills in effective team management and leadership.
  • Solid experience in staff supervision and development.
  • Ability to collaborate with people and organizations of diverse backgrounds.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Proficiency in standard office software packages.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Firm belief in, and demonstrated commitment to, gender equality, sensitivity to HIV/AIDS, transparent and participatory management.


  • Previous DFATD experience;
  • Five (5) years in nutrition program management

Key competencies

  • Respect - Behaving in a manner that reflects a true belief in and appreciation for the dignity and potential of all human beings. Gaining other people’s confidence and setting an environment of trust and openness.
  • Integrity - Maintaining social, ethical, and organizational norms; firmly adhering to codes of conduct and ethical principles inherent to CARE.
  • Diversity - Promoting, valuing, respecting and fully benefiting from each individual’s unique qualities, background, race, culture, age, gender, disability, values, lifestyle, perspectives or interests; creating and maintaining a work environment that promotes diversity.
  • Innovation
  • Initiating Action: Able to initiate and follow through on actions.
  • Building Partnerships: Able to build partnerships and positive working relationships with diverse groups internal and external to CARE.
  • Effectively negotiate between and amongst various stakeholders.Developing and nurturing teams, and a team player.Strategic decision-making.
  • Leading through vision and values.
  • Coaching

Education and training

  • Master’s degree in appropriate technical field (e.g. health, nutrition, rural development or relevant social science) or Bachelor’s degree with extensive and pertinent professional experience.


  • Project Management Certification (PMP, Prince)

Financial accountability

Dollar amount of budget managed $20M CAD

Dollar amount of signing authority for this position $8,000


Number of National staff managed 10


Location: Addis Ababa

Expected percentage of time traveling (e.g in country and/or international – specify): 20%

Contract Length: 3 years

Posting status: Limited Family Accompaniment Permitted

Start Date: Spring 2016

About CARE

Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. In over 80 countries, CARE works with the poorest communities to improve basic health and education, enhance rural livelihoods and food security, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity, help vulnerable people adapt to climate change and provide lifesaving assistance during emergencies. CARE places special focus on working alongside women and girls, living in poverty, because, equipped with the proper resources, women and girls have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. To learn more, visit

If you are someone who thrives on challenge, loves to be part of a dynamic team and you are passionate about making a difference, then this opportunity is for you. Please apply directly before May 13, 2016.

CARE Canada is committed to employment equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified applicants. Recruitment-related accommodations for persons with disabilities are available on request.

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