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Job Description:


Save the Children is seeking a Conflict Sensitivity Lead (CSL) for an anticipated 5-year USAID-funded Highland Resilience Activity (HRA) program in Ethiopia. This Activity will have a strong crosscutting focus on conflict sensitivity for vulnerable Highlands’s households, and will be integrated into USAID's Resilience Food Security Activities (RFSAs) in five target regions of Ethiopia.

The Conflict Sensitivity Lead will report directly to the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) and will ensure technical implementation of high impact, proven interventions that meet stated HRA’s goals and reporting requirements.

She/he will coordinate conflict sensitivity related activities with key stakeholders, international consortium members, and local implementing partners as well as other HRA Leads and Specialists. She/he will manage the implementation of key security impact and conflict analyses throughout the targeted regions, woredas and kebeles. She/he will oversee the fieldwork of international and local partners, and ensure that their interventions do not cause any harm to target populations or affect project’s reputation. She/he will provide assistance and guidance for advocacy related interventions so that they may not cause adverse effects.

The conflict sensitivity Lead will be part of the program team to advance the principles of conflict sensitivity and mainstreaming within HRA, consortium and implementing partners, and stakeholders. The position will contribute to conflict sensitivity and conflict mitigating activities within the HRA program.

This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.


Reports to: HRA Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)

Staff reporting to this post:  N/A


  • Undertake a comprehensive conflict analysis and propose appropriate conflict sensitive measures relevant for the program and local context in the geographies where HRA will be implemented.
  • Lead on the development and implementation of monitoring tools and processes to collect relevant data, analyse and integrate conflict relevant information into program operations.
  • Support a process of reflective assessment and adjustment of program implementation to ensure strategic flexibility.
  • Maintain an up to date understanding of peace and conflict dynamics and conflict sensitivity considerations in target regions, using social media, media monitoring and other sources;
    • Sensitively engage with  project staff, relevant consortium partners and stakeholders at both a national and local level, around peace and conflict dynamics through interviews, focus groups, surveys and other approaches;
    • Contribute to the development of knowledge products relating to conflict sensitivity in target regions.
    • Deliver training on conflict sensitivity to staff, partners and key stakeholders in English and main Ethiopian languages.
    • Contribute to organizing and facilitating Conflict sensitivity workshops and Forum meetings, trainings and other events..
    • Attend and actively participate in periodic program meetings and ensure a summary of progress and “do no harm” challenges, presented with follow-up actions as required.
    • Strengthen partnership with organizations that could benefit from and contribute to building capacity in conflict-sensitive development approaches in Ethiopia.
    • Other duties as requested. 
    • SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


      •  Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
      • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved


      •   Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
      • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
      • Future orientated, thinks strategically


      •   Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
      • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
      • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


      • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
      •    Willing to take disciplined risks


      Honest, encourages openness and transparency
Job Requirements:


  • Bachelor Degree in political economy, political science, anthropology or related social science field.
  • Minimum of 12 years of professional experience in the provision of related technical assistance in a development project in Ethiopia.
  • Experience working in fragile contexts including those affected by conflict, natural disasters and other political/socio-economic stressors.
  • Good familiarity with the political, social, and cultural context of Ethiopia.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with government representatives, project and partners’ staff, local leaders and local community organizations, donors and other stakeholders, particularly at the sub-national level.
  • Strengths in inspiring and enabling others through teamwork, training, and capacity building to realize organizational objectives.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Amharic.
  • Knowledge of other main local languages.
  • Ability to travel in complex rural environments of Ethiopia.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative.


  • Master’s Degree in relevant area is preferred
  • Prior professional experience in a USAID funded project.
  • Familiarity with USG-funded Resilience and Food Security Activities and/or the Government of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program.
  • Experience working with vulnerable populations in particular ultra-poor, women, youth and migrant populations.

    Generic Competencies

    ·Child Rights: Promotes an enabling environment for participation, and accountability to children

    · Be the Innovator: Promotes innovation to find new and better approaches to driving progress for children

    -Deliver Results at Scale: Promotes a clear focus on impact in a project and programme design, management, and oversight

    Generic Competencies

    • Being the Voice of Children: Promotes evidence-based policy and public engagement that includes the voices of children and their communities
    • Advancing Equality & Inclusion: Displays a commitment to ensuring everything we do considers the most deprived and marginalised children and adolescent
    • Building & Strengthening Partnerships: Promotes working with diverse partners as critical to delivery

    Child Rights: Promotes the rights of children in own work and in work with colleagues and peers,

    Additional job responsibilities

    The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience

    Equal Opportunities

    The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI’s global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Gender Equality Policies, supported by relevant procedures.

    Child Safeguarding:

    We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

    Safeguarding our Staff:

    The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy.

    Health and Safety

    The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SC Health and Safety policies and procedures.

    We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. The duty station of the position holder will be in Addis Ababa This role is offered on the basis of national terms and conditions only.

    The Organization
    We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

    We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
    • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
    • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
    • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

    We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Job Category:
Business Development
Business Development
Full time
Full time
Addis Ababa
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