Technical Lead – Enterprise Development/Youth Economic Empowerment

Plan International Ethiopia

Addis Ababa
Posted 1 year ago

Job Features

Job CategoryProject Management(NGO/International Org), Social Sciences and Community(Food Security/Livelihoods)
Job LevelSenior Level(5+9)
DeadlineJanuary 9 2020

Plan International is an independent non-profit organization that advances children’s well-being and equality for girls. Working in building powerful partnerships for children for over 75 years and present in 70 countries, Plan International strives for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children while working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners. Plan International Ethiopia is looking for Technical Lead – Enterprise Development/Youth Economic Empowerment for SNNP Program Area who will be reporting to the Chief of Party.


The post holder is responsible for providing business development technical support to community businesses and entrepreneurship training to existing, new business owners, and local aspiring entrepreneurs in the communities around Hawassa industrial park. S/he will also contribute to technical design and implementation, and reporting for the WWA project.

Dimensions of the Role

  • Works with other WWA team members, and across units within Plan International Ethiopia as a YEE subject matter specialist.
  • Provides input on the enterprise development activities and learning to the communication team, and supports brand development.
  • Link up with regional and city administration job creation units as required for the success of the WWA project


The Technical Lead – Y&EE Team member role will encompass the following activities: Program Management and Technical Support:

  • Participates in the management/backstopping of the multi-year USAID -funded project, including providing technical and project management support primarily in the areas of value chain analysis, business development services, and entrepreneurship training and technical support for locally-owned businesses near the Hawassa Industrial Park. Should be experienced in working with women-owned businesses and women entrepreneurs.
  • Collaborates with the WWA project team and Plan International Ethiopia Country Office in designing and implementing interventions, identifying professional YEE staff for implementation, and generating project-related learning.
  • Identifies project monitoring and evaluation needs for local businesses and entrepreneurs, and works with the M&E team in developing M&E action plans, and supporting the documentation of effective practices and program impacts related to Plan programs and learning;
  • Promotes program quality by identifying technical needs of local businesses, and coordinating the necessary technical assistance;
  • Represents Plan to colleague agencies, government, foundations and the private sector when requested;
  • Presents results of implementation at forums and working groups;
  • Participates in the development of organizational processes and procedures to ensure efficient operations of program implementation

Representation and Dissemination:

  • Responds to requests for information from the donor.
  • Liaises with other staff members to share information regarding projects, to discuss field needs, and to develop strategies;
  • Ensures coordination and information sharing on enterprise development activities with similar projects in the Hawassa area
  • Represents WWA at community meetings and meetings with local government and private sector partners, and at internal and external events, as requested.

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge


  • Minimum five years of development programme related experience in technical areas of value chain analysis, business development service provision, and entrepreneurship, participatory engagement and gender inclusivity
  • Experience working on multi-year grant funded projects particularly USAID-funded projects
  • Experience and/or demonstrable knowledge of best practices in business development services, value chain analysis, and entrepreneurship , especially with women
  • Strong report writing and presentation skills
  • Fluency in written English required
  • Excellent representation, planning, and management skills;
  • Ability and willingness to work outside of the office, providing technical support to designated local businesses
  • Demonstrated capabilities as a team player and ability to work with a range of different donors
  • Strong communication skills


  • Experience in gender transformative programming preferred
  • Strong conceptual, analytical and strategic capability
  • Ability to deliver to tight deadlines
  • Strong team building and motivational skills
  • Advance skills in communication
  • Negotiation and influencing skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain internal and external networks
  • Computer: Microsoft office, Interne

The closing date for the application is January 09, 2020.

This position is only open to Ethiopian Nationals, who must be eligible to live and work in Ethiopia.

Please note that:

  • Applications and CVs written in English will be accepted and
  • Shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

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References will be taken and background and anti-terrorism checks will be carried out in conformity with Plans Child Protection Policy. Plan operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all persons meeting the skills and experience required.

As an international child centered community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realization of children’s rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk. Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply.

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