Deputy Chief of Party Program – NGO Job Vacancy Ethiopia 2019

Posted on: Saturday Mar 30 , 12:48 PM , 2019
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Save the Children

Job Description

Save the Children is an exciting and dynamic organization that follows a holistic approach to achieve more for children and use its resources in an efficient and sustainable way. In every programming we aim to achieve results at scale, build partnership to influence others and increase our impact; look for innovate solutions to the problems children faces, campaign for better practice and ensure that Children’s voices are heard.

Save the Children is an organization for talented people with different backgrounds and perspectives. We are proud that our people are representative of the children we work with and we thrive on our diversity. We are an equal opportunity organization dedicated to our core values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity. Our culture is embedded in these values, along with a strong commitment to our Child Safeguarding Protocol, ensuring that all representatives of Save the Children demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour towards children both in their private and professional lives.

Save the Children offers sound employment conditions with opportunities for personal growth and development. If you are interested to work in an organization that is determined to achieve dramatic change for the most vulnerable children, we encourage you to look through the job profile below.  

Project Overview:

Feed the Future Ethiopia Growth through Nutrition activity, the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) flagship five-year, multi-sectoral nutrition and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project is implemented in four regions (Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, and Tigray) of Ethiopia. The primary aim of this five-year (2016-2021) project is to prevent undernutrition during the first 1,000 days, from the start of pregnancy until the child’s second birthday using evidence-based nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions. Save the Children leads the project in partnership with government ministries (FMOH, FMOA, FMOWIE, and FMOE) and international and local NGOs.

The development hypothesis for this project is: if sustained access to diverse, safe, and quality foods is achieved and optimal nutrition, WASH, and agriculture behaviours are adopted and quality nutrition services are utilized and access to WASH products and services is improved and multi-sector coordination and GOE capacity to implement effective nutrition and WASH programs is strengthened, thenthe nutritional status of women and young children will be improved. Growth through Nutrition has five essential elements (livelihoods and agriculture, SBCC, quality improvement, WASH, and multi-sector coordination; and five cross-cutting elements monitoring and evaluation gender equality and women’s empowerment, a rigorous learning agenda, sustainable approaches, and convergence and layering of multi-sector nutrition interventions (e.g. agriculture, livelihoods, education, health, humanitarian assistance) and WASH activities in the same geographic areas.

Growth through Nutrition is implemented in 82 Agricultural Growth Program (AGP/food secure) and 20 Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP and emergency hot spot woredas). 

Job Summary:

The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for Program will be responsible for supporting the Chief of Party in the overall management of the project. Together with the COP, s/he will provide strategic and technical leadership to ensure a holistic technical approach, provide guidance and ensure coordination with other technical staff to ensure programs are cohesive and state of the art. The DCOP will manage technical advisors and the delivery of international sub-prime partners. S/he will lead the development of national level work plan activities and budget and ensure their delivery and effective budget utilization The DCOP Programs will provide regular field based supportive supervision and mentoring.

S/he will engage with GoE Ministries (Ministry of Health, Water and Irrigation, Agriculture and Education) and USAID to ensure the technical approach aligns with other USAID activities and supports GoE services, including supporting the design and roll-out of grants-under-grants to support GoE implementation of the Seqota Declaration. In addition, the DCOP ensures that data is utilized and learning gathered from the MEAL team are rapidly integrated into project implementation. The DCOP will also provide support to the COP for program management and coordination of the implementation, monitoring and reporting requirements.

Reports to:  Chief of Party 

Functional relationship: DCOP for Operation and MEAL advisor 

Staff directly reporting to this post: Sr. Nutrition Advisor, Sr. Livelihood Advisor, Gender Advisor, SBCC Advisor and Sr Capacity Building and Policy Advisor (seconded).



·         Provide technical leadership for all nutrition specific and sensitive activities under Growth through Nutrition, ensuring timely and effective implementation of activities by sub-grantees, project staff and other technical assistance providers as well as for development of Grants under Grants to GoE.

·         Support effective implementation across all regions to achieve program deliverables through the effective use of program resources in compliance with USAID regulations and Save the Children policies.

·         Track progress of programs against original proposals and with detailed annual work plans.

·         Oversea designing and developing project related program guides, manuals, job aids, and ensure appropriate training and capacity building of all program staff.

·         Manage program related consultancy services.

·         Ensure a common understanding of Nutrition, WASH, and other program frameworks and programming strategies of the project among all relevant field staff and partners.

·         Participate in joint supervision visits with project staff, USAID, and GoE to the project sites, share feedback and take appropriate action.

·         Work closely with SCUS’s respective technical leads to improve program design, quality, and implementation.

·         Closely work with SCI thematic leads to ensure program quality and learning.


 ·         Maximize the collaboration and participation of local partners including Ethiopian NGOs, government sector staff, Feed the Future partner organizations and other USAID projects and organizations working on nutrition, WASH and livelihood in Ethiopia.

·         Closely work with the respective government ministries to ensure the project program activities is aligned with government priorities.

·         Contribute to ensuring systems are in place for the most effective program implementation with regards to M&E, financial systems.

·         Coordinate program related technical assistances from SCUS’s technical lead, members, partners, and SCI thematic leads.

·         Facilitate linkages and foster coordination with key stakeholders, including relevant national, regional and woreda level government authorities.


 ·         Represent the project for Save the Children in formal and informal meetings and other fora with USAID, the Government of Ethiopia, other donors and partners.

·         Represent the project at national level in different health, agriculture, and OWNP platforms.

·         Advocate for and work with Nutrition Technical Committee and OWNP working group in the assessment, review, and updating of relevant guidelines, strategies, training materials and job aids.

·         Maintain a close and smooth working relationship with all government offices, funding agencies and community.

·         Participate in Growth through Nutrition team meetings, training and coordination events as required.


 ·         Assist the COP in developing and finalizing all required program monthly, semi-annual, annual and final reporting and success stories.

·         Provide input and approval for sub-prime partner work plans and budgets.

·         Assist the COP in developing annual work plans and exit strategies.

 Program and partner Management

 ·         Along with the COP, ensure appropriate organizational structures are in place to ensure the most efficient and effective implementation of program activities.

·         Ensure strong program implementation, financial management and reporting and compliance to all USAID requirements.

·         Lead preparation of national level activities and budget for annual work plan and monitor performance regularly. Accountable for budget performance of Addis Ababa GTN team.

·         Directly manage project technical advisors and other program staff based in the Addis Ababa office.

·         Conduct performance evaluation of direct reports

·         Manage four international sub-primes

PERCENTAGE OF TRAVEL (Out of duty station if applicable).

·         20-30 percent of the time

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


·         Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values

·         Holds suppliers accountable to deliver on their responsibilities


·         Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and takes responsibility for their own personal development

·         Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others

·         Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale


·         Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters

·         Values diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally.


·         Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions

·         Cuts away bureaucracy and encourages an entrepreneurial approach


·         Honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence

·         Displays consistent excellent judgement

Job Requirements


Masters Degree in nutrition, public health, social sciences, international development or other related field.   


  • Minimum of seven years of experience leading, managing and implementing large-scale international development projects, preferably in the field of nutrition, WASH, health systems strengthening, behavior change communication, community development, and livelihoods, food security or agriculture activities.
  • Prior experience developing and managing community-based health or development programs in developing countries.
  • At least 3-5 years’ experience managing a USAID funded project; or 3-5 years as DCOP in
  • nutrition related project; or 7 years of experience as Nutrition program manager.
  • Broad knowledge of public health as well as nutrition and relevant socioeconomic, institutional and policy issues that are related to this area of work.
  • Solid experience working with Government of Ethiopia especially with more than one ministry in addition to MOH is preferred.
  • Solid experience interacting with USG agencies, host country governments and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated skills working in partnership with international donors and agencies.
  • Significant expertise in providing technical assistance to national level nutrition programs or policies or other multi-sectoral programs and policies.
  • Extensive experience working in Ethiopia.
  • Ethiopians are encouraged to apply for this position.  


  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations
  • Excellent oral and written communication skill in English and Amharic
  • Excellent in computer skill
  • Training/facilitation skill

How to Apply

Deadline: April 8, 2019

Interested applicants who meet the MINIMUM requirements should send the following through Save the Children Job Application Portal

 a.       A CV (not more than 3 pages)

b.     A cover letter (not more than one page)

c.     A one-page table summarizing your educational background, work experience, technical skills and competencies to facilitate the screening process. Refer the vacancy announcement while doing this.

Please DO NOT SUBMIT copies of transcripts, academic degrees or recommendation letters with the application. You will provide them upon request.


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