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Country Context;

Since the early 1980s, GOAL has been working in Ethiopia, implementing a multi-sectoral, countrywide humanitarian and development programme. In 2019, GOAL had an annual operating budget of €20M and now works in 55 districts across six regions in Ethiopia: Afar, Benishangul Gumuz, Gambella, Oromiya, Somali and SNNPP. GOAL has invested heavily in building the capacity of over 700 members of its staff in Ethiopia, and is proud of the fact that in 2020, over 99% of our staff are Ethiopian and more than 60% are female. Our programmes focus on alleviating poverty, addressing development challenges, and responding to sudden-onset and protracted humanitarian crises, such as drought, conflict and displacement. GOAL targets the most vulnerable of communities and groups with specialised programming in key areas, including: nutrition; water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH); livelihoods and food security; health, as well as protection interventions.


  • Strong track record of achievements in humanitarian and International development
  • Track record of building high performance culture and managing in difficult contexts and leading a large geographically dispersed team
  • Inspirational talent developer/ track record in developing successors
  • Track record of operational planning (annual planning and resourcing)
  • Demonstrable experience in security and crisis management
  • Managed X-functional stakeholders; Has led complex projects (6 -12 months)
  • Financial acumen – Budgeting, Income , P&L, Cash Flow etc.

Leadership Potential & Ambition

  • Ambitious to deliver highest results
  • Enjoys and can deal with fast pace, complexity and ambiguity
  • Knowledgeable about country context and sector trends
  • Change driven/ drives people to innovate
  • High self awareness, open &eager to change and become the best
  • Is authentic and displays maturity
  • Collaborates across organization to impact broader results than only team’s

Key Leadership skills:

Decision Quality, Courage, Drives Results, Develops Talent, Builds Effective Teams, Business Insight, Cultivates Innovation; Collaborates, Organizational Savvy, Resourcefulness

General ability

Forward thinking, Strong intellectual capacity, ability to solve complex challenges

Basic: + Standard

  • Relevant first or Postgraduate degree, English, International 8-10 years INGO leadership experience as a must
  • 1-2 years’ experience at Country Director Level in the overseas humanitarian or development environment OR 3-5 years’ experience as part of a Senior Management Team

GOAL has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Child Protection Policy, which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants and children from exploitation. GOAL also has a confidentiality policy ensuring the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of GOAL, acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organisation without authority, except in the normal execution of duty. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to these policies any job offer made is also subject to police clearance. GOAL is an equal opportunities employer.

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document. Any published closing dates are estimated.; Due to the nature of GOAL’s work we aim to fill vacancies as quickly as possible.; This means that we will close adverts as soon as we have found the right candidate and this may be before the published closing date.; We would therefore advise interested applicants to submit an application as early as possible.

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