(RuSACCO) Program Manager (based in Ethiopia)

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Job Title: Rural Saving and Credit Cooperatives (RuSACCO) Programme Manager
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with travel to programme areas in Ethiopia 
Reporting to: Head of Programmes, Ethiopia
Duration of Contract: 24 months, renewable based on performance appraisal

Roles and Responsibilities


The RuSACCO Programme Manager is responsible for RuSACCO programme development and implementation, including development of annual work plans, organising and coordinating activities including capacity building and assessment, input provision, organising training, conducting progress reviews and monitoring and evaluation. She/he is responsible for making decisions relating to the rural finance programme, coordinating technical inputs, overseeing staff and consultants including allocation of duties/responsibilities, activities and associated resources to achieve project objectives. The programme manager is expected to have significant experience in financial cooperatives, in microfinance and management experience, be a self starter and require minimum supervision.

Required Skills and Competences

In order to succeed in this role the successful candidate is expected to have senior expertise in financial cooperatives and capacity building, be a dynamic person, with a track record of facilitating effective partnerships and successful project management; attitude and experience are as important as qualifications. The following are indicative of the person we are looking for:


  • A minimum of 5 years experience in programme management at senior level in a similar environment, Financial Cooperatives and/or Microfinance, with excellent people management skills
  • Operational experience with financial cooperatives/microfinance, accounting, business management and rural livelihoods approaches to development.
  • A strong commitment to the aims, objectives and values of SHA’s programme in Ethiopia
  • Relevant qualification(s) in finance, accountancy and/or microfinance (including financial cooperatives)
  • Experience in facilitation of learning process, networking and knowledge management
  • Knowledge of current challenges facing livelihoods of rural Ethiopians
  • A mature self-starter, excellent communicator and team builder with the ability to manage and motivate staff
  • Excellent verbal, analytical, organizational and written skills in English
  • Commitment to international development and humanitarian NGO codes, standards and practices
  • Very good working knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and general IT skills
  • Languages: proficient oral and written, in one or more of the federal working languages and English


  • Knowledge of dynamics of partnership and experience in a role directly involved in partner/local institution organizational capacity development programmes i.e. with experience in using organizational assessment tools and facilitating organization development processes
  • Expertise in value chain approaches, food security and rural enterprise development. Experience in research and skills to adapt and develop appropriate monitoring and evaluation tools
  • Understanding and experience of administration, finance and logistics systems

Key relationships

The incumbent will have active relations with:

  • SHA Ethiopia Head of Programmes (Line Manager)
  • SHA Country Director (Head of Mission)
  • SHA Ethiopia RuSACCO programme staff (direct reports)
  • Other SHA Ethiopia staff
  • Programme Support Teams and Policy and Strategy Team at Self Help Africa HQs
  • Finance Teams in country and in Ireland/UK/USA
  • Programme partners ILCUF and others (if any)
  • HR officer SHA
  • Civil Society Organisations in Ethiopia including National and International NGOs
  • Government ministries and local government staff
  • Donors/Supporters of SHA programmes


It is expected that you will:

  1. Carry out these accountabilities within the operating and process frameworks that apply to the whole Self Help Africa organisation
  2. Work together with all your key stakeholders: line and functional to ensure organisational objectives, mission and vision are met
  3. Exemplify the Self Help Africa Standards of Integrity, Purpose & Values

How To Apply:

Download the JD and Application Form

Please submit: 1) The Application Form; 2)CV/Resume and 3) a cover letter . The cover letter should explain why you want the position and why you think you are particularly suited to the role. The application should be submitted to the following two email addresses:
esayas.haileselassie@selfhelpafrica.net, ethiopia@selfhelpafrica.org

Please submit application by email only as a Word document or in pdf. Make it clear which position you are applying for by writing the Position in the subject line of your e-mail as follows [ Programme Manager + Your name OR PM RuSACCO + Your Name]”

Closing date: 5:00pm on Monday 22nd of July 2019

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview by e-mail and date for interview will be communicated once the initial screening is completed.

Self Help Africa is committed to equal employment opportunities. However, for these two posts we highly encourage women applicants.

Any candidate offered a job with Self Help Africa will be expected to sign Self Help Africa’s Safeguarding Policies and Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents. Specific roles may require police/DBS/Garda vetting.

Self Help Africa encourages qualified women applicants and is committed to equal employment opportunities