PACT Ethiopia Vacancy Nov 2022

Pact Overview
At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant.

Department Overview
Pact seeks a Director of Analysis Research and Learning for the anticipated USAID/Ethiopia Sustainable Peace Activity (SPA). SPA will create a platform where USAID/Ethiopia can assist Ethiopian stakeholders to demonstrate greater resilience to prevent and respond to destabilizing manifestations of conflict. SPA will seek to strengthen legitimate structures and processes – including local peacebuilding councils – to effectively and nonviolently manage national, regional, and local level conflict issues; and expand collective awareness, access, and willingness of Ethiopians to utilize nonviolent systems to address grievances and mediate interests without violence. This position is contingent upon award.

Office Location: Ethiopia

Supervisor Name: TBD            

Supervisor Title: DeputyChief of Party

New or Replacement: New Position

Expected Project End Date: 2/28/2028

Key Responsibilities

The Director of Analysis Research and Learning (DARL) provides strategic guidance, vision, and management for the research and learning agenda for the project, all encompassed under its own objective. This individual also supervises monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) staff and ensures the strategic and functional integration of all MEL activities as well as active collaboration with sub-contractors, sub-awardees and USAID. The DARL oversees all applied research activities (rapid context monitoring and longer-form analytical studies) and MEL activities. They do so by providing technical direction and support to the Research and MEL teams. The DARL ensures rigorous research is conducted and widely disseminated with appropriate audiences, as well as the accurate reporting of performance. They will ensure that the Activity aligns with Pact’s quality standards for MEL in close coordination with Pact DC’s Learning, Evidence, and Impact (LEAP) team.

Specific Duties:

The specific duties to be carried out by the successful candidate are listed below:

  • Oversees cross-cutting action-research and conflict analysis. Responsibilities include coordination with SPA’s research partner and managing rapid context research.
  • Oversee the synergy between the research agenda with MEL outputs.
  • Manage context and issue-specific studies (both rapid and long-term research)  
  • Coordinate any external evaluation processes, including drafting evaluation ToR and selection of firm, in alignment with award.
  • Develop and disseminate relevant MEL tools, formats and lead the provision of MEL specific technical training
  • Collaborate closely with the SPA Senior Management Team
  • Oversee data collection, collation, storage, analysis, and reporting, ensuring that data is of high quality and audit worthy
  • Supervise the MEL team
  • For participatory research approaches, strengthen staff and partners’ capacity in qualitative and quantitative monitoring and evaluation techniques through comprehensive staff training, mentoring, and/or coaching. 
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of an adaptive management/learning system and spearheads reflection sessions on date, ensure accurate and timely storage of electronic files.
  • Responsible for the data analysis, writing, and review of the results and learning sections of program reports in collaboration with program staff, before submission to donor and ensure consortium partners’ compliance with internal data quality requirements and timely submissions for reporting.
  • Commitment to applied learning and adaptation based on data: Lead the program team on routine reviews and interpretation of data for learning and adaptation; package and disseminate timely findings in a meaningful way, and make suggestions for adaption
  • Oversee development of a learning agenda and implement a system designed to identify lessons learned and disseminate timely information
  • Produce learning products and thought leadership pieces relevant to the project intervention; present in local conferences or on webinars regarding project’s learning
  • Other tasks as assigned

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in any of the following or related fields: social science, international development, public health, evaluation, statistics, or economics
  • 7-10 years of progressively responsible experience in designing, managing, and implementing results-based MERL activities
  • At least 5 years of supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated relevant technical skills in analyzing and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data, and packaging the findings
  • Excellent organizational as well as English oral and written communication skills
  • Progressively responsible experience in research and learning and/or monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding activities, program beneficiaries, and program staff.
  • Experience in participatory research approaches
  • Extensive expertise in research ethics and Do No Harm requirements in sensitive research environments
  • Experience in utilizing gender and social inclusion sensitive indicators and measures
  • Extensive knowledge of reporting procedures, including USAID, best practices, guidelines, and tools for monitoring, evaluation and learning, including impact evaluation.
  • Ability to work well on team and with various partner organizations
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, i.e., Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc., and the ability to use various commercially available statistical software programs.

Preferred qualifications

  • Fluency in Amharic (oral, writing, and reading)
  • Ethiopian nationals are encouraged to apply
  • Experience with DHIS2 platform and mobile data collection software

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age

Finance Manager, Ethiopia Sustainable Peace Activity

Office Location: Ethiopia

Supervisor Name: TBD            

Supervisor Title: Chief of Party

New or Replacement: New Position

Expected Project End Date: 2/28/2028

Position Purpose

Pact seeks an experienced Finance Manager for the anticipated USAID/Ethiopia Sustainable Peace Activity (SPA). SPA will create a platform where USAID/Ethiopia can assist Ethiopian stakeholders to demonstrate greater resilience to prevent and respond to destabilizing manifestations of conflict. SPA will seek to strengthen legitimate structures and processes – including local peacebuilding councils – to effectively and nonviolently manage national, regional, and local level conflict issues; and expand collective awareness, access, and willingness of Ethiopians to utilize nonviolent systems to address grievances and mediate interests without violence. This position is contingent upon award.

Key Responsibilities

The Finance Manager (FM) will provide overall financial, grants, and compliance support for SPA. Reporting to the Chief of Party (COP), the FM is responsible for the overall finance functions of the Activity. The FM ensures transparent administrative, financial, and reporting procedures; effective financial controls; and oversight of grants under contract (GUCs). They are responsible for training and mentoring staff on policies and procedures, donor regulations, new systems, and financial best practices, as well as working closely with the COP, Pact DC, and the Pact Ethiopia Director of Finance and Operation to ensure compliance with all donor regulations and effective and proactive management.

  • The specific duties to be carried out by the successful candidate are listed below:
  • Provide overall financial and compliance support to the project.
  • Oversee management of sub-contracts and Grants under Contract (GUCs).
  • Ensure funds expended are compliant with US government regulations and policies.
  • Implement fraud mitigation practices and ensure systems and processes are implemented effectively to support implementation of the award, which may be a contract or a cooperative agreement.
  • Identify potential areas of financial and compliance vulnerability and risk and develop or implement corrective action plans to resolve problematic issues.
  • Ensure proper financial documentation and reporting, establish and provide direction and management of project funds.
  • Lead and oversee the development, management and complete life cycle of a variety of possible procurement mechanisms, including but not limited to purchase orders, sub-contracts, and/or GUCs.
  • Be responsible for managing the contract budget, tracking project spending and preparing financial reports for submission to USAID.
  • Analyze financial data with attention to the impact of adaptation on programming.
  • Mentor and supervise finance, and compliance staff engaged in the activities noted here.

Job Requirements

Basic Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance or Accounting or equivalent.
  • At least eight years’ experience working in international development, preferably democracy and governance activities.
  • At least four years’ experience in financial compliance and progressive supervisory work experience directly supervising finance, and compliance staff.
  • Demonstrable experience with management and/or administration for USAID projects, including experience managing sub-awards and GUCs.
  • Knowledge of U.S. government references including OMB Circulars (e.g. A-122), 22 CFR 226 and 22 CFR 228, ADS, FAR, AIDAR, CAS, FFATA, DSSR, and FTR.
  • Experience working with Ethiopian civil society organizations.
  • Experience managing USAID contracts and/or cooperative agreements.
  • Knowledge of USAID rules, regulations and policies, particularly financial reporting and compliance requirements.
  • Fluency in English and Amharic (oral, writing, and reading)
  • Ability to travel within Ethiopia and occasionally internationally, when health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19 diminish.
  • Proficiency in relevant computer applications and databases.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrable experience managing grants, contracts or other mechanisms that allow projects to seamlessly change course in response to new information
  • Experience with accounting software such as Serenic, Navigator, ERPs, ACCPAC, or others.
  • Ethiopian nationals are encouraged to apply.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

How to Apply

Interested applicants fulfilling the requirements are invited to send their application letter and CV to lahmed@pactworld.org or Pact Ethiopia Office Address indicating Director of Analysis Research and Learning (DARL), Ethiopia Sustainable Peace Activity.

Deadline for application: November 28, 2022.

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered and only those candidates that are short listed for interviews will be notified.

Address:  Yeka Sub City, Gurd Shola Area, Woreda 9, house No. 778, Mercy Plaza 6th floor. For further information please call by the following numbers 011661-6244/0116616939.

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