STARTING DATE: May 2021, or as soon as possible
CONTRACT PERIOD: up to March 2023
LOCATION: Coordination Office for Development Cooperation, Austrian Embassy, Addis Ababa, including travel within the IGAD region
The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) is the operational unit of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) and is responsible for implementing all bilateral programmes and projects in ADC’s partner countries on behalf of the Austrian government.
ADA has been delegated to manage the funding allocated by the European Union for the support of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) under the EU Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), Horn of Africa window, for a project titled “IGAD Promoting Peace and Stability in the Horn of Africa Region (IPPSHAR)”.
The overall objective of this project is to support IGAD and its Member States in the implementation of the Regional Peace and Security Strategy 2016-2020 and its successor, which defines peace, security and stability as prerequisites for the attainment of economic integration and development of the IGAD region. This will be achieved by enhancing the IGAD Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism (CEWARN) systems, supporting IGAD and national governments in the region to predict, prevent, and address transnational security threats and by strengthening their capacity on preventive diplomacy, mediation and civilian peace building. In addition to supporting the regular work plan of the IGAD Peace & Security Division in these areas, six separate grant projects have been agreed on within the IPPSHAR envelope to expand funding to specific instruments designed to enhance IGAD’s capacity to rapidly respond to felt needs in these areas.
The project also aims to strengthen the implementation effectiveness of IGAD’s Peace and Security Division (PSD) and units through enhancing their internal coordination and by establishing and expanding partnerships with international, regional, national and local stakeholders and organisations.
The program constitutes an integral part of IGAD’s multi-year peace and security program. Hence, coordination with other IGAD, EU and other Development Partners’ funded programs is essential for planning, budgeting and implementing the activities under the Action as well as for monitoring and evaluating sustainable impact of IGAD and EU efforts to contribute to peace, security and stability in the Horn of Africa region.
The IPPSHAR project budget envelope comprises around EUR 28.40 million, whereby EUR 25.25 million are provided by the EU and the remaining funds are contributed by ADA, Sida and the Netherlands. IGAD and ADA have entered into a Project Implementation Partnership Agreement (PIPA) for the implementation of IPPSHAR.
- Closely cooperate with the IPPSHAR Project Coordinator of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) head office in Vienna regarding the management of contractual issues, reports, audits and evaluations; provide relevant input and feedback on IPPSHAR related issues to ADA experts and staff members in Vienna
- Under the guidance of the ADA IPPSHAR Team Leader, provide comments and feedback to concept notes for ongoing IPPSHAR work plan activities or new initiatives aligned to the IPPSHAR objectives, guide partner staff members regarding implementation procedures, provide feedback on activity reports
- In collaboration with the ADA IPPSHAR Sr. Grants Expert, support the implementation of the six IPPSHAR grants projects with different IGAD PSD units and specialized institutions in both Addis Ababa and Djibouti
- Apply project cycle management, monitor and assess project implementation progress, verify partner reports
- Conduct field visits, maintain contact with partner organizations, stakeholders and beneficiaries
- Contribute to ongoing reporting duties vis-à-vis the EU, ADA and funding partners
- Participate in Project Steering Committee and Technical Working Group meetings and contribute to the preparation of background documents and presentations
- Maintain close dialogue with IPPSHAR funding partners and other development partners that support the IGAD Peace and Security Division; actively participate in coordination meetings of relevant donor working groups and report on outcomes; take part in joint field missions
- Contribute to the planning and implementation of IPPSHAR evaluations and audits, drafting of TORs and selection of consultants and partnerships
- Keep informed on IGAD policy development in the areas of peace and security, gender and other relevant issues
- Support the IGAD Press Officer and unit staff in generating and analysing data and information on visibility of IPPSHAR and grants activities and integrate them into ongoing reports
- Under the guidance of the ADA Team Leader, support the implementation of the IPPSHAR visibility plan
- Contribute to ongoing reporting of the Coordination Office for Development Cooperation, support knowledge management of ADA
- Support the planning and implementation of official visits by the ADA Head Office, Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and other Austrian institutions
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Master´s degree, 5 years of relevant professional experience
LANGUAGES: English, French is an asset
Education / Work experience:
- Master degree in political science, peacebuilding and conflict prevention, international law or other relevant fields.
- At least five years proven experience in programme development and grants management in the area of peacebuilding and conflict prevention in Ethiopia and/or the region.
- Demonstrated experience in providing support to government stakeholders and/or inter-governmental organizations on institutional strengthening with a focus on establishing programme monitoring frameworks, results-based management and professional reports.
- Experience with contracting and guiding relevant expertise to produce short project videos for visibility purposes is an asset.
- Experience with EU-funded programmes is highly desired.
- Work experience in fragile environments and in the Horn of Africa are assets
- Pro-active and self-motivated team player with well-developed networking skills
- Excellent planning, reporting and communication skills
- Excellent MS office skills
- Ability and willingness to travel
- Capability to work in an international multicultural environment
- Excellent spoken and written English required, knowledge of French is an asset.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified applicants can send their CVs to
Note: Use ” Programme Manager Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention” as the subject line of your email
All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence and no application fees or information with respect to bank account details are required by ADA for our recruitment process. Please note that in the event of an invitation for an interview, ADA is unable to reimburse costs incurred. Candidates must expect that references from previous employers will be requested by ADA. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Female candidates are encouraged to apply for this position. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply for this position.