Light for the World

Light for the World


Position: Regional Program Coordinator
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Permanent
Place of Work: Tigray
Posted date: 1 week ago
Application Deadline: Aug, 20/2020 (11 days left)

Light for the World International strives for a world in which persons with disabilities in developing countries have a decent life, equally participate in society and have access to their rights. We focus on persons with disabilities living in poverty, who are amongst the most excluded and underprivileged groups in society. Putting them at the center of our development efforts will advance the removal of barriers for other excluded groups as well and bring about change towards an inclusive society.

To strengthen our highly committed and passionate team in Ethiopia we are looking for the Regional Program Coordinator based in Mekele, Tigray Region with frequent travel (25%) to zones and districts. The position reports to the Program Manager based in Addis Ababa.

Tigray Regional Health Bureau and LIGHT FOR THE WORLD (LFTW) have been cooperating since 2006 to establish comprehensive eye care services in the Tigray region. Since 2014, the two parties with the financial support from USAID/RTI and DFID/SSI have been engaged in trachoma and lymphatic filariasis elimination program. Now, Light for the world is supporting the region with trachomatous trichiasis surgery service provision, Mass drug administration for trachoma, and LF. Furthermore, a regional comprehensive eye health project with an aim of strengthening the overall eye care system in the region.  To enhance the smooth implementation of the overall Light for the world program in the region, we are looking for a qualified person to the position of regional program coordinator to be seconded to the regional health bureau.

The main duties and responsibilities of the post holder: 

The Regional Program Coordinator is mainly responsible for the overall planning and management of Light for the world program at TRHB. The post holder will coordinate and lead the regional blindness prevention program and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) elimination program being implemented in collaboration with the TRHB, district health offices, and relevant sectors in Tigray Region. In an effort to eliminate Trachoma and Lymphatic Filariasis and to prevent blindness and disability, the post holder is also responsible for fostering partnerships with TRHB, donors, and networking with other stakeholders.

In summary, the main duties and responsibilities of the post holder include: 

  • Plan, coordinate, monitor and report the implementation of regional blindness prevention and NTDs elimination program in the Tigray region.
  • Ensure project cycle management standards and procedures are successfully followed by partners and in line with donor requirements.
  • Develop relationships with partners, at both strategic and operational levels and play an active role in the planning, monitoring, and review of projects in line with the donors’ and government guidelines and Light for the world's overall goals.
  • Capture learnings from the programme for reflection and action by the team and share within Light for the world and project partners.
  • Ensure accountability through monitoring of the effective physical implementation of the projects and financial utilization.
  • Provide technical and managerial oversight and guidance to field staffs with regards to the management of all Trachoma/NTDs and Eyecare projects.
  • In collaboration with the LFTW CO program and Monitoring and evaluation teams, ensure timely submission of all donor and government reports with the required quality.
  • Coordinate/ network with Regional and district WASH/NTDs counterparts to ensure harmonization of approaches and strategies
  • Contribute and actively involved in proposal writing by closely working with Light for the world country office and headquarter counterparts.
  • Advocate for the sustainable implementation of the program/projects in the region and work towards elimination by closely supporting the different components of the project
  • Make sure that procurement of items are timely done and reaches the destination for its purpose;
  • Make sure the field staffs are up to date with eye health and NTDs new developments which are happening nationally and globally;
  • Conduct regular project monitoring at the field and provide timely technical support to the field staff as per the findings.
  • Review travel and task-related Terms of References (ToR), car rental, and advance requests from the field level project coordinators and share with the country office program managers with the proper review.
  • Along with Light for the world finance officers seconded to TRHB, conduct regular budget monitoring to each specific projects, ensure timely expenditure and reporting as per the standard;
  • Provide capacity-building support to the department where this position is based so as to enable sustainable management of  the same beyond the project period;  
  • The post holder will be assigned to do other tasks in the region including supporting the region in health system strengthening through technical assistance and knowledge transfer;

Line management  

The post holder will supervise the field level project coordinators in the region.

What we can offer as an employer:

We are offering an outstanding opportunity to bring about change through a young and dynamic organization with a strong profile, track record, and space for exploring new directions, testing new ideas, and allowing you to excel as an individual and with your team. We are a professional team that strives towards continuous development. All employees carry responsibility for their fields of action and for reaching the defined targets. We believe in participatory leadership and expect you to contribute your expertise and ideas also outside of your focus areas. We believe that learning from mistakes is an important way of developing.

The location of employment is Tigray Regional Health Bureau; with frequent travel to project areas and duration of the employment contract is for one year with the possibility of renewal based on performance and availability of funding.  

Your profile:

Master’s degree in public health with a minimum of 8 years’ practical experience in project cycle management in general and health-related projects. Experience in NTD is highly preferred. Your vast general knowledge in projects/programmes planning and management brings an added value to the success of projects jointly implemented by Light for the World and its partners. You have an excellent understanding and knowledge of project cycle management and report writing skills. Your English writing and speaking skill have a huge place in this role. You must have good social skills and the ability to operate in a multifaceted cultural setting. You are interested in development cooperation, on the inclusion of people with disabilities. Potential candidates should speak the local language (Tigrigna) and will be placed at the Tigray region (Mekelle). 

How to apply

We are looking forward to receiving your application no later than August 20, 2020. Please apply exclusively online via our application tool: A complete CV and a cover letter including an indication of your salary expectation are important as parts of the application. Please indicate contact details of at least three professional references. Please also let us know why you would like to join our team and why you consider yourself suitable for the role. Application form qualified people with disabilities and women is highly welcomed. 

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