Vacancy Announcement for Project Officer

The Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network, Addis Ababa University (HoA-REC&N-AAU) is a peculiar regional organization established to bridge the gap between policy, knowledge and practice in environmental matters of the Horn of Africa region. The organization is serving as a regional multi-stakeholder platform of knowledge exchange whereby academia, policy-decision makers and practitioners convene to promote environmental conservation and natural resources management as well as facilitating collaboration, strengthening and advocating for sustainable development and environmental governance across the Horn of Africa.

HoA-REC&N-AAU has broad goal of curbing the increasing trend of environmental degradation caused by mis-management and conflicts that is aggravated by climate change, lack of coordination and collaboration to restore degraded ecosystems and to ensure sustainable use of natural resources by supporting local communities to transform their livelihoods, to cope with their changing physical environment in the Horn of Africa countries. This is done by strengthening capacity, raising environmental awareness, improving environmental governance and policy throughout the region by facilitating and stimulating practical and demand driven action research to address societal problems. A detailed overview about HoA-REC&N is available at

HoA-REC&N-AAU has been implementing several projects streamlined under programmatic themes in the past decade. Currently, HoA-REC&N-AAU is actively implementing regional and national programs in selected trans-boundary landscapes shared by the Horn of Africa countries.  HoA-REC&N-AAU is, thus, seeking to hire experienced Person for the following vacant position to the realisation of its broad       regional goal.

Position:                                             Project officer

Duty station:                                      Gambella Peoples’ National Regional State, Gambella

Duration:                                            On contract basis with possible extension

Salary:                                                 As per the salary scale of the Centre

Number:                                             One

Reports to:                                         The HoA-ESR Regional Programme Coordinator

Job Summary:  

The Project Officer will be engaging and assisting in the day-to-day implementation of the HoA-ESR activities in the Gambella landscape, supporting project interventions towards effective and efficient delivery of services in line with the results areas of the HoA-ESR in the South West landscape (Gambella). The Project Officer will be based in Gambella.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works closely with Gambella Children Community Development Organisation (GCCDO) and Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA), coordinating the provision of technical support to the HoA-ESR in the establishment and implementation of the     project in the landscape;
  • Undertakes the preparation of the needed training modules/designs for the HoA-ESR  interventions and in the conduct of such trainings and planning workshops;
  • Mobilizes communities in protecting landscape resources: key biodiversity areas and relevant ecosystems through community monitoring and enforcement activities;
  • Facilitates institutionalizing NRM local policy frameworks for improving local               conservation of vital resources;
  • Generates knowledge and promote experience sharing among stakeholders and    documentation of success stories;
  • Undertakes conduct of project site monitoring and supervision activities; and
  • Undertakes the preparation of HoA-ESR intervention reports together with the         Gambella Children Community Development Organisation (GCCDO) (quarterly, bi-annual and annual reporting), annual action planning development and liquidity/budget planning.



  • Master / bachelor degree in Natural Resource Management, Wildlife/biodiversity conservation, Climate Change Adaptation, Integrated Water Resource Management, Sustainable Development (Environmental science, rangeland management, forestry, agronomy or related fields)


  • For master degree holders, at least 2 years, and for bachelor degree holders, at least 5 years of work experience in the field of natural resource management; protected areas management and biodiversity conservation
  • Preference is given to those with work experience in non-governmental or international organisations with similar thematic approach

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Computer skills: use internet, email, word, excel and PowerPoint;
  • Proven ability to link different sectors (water, land, livelihoods, energy) to promote and give guidance to sustainable development processes;
  • Proven ability to facilitate and coordinate multi-stakeholder processes and maintain constructive contact with stakeholders in the field of natural resource management;
  • Proven ability to work with community-based organisations in a culturally sensitive way; Strong affinity with, and knowledge of the nexus between poverty and natural resource management;
  • Strong reporting, communication and proposal writing skills.
  • Strong understanding of programme planning and budgets;
  • Experience in project and program management involving government, NGOs, communities, private sector;
  • Facilitating skills in networking with government agencies, private sector, donor institutions as well as natural resource management institutions;
  • Basic knowledge on the sustainable environment and natural resource management;
  • Appropriate knowledge and skills in Landscape Assessments and management planning;
  • Basic knowledge and conduct of capacity building activities with communities;
  • Experience in conduct of Demand Driven Action Research in rural development;
  • Possessing leadership and good communication skills, among others
  • Good knowledge of English/French is required and knowledge of the language that is spoken in the landscape is a distinct advantage;
  • Analytical and decision-making skills, physical stamina

How to Apply

Application is accepted through the following e-mail:

Send in your CV and other relevant credentials in pdf format and please write the position that you are applying for on the subject line. 

Deadline for Application: February 26, 2021

Applicants who are familiar with the Gambella landscape are encouraged to apply

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted