Back Country Representative - Ethiopian Country Office

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 31 October 2018
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 30 November 2018

Hope for Children Organisation Australia Ltd (HFC)

Our vision is to see empowered children and communities in Ethiopia break the cycle of poverty through sustainable solutions and social development.

Employment Status: Full Time

Remuneration: Attractive stipend depending on experience

Summary of Role

▪ Representation of HFC, its work and its vision and mission to the authorities and key decision-makers in the country.

▪ Ensuring high quality program work is delivered with a high level of participation of the communities in which HFC operates.

▪ Leadership, management and development of the HFC in country team comprising of over 60 national staff and international volunteers, in full compliance with local law and HFC policies and procedures.
▪ Direct reports: a team of 2 senior managers and 5 program managers

▪ Annual budget of US$1 million with expected increase to double in the next 3 years.

▪ Accurate and timely disbursement of the agreed Head Office budget including all donor commitments.

▪ Growing and managing a grant portfolio so that funds can be raised in a timely manner for key project responses.

Your Responsibilities

HFC’s work will be targeted to the needs of the most vulnerable community members in our target areas in Ethiopia

▪ The programme is registered with the relevant authorities and compliant with local law and agreements exist with concerned ministries giving due recognition to HFC and its work in Ethiopia

▪ Country Strategic Planning analysis is ongoing and very well informed using locally and internationally available sources of information

▪ HFC ́s commitments to sponsors and sponsored families and children are honoured

▪ A participatory community development approach is intrinsic to all program work

▪ Appropriate monitoring and evaluation systems measure the outcomes and

impact or HFC ́s interventions and guarantee sharing and learning from success and failure

Management of a HFC’s highly motivated team of staff:

▪ Creation and management of high performance teams delivering excellent technical work, using child-centred and gender-sensitive approaches in line with the HFC Country Strategic Plan.

▪ Management of individuals across the team to ensure full development of potential through induction, performance management and compliance in all core policy areas

▪ Staff numbers and structures will be designed and kept at a level that is cost effective

▪ Work environments will be managed to reduce risk from health and safety and security hazards

HFC’s operations in Ethiopia will be of high quality, meeting all organisational standards and our commitments to the Australian and Ethiopian governments

▪ All programme and business operations meet HFC’s accountability, key performance indicators and compliance standards including OAGDS (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Australian Taxation Office)

▪ A robust risk management culture, including reporting is in place HFC’s work will be guided by accurate and timely workplans and budgets

▪ Development of workplans on the basis of ongoing analysis of the community’s

▪ Creation of accurate phased budgets for high quality programs

▪ Financial management efficient and fully compliant with industry standards in the disbursement of all resources

HFC’s work will be guided by accurate and timely workplans and budgets

▪ Development of workplans on the basis of ongoing analysis of the community’s

▪ Creation of accurate phased budgets for high quality programs

▪ Financial management efficient and fully compliant with industry standards in the

disbursement of all resources

HFC’s work in Ethiopia will be well funded and growing

▪ A strategy to grow income for HFC will be developed and implemented

▪ Pro-active engagement with locally represented donor agencies will result in timely knowledge of funding opportunities in a planned manner and allow for successful proposal development

▪ Timely delivery of agreed results with clear and measurable impact on

participants and in full compliance with donor requirements

▪ Capacity and resources in place for timely and effective emergency responses

where required in line with HFC’s policy mandate

HFC’s work in Ethiopia will be recognised locally and internationally by all relevant stakeholders

▪ Government relationships and registrations are well maintained and all national legal requirements for HFC ́s operation in Ethiopia are complied with

▪ Proactive publication of HFC ́s work and public relations with all key stakeholders (advisory group, local leaders, International NGOs locally and internationally) regularly promote the issues being addressed and the work addressing them

▪ Timely communication work keeps HFC visible as important player in addressing the issues affecting children in Ethiopia

Knowledge, Skills & Behaviours


  • Demonstrable knowledge as a result of study, training or practical experience on the key debates in development methods and effectiveness
  • Experience and understanding of child-rights-based and gender-sensitive programming for development
  • Knowledge of Ethiopia or a comparable environment;
  • Knowledge of the requirements of donor compliance and financial management including AusAid, US Aid DFID and charitable foundations would be an asset


  • Proven skills in the development and management of effective and motivated teams in multicultural environment
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and a solution based approach
  • Effective working with and through partner organizations
  • Excellent Communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Proven analytical skills in isolating and addressing priorities
  • Excellent oral and written English language skills


  • Self motivated leader with the passion for participatory social development ▪ Person of strong integrity that is an example to others
  • Flexibility in managing tasks
  • Creative and innovative
  • Motivating with the ability to influence others
  • Ability to analyse problems, handle ambiguity and decision making based on fact and figures
  • Commitment to continuous improvement with the overall aim of optimising the quality and impact of HFC’s program in Ethiopia


  • Master’s Degree in development, social sciences or related advanced degree relevant to the field of community development alternatively Degree in Business Administration or Project Management.
  • Minimum of 10-15 years senior level managerial, programmatic, and technical experience
  • At least 5-10 years experience with management of donor programs.

This vacancy is archived.

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