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Ethiopia Country Director
Category: Development and Project Management
Location: Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa
Career Level: Senior Level (5+ years experience)
Employment Type: Full time

BOMA is working to lift 3 million people out of extreme poverty by 2027. BOMA’s mission is to provide the people and governments of Africa’s drylands with economic inclusion programs that increase resilience to multiple crises. Founded 15 years ago to eliminate extreme poverty among pastoralist women in Kenya, BOMA has since transformed the lives of more than 350,000 women, youth and refugees in East Africa. BOMA stands out for its focus on last mile populations of the drylands of Africa, which are most at risk to shocks from climate change and COVID-19, tech-savvy and data-driven approach, impressive graduation rate and 99% local structure based in Africa. Find out more about BOMA by visiting our website:


The Ethiopia Country Director (ECD) will work closely with the COO and Executive Team to implement BOMA’s global strategy around designing, adapting and implementing the REAP program primarily in Ethiopia and throughout Africa as requested, through strategic partnerships and government adoption. S/he will proactively seek out new opportunities for new business development, work with the team to innovate and adapt REAP to new contexts, and capture key learnings to continually drive impact higher, drive costs lower, and sustain BOMA’s reputation as a leading poverty alleviation organization. The ECD will act as the primary representative for BOMA in Ethiopia and will take the lead in building new relationships and partnerships with organizations and governments in Ethiopia. Finally, the ECD will set the tone for BOMA’s organizational culture in Ethiopia and will build a cadre of future leaders.


Program Expansion & New Business Development – 25%:

  • Lead the identification and establishment of new program opportunities throughout Ethiopia
  • Oversee the development of specific expansion strategies for strategic partnerships, and government adoption.
  • Lead the development proposals and concept notes that drive impact and revenue in line with established strategic targets.
  • Provide leadership in all aspects of program design to ensure consistent quality, including the incorporation of cross-cutting themes, quality data analysis, lessons learned and best practices.
  • Ensure that program implementation maintains high quality and is aligned with BOMA’s mission, vision and strategic plan.

Program Implementation – 15%:

  • Ensure that BOMA delivers on all its contractual program obligations, ensuring that program delivery hits all targets, and comes in on budget and on time.
  • Oversee the creation of well-written and comprehensive reports, submitted on time to partners and donors.
  • Ensure effective, transparent use of resources in compliance with BOMA and donor policies/procedures.
  • Oversee budget management of sub-grantees/sub-contractors, if applicable.
  • Build and maintain operational systems that ensure proper administrative support for programs, as well as segregation of duties between finance and operations.
  • Create professional project management practices for all programs, and ensure staff have sufficient training to execute those practices.
  • Support teams to improve data collection, management, and use to build a culture of adaptive management, high-quality program performance, and learning.

Team Development – 15%:

  • Create a culture of accountability, transparency, trust and collaboration at BOMA.
  • Advocate for and oversee professional development and performance management of all staff.
  • Seek ways to ensure effective management and communication systems enhance the work performance of all staff.
  • Coach senior-level staff to manage and develop high-performance teams and develop and implement program strategies focused on impact and results.
  • Coordinate and lead regular Ethiopia/Country Leadership Team engagements.
  • Serve as the primary authority on safety & security of team, participants and visitors.

Representation & Influence – 10%:

  • Establish close and productive relationships with donors, partner organizations, as well as relevant government authorities in Ethiopia to promote BOMA’s work and reputation as the ideal graduation approach partner.
  • Represent BOMA at all relevant meetings and conferences as requested.
  • Drive BOMA’s brand as an innovative, high impact, poverty alleviation organization.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning – 10%:

  • Support the M&E Director & Research & Learning Director to ensure high-level results are captured and disseminated to stakeholders.
  • Ensure that robust monitoring and evaluation, quality data collection and analysis systems are in place, adhered to and used as a decision-making tool, encouraging consistency across programs.

Finance and Administration – 10%:

  • Arrange meetings of the Board which involves the issue of proper notices of meetings, preparation of agenda, circulation of relevant papers as well as taking and producing minutes to record the business transacted at the meetings and the decisions taken.
  • Ensure the necessary registers are established and properly maintained.
  •  Advise the Board on good practice in corporate governance, e.g. giving guidance on the legal implications of the way it discharges its duties, runs meetings, and makes decisions.
  • Promote the compliance framework to safeguard the integrity of the organization.

Other – 5%:

  • Support organizational decision-making to reflect BOMA’s mission and values.
  • Support BOMA’s strategic planning processes and regular performance assessments with a focus on scaling with operational excellence.
  • Drive BOMA’s effort to deliver on its annual program reach and milestone goals to support scaling.

Job Requirements

  • BA or equivalent in Social Science, Management, International Development or other relevant fields. MA preferred.
  • 5-7 years of relevant development experience, including at least 3 years in a senior position.
  • Experience managing humanitarian relief and/or transitional programs in areas affected by insecurity and conflict.
  • Previous experience working in Ethiopia is strongly preferred.
  • Proven track record in program design, proposal writing and development, and donor relations.
  • Trained and knowledgeable in design, monitoring, and evaluation concepts and methodologies. M&E experience should include conducting assessments and surveys, program design using a logical framework approach, selecting indicators, implementing monitoring plans, and coordinating evaluations and data analysis.
  • Experience supervising international and national staff, starting up programs and working in difficult environments.
  • Experience managing programs in the relevant technical area(s) including, Gender, Market systems, Graduation Approach, and Livelihoods.
  • Knowledge of major donor requirements and compliance issues.
  • Strong management skills with a good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meets deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • History of working effectively with host country government, national and international NGO partners, and collaborating with other actors, including the private sector.
  • Solid knowledge of and experience with security protocols is essential.
  • Fluency in written and oral English is required.

How to Apply

First Consult invites all well-qualified candidates to apply. Competent candidates should submit their one-page cover letter and updated CVs only to: before September 26, 2022. Candidates MUST refer to the position title ” Ethiopia Country Director (ECD) ” on the subject line of their email and applications.

Technical Director - Graduation and Livelihoods

The Technical Director – Graduation & Livelihoods is BOMA’s top technical expert in poverty graduation and livelihood approaches that aim to bolster the resilience of Africans across the drylands who face extreme poverty, climate and conflict crises. The Technical Director will lead innovative program adaptation and technical design, and support quality program delivery, for BOMA’s existing and new programs that are directly implemented by the organization.

Across Africa’s drylands, BOMA is aggressively pursuing partnerships with NGOs, governments, and multilateral institutions (e.g. World Bank and UN agencies) to scale their proven graduation out of poverty model. Together with the Scaling and Impact teams, the Technical Director will lead the outreach, design, and development of new project and technical assistance opportunities, including the adaptation of the graduation and livelihood approaches to the local operating context. Once partnerships are established, the Technical Director will lead and deliver high quality technical assistance to NGO and government partners, based on an iterative process that integrates learning and sector standards, and lays the foundation for quality implementation and delivery at scale.

The Technical Director will work closely with teams across BOMA and other NGOs and government partners to track and deliver on donor commitments. The Technical Director will be a key external representative for BOMA, presenting at national and international forums.

This role could be based either at BOMA’s Head Office in Nairobi or a remote position in East or West Africa. Expect significant travel to Kenya and other BOMA countries (Ethiopia, Uganda, Burkina Faso, etc.).

Key Responsibilities:

New Program Development

  • Lead BOMA’s technical excellence in graduation, livelihoods, markets and resilience programming, and contribute to work in climate, gender norms, nutrition, and targeting of vulnerable populations (ultra-poor women, youth, refugees, etc.)
  • Driven by participant input, and research identify potential program innovations to test and expand BOMA’s approach to meet the changing needs of ultra-poor Africans across the drylands;
  • Together with the Chief Program Innovation Officer, track and contribute to sector-wide learning and adaptations in graduation and livelihood programming;
  • Build a robust pipeline of potential partners and governments interested in the provision of BOMA graduation technical advisory services, including identifying champions or leads to cultivate within governments or NGOs;
  • Lead the research, project/program design and proposal development process with NGOs, foundations and government partners; and
  • Assess and analyze how BOMA’s graduation approach can fit within existing social protection, national social protection, humanitarian response, resilience, and financial inclusion policies and programs with NGOs and governments

Collaboration, Learning and Adapting

  • Collaborate with the Director of Monitoring & Evaluation Accountability & Reporting (MEAR) and Director of Research and Learning (DRL) to establish and maintain periodic reviews of research, monitoring, evaluation and learning related to BOMA’s work;
  • Together with the MEAR Director and IT Director, design, develop, implement, and provide technical assistance on M&E frameworks, evaluations and data collection tools for graduation, livelihoods, markets and resilience programming, as well as other technical areas;
  • Together with the MEAR Director and IT Director design and implement high quality MEAR to track BOMA’s overall approach to NGO and government partnerships and their adoption of graduation programming, and document results in high-quality evaluation reports and other knowledge products;
  • Inform the design of BOMA’s research (incl. Randomized Controlled Trial impact evaluations) and learning agendas, developed by the Research and Learning Director; and
  • Engage with BOMA’s team and partners in documenting, sharing lessons learned and best practices, including inputs for reports and technical publications to inform and shape the global graduation agenda.


  • As needed, step in for the Chief Program Innovation Officer in the Executive Leadership Team and in Board of Directors engagement
  • Take a leadership role in working towards BOMA’s ambitious 5-year strategic plan; and
  • Represent BOMA in external fora including national and international convenings, conferences and workshops across BOMA’s global footprint

Does this sound like you?

  • 7+ years of experience in participatory program design, development, implementation, and budgeting of complex development programs with field experience in Africa;
  • Master’s degree in social sciences, international development, or another relevant field;
  • Extensive expertise in poverty graduation models, resilience, livelihoods, markets, women’s economic empowerment and/or financial inclusion methodologies;
  • Sector experience or exposure to programming in climate crises, nutrition, social protection, gender norms, health and targeting vulnerable populations (ultra-poor women, refugees, youth);
  • Experience developing relationships with NGO and/or government partners and providing technical assistance and oversight to external teams to deliver programming;
  • A proven track record in new business development with experience supporting project design, proposal development and fundraising efforts;
  • Experience in curricula development, training, and facilitation strongly preferred;
  • Successful experience managing teams or individuals including mentoring, capacity building of staff in good project design and management tools to support excellent program execution;
  • Exceptional public speaking and written English communication skills; including communication to partners and clients via written products and presentations;
  • Spoken and written knowledge of French is an additional advantage;
  • Creative problem solver, with proven ability to take the initiative in finding solutions to complex challenges;
  • Proactive leader, with ability to effectively manage competing work streams and deadlines;
  • Detail-oriented manager, with good organization and prioritization skills;
  • Willingness to travel and work overseas up to 35%, sometimes on short notice; and
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required.

Essential Soft Skills:

  • Excellent relationship building skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and in a team;
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and being held accountable for meeting ambitious targets;
  • Leadership skills to work with autonomy while still being collaborative, prioritize tasks, and positively influence others to follow directives and meet deliverables;
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity and ability to work effectively in different socio-cultural contexts;
  • Ability to synthesize information from multiple sources; and
  • Adaptable to changing priorities and deadlines seamlessly.

Persons of all gender, race, sex, orientation, age, and identity are encouraged to apply. If you have any questions concerning the role you can write to Sarah Ndegwa at and cc Shivani Nair at If interested click on the link to apply.

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