Australian Embassy
Ethiopia, Djibouti, South Sudan, Central African Republic, African Union, IGAD, UN ECA

Positions vacant

Vacant Positions


The Australian Embassy Addis Ababa currently has a vacancy for the following position:

Senior Program Manager

Monthly Salary:   ETB41,100


About the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

The role of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is to advance the interests of Australia and Australians internationally. This involves strengthening Australia’s security, enhancing Australia’s prosperity, delivering an effective and high quality overseas aid program and helping Australian travellers and Australians overseas.

The department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Australian Government. DFAT also works with other Australian government agencies to drive coordination of Australia’s pursuit of global, regional and bilateral interests.


About the position

Under limited direction, the Senior Program Manager is responsible for managing DFAT’s partnership with the African Union on gender and mining-related programs and the Embassy’s small grants program. The role also manages aspects of the Embassy’s bilateral engagement in the extractives, humanitarian and agriculture sectors, and other sectors as required.

The key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage, monitor and provide strategic advice on the performance of DFAT’s partnership with the African Union, United Nations Economy Commission for Africa and the African Minerals Development Centre
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with senior African Union officials, other donors and stakeholders for activities
  • Manage the Embassy’s small grants program, including designing and managing projects and programs. 
  • Maintain contact with NGO partners and potential grant applicants.
  • Represent the Embassy at high-level meetings, forums, functions and conferences on humanitarian and economic issues, and matters relating to the African Union.
  • Manage Australia’s contribution to the Ethiopia Development Assistance Group (DAG) pooled fund.
  • Manage contracts, including monitoring performance, variations and amendments, undertaking program administration, resolving problems, identifying and mitigating risks.
  • Maintain an extensive risk register to track and manage identified program risks.
  • Manage the finances of aid activities including preparing financial estimates, maintaining financial records, arranging for payment of accounts and monitoring and reporting on expenditure.
  • Analyse and report on the extractives, humanitarian and agriculture sectors in Ethiopia. Develop and maintain relevant networks in these fields.
  • Provide analysis and reporting on key economic issues in countries of accreditation and the African Union.
  • Provide support for events, visitor programs, and other projects.
  • Coordinate and prepare briefings, reports and research on all areas of the portfolio managed.

Please submit to (1) a covering letter, (2) your CV and (3) a statement of claims against each of the following selection criteria:

  1. Demonstrated experience in program management in a similar international development organisation.
  2. Knowledge and understanding of the African Union, development practice, and humanitarian crises.
  3. Highly developed analytical skills.
  4. Demonstrated ability to think strategically.
  5. Highly developed communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  6. Excellent problem-solving and organisational skills.
  7. Ability to work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified. Applications close on Friday 20 April 2018.