Regional Implementation Coordinator – GIZ

Category:  Development and Project Management, Management
Location:  Addis Ababa
Career Level:  Managerial Level (Manager, Supervisor, Director)
Employment Type:  Full time
Salary:  As per GIZ scale

Job Description

Regional Implementation Coordinator

Internal Vacancy Announcement #176/2021


GIZ Programme- Qualifications and Employment Perspectives for Refugees and Host Communities in Ethiopia (QEP) has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in December 2017. The programme is co-financed by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and is part of the German Special Initiative Tackling the Root Causes of Displacement, Reintegrating Refugees and seeks to provide better vocational training and employment prospects for refugees and Ethiopians. The programme leverages the potentials of TVET for integration. Implementation takes place in Addis Ababa, Benishangul-Gumuz, Somali, Gambella and Tigray Regions.

QEP works on four output levels and seeks to (1) increase the quality of technical and vocational training (TVET), (2) broaden the opportunities of TVET available to target groups, (3) foster entrepreneurship and pathways into employment as well as (4) strengthening the capacities of MoSHE and other relevant actors. QEP works together with the public TVET system and tries to extent the standards of the Ethiopian TVET system to TVET opportunities available for refugees and Ethiopians. The programme works in fragile social and economic contexts.

Duration of contract:   31.12.2023


The main responsibilities of the Regional Implementation Coordinator include:

Steering the implementation of activities in the different programme regions in accordance with the regional focus, objectives of the programme, and the regional operational plans

Management of aligned financial and activity planning in the regions

Overall steering of implementation partners (such as NGOs) in the regions and liaison at Addis Ababa level with NGOs

Adjustments to implementation concepts

Inputs for new, scalable implementation concepts for programme regions

Ensuring quality data flow from the regions for QEP M&E system

Knowledge management and communication of innovations

Management of regional staff in the different regions of implementation


1.      Management responsibility

The Regional Implementation Coordinator:

  • is responsible for the timely and effective implementation of programme activities in different region and for managing all staff members who report to him/her
  • implements existing approaches and processes for remote management, including frequent travel to implementation regions
  • manages staff in accordance with management principles and guidelines to promote a sense of corporate identity, enables employees to carry out tasks independently and create scope for developing creativity and innovation
  • is responsible for assessing and planning the assignment of staff that report to her/him
  • is also responsible for monitoring, managing staff and ensuring that they provide cost-effective services
  • carries out the annual staff assessment and development talk for staff members who report to him/her

2.     Professional advisory services

The Regional Implementation Coordinator:

  • contributes to the programme strategic development
  • contributes to new concepts for additional activity implementation and contributes to the development of new quality proposals
  • quality checks terms of reference for third party assignments (eg. consultancies, implementing partners, etc.) in the regions together with regional programme officers
  • monitors the development and implementation of the programme activities in the different regions in close consultation with regional programme officers
  • together with regional programme officers, office management, and administrative staff, designs and prepares workshops, trainings and seminars
  • develops and organises quality assurance measures and suggests necessary changes, improvements and initiatives    

3.      Networking and cooperation 

The Regional Implementation Coordinator:

  • ensures cooperation, regular contact and dialogue with partners on the regional level
  • cooperates with regional and local communities, relevant organisations, non-governmental agencies and individuals in the programme environment and with other projects to improve and maintain good working relationships
  • communicates local interests and efforts, forwards these and encourages sharing ideas and information for the benefit of the programme

4.      Knowledge management

The Regional Implementation Coordinator:

  • compiles information on progress of implementation in the regions and products; feeds these documents to the central knowledge management platform in Addis Ababa office
  • makes sure that these documents are ready-to-use
  • draws up reports and presentation documents
  • formulates appropriate input for various programme reports including annual reports for different donors, and contributes to the other reports required by the programme manager and GIZ Head Office
  • assists with research activities and studies

5.      Other duties/additional tasks

The Regional Implementation Coordinator:

  • performs other duties and tasks at the request of management

Job Requirements


  • master degree in political science, management, public policy or another field relevant for the position

Professional experience

  • minimum 5 years’ professional experience, with ideally 2 years’ professional experience in a comparable managerial position
  • proven experience in operational management and insights in financial management
  • applied experience in project cycle management, operational planning and implementation
  • experience in managing diverse teams in remote settings
  • proven working experience on a managerial level in government, non-government and international organizations, ideally related to the sectors of vocational training, socio-economic development and/or employment promotion or migration
  • ideally experience in working on a managerial level within the sector of migration and refugee affairs in Ethiopia
  • work experience with GIZ, especially in a coordinating and managing role is a strong advantage

Other knowledge, additional competences

  • excellent network and knowledge of relevant government, non-government and international stakeholders active within the sector of the programme (vocational training, employment, inclusion of refugees, migration)
  • excellent knowledge of national policies, debates and new developments in the field of employment promotion and ideally refugee inclusion
  • strong conceptual skills and ability to develop ideas in a clear and coherent manner
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • very good knowledge of ITC technologies (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office)
  • excellent knowledge of English and Amharic (writing, speaking, listening)
  • German language skills are an advantage
  • willingness to go the extra mile and produce high quality outputs within a limited timeframe

How to Apply

Application procedure:

Interested and qualified candidates shall submit their motivation letter along with their non-returnable recent CV via Email:

Note: –

Please make sure you mention the vacancy number and position title ‘Regional Implementation Coordinator #176/2021’ in the subject line of your email application. Due to large number of applications we categorise applications with the vacancy numbers. Applications without vacancy numbers in subject lines might not be categorized in the appropriate folder and could be disqualified.

Applications without vacancy numbers in subject lines might not be categorized in the appropriate folder and could be disqualified.

 We encourage persons with disabilities to apply for the position. In case of equal qualification, persons with disabilities will be given preference.

Applications from qualified women are encouraged.

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