Youth Project Officer

  • Addis Ababa
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Whiz Kids Workshop


Position: Youth Project Officer

Location: Addis Ababa

Type: Full-time

About the Social Enterprise:

Whiz Kids Workshop, founded in 2005, is an Ethiopian-led, innovative social enterprise that focuses on improving the lives of children and youth through educational media. We believe that mass-media is the most cost-effective and immediate way to spark young imaginations and make an impact on education. We use existing research on mass-media education, new lower-cost technologies for media creation, and the wide reach of television, radio, print and cell phones to put that belief into practice. Our content covers topics that include literacy, health education, character building and social-emotional learning to prepare children and youth for success in life.

Whiz Kids has produced three television series that inspire, engage and empower children. WKW follows a Life Cycle approach to drive knowledge, attitude and practice across all members of the society. WKW implements 4 local innovative and tested platforms namely Tsehai for Families (pregnancy to age 7), Tsehai Loves Learning (for children aged 3-10), Tibeb Girls (for adolescents aged 11-18), Youth Investigators (for youth above age 18) and Better Wellbeing Advocacy that advocates major developmental needs of each life cycles to policy makers and existing governmental structures. Applying our User-Centered Design and Youth Content Advisory methodologies, we produce culturally relevant and educational audio-video, print, text, and internet based content to utilize mass media and technology to reach the four different life cycles. By utilizing these contents, we implement projects in various settings in the community to ensure the target groups have the necessary soft and technical skills to help them reach their full potential.

Whiz Kids won numerous international awards for its innovation, impact and excellent quality of products. Whiz Kids has extensive experience working with local and international NGOs and works in partnership with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health and Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation. Visit our website at to learn more.

Job Description

The purpose of the position is to provide demonstrated capacity to directly involve in the execution of project plan while involving on the overall project management phases. The project officer should have substantial experience in designing, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the projects related with Youth in Ethiopia. Also design, implement, monitor project area in charge and assist Chief Executive Officer, Chief Program Officer, & MEAL Director to lead the projects properly.


  • Provide management, guidance, and technical oversight for  WKW strategies in line with Donor Guidance and WKW quality principles and standards, MEAL Policies and Procedures, and industry best practices.

  • Preliminary & intermediate project planning with basic understanding of donor requirements & expectations.

  • Supervise project implementation, track progress and achievements and produce quality reports accurately and on a timely basis.

  • Ensuring that Monitoring & Evaluation plans are implemented with the involvement of relevant stakeholders with the aid of systems in place.

  • Assist in the development/adaptation of assessment tools and producing detailed assessment reports.

  • Actively promote meaningful community participation and consultation at all stages of the project cycle (planning, implementation, M&E).

  • Actively follow up on project report and task submission deadlines that includes all task & financial deadlines with proper meeting schedules.

  • Provide technical support through regular mentoring and coaching of internal & external teams.

  • Coordinate field missions to meet with minimum scope & budget lines.

  • Financial Management skills and some experience in donor compliances.

  • Maintaining accurate and comprehensive files of project activities, outputs, materials, and other relevant documentation.

  • Execute and carry out additional assignments as per the request by supervisors and managers.

  • Ensure appropriate execution of project monitoring, data quality assurance, coordination & advisory, Collaboration Learning & Adaptation (CLA), and relevant capacity building.

  • Collaborates with program staff and prepares an annual work plan.

  • Prepares and submits periodic reports (weekly, monthly, quarter and, annual) as per the requirement.

  • Ensures high quality correspondence management and delivery.

  • Flexibility and Willingness and personal readiness to travel to fields.

Job Requirements


  • Masters degree or higher in the development or related field (business administration, social work, rural development, Economics, Education, Nutrition, Gender, Social Science or other related fields)

  • Proven experience of direct involvement in managing projects with international donors related with youth, gender and women’s.

  • Fluent spoken & written English and Amharic (Oromiffa is plus)

  • Punctual, Flexible, Reliable, Culturally sensitive

  • High system usage & implementation capacity as per the given company standard


  • At least 2-3 years in a similar or related position on an NGO experience or Proven experience  and knowledge of related roles.


  • Strong presentation and report writing skills

  • Proficient in using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint). Mastery of Excel is an added advantage

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with ability to make sound judgment and decisions and offer innovative solutions

  • Attention to details, accuracy, and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities

  • Strong relations management abilities

  • Good presentation and facilitation skills

  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented

  • Excellent oral and written communication in Oromiffa will be a plus.

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Is analytical and forward thinking

  • HAS EXTREMELY STRONG WRITING SKILLS in both English and Amharic

  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment

  • Has great problem solving skills

  • Thinking outside of the box to solve problems

  • Is hardworking and extremely organized

  • Takes a data-driven approach to business decision

Working Environment / Conditions:

  • Office-based with frequent travel to the field

How to apply:

Potential candidate, please send your cover letter and CV for our Talent Management Lead via email using the following details.

Name: Natnael Aychew Kebede

Email: or

P.S: Always include a subject on your email “Application #001- Youth Project Officer” as a MANDATORY email requirement for your application.

File requirement: Cover letter & CV must be attached in a PDF format.

Apply Now Deadline Jan 9, 2023