Project Officer (Pastoral Development Policy and Strategy)


Job Description


Work Location : Ethiopia - Addis Ababa Type of Post : Other Possible Location : Funding : APPROVED Expected Travel : Type of Contract : Language Requirement : Application Deadline : 7/31/23 Employee Duration : Full-Time

Job Summary:

The main purpose of this role will be to support pastoral Development Policy and strategy at and regional levels. The position holder will closely work with technical expertise within CARE Ethiopia but primarily support the Afar regional government on contextualization and implementation of the national Pastoral Development policy and Strategy. She/He will bring proven skills in working with the government and other stakeholders at the Federal, regional, and local levels. As part of the work, the position holder is expected to ensure cross cutting issues such conflict sensitive programming, inclusiveness, do no harm principles and upheld and learning. She/He will take part in studies related to the implementation of the pastoral development strategy and contribute into the process of preparation of regional guidelines. He/she will be preparing and validating different school of thoughts in pastoralism and contribute into documentation of the inputs provided which will be to be used as an input for CARE’s own regional pastoralist strategy.

Duration: 10 months

Job Responsibility #1: Analysis, Strategy and Reporting (time: 40%)

Participates in partner selection processes for a range of different types of region level partners, including but not limited to Government, NGO, private sector, regional university, and research institutions. Participate in the strategic decision regarding pastoral policy and strategy consultations. Participates in detailed implementation plans (DIP) and annual reviews, Produces reports on regional pastoral policy & strategy implementation and progress of contextualization these instruments in the region. Technical supports to regional pastoralist units and key sector bureaus and help operationalizing the pastoralist policy. Participate on the development of country office Pastoralist strategy. Support the proper implementation and contextualization of the regional Pastoralists Development Policy and Strategy as it fits for Afar region.

Job Responsibility #2 Technical Assistance for partners (time: 100%)

participate regional dialogues on pastoral development policy and strategy. Initiate and enable the regional pastoral units to engage on pastoral policy and strategy. Participate on research on challenges of pastoralism, pastoral development policy & strategy and pastoral livelihoods. Leads discourse in pastoralism at regional level. Works with the relevant line bureaus & relevant government structures on pastoralist policy and strategy and contextualization efforts organizes and conducts Capacity Building events for the regional pastoral units and bureaus on the national gaps of pastoral policy & strategy. Organize meetings for regional actors, compile regional workshop proceedings and, and write progress reports. Contribute/make inputs into the contextualization of the national Pastoralist Development policy and strategy. Discuss with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the inclusion of relevant stakeholders. Documents lessons/results with relevant stakeholders Arranges experience sharing forums for CARE and partners. Lead/support the implementation of regional pastoral strategy.

Job Responsibility #3: Learning, Policy Implementation, and Networking (time: %)

Keeps up to date with developments in pastoral policy implementation and pastoral strategy development process in regionally. Communicating research findings, and newly developed guidelines to support implementation & contextualization of pastoral development policy and strategy at regional level Identifies, establishes & maintains productive relationships with like-minded non-government organizations and community-based institutions. Contribute into evidence generation process and learnings to input for the transformation of the existing pastoral /agro-pastoral economy in Ethiopia. Establishes and maintains formal and informal communication mechanisms with government Bureaus, institutions including NGOs. Identify, establishes, & maintains productive relationships with networks & partners in and outside of the region. Participates in the documentation & dissemination of lessons learnt to pastoralism & pastoral development. Support the development of Pastoralists Field Business School Curriculum and where appropriate, pilot its implementation Afar Region.

Job Responsibility #4: Representation and Others (time: 10%)

Facilitate regional level policy discourses/debate/ dialogue on the implementation and contextualization of the national pastoralist development strategy. Undertake other duties as may be requested by the supervisor. Represents CARE in various regional forums. Given with new tasks as needed & is expected to execute to meet expectations as any employee of the organization.

I. Problem Solving (Thinking Environment)

The incumbent must use interpersonal skills to choose the right strategy to address a given problem and also has to deal with variable solutions, which need analysis, problem definition and development of alternative solutions. This position requires innovative thinking and the ability to network and communicate broadly and strategically.

II. Gender Equality

Understanding & demonstrated commitment to importance of gender, youth & Social Inclusion issues. Demonstrated commitment to principles of Gender Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and PSEAH (safeguarding), as evidenced in previous positions / programming.




BSC/BA degree in pastoralism; Policy, Rural Development, NRM, Animal/rangeland science


Advanced degree pastoralism.



Minimum of 3 years of professional experiences preferably in pastoral context in high-level engagement. Research and academic related experiences, methodologies, practical experience in pastoralism and pastoral programming.


Experience working with diverse partners. Research and Development



Skills in research (writing of research articles) Willingness to work in hardship areas with limited facilities. Experience working with senior government officials and building consensus among diverse actors, including NGOs in pastoral settings. Team orientation & willingness to cooperate, collaborate and team up with the diverse backgrounds. Excellent analytical & self-motivation skills; excellent advocacy, communication, and persuasion skills; able to think critically. Experience in writing, preparing reports and presenting findings. Fluency (verbal and written) in English and Afar Languages


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