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Programme Assistant, Ethiopia Country Programme

The Life & Peace Institute (LPI) is an international centre that supports and promotes nonviolent approaches to conflict transformation through a combination of research and action that entails the strengthening of existing local capacities and enhancing the preconditions for building peace. LPI envisions a world where peace, justice and non-violent relations prevail through people’s active work and commitment. LPI works with a variety of partners in the Horn of Africa region, Somalia, Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia and the Great Lakes region, particularly the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Life and Peace Institute is the leading international organization to advance peaceful means of conflict transformation, encourage transformative and inclusive peace through research, practices and policy advocacy. As the “the peace building actor”, LPI acts in partnership with national, regional and local peace building and conflict transformation communities.  LPI Ethiopia’s work programme thematic areas includes:

  • Conflict sensitive land administration

  • Sustained dialogue with public universities

  • Evidence based policy advocacy

  • Vibrant civil society development

  • Listening tour for inclusive and transformative peace

Line Manager: Ethiopia Program Manager

Key Duties and Responsibilities: Under the direct supervision of the Ethiopia programme manager, and in coordination with relevant units at the Regional Office for Horn of Africa (HARP), the PA will be responsible to

  • Support the overall planning, budgeting, preparation, design and implementation of programme activities,

  • Assist in the implementation the projects on conflict sensitive land administration and sustained dialogue,

  • Draft and compile programme reports (Kahalas, Sida -donors report) and donors updates of project activity and government reports, in compliance with SIDA, government requirements and internal procedures and processes,

  • Coordinate and provide logistic support in conjunction with internal and external meetings/workshops/training among the different components of the programme and project activities such as conflict sensitive land administration, sustained dialogue project, listening tour and civil society capacity development,

  • Contribute to the implementation of gender and conflict sensitivity mainstreaming in the programme and across projects,

  • Support the development of new programmatic opportunities and project proposals and initiatives, by inter alia collecting, systematically organizing and analysing information in support to project development activities,

  • Contribute to the implementation of the LPI Ethiopia programme communication strategy and production of visibility material in collaboration with the LPI Ethiopia and HARP communication advisor,

  • Assist the programme team in documenting best practices, editing and preparing relevant situation/activities, updates, info sheets, publications, press-releases, newsletters, presentations and other information materials,

  • Assist the programme in maintaining regular working relations and communication on projects with the government, national peace related agencies and institutions, international organizations and NGOs, other project partners,

  • Assist the programme team to comply with LPI programmatic, administrative and financial regulations and procedures,

  • Act as back-up to the SD peace incubations application and conflict sensitive land administration, listening tour project implementation.


  • Master’s Degree, preferably in Political Science or peace and conflict studies or social Studies with two years of relevant experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Political Science or peace and conflict studies or social Studies with three years of relevant experience


  • Experience in the area of migration and reintegration of migrants is preferred

  • Proven ability to establish and maintain strong working relations with relevant Government and Non-Governmental counterparts, international organizations, civil society entities

  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral and ability to relate sensitively to diverse groups

  • Self-driven and able to deliver results with minimum supervision

  • Strong analytical, organizational and reporting skills

  • Basic knowledge and understanding of peace and gender issues; strong commitment to the goal of gender equality and conflict sensitivity

  • Excellent computer skills

  • Demonstrable interpersonal and team working skills

  • Fluency in English is required

Duration: One year with the possibility of extension (depending on availability of funding)

Remuneration: Based on the organisation's salary scale

Working Hours: The standard working week is 40 hours

How to apply: Please submit your CV and a cover letter in English, detailing how you meet the selection criteria to: applications.addisababa@life-peace.org.  Please use the subject heading Ref: Ethiopia Programme Assistant


December 9, 2019

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