Centre for Dialogue, Research and Cooperation (CDRC) | Contract

Project Coordinator

Closing date: Jul 28 ,2023


Supporting Inclusive Dialogue and Gender Sensitive Peacebuilding and Reconciliation in Benishangul Gumuz Regional State, Ethiopia

Call for National Consultant for Project Coordinator (BGR 01-2023)


Terms of Reference for Project Coordinator

Overview of the Consultancy assignment

·         Working hours: Full-time (minimum 40hr per week)

·         Duration: 35 months (annual contract, renewable based on performance assessment)

·         Starting date: August 15, 2023

·         Salary/benefits: Negotiable

Duty station- Addis Ababa at CDRC H.Q, with frequent travel to Benishangul Gumuz

1.       Project Description

The Centre for Dialogue, Research and Cooperation, in close collaboration with the Berghof Foundation, and through the support of the European Union Delegation to Ethiopia will implement a three-year project in Metekel Zone, Benishangul Gumuz in order to consolidate dialogue and reconciliation efforts. Government and community peace efforts have led to an improvement in security in the past year, especially in Metekel Zone, but the situation remains fragile. The project intends to reinforce these efforts through inclusive dialogue and reconciliation activities. In this regard, the project will include a significant capacity building component to ensure sustainability through the establishment and support to a network of local peacebuilders to lead and facilitate community dialogues and peacebuilding throughout Metekel. Strengthening social cohesion and inter-ethnic relations will be a key objective through reconciliation efforts and gender-sensitive and inclusive community dialogues. Peacebuilding projects identified by the communities will also be implemented to address root causes and rebuild relations. Close coordination and cooperation with peacebuilding, humanitarian and development actors through the Benishangul Gumuz Peacebuilding Network will contribute to synergies and increase impact. The Project Coordinator will work closely with a project team based in Metekel Zone.

2.        Main Tasks and Responsibilities

In close coordination with the Senior Project Coordinator in Addis and the Berghof Foundation’s Project Manager in Berlin, the Project Coordinator tasks may include but are not limited to:

-          Co-manage the overall implementation of the project in Benishangul Gumuz that covers three interrelated phases- inception phase, capacity building phase and process phase;

-          Direct and supervise project staff assigned/hired in Addis and Metekel Zone including short term consultants engaged with service contracts;

-          Lead coordination and collaboration with relevant partners in Ethiopia including experts, key stakeholders, and national and international organisations working in Benishangul Gumuz;

-          Co-responsibility in designing and implementing research, capacity building activities, reconciliation events, community dialogues and peace projects;

-          Responsible for donor relations, reporting and collaboration

-          Establish good working relationship with government at the federal and regional levels both in Assosa and Metekel zone;

-          Responsible for providing analysis on context developments in Benishangul Gumuz which might impact project implementation;

-          Participation in the preparation of project planning and budgeting process as well as monitoring of implementations in collaboration with the project team of BF;

-          Ensure the provision of administrative, financial and logistical support for the Ethiopia related activities of the programme (workshops, dialogues, meetings, etc.)


In addition to the above list, the Centre for Dialogue, Research and Cooperation reserves the right to request deliverables not explicitly mentioned in the above list of tasks, but related to the scope of the present framework service contract.

3.       Qualifications

Applicants shall demonstrate that they fulfil the following criteria (to be assessed on the basis of all supporting documents listed in Section 4):

-          Master’s degree in a relevant field, such as peace and conflict studies, political science, International Relations or similar;

-          Advanced relevant work experience in projects or processes with thematic focus on dialogue, capacity building, gender-sensitivity and/or reconciliation processes;

-          Excellent knowledge of the Ethiopian context; thorough understanding of the Benishangul Gumuz region is a particular asset;

-          Strong organizational, management and communication skills;

-          Excellent verbal and written English language skills;

-          Good networking with the ability to engage with a range of stakeholders;

Applicants should bring the following additional skills:

-          Strong ability to work as part of a team as well as independently

-          Strong empathetic skills

-          Good facilitation and coordination skills

-          Ability to work under time pressure

-          Curiosity, passion and perseverance


4.       Evaluation and Awarding Criteria

The overall evaluation procedure of potential applicants involves the following:

a.       Assessments are to be made on the quality of information in the submitted tender;

b.       Written exams given related to the tasks and responsibilities indicated above;

c.       Subsequent personal interviews that will be held minimum with the first 3-4 short listed candidates.

Awarding criteria-

a.       The quality of the application will be evaluated based on the following criteria (30%):

Quality Assessment

Maximum Points

Previous work experience in peacebuilding in Ethiopia. Experience in the Benishangul Gumuz region is a plus;


Previous work experience in projects/processes with thematic focus on dialogue, gender-sensitivity, and reconciliation;


Quality and kind (Contextual knowledge, conceptual knowledge, networks)


Additional skills (management, language, facilitation, coordination, communication)





b.       The total weight of written exams and interviews will be 40% (20 points each). Those applicants who fulfill the qualifications indicated in item 3 above will be invited for a written exam, while only 3-4 shortlisted candidates will be called for interviews, after the overall evaluation of the quality of offers including written exams.

c.       As part of the interview process shortlisted candidates will include a binding financial offer in writing in ETB or EUR. The weight of the financial offer is 30%, which corresponds to 30 points (maximum). The offer with the lowest price will receive the maximum number of points.


6. Application Procedures

a.       The Consultant must submit a motivational letter, curriculum vitae and copies of credentials including a track record of previous experiences and professional capacity, directly to CDRC office or through email at the following address.

Kirkos Sub-city, Kebele 02

Ethio-China Friendship Road

Medina Tower, 5th floor

Email:    "Sitrallah Mohammed" <sitrallahm@gmail.com>

Phone: +251-931-141763 or +251-929-189635

b.       Application period: July 17- 28, 2023

c.       For more information and questions, please call or write using above addresses during office hours.


Required Person: 1

Employment Type: Contract

Salary: Negotiable

Work Experience: -