Ethiopia - Country Administrator

COOPI , Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
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Job Summary

Job Description

The Country Administrator:

  • is responsible for supervision, management and quality implementation of all aspects of COOPI financial and administrative operations in country;
  • will be part of the senior management team and is expected to work with the Project Managers, Coordinators and Accountants in the field in order to support the management of the projects.

We encourage international staff already in the country to apply.


Administration and finance

  • Ensure compliancy with financial and administrative requirements set by the Donors and by COOPI;
  • Provide technical support on correct application of the COOPI and donors’ administrative procedures to the Project Managers;
  • Control and assure compliance of program expenditures with program budgets;
  • Monitor cash flows and supervise petty cash handling;
  • Supporting Project Managers in the management of projects budget, ensuring that the financial resources available for the projects are spent following the donors' procedures and according to the project’s budgets;
  • Monitor the sustainability of the Country Coordination and field offices under the Regional Coordination responsibility, and verifies the correct costs’ attribution/distribution;
  • Ensures sound planning and preparation of budgets, amendments and forecasts together with the project manager;
  • Manage financial audit performed on the projects;
  • Supervise yearly financial audit on general accounting for local authorities.

Human Resources

  • Supervise overall human resources policy implementation, included Labour Law application, recruitment and that staff salaries are effectively paid to eligible staff and an audit trail of records is maintained.


  • Prepare periodical project financial reports and/or requests to be sent to to COOPI Regional office;
  • Produce monthly cash and bank reconciliation statements.



  • Degree in economics, finance, accounting, administration or related field;
  • A minimum of seven years of relevant working experience;
  • Good knowledge of main donors’ administrative rules and procurement procedures (ECHO, EU, OCHA, UNHCR, AICS);
  • Experience in audits management;
  • Budget design and management;
  • Ability to understand the administrative policies of the donors;
  • Experience in liaising with governmental/local authorities, IOs and NGOs;
  • Fluency in English;
  • Computer literacy, with high proficiency in the use of standard office software applications.

Soft skills

  • Ability to organize work efficiently and deliver assignments in a timely manner often under time constraints;
  • Proven capacity to work in a team;
  • Strong analytical and practical problem-solving skills;
  • Institutional relations management and cultural context understanding;
  • Strong supervisory abilities, and demonstrated capacity of teamwork and of coordination with the relevant actors;
  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication, negotiation skills, multi-tasking and organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in stressful environments and under pressure;
  • Very good inter-personal behaviour.


  • Experience in organizing and supervising a complex team;
  • Knowledge of Italian;
  • Previous work experience in country;
  • Knowledge of COOPI’s procedures;
  • Experience in systems (logistics, procurement) and security matters.

We reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the application closing date, once a sufficient number of applications have been received.