National Programme Officer (NPO)

The Swedish Embassy in Addis Ababa is responsible for Sweden’s relations with Ethiopia, Djibouti, IGAD and the African Union (AU). Moreover, the Embassy manages both the Swedish bilateral development cooperation programme with Ethiopia and one of two regional development cooperation programmes with Africa.

The latter includes collaboration with continental and regional partners, such as the African Union, the UN Economic Commission for Africa, the African Development Bank, regional economic communities (REC) including EAC, SADC, IGAD and ECOWAS, NGOs and think tanks.

The thematic areas covered are: Environment, Climate and Sustainable use of Natural Resources; Human Rights, Democracy, Rule of Law and Gender Equality; Migration and Development; Inclusive Economic Development; and Peaceful and Inclusive Societies.

The Regional Section within the Swedish Embassy in Addis Ababa is now looking for a well-qualified National Programme Officer (NPO) in the field of Inclusive Economic Development with a focus on regional economic integration and trade.


The Officer’s responsibilities include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Identify, assess and manage projects in the above-mentioned field in accordance with procedures provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida);
  • Engage in policy dialogue with cooperation partners;
  • Participate in consultations and coordination with donor groups;
  • Participate in all regular activities of the regional section and the Embassy, including planning, monitoring and reporting, as well as other issues when required;

The tasks to be undertaken require a certain amount of travel, mainly within Africa, as well as coordination with colleagues at Sida in Stockholm and at other Swedish Embassies in Africa.


Required qualifications:

  • Documented academic degree in Economics, Business Administration, Law or related fields, minimum at Master’s level, with direct relevance for regional economic integration and trade;
  • Fluency in English (both oral and written);
  • Extensive experience of working with computer programmes, applications, and systems.

Required work experience:

  • At least five years documented experience of work related to Inclusive Economic development, regional economic integration and international and/or intra-African trade, preferably in an African continental or regional context; and
  • At least five years documented experience of managing donor-funded programmes and projects in a development cooperation context, including legal aspects related to agreements and financial follow-up.

Additional qualifications considered as merits are:

  • Proven capacity to work independently, take leadership of processes, manage programmes and budgets, create relevant professional networks and to conduct dialogue and negotiations with partners and colleagues;
  • A team-player with good communication skills;
  • A results-oriented approach to work as well as practical experience from Results Based Management (RBM);
  • A good understanding of the African continental and sub-regional institutional structure (African Union, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) etc), as well as policies and legal frameworks;
  • Experience from institutional capacity building programmes and/or African regional integration & cooperation programmes;
  • Experience of work with or within multilateral institutions or regional economic communities such as AU, AfDB, EAC, COMESA, ECOWAS, SADC, IGAD, and the UN system;
  • Experience of work outside Ethiopia, especially in other parts of Africa;
  • Expertise and experience related to food security related to trade as well as trade facilitation;
  • Experience in risk assessment and anti-corruption;
  • Good command of French (both oral and written);
  • Swedish language skills.

For information on Swedish regional development cooperation with Africa, please refer to the Strategy for Sweden’s regional development cooperation with Africa 2022–2026 –

Information about the Embassy of Sweden in Addis Ababa and its work can be found on:  Ethiopia, Addis Ababa – Sweden Abroad. For more general information on Sweden’s international development cooperation, please refer to Start page | Sida.

Ethiopian citizens, and citizens of other countries resident in Ethiopia and entitled to work in Ethiopia, are eligible to apply. Quote from the Embassy Code of Conduct: “We work to ensure that neither direct nor indirect discrimination might take place in the line of duty, on grounds of gender, age, ethnic origin, religion or other beliefs, sexual orientation, position, disability or illness.”


The vacancy is a local position, full-time, starting with a probation period of six months with the possibility of permanent employment.  An individual salary system is applied. Embassy of Sweden is an equal opportunities employer.

Starting date: As soon as possible


Applicants should submit the following documents by e-mail, to the Embassy of Sweden in Addis Ababa:

A brief but comprehensive CV, including details of relevant education and work experience;

A one-page letter of application in English, setting out why you consider yourself a good candidate for this particular post;

Names, telephone numbers and addresses of two persons who are willing to provide a reference on your character, expertise and work capacity;

Clear contact phone numbers and addresses in Ethiopia where the Embassy can rapidly contact you.

Applications shall be sent to As the subject of the message, please indicate reference nr and your name: ‘ Your Name’ – UM2022/16992/ADDI.

Please note that applications will not be returned, and only short-listed applicants will be contacted. To be considered, your application should be submitted latest by 27 May 2022 and fulfil the abovementioned requirements. The Embassy only receives electronic applications. 

Questions may be received by Ms Eva Bursvik, Senior Programme Manager, Regional Economic Integration and Trade, by e-mail:

The Embassy will contact the selected candidates for interviews. Written tests will be part of the assessment process. The Embassy will not return documentation received from the applicants. You are therefore advised to deliver only copies of the documents listed above as part of the application.

For information about the Embassy, please visit our website


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