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Full time position with 3 month trial period

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


About NALA 

Since 2008, NALA has worked to control and eliminate NTDs and diseases of poverty in Ethiopia. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), including such debilitating infections as blinding trachoma, intestinal worms, and schistosomiasis.
These diseases disproportionately affect rural and high-poverty populations with the least access to clean water and sanitation. NTDs can cause cognitive impairment and long-term disability that make it difficult for people to go to school or care for a family, further trapping the poor in a cycle of disease & poverty.


NALA complements Mass Drug Administration campaigns by focusing on 4 elements to prevent reinfection and inspire healthy changes: 
•    Behavior Change & Hygiene Promotion- NALA implements intensive health education at all levels (school and community), with a special emphasis on young children of 4-10 years of age, as the main messengers of change. 
•    Community Mobilization- NALA engages community members and local stakeholders in all areas of the program, from exploring the root causes of diseases, through providing health education messages in community settings, to improving infrastructure. NALA focuses its efforts on the identified local leaders of communities, and supports them as they lead the health initiatives and behavior change processes in the community. 
•    Capacity Building & Systems Strengthening- NALA coordinates with the government, local authorities and across sectors (health, education, WASH) to provide tools and trainings that will increase inter-sectoral coordination and strengthen existing systems and processes. The NALA team has supported the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health in creating a district level WASH-NTD Coordination toolkit that is implemented in our programs and is adopted nationwide. 
•    WASH Improvements– Sustainable decrease in NTD prevalence requires an enabling environment with infra-structure that will support the adoption and practice of healthy WASH related behaviors. NALA supports both large and small scale projects and solutions for community-based water and sanitation improvements. The NALA team continuously explores tests, and scales community based solutions for disease prevalence that fit the diverse circumstances of communities in Ethiopia. 


NALA's work has led to a significant decrease in disease. For instance, in our project in Mekelle, the prevalence of schistosomiasis dropped 88% between 2009 and 2012. Five years after the project's end, a survey showed sustained low prevalence. 
Since 2016 the organization provides technical assistance to the Ethiopian Government with staff positioned in the federal level and in regional governments, and developing new models and tools for reducing disease prevalence.

About the position


Based in Addis Ababa, the Country Director will oversee all NALA operations in Ethiopia, providing leadership, programmatic guidance and capacity building to all NALA staff members based in Ethiopia.  The Country Director will also act as the main representative of the organization in the country, initiate and maintain tight communication with government and non-governmental entities and continuously strive to strengthen NALA’s representation and professional ranks both nationally in Ethiopia and internationally.  


1.      Oversee all NALA operations in Ethiopia programmatically and strategically.
2.      Oversee financial management of all NALA operations in Ethiopia.
3.    Supervise and guide local Ethiopia staff members, in collaboration with Israel and Ethiopia based project managers.
4.      Serve as a focal person in Ethiopia for all NALA Israel staff, for any NALA related matter.
5.      Create and sustain strong relationships with government partners, NGOs and donors.

6.     Develop new project concept notes and proposals for expansion of activities within Ethiopia and potentially in additional countries.

7.       Oversee the design of materials, tools and strategies.

8.       Ensure proper documentation of field operations through close follow up visits.

9.       Support data collection for M&E purposes and activity evaluation documents.

10.     Provide HQ in Israel with all necessary data acquired from the field level.

11.     Write reports to donors; ensure compliance with all donor requirements during ground level operations.

12.    Regularly communicate with the HQ based management team and play an active role in decision making and strategic processes; provide updates and reports as required.

13.      Assume accountability for all financial and legal conduct of the organization in Ethiopia.


1.     Has strong leadership skills. Able to mentor, problem solve and lead organizational processes.
2.    Communicates clearly and works effectively with a wide range of people including high profile decision makers to reach common understanding.
3.     Has strong analytical skills; Thinks and acts strategically and able to design programs.
4.   Highly capable of creating strong partnerships and collaborating with other organizations/ government bodies. 
5.    Fluent in English, and able to communicate freely both written and spoken.

Qualifications & experience 

1.    University bachelor and master’s degree, preferably in a relevant subject matter such as public health, environmental health or international development. 
2.  Seniority- at least 5 years of management experience in complex environments (multiple projects, multiple locations, or multiple staff).
3.    Experience in program design.
4.    Experience in international development, work in Ethiopia or in Global South is an advantage. 
5.    Experience working on behavioral change programs- an advantage. 
6.    Experience leading innovative processes- an advantage. 

Application process

Interested candidates are invited to send their CVs and names of 3 potential references to, mentioning ‘Country Director Position’ in the subject line. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an exam and an interview.