Country Director- RE-ADVERTISED – Self Help Africa

Category:  Human Resource and Recruitment, Management
Location:  Addis Ababa
Career Level:  Senior Executive(CEO, Country Manager, General Manager)

Job Description


 Gorta was formed in 1965 by the Irish government in response to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s call for countries to support long term agricultural and economic development in the world’s poorest regions. Today the Gorta Group is a group of innovative organisations driving sustainable economic and social change across Africa.

Comprising Self Help Africa, Partner Africa and TruTrade, the Gorta Group combines expertise in market-based solutions to poverty and rural development; climate change mitigation and resilience; trade facilitation and farmer and worker rights; underpinned by an inclusive ethos that specifically targets women and youth.  In August 2021, United Purpose joined the Gorta Group, which operates as Self Help Africa (SHA), bringing together two organisations with proud histories of assisting those in greatest need. United Purpose, formerly Concern Universal, has worked for more than 40 years as a leader in community-led development and grassroots innovation. SHA now has over 700 staff worldwide as a result of the merger, and a global turnover of over €40m. We are currently implementing a portfolio of 80 projects in Bangladesh, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda and Zambia funded by a variety of institutional and private donors including the European Union, Irish Aid and World Food Programme. In 2020, we supported close to eight million people in rural communities across sub-Saharan Africa and Bangladesh.

 NOW Self-Help Africa (SHA) SHA is looking for a dynamic and entrepreneurial professional with significant programme management and proven new business development experience. You will drive the Group’s mission and vision and deepen our impact, through delivery of high-quality programmes and ensuring that the processes of planning, implementation as well as monitoring, evaluation, and learning, are robust. The Country Director will be responsible for overseeing all areas of SHA’s operations in Ethiopia, providing leadership and strategy guidance to the SHA team, with two direct reports and a mandate to expand operations.

Job Requirements



  • Minimum of five years’ senior management experience
  • Previous experience of running multi-sectoral teams to deliver complex programmes either in a development or private sector setting ideally in sub-Saharan Africa
  • A proven ability to deliver new income opportunities through proactive and sustained business development activity
  • A proven ability to develop, implement and adapt organizational and business strategy
  •  Excellent communication and presentation skills, both in formal and informal settings
  • Strong financial analysis and management skills
  • Fluency in English

How to Apply

Please upload a completed Application Form, CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for the role here following this link.

Please note incomplete applications will not be considered for shortlisting.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.

 Though SHA is an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage women applicants.