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Duty Station: Addis Ababa

Number of Positions: One

Job Purpose

The Sub-national Communications Lead is responsible for the overall handling of the Central, South, and Southwest (CSSW) Sub-National Hub MaYEA program Communication activities in selected Woredas of Oromia, Gambela, Sidama, Central Ethiopia, South Ethiopia, and South West Ethiopia Regions and other areas as deemed necessary. He / She will work within the wider MaYEA program team and other IIRR and implementing partners (SOS Sahel Ethiopia and MELCA Ethiopia) staff. He / She is accountable to the Sub-national Program Director and coordinates with other sub-national technical leads, implementing partners, and the two IIRR cluster leads (Omo-Konso Cluster and Gamo-Gofa Cluster). Moreover, he/she is responsible for the follow-up of Communications-related resource management and communications of the CSSW-MaYEA program to adhere to all universal and MasterCard Foundation, IIRR, Federal and Regional Governments, and program-specific standards and procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities

 Technical leadership

  • Technically lead, support, and follow-up the other five thematic leads of the sub-national hub (Apiculture; Enterprise Development; Gender, Youth and Safeguarding; Programing, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning; Capacity Building and Policy; and Finance and Grant Management Leads) the two implementing partners (MELCA Ethiopia and SOS Ethiopia) and the two clusters of IIRR (Omo-Konso Cluster and Gamo-Gofa Cluster) in their effort to properly carry out communication activities of MaYEA program in their jurisdiction.
  • Technically lead the design, implementation, and follow-up of quality of program delivery and efficacy of program resources of the communication activities and establish and maintain closer working relationships with relevant program stakeholders at the subnational and cluster level for the smooth implementation of the communication activities.
  • Technically led communication activities, ensuring the law of the land was respected, and MasterCard Foundation’s and IIRR’s rules, regulations, and procedures were followed.

Programming, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

  • Based on the program document, supported by the sub-national Program Director and the programming, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Lead, prepare detailed annual implementation plans of communication activities for every fiscal year specified in the contract agreement between IIRR and the donor and get the plan approved by the concerned.
  • Ensure records are well kept, consolidated hub-level ad-hoc, and quality and annual reports of the sub-national communication activities of MaYEA are produced and communicated to all concerned in a timely manner.
  • Gather stakeholders, partners, and program participants’ reflections, draw programmatic and operational learning, and document and share results to facilitate learning, knowledge management, and informed and adaptive management systems across all levels and partners.

Program Implementation

  • Build the capacity of the implementing partners and IIRR clusters’ officers and ensure that they properly understand the program’s objectives and approaches and the contribution of the communication activities to fulfill the program objectives.
  • Coordinates with the five sub-national leads to provide technical support for the implementing partners’ and IIRR clusters’ officers.
  • Technically lead and coordinate the communication interventions of the program and support implementing partners, clusters, and Woreda officers on the same.
  • Coordinate with the program’s other technical leads to ensure all periodical and ad hoc communications of MaYEP are accurate and timely.
  • Collect feedback, document and publicize project gains, and progress to concerned stakeholders and the wider audience.
  • Document, store, and share events and achievements of MaYEP with appropriate audiences through different meanness
  • Ensure every communication activity of the program aligns with universally accepted safeguarding principles and IIRR’s and MasterCard Foundation’s safeguarding policies and procedures.

Youth engagement, gender equity, and inclusiveness

  • Design and implement the communication strategy and activities to create an enabling environment and mechanisms in place for real and effective engagement of young people in the apiculture and allied value chains, especially those of young women and other vulnerable groups.
  • Coordinate with the other technical leads of the program to plan, implement, and follow up a youth-focused targeting strategy that prioritizes young women (at least 80%) and other vulnerable groups (at least 10%) to engage in apiculture-based Agro-enterprise.

Networking and communication

  • Ensure the program is well networked with all critical actors in apiculture and allied value and benefits from networking.
  • Actively participate in Participatory Review and Reflection Sessions (PRRS), Multi-Stakeholder Platforms (MSP), Value Chain Actors Platforms (VCAP), and other arrangements as necessary.
  • Ensure the program’s objectives, approaches, and apiculture and allied interventions and standards are well communicated to all stakeholders and program participants.
  • Ensure that all periodical and ad hoc communications related to the communication activity itself are accurate and timely.
  • With other sub-national leads, ensure that feedback about the communication activity interventions is collected; project gains and progress are documented and publicized to concerned stakeholders and the wider audience.

Safeguarding and accountability

  • Develop the sub-national hub communications strategy incorporating components of safeguarding and Identify appropriate safeguarding messages and channels for broadcasting.
  • Include information about safeguarding on social media channels and/ or newsletters.
  • Design appropriate informed consent procedures and forms.
  • Seek permission from beneficiaries to use stories/ images and ensure that informed consent forms are signed.
  • Ensure that program participants are portrayed positively in all communications, internally and externally.
  • Monitor the impact of the sub-national communications work and ensure that all comply with MaYEA’s safeguarding policies and procedures.
  • Actively participate in mechanisms that engage stakeholders, partners, and program participants to reflect on the communication interventions and ensure downward, horizontal, and upward accountability.

Qualification and Competence

Educational Background

  • MA in Communication, Journalism, Literature, Agricultural Extension, and related fields. Work Experience
  • A minimum of 10 years experience, with a minimum of 6 years direct experience related to the position.
  • Experience in complex programs related to livelihood development, rural finance, agribusiness development, marketing and value chain, youth employment, and inclusive development is advantageous.

 Skills and competencies required

  • Proven skill and track record in teamwork, coordination, partnership building, multi-stakeholder engagement, networking, effective communication facilitation, problem-solving, and decision-making.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and work independently
  • Ability to think and lead strategically while managing details
  • Advanced computer skills.
  • Integrity and honesty, hard work, firm belief in equality, transparency, and respect for others are core values needed. 

Application Process 

  • Interested applicants are expected to apply only through email at, the latest by December 21, 2023, at 4:00 PM.
  • The application package shall include an application letter clearly outlining the applicant’s experience and suitability for the position and an updated CV of the applicant with three references. No other supporting documents are needed at the application stage.
  • IIRR Ethiopia will notify short-listed candidates to provide their credentials. 

Women and people with disability are encouraged to apply.