Partnerships Program Manager – Ethiopia

Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is a rapidly growing adolescent health organization that leverages the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize at-risk youth in developing countries to overcome their greatest health challenges, live healthier, more productive lives, and be agents for change in their communities. Since 2002, GRS programs have reached 18 million young people in over 60 countries with life-saving HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health information and services. GRS is looking to continue scaling its impact via partnerships over the next five years.

GRS has been working with partners in Ethiopia since 2004. Over the past 18 years, MOE and ODA have scaled the GRS curriculum to reach millions of young people in all regions of Ethiopia. GRS is seeking to provide technical support to partners in the form of curriculum development, monitoring and evaluation, training, and research.

Role Overview

The Partnerships Program Manager – Ethiopia will be responsible for overseeing technical assistance and ensuring quality implementation and monitoring for organizations utilizing Grassroot Soccer’s SKILLZ methodology. As the primary representative for Grassroot Soccer in Ethiopia, this position will also be responsible for cultivating and strengthening Grassroot Soccer’s network of partners, including the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Oromia Development Association (ODA) and collecting/interpreting program data.

The Partnerships Program Manager – Ethiopia should be a strategic thinker and proactive problem-solver with demonstrated ability to manage tight deadlines and concurrent deliverables with no in-person supervision. The Partnerships Program Manager should be able to communicate empathetically, persuasively, and efficiently, and with exceptional attention to detail as the position will be responsible for actioning a diverse set of tasks – from deliverable and/or target-based technical assistance to strategic partnership development. This person should thrive in a remote and cross-cultural environment and be able to articulate and share compelling examples of good practices across the organization. This position will work closely with the Technical Director for Curriculum & Training, the Global M&E Director, and the GRS Senior Director.

To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to with “Partnerships Program Manager” on the subject line. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Application Deadline: December 8, 2022.


  • Coordinate work plans with both MOE and ODA to ensure GRS can provide the appropriate technical assistance and project goals are being met in a timely fashion
  • Work closely with the GRS Global M&E team to establish a data plan with partners to ensure data is routinely collected, accurate, and verified
  • Interpret data to make programmatic recommendations
  • Please see full job description for additional responsibilities.

Specifications & Competencies

  • 7+ years of experience managing, implementing, and monitoring concurrent, large scale international development projects in Ethiopia
  • Demonstrated experience implementing and/or providing technical assistance to partners in donor funded projects valued at least $1 million per year
  • Demonstrated experience developing new business and partnership opportunities
  • Please see full job description for additional information and to apply.

Job Overview

Date Posted

November 22, 2022


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with up to 30% domestic travel

Job Type

Full Time