Program Management Specialist

Cuso International

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Start Date: February 2023

Placement Length: 12 Months

Language Requirements: English Level 5-Fluent

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada Only

The Volunteer’s Role

  • If you have experience in strategic planning and developing policies and programs to help volunteer management, this is the role for you.
  • This role focuses on the National Volunteer program designed for local volunteers. As the Program Management Specialist, you'll be working with Authority for Civil Society Organization (ACSO) along with their team in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. In this role, you will support the efforts to enhance the organization's capacity to promote its work and raise resources for sustaining its mission.
  • ACSO aims to promote the culture of volunteerism and coordinate volunteerism-focused projects/programs at the national level. In this role, you'll support the volunteerism promotion and fund administration directorate, the efforts to strengthen the National Volunteering Program in Ethiopia, and contribute to strategy and project design while ensuring mechanisms for tracking progress and achievements are in place
  • Apply today and help us to make a difference!

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Develop policies and guidelines for national volunteerism programs implementation
  • Assess the Monitoring & Evaluation system in place for the programs
  • Conduct inventory and needs assessment on designed training packs on promoting and managing youth volunteering programs
  • Design and deliver training with volunteer directorate
  • Work with the local team to build capacity on documentation of results of the national volunteer program

Essential Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in international development or Project Management, Sociology or social science, community development

Essential Background:

  • 3-5 years of experience working in leadership roles with a focus on program design and implementation
  • What’s in it for YOU? A life-changing experience!
  • About Us, the Project and the Partner

Cuso International

  • Cuso International is an international cooperation and development organization that works to create economic and social opportunities for marginalized groups. Together with our partners, we are focused on efforts to advance gender equality and social inclusion, improve economic resilience, and deliver progress on climate action. We believe that by sharing skills, we can build better futures. Founded in 1961, Cuso International works in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Canada.
  • Project - Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE)
  • Cuso International will deliver the Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE) project, with a contribution from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) over seven years (2020-2027). SHARE aims to improve the economic and/or social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable people, particularly women and girls, in developing countries, with a view to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to increasing engagement of Canadians in international development and key global issues, this project will aim to increase the performance of country partners to deliver more inclusive, innovative and environmentally sustainable development initiatives that advance gender equality, in support of the action areas of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.

Partner - Agency for Civil Society Organization

  • ACSO is a governmental office that particularly established for a purpose of registering, supporting and following up every activities of civil society organizations that are working in Ethiopia.


Terms and Conditions

  • Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.

Support Package

  • Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending on country)
  • Accommodation while in placement
  • Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
  • Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication, and health insurance
  • Pre-departure training, in-country orientation, and reintegration debriefing, including travel and accommodation (more details below)
  • On the ground support through our Cuso International country program office
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
  • Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months

Other Requirements:

  • Please note that if you are shortlisted for the placement, you will be required to:
  • Provide two Professional References and one Personal Reference
  • Complete an oral assessment during your preliminary telephone interview in the language required for your placement
  • Obtain a Police Check at our request
  • Complete a full medical exam and be medically cleared by the Cuso International Medical Advisor prior to your departure
  • Due to the COVID-19 situation, be double vaccinated in accordance with the World Health Organization-approved vaccines.


  • We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.