Project Coordinator

United Nations Children's Fund




UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. 

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. 
Ethiopia is situated in the Horn of Africa and is the second most populous country on the continent, with an estimated population of 115 million. It borders six African countries: Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan, and covers 1,104,300 square kilometers. Approximately 85 percent of the population lives in rural areas. Ethiopia represents a melting pot of ancient cultures, with Middle Eastern and African cultures evident in the religious, ethnic, and language composition of its people.

The Ministry of Women and Social Affairs (MoWSA) is implementing a multi-year intervention, the Response, Recovery, and Resilience for Conflict-affected Communities in Ethiopia (3RCACE) Project, with financing from the World Bank. More information on the 3RCACE project can be found here:

UNICEF is a partner in the delivery of a component of this project, which will focus on improving access to multi-sectoral response services for gender-based violence (GBV) survivors.

The consultant will support UNICEF’s Child Protection Section in the coordination of the various aspects of the partnership with MoWSA, including developing and implementing a GBV prevention methodology, enhancing the delivery of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) for survivors of GBV, and providing technical assistance to the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) within MoWSA.

Scope of Work:

The consultant will lead the coordination of the various workstreams and activities undertaken by UNICEF in support of the delivery of the 3RCACE project. This will include:

  • Act as a focal point within UNICEF for the 3RCACE project; maintain document library, coordinate UNICEF staff within the Country Office (CO) and Field Offices (FOs) in support of PIU, and monitor progress against the work plan.
  • Regularly liaise with the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) of MoWSA as well as the UNICEF GBV in Emergencies Specialist, MHPSS Specialist, and other members of the UNICEF Child Protection Section in the Country Office as well as in the relevant Field Offices.
  • Provide project updates to the Chief of Child Protection, GBViE Specialist, MHPSS Specialist, and others in UNICEF, as required.
  • Support the PIU to establish and lead a technical working group or other coordination mechanism to support the delivery of 3RCACE.
  • Coordinate contracting of suppliers to undertake activities required for successful implementation of UNICEF’s contribution to the 3RCACE project, including liaising with UNICEF Supply colleagues, overseeing tender and selection processes, quality assurance of deliverables, and payment upon receipt of acceptable deliverables.
  • Receive requests for technical assistance from PIU and forward them to appropriate staff within UNICEF for follow-up and action.
  • Support delivery of capacity building: plan trainings, coordinate with training facilitators to send invitations, book venues, prepare materials, and draft training reports.
  • Support monitoring efforts, including planning field visits and preparing visit reports. Coordinate with stakeholders of the project, including Bureaus of Women and Social Affairs, woreda leadership, women’s organizations, and women and girls affected by conflict.
  • Oversee reporting to PIU, including collecting and combining input from relevant colleagues for UNICEF’s contribution to the 3RCACE project and liaising with Donor Relations.

To qualify as an advocate for every child, you will have:

  • An advanced university degree in Psychology, Sociology, Gender Studies, Public Health, International Development, Business Administration, Project Management, or equivalent programme experience.
  • A minimum of Five (5) years of professional experience in managing development projects, ideally with a focus on gender and/or GBV.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset. 
  • Excellent organizational skills, including managing multiple concurrent tasks, prioritizing urgent activities, and ensuring timelines and deadlines are met.
  • Experience working on World Bank-funded projects or with a UN organization.
  • Excellent communication skills, able to write concise and informative reports using information from multiple sources.
  • Able to effectively engage with various audiences, including senior leadership teams and Government and community-based stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of evidence and practice on GBV prevention, including social norm change interventions.
  • Familiar with basic concepts of MHPSS, including the survivor-centered approach in service delivery.
  • Strong networking and influencing skills; able to solve problems creatively.





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