Program Assistant - Ethiopia


The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) is looking for a qualified Program Assistant to work on its Ethiopia Program.


ICTJ is an international non-profit organization specializing in the field of transitional justice. ICTJ works across society and borders to challenge the causes and address the consequences of massive human rights violations. We affirm victims’ dignity, fight impunity, and promote responsive institutions.


Strengthening Civil Societies’ Capacities to Contribute to the Transitional Justice Process in Ethiopia

ICTJ is seeking qualified applicants for the position of a full-time junior consultant (40 hours per week) to act as its Program Assistant in Ethiopia. The position includes administrative and programmatic responsibilities. The candidate will be prepared to work on both aspects enthusiastically and efficiently. The substantive role, contributing to the implementation of a two year project in Ethiopia “Strengthening Civil Societies’ Capacities to Contribute to the Transitional Justice Process in Ethiopia”, will entail a variety of tasks from collecting data to monitoring expenses.

The location of this position is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This is a 2-year contract.


Under the supervision of the ICTJ Senior Consultant and in close coordination with ICTJ Brussels office and other ICTJ staff, the Program Assistant will:

  • Prepare materials and logistics for project activities in coordination with ICTJ staff, national partners, and other Ethiopian stakeholders as needed.
  • Collect data related to project activities, and assist in drafting interim and final narrative reports.
  • Keep track of project expenses, reconcile bank accounts, pay project invoices, and consolidate financial reports in coordination with the ICTJ Brussels office and the Finance department, and assist with other financial matters as necessary.
  • Ensure day to day running of the project, including administrative, financial, and fiscal matters in compliance with national legislation and in coordination with ICTJ Brussels office.
  • Support the National Senior Consultant in carrying out policy initiatives and in liaising with key Ethiopian stakeholders on transitional justice, including government, civil society, and international actors.
  • Assist the Senior Consultant in maintaining and creating contacts with ICTJ partners and civil society organizations representative of a variety of ethnic, political, and social background in Addis Ababa, Oromia, and Somali Region. Particular focus will be given to civil society organizations working on gender issues.
  • Participate in seminars, conferences, and meetings as requested.
  • Assist in developing grant and budget proposals in coordination with the Development and Finance departments as necessary.

 Other duties as assigned.


  • University degree in finance, administration, project management, public law, or a relevant field.
  • Three years relevant experience in project management, familiarity with international agency and/or NGO experience highly desirable.
  • Ability to develop good interpersonal relationships with people from different ethnic and political backgrounds in Ethiopia, and of different genders.
  • Proficient in the use of MS Office applications and internet use is required.
  • Excellent oral and writing communication skills in English. Knowledge of local Ethiopian languages is a plus.
  • Knowledge of transitional justice, reconciliation, human rights or similar processes would be an advantage.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to write clear reports.
  • Ability to work as part of a team. 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of the transitional justice, human rights, or peacebuilding, and previous employment in a related sector, is strongly desirable. 


Please email resume and cover letter with salary requirements to  (include PROGRAM ASSISTANT -ETHIOPIA in the subject line) by 18 July 2021.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Only selected candidates will be contacted. The position will start in September 2021. Salary commensurate with experience.

The ICTJ is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer strongly committed to hiring and retaining a diverse and internationally representative staff.