Under the guidance of Regional Director, the Country Representative (CR) has the overall responsibility for the strategic leadership and direction of the country program to achieve the organizational vision, goals and objectives. The Country Representative (CR) will lead and direct the programmatic and operational day to day activities of the country program, act as a technical expert, and directly manage the KOICA-funded sustainable landscape project / reforestation program that is expected to start in 2021.


The Country Representative will engage the team, contributors, and other relevant stakeholders in implementing the Country Strategy in line with the GGGI’s 2030 strategy. This will require aligning country program to organizational thematic priorities, the needs of the Government, and Resource mobilization opportunities. The Country Representative will develop networks and partnerships with national/regional institutions and lead in country donor collaboration and new project development. As manager of the KOICA-funded sustainable landscape project, the CR will set up and engage the team of technical experts and maintain positive relationship with the donor and the government to ensure project delivery.


Work Program and Budget

    • Develop an integrated and quality-assured Biennium Work Plan and Budget that is aligned with GGGI Strategic Plan 2030;
    • Deliver results on the ground based on the Work Plan and Budget for respective country program;
    • Oversee the development and implementation of annual country budgets as per approved WPB

Resource Mobilization

    • Keep abreast of the trends within the donor environment in the Country
    • Undertake responsibilities for new proposal development for funding from earmarked sources, in close consultation with the HQ
    • Be aware of all donors conditionality and monitor adherence GGGI and specific donors requirements
    • Contribute towards proposal development and activities in other African countries, as specified by the Regional Director

Management and Administration

    • Provide oversight to all finance and administrative services in line with GGGI financial regulations
    • Ensure that adequate internal control mechanisms are in place and review and minimize significant expenditure variances
    • Facilitate annual and project-specific audit processes
    • Ensure the preparation, accuracy and timely submission of monitoring reports
    • Ensure that key country documents are internally shared with the HQ and agreed upon before communicating to donors
    • Ensure that experiences and best practices are documented and shared across the organization
    • Ensure that the country program is maintaining a coordinated and agreed information exchange internally and externally

People Management

    • Provide leadership support to staff development in country
    • Oversee adequate implementation of the performance management system
    • Organize regular meetings with the senior management team and all staff for the purpose of exchanging information and learning
    • Ensure that the country team is engaged, effective, mutually supporting and sufficiently involved in decision making

Technical and Project Management

    • Provide technical expertise in sustainable landscapes to all projects of the country program.
    • In particular the post will entail supervision of the sustainable landscapes projects in Ethiopia, including forest restoration and management, agriculture, watershed restoration, and adaptation programs.
    • Work with government on National policies and strategies relating to sustainable landscapes to agriculture, adaptation, and forestry management.
    • Develop monitoring and evaluation systems for implementation of sustainable landscape projects.



  • Advanced university degree (MSc or PHD) in natural resource management, forestry and conservation, forest economics, development economics, and/or related areas
  • Minimum of 10 years’ relevant professional experience with managerial and budget responsibilities, including business development in either an international organization, a large multinational business or consultancy, a large non-profit organization or government is a requirement.
  • Extensive knowledge in green growth, sustainable development, public policy, and sustainable landscapes
  • Experience engaging with government officials and development partners in countries to influence the framework and development of national development roadmap, financing vehicles, policy development and decision making
  • Proven track record in managing sustainable landscapes projects
  • Familiarity with operating in developing countries is desirable
  • Fluency in English is required.


  • Exceptional strategic thinking skills, a track record of senior-level interaction and political awareness as well as substantial work experience in a relevant field in Africa and/or other developing countries
  • Outstanding stakeholder engagement, client relationship, communication and consensus building skills
  • Excellent communication skills, ability to communicate complex economic and development issues in a clear and simple way to a diverse audience
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage publicly funded development assistance projects and lead a diverse team of staff, consultants and service providers


  • Understands and actively supports GGGI’s mission, vision and values
  • Promotes an organizational culture of trust, transparency, respect and partnership
  • Processes and shares information easily and is excellent at problem solving
  • Manages emotions and stress positively, builds rapport and resolves conflict effectively
  • Promotes creativity and engagement among staff
  • Able to lead, develop, and motivate staff


The Country Representative is a Band 11? position in GGGI’s salary scale, with a starting annual salary of

USD 106,176.00. An offer of appointment for an initial contract will normally be made with due consideration given to experience and qualifications. Progression within the salary scale will be based on annual performance reviews. Remuneration of GGGI staff members in Ethiopia is not subject to income tax.

Benefits for international employees based in Addis Ababa

GGGI provides a housing allowance of 20% of annual base salary per month. Establishment and relocation grant, removal expenses, airfares, annual home leave, medical and life insurance, childcare and education allowances are available for eligible employees and their recognised dependents. Employees are entitled to 27 days of annual leave, and access to GGGI Retirement savings scheme. Other non-monetary benefits include sick leave and compensatory leave.

Flexible work arrangements

GGGI is committed to providing a work environment that is sufficiently flexible to accommodate diverse life-cycle challenges and assist Staff members to achieve a better balance between work commitments and personal and family commitments, thus ensuring high performance, long-term productivity and well-being of Staff members.

Child protection – GGGI is committed to child protection, irrespective of whether any specific area of work involves direct contact with children. GGGI’s Child Protection Policy is written in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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