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Vacancy Announcement: Programme Officer - Governance

Irish Aid is the Government of Ireland’s official programme of development assistance. Ireland’s bilateral programme in Ethiopia is managed by the Irish Aid team at the Embassy of Ireland. The overall goal of our programme is to promote pro-poor growth and poverty reduction through building resilience to social, economic or environmental stresses and shocks. Tackling hunger and under-nutrition, improving maternal health, strengthening civil society, facilitation of legal aid services and addressing violence against women and girls, supporting livelihoods to respond to the challenge of climate change and working with the most vulnerable through social protection programmes is how we make a positive contribution to household resilience.

Through its partners, the Governance team within Irish Aid provides financial and capacity development support to the civil society sector, to encourage a full and positive contribution to national development, including through improved governance and accountability in the delivery of basic services.  Irish Aid is itself an active participant of key donor and multi-stakeholder fora advancing civil society and governance issues.

The Governance team also works with other colleagues in the Embassy in order to mainstream of good governance as a cross-cutting issue, both within the specific governance investments, as well as across the Irish Aid programme.

Programme Officer

Irish Aid is recruiting a Governance Programme Officer to support the work of the Governance team.

Areas of responsibility of Irish Aid Programme Officers include ensuring that all funding partnerships are managed in line with best practice for Project Cycle Management and Irish Aid’s commitment to management for results, the provision of technical support to partners, and coordination and representational duties as and when required. 

The Programme Officer will report to the Irish Aid Senior Governance Programme Manager.  The Programme Officer will be based in the Embassy of Ireland in Addis Ababa, but will be expected to participate in regular field monitoring of all governance sector programmes.


  • A university degree in a relevant area
  • Proven experience of working to a high standard in project cycle management
    • Proven experience in governance related programme management
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, judgment and tact, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
    • A willingness to travel as and when required, including to remote areas
    • Fluent English and Amharic, written and oral
    • Public speaking and presentation skills
    • Computer literacy on outlook and excel

Application Process

Governance Programme Officer Job Description

Governance Programme Officer Application Form

A written exam may be administered to test writing skills.

Closing Date

Completed applications should be submitted only by email by close of business Monday 21st March 2016. (Please see the advert on local newspapers for the email address)

Only applications using the Application Form provided will be appraised.  A cover letter is also mandatory explaining your interest and aptitude for this position. CVs will not be considered.

The Embassy of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.