Team Leader

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 20 June 2018

Job Description


As Ethiopia makes progress towards becoming a middle-income country, it needs a system capable of meeting acute needs that is less reliant on large humanitarian appeals. The Government of Ethiopia (GoE) has a clear strategic direction and strong policies for managing humanitarian crises. The upcoming DFID funded Building Resilience in Ethiopia (BRE) Programmewill provide demand-led interventions, including targeted technical support and advice, and independent monitoring and evaluation to support the GoE.

The Team Leader will provide leadership to the BRE Programme Management Unit (PMU) based in Addis Ababa. The role will require working closely the GoE, BRE programme partners and other key stakeholders across the humanitarian sector to provide technical support as needed by the GoE. The Team leader must be mission driven, and committed to making a distinctive impact serving the BRE programme and Abt Associates.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Set up a programme in Addis Ababa to allow continuous engagement between stakeholders and suppliers in support of BRE
  • Lead a multidisciplinary and high performing team to provide technical assistance in a collaborative manner and manage team performance across the programme
  • Building trusted relationships with senior GoE stakeholders at MoFEC, NDRMC, MoH/EPHI and OPM
  • Advance the impact and reputation of Abt Associates and its partners throughout Ethiopia and beyond through thought leadership and other activities
  • Multidisciplinary PMU built and able to provide technical assistance to the GoE through packages of work
  • Successful coordination of PMU (including technical streams) to conduct packages of work effectively
  • PMU’s performance as well as the performance of any other workstreams, partners and sub-contractors, sustained at a high level
  • Oversight on all technical deliverables, including: Building capacity of the NDRMC, the MoFEC, the MoH and EPHI to build and strengthen shock responsive systems able to prepare for and respond to emergencies; building GoE’s monitoring and evaluation capacity, independent monitoring and impact evaluation for BRE
  • Promote equality and inclusion for all

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites

  • Proven management expertise, in particular in building a multi-disciplinary team and putting systems in place to deliver technical assistance across multiple fields
  • Proven leadership capabilities and experience enabling positive change within an organisation
  • Proven capability to collaborate, partner and influence wide ranging stakeholders at senior level, including governments, UN agencies, NGOs and other private sector partners (including other delivery agents of technical assistance)
  • Knowledge and expertise of shock responsive government systems
  • Experience in Ethiopia or a similar country context required
  • Experience working with DFID and/or other donors desirable
  • Experience managing adaptive and flexible donor-funded programmes desirable
  • Relevant education is required
  • English is required and Amharic is highly preferred

This offer is contingent upon award. Interested candidates should send their CV to; put “BRE-Team Leader” in the subject line.

About the Organization

Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1965, Abt Associates was built on the concept that sound information and empirical analysis are the best foundations for effective decision making. The firm blends the subject matter expertise of our staff with technical capabilities in applied research, program implementation, and data collection to shape policy, strengthen systems, measure performance, and deliver other solutions to our public and private sector clients. Examples of Abt Associates’ work include nationally recognized research, evaluation, and technical assistance to improve the efficiency of healthcare systems, the effectiveness of government housing programs, the production of food, and the measurement of public opinion. Abt’s staff of more than 2000 includes national and international experts who are known for their understanding of communities and governments worldwide, innovative research techniques, and insightful—and often groundbreaking—analyses and recommendations. Approximately 51 percent of our staff has graduate degrees; one in six has a doctorate. Our staff’s educational and professional disciplines include economics, engineering, environmental analysis, epidemiology, food security, health, housing, international development, psychology, social science, statistics, and survey methodology. Abt’s research staff is experienced with prominent statistical software packages, including SPSS, SAS, and STATA, along with qualitative software such as NVIVO and Atlas. In 2011, Abt Associates was ranked among the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 development innovators. Abt has offices in Atlanta, Ga.; Rockville, Md.; Cambridge, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; Durham, N.C.; and New York City and program offices in nearly 40 countries in Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa.

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