Job Vacancy: National Research Coordinator- Ethiopia

Job title: National Research Coordinator

Place of work: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Pay: Range between ETB 505,000 – 653,920 per year depending on experience

Reports to: Director, Partner lead (tbc) / Accountability for Water – Programme Management Team

Travel: Frequent periods of travel in Ethiopia with occasional regional and global travel

Term: 2 years, extension subject to performance and funding

Improved water supply, sanitation and hygiene services, and effective water governance are central pre-requisites for the attainment of Ethiopia’s economic development ambitions and for the health, well-being and prosperity of its people. The government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, its agencies and Regional Administrations with support from the global development community continue to shape and reform the institutional framework for water security.  Whilst steady progress is evident in some areas, there is a cross-cutting opportunity to improve responsiveness, accountability, and transparency across the country’s water sector and institutions to facilitate more inclusive, effective and sustainable water services, water resource management and resilience to climate change.  Initiatives including the Ethiopia Social Accountability Programme (ESAP) demonstrate the positive impacts of stronger accountability, citizen-government collaboration and of giving voice to the needs and concerns of all citizens, for enhanced services and governance in education, health, water and sanitation, agriculture and rural roads.

In order to enable opportunities for better governance, the Accountability for Water Partnership has designed an action and research programme which over the next 3 years will address the key questions and knowledge gaps facing accountability stakeholders in government and civil society in places like Ethiopia. The research will focus initially on Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia as well as Ethiopia and is a collaboration between the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR), Water Witness International, Water Integrity Network (WIN), WaterAid, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Oxfam, Shahidi wa Maji, the Kenya Water and Sanitation

Civil Societies Network (KEWASNET) and ESAP. As well as delivering ground-breaking multi-country research, it will initiate an innovative Research Fellowship programme to help professionals in civil society, government, academia and donor organisations investigate key questions and develop practical solutions to improve accountability performance.

Having secured investment to deliver this initiative, and the support and collaboration of government, donor and civil society partners we are now seeking an exceptional individual to join the Accountability for Water Partnership in order to co-ordinate its effective delivery in Ethiopia.

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