Closing Date : 2017-01-15
Duty Station : Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Organization: Nuru International
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 15 Jan 2017

Job Information

Title: Leadership Program Specialist

Department: Leadership

Reports to: Team Leader, Ethiopia

Location: Arba Minch & Zefine, Southern Region, Ethiopia

Employment type: Full-time with benefits

Term: 1 Year starting with possible 1 year extension

Start Date: January 1, 2017

Job Overview

The Leadership Program is the foundation of the Nuru Model. We strongly believe that local leaders are the key to ending extreme poverty. The Leadership Program unlocks the potential of host-national leaders to design, build, and scale solutions to poverty in a sustainable way. The Program equips the leaders Nuru works within a project to facilitate the exit of expat advisors within seven years. We are pioneers with our approach to developing and tracking leadership sustainability enabling us to exit all of our expat staff over time. All of our work is guided by a servant leadership philosophy.

This is a complex position that requires working by, with, and through the Nuru Ethiopia (NE) Leadership Program team under the supervision of the Team Leader and guidance of the Leadership Program Strategic Advisor and Director. We are looking for an experienced professional who will:

Move Nuru Ethiopia towards leadership sustainability by, with, and through the Leadership Program Team and by supporting the development of a capacity building strategy with Impact Teams

Mentor and advise the Managers and build the capacity of the Leadership Program Team

Facilitate adoption of the Leadership Program ethos throughout Nuru Ethiopia and the Foundation Team

You will not have direct management or decision-making authority of the Leadership Program. Instead, you will play an advisor role to the NE Leadership team. Achieving desired outcomes without direct implementation and management will be a challenging aspect of this role as well as harmonizing the needs of Nuru Ethiopia and Nuru International and balancing short-term demands and long-term strategy.

The Leadership Program is critical to our success you will have to collaborate and build consensus between and among the expats on the ground and the local national staff and be willing to continually persuade and coach other team members on the importance of the Program and its effective implementation in Ethiopia.

Job Responsibilities

Team Development and Program Implementation

Mentor the Ethiopian Leadership Program Team to develop their capacity as facilitators, curriculum developers, and as leaders in the community

Develop the capacity of the Leadership Program Manager to run the program and manage the team

Guide and support the Leadership Program Manager in the development of strategic plans and program budgets

Advise the Leadership Program Manager in operationalizing Nuru s leadership philosophy and methodology through training and other program activities

Impact Program Integration

Support the development of a capacity building and leadership sustainability strategy for cooperatives and unions

Guide the creation of a comprehensive training curriculum for cooperative members and leaders to ensure cooperative leadership sustainability

Collaborate with Impact teams to integrate leadership principles into their curriculum

Help guide Nuru trainers align training and facilitation methodology

Monitoring and Evaluation

Mentor the Leadership Program Team on monitoring program progress and evaluating impact through the Leadership Sustainability Index (LSI)

Collaborate effectively with the Monitoring and Evaluation and the Administration Teams on all projects that require close coordination (LSI, data collection, Performance Reviews, 360 evaluations, etc.)

Collaborate with relevant Nuru stakeholders to create a comprehensive M&E system to evaluate Cooperative Leadership Sustainability

Nuru International and Leadership Advocate

Make strategic and tactical recommendations for improvements and changes to training content and methodology

Document program decisions, successes, and failures

Facilitate Leadership workshops with the Field Team

Collaborate effectively with the Leadership Program Strategic Advisor and maintain clear and consistent communication

Along with the Leadership Program Manager, serve as the expert of the Leadership Program Model in Ethiopia and advise the Team Leader and Country Director on all matters related to the Leadership program


Bachelor s degree in Psychology, Sociology, Education, or similar field; Master s degree preferred

At least one year living and working in developing countries; Ethiopia preferred

2-4 years training, facilitating, assessing adult learners

Strong project management and curriculum writing skills

Managing complex projects including strategic planning and budgeting

Mentoring and supporting individuals and teams to meet their goals

Strong verbal and written communication including cross-cultural communication

Consensus building and conflict resolution

Crisis management and rapid, innovative problem solving in uncertain environments

Great at listening, feedback, and showing empathy

Adapts easily to rapidly changing work environments; operates effectively in high-stress situations

Basic understanding of servant leadership

Very personable easily gains the trust and confidence of others

Commitment to the Leadership Program s training philosophy and methodology

High commitment to organization s mission and theory of change

Functions independently with minimal supervision

Working Conditions

Nuru s primary area of work is in the highlands of rural Ethiopia and can be physically challenging and occasionally uncomfortable. Communal living accommodations are provided and are an essential aspect of this role. Candidates must be comfortable in such an environment that includes household chores and at times a lack of privacy. Teams have also experienced loss of electricity for days at a time.

How to apply:

Please apply and upload your resume/ CV and cover letter at how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. **

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