May 15, 2019 @ 6:42 am – 7:42 am

 Terms of Reference

Position :         Programme Officer for Cooperation between Center for Human Rights (Addis

Ababa University) and Raoul Wallenberg Institute (Lund University)

Employer:        Addis Ababa University, Centre for Human Rights

Terms of Employment :   8-months full-time position (100%) – with possible extension.

Gross Salary:       ETB 24, 000 Per Month (gross) + 25% other benefits

Duty Station(s):      Centre for Human Rights, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa           

Application Deadline:    24 May 2019    



The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI), Lund University, is an academic and research institution based in Lund, Sweden. RWI has been engaged in human rights capacity development in Sub-Saharan Africa since 1991 through regional, sub-regional and bilateral cooperation programmes focusing on academic institutions, justice sector institutions and National Human Rights Institutions. With its office in Nairobi, the RWI manages an extensive network, knowledge and understanding in relation to human rights and human rights work in Sub-Saharan Africa and furthermore implements, with the Swedish government’s support, a regional Sub-Saharan Africa programme that aims to strengthen implementation of human rights commitments through cooperation with relevant regional and sub-regional actors.

The Center for Human Rights (CHR), one of the academic units at the College of Law and Governance Studies of Addis Ababa University, is an autonomous human rights institute engaged in teaching, research and community services in an interdisciplinary setting. It offers the MA and PhD programs in human rights – focusing on producing high-level  professionals  who  will  be  qualified  to  work  as  academics,  researchers  and  practitioners  in inter-governmental,  governmental  and  non-governmental  organizations.  The  CHR  is  furthermore  engaged  in extensive community services – including the provision of legal aid services to the poor and vulnerable sections of the society with office presences in six cities in Ethiopia.

The RWI and the CHR are currently implementing a bilateral cooperation program running from 1 November 2018

  • 31 December 2021 – which aims at supporting, within the framework of strategic interventions and detailed activities identified by both partners, the effective implementation of certain components of the CHR’s  Project to Support the Human Rights Teaching, Training, Research and Community Engagement financed by the Swedish Government.

The programmatic focus of the institutional partnership and assistance offered by the RWI are structured along three  key  themes,  namely:  ‘Multidisciplinary  Human  Rights  Teaching  and  Training’; Policy  and  Practice Collaboration and Diffusion’; and ‘Learning, Partnerships and Capacity Development’.


The Programme Officer for Cooperation between CHR and RWI will provide support within the framework of the relevant tasks listed under the    Scope of Work section below – mainly focusing on ensuring smooth and effective communication between the partners and the coordination and implementation of routine program contents identified under the bilateral cooperation agreement.

The position will report to Director of the Center for Human Rights, Addis Ababa University. 



The Scope of Work and Essential Duties of the Program Officer for Cooperation between the RWI and CHR include the following:

  • Coordinate with CHR and RWI to plan on and ensure a streamlined delivery of the programmatic areas and  main interventions agreed upon under the bilateral cooperation agreement and any annex thereto;
  • Coordinate with the CHR to facilitate the identification and effective engagement of RWI experts involved in  curricula  developments  for  new  post-graduate  programs  at  the  CHR  and  ensure  their  smooth collaboration with local experts retained for the purpose;
  • Communicate with  RWI  to  identify  thematic  experts  who  will  be  involved  in  designing  conceptual frameworks and contributing contents to human rights training courses organized by the CHR for high and mid-level government and civil society leaders and officials in human rights;
  • Coordinate with the RWI to arrange for specific programs, communications and logistics to accommodate visiting professors who teach at the CHR’s PhD Program; provide advice to CHR staffs/PhD students; or participate in the CHR’s PhD examination programs;
  • Facilitate, in collaboration with RWI, the timely and effective execution of all research visits of the CHR’s academic staff and PhD students (including visas, accommodation and access to facilities);
  • Assist in the identification and assignment of thematic experts who will be involved in various policy dialogue forums organized by the CHR, communicate with identified experts with a view to dealing with logistical matters;
  • Facilitate the involvement of expert/s who will be responsible for the establishment and maintenance of Human Rights Documentation and Resource Center at CHR;
  • Assist international visitors, students and interns hosted at CHR with practical matters – including logistics;
  • Coordinate the provision of training opportunities for CHR staff in project management, monitoring and evaluation and resource centre management;
  • Organize and submit to both partners’ periodic reports on activities planned and implemented at CHR in pursuance of the RWI Ethiopia Programme.


  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in human rights, law, development studies, social sciences or other directly relevant disciplines.
  • 3-5 years of work experience in academic and research programs, including familiarity in coordinating

academic and research partnerships, in coordinating diverse stakeholders, in providing strategic advice, and in delivering tangible and demonstrable results on project cooperation in human rights;

  • Understanding of  the  operations  of  public  university  systems,  preferably  within  the  Addis  Ababa University;
  • Experience in initiating concept notes and creating partnerships at national and international levels;
  • Experience in prioritizing and sequencing programmatic and operational activities,
  • Ability to  thrive  in  fast-moving  environment  –  with  emphasis  on  high-performance,  teamwork,

accountability and tangible results, and excellent adaptability in challenging environment;

  • Ability to demonstrate highly facilitative and collaborative management style;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills both in English and Amharic;
  • Strong set of personal values including integrity, honesty and desire to be of service to the human rights cause;

Suitable applicants are advised to apply by sending the CV and cover letters by email to by 24 May 2019