Project Officer – Shinile District of Siti Zone, Somali Regional State of Ethiopia

CORDAID Ethiopia

Project Officer – Shinile District of Siti Zone, Somali Regional State of Ethiopia


Deadline: Jul 11, 2021


Category: Agriculture, Social Sciences and Community
Location: Satellite Field Office in Shinile District of Siti Zone, Somali
Career Level: Senior Level (5+ years experience)
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: As per the organization scale

Job Description

CORDAID is a Dutch, international non-governmental organization which combines 100 years of experience and expertise in emergency aid and structural poverty eradication. CORDAID believes in a world without poverty and exclusion. We strive for a just and sustainable society where every person counts. We stand for knowledge and talent sharing between North and South, between farmers and businesses, between activists and policymakers. Where poverty, conflict and exclusion tear up societies, we connect people and communities. We also stand for professionalism, expertise and solidarity across borders, to make a difference where it is most needed. Together with more than 600 partner organizations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America we structurally improve the living conditions of the poorest and most excluded populations – the bottom billion.

Purpose of the position

The purpose of the Project Officer position is to plan and implement the Desert Locust Response and Resilience Building project according to Cordaid’s project-based working principles, procedures and approaches, and documentation of potential promising practices/good practices and lessons learned that have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of the community. She/he supports Cordaid’s efforts to effectively implement interventions for life-saving and early recovery aid measures and diversifying livelihoods and building and protecting the asset base of target households. She/he is responsible for the planning, direct implementation and supervision, coordination, monitoring and reporting of all the project activities in the operation area.  She/he ensures that the project activities are planned and implemented in the field based on the project proposal and agreement. She/he facilitates tailored capacity building and provides technical assistance to the local beneficiary communities and community organizations and government sector offices.  She/he monitors and tracks progress, provide ongoing feedback, and propose adjustments in monthly, quarterly, and annual implementation plans according to emerging needs and priorities. She/he empowers, facilitates, and encourages active participation of individuals and communities in implementing and monitoring the project. Establishes and maintains close working relationship with local communities and community organizations and government sector offices, and stakeholders in her/his working area to ensure that the messages are disseminated and understood at all levels.

Key Result Area

Project Implementation


  • Ensures that project activities are implemented as outlined in the project/agreement and in accordance with the organization programming principles, procedures, and approaches.
  • Ensures that all project interventions are implemented with full participation of the community and other stakeholders.
  • Ensures that the activities are implemented at community level according to objectives and plan of the project.
  • Makes regular field visits.
  • Prepares and ensures that regular work plan, monthly and quarterly of field activities progress review, compile and submit to the immediate supervisor on time.
  • Ensures entrepreneurial groups and community-based organizations have access to all required and necessary inputs and supplies.
  • Organizes and facilitates Information Education and Communication (IEC) sessions on COVID-19 related WASH with community and government participating in the project.
  • Ensures that IEC materials developed and distributed by the project reach the maximum number of people.
  • Prepares daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly plans and reports on her/his activities and submit to her/his supervisor. 
Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

  • Works with the monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) advisor to develop a monitoring and evaluation system that will enable Cordaid to track progress and assess the impact of interventions.
  • Participates in the development of a detailed implementation plan with staff and partners.
  • In consultation with the supervisor/project team, ensures that the annual, quarterly and monthly implementation plans, and budgets are prepared/developed at project, woreda, kebele and village level.
  • Prepares daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly plans and reports on her/his activities and submit to her/his supervisor.
  • Ensures that the project implementation, monitoring, and supervision receive the needed technical and logistics support as required and conduct periodic (quarterly/semiannual/annual) performance appraisal as per the organization policies and procedure.
  • Makes sure that project activities are performed in line with the work plan.
  •  Monitors and track progress, provide ongoing feedback, and propose adjustments in monthly, quarterly, and annual implementation plans according to emerging needs and priorities.
Capacity Building/Training and Technical Assistance

  • Provides effective support in training need identification of target group members.
  • Develops capacity building plan and provide support as needed.
  • Arranges training, workshops, seminars, and experience sharing visits that are related to the needs of beneficiaries.
  • Provides technical assistance to community, entrepreneurial groups and community-based organizations in carrying out their duties and overcoming any problems they might encounter.
  • Organizes and conducts relevant and appropriate training sessions for the community, entrepreneurial groups and community-based organizations, and counterparts.
  • Assess and identifies technical assistance needs with regard to leadership skills, technical skills, supervision support, financial management etc. for and with the community, entrepreneurial groups and community-based organizations.
Coordination and Networking

  • Maintains regular working relations with government offices at Zone, Woreda and Kebele levels.
  • Coordinates with all non-governmental humanitarian agencies at the field level, including attendance of cluster coordination meetings, and promotion of joint activities and information sharing.
  • Maintains good relationship with governmental and locally established institutions for the smooth implementation of the project.
  • Closely works with government counterparts and links the activities of the community with the relevant bureaus/bodies.
  • Identifies potential institutions i.e., Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Government Organizations (GOs), Microfinance Institutions (MFI), etc., to partner with for provision of financial services in a sustainable manner.
  • Develop partnership with grass root level stakeholders for the sustainability of the project.
  • Works closely with the communities to initiate project activities and to disseminate information
  • Ensures that summary of meetings, seminars or workshops attended is written, well documented and shared with others.
  •  Acts as a liaison officer with government partners.
Reporting, Documentation and Learning
  • Tracks/records progress and prepares monthly, quarterly, and annual reports and submits to immediate supervisor.
  • Together with her/his supervisor, compiles monthly, quarterly, and annual reports for government and other partners.
  • Collects basic information from the local communities and community organizations and government sector offices, document the practices that are best performing to the local conditions and lessons learned.
  • Prepare required reports on time, and of high quality that convey the project progress towards achieving good practices and impact in the targeted communities.
  • Properly documents the achievements and lessons of the project activities and disseminate to partners.
  • Support the documentation of good practices and lessons learned in the project component, and the replication/scaling-up of tested approaches throughout the project.


Job Requirements


  • Degree in Agriculture, Economics, development, social sciences, or related field.


  • At least 5 years’ relevant work experience in integrated project implementation involving humanitarian and livelihoods/resilience building as well as participatory project implementation

Technical Skills

  • Practical experience of working with local partners and community capacity building.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Good communication and report writing skill.
  • Willingness to work at field and travel in field location.
  • Excellent English writing and communication skills.
  • Diplomatic, culturally sensitive, result-oriented, innovative and a strong team player
  • Computer proficiency.
  • Knowledge of local Language.
  • Firm belief in teamwork, gender equality, conceptual understanding of participatory approach and sustainable development.

Core Competencies

  • Organizational awareness
  • Working with others
  • Analysis and use of information
  • Building partnerships
  • Stress tolerance
  • Planning and organizing
  • Information monitoring

How to Apply

Interested and qualifying applicants can submit their application letter and CV in English, with both phone and email contact details of at least 3 professional references, to the following email

CORDAID is an equal opportunity employer and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

All applications submitted cannot be returned. An integrity check will be part of the recruitment procedure.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early as interviews are done on a rolling basis and the advert can be closed when a matching candidate is identified

An integrity screening will be part of the application procedure.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



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