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Local Governance Advisor - Ethiopia Strengthening Accountable Governance and Civic Engagement Activity

About Kaizen

The Kaizen Company is an incubator for innovative, scalable solutions that address emerging market challenges and opportunities. Our proven solutions catalyze locally-driven development and spur sustainable entrepreneurship and investments. We leverage existing knowledge, new technologies, local peer networks, and innovative business models to support local reforms that are sustained through market forces.

Since our inception, we have provided support to more than 200 government, private-sector, and non-profit organizations in emerging markets worldwide. We have created solutions that achieve outcomes across a broad range of sectors including education, health, finance, agriculture, governance, economic growth, energy and environment, and water.

Scope and Objectives

The Kaizen Company is searching for a Local Governance Advisor for the anticipated USAID/Ethiopia Strengthening Accountable Governance and Civic Engagement in Ethiopia (SAGCE). Through SAGCE, USAID/Ethiopia seeks to strategically use its convening power and limited resources to support Ethiopian stakeholders from government, civil society and the private sector in applying locally-led, problem driven, adaptive approaches to address the proposed objectives. These include: (1) Sub-national government ability to meet citizen needs strengthened; (2.1) Mechanisms for citizen input in government policy processes strengthened; (2.2) Citizen access to information and independent media improved; and (2.3) Civil society capacity to conduct advocacy and oversight strengthened.


  • Serves a central role in coordinating and collaborating with key personnel, senior Government of Ethiopia officials, and local government officials to fulfill the expected outcomes under the proposed objectives 1 and 2.1
  • Responsible for facilitating intergovernmental dialogue to improve and clarify relationships and responsibilities between levels of government
  • Support local governments in introducing more effective, accountable and participatory management and service delivery practices
  • Serve as an advocate for local government officials to develop their skills and incentives to best address the needs and trust of citizens


  • Advanced degree in political science, international development, or a related field.
  • At least 5 years professional experience in development working with government bodies and managing governance strengthening programs.  
  • Work experience with the Government of Ethiopia and subnational governments
  • Demonstrated ability to establish productive relationships with local government officials in support locally-determined development priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to engage local stakeholders, including civic groups, private sector, traditional and religious leaders, and community structures in planning and budgeting processes 
  • Previous work experience in Ethiopia
  • Strong communication skills, in written and oral English
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to successfully convene diverse, multidisciplinary groups.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience working on US Government-funded programs of similar scale and scope, including particularly USAID programs
  • Ethiopian national citizenship status

In an effort to mitigate bias in the recruitment process, Kaizen is utilizing, an anonymous candidate screening process for all of our HQ based roles. Upon submitting an application, candidates will receive an email from, prompting them to go through the anonymous screening. In order to be considered for a role, candidates must respond to and proceed with the application.

At The Kaizen Company, we find strength in our diversity. We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive working environment in which everyone has an equal opportunity to fulfill their potential. We know that we can only do development differently if we are open to and inclusive of new and unique perspectives. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, and sexual orientations to apply. Further, we urge parents and non-parents, married and unmarried, those from different or non-traditional educational backgrounds, and persons of all other diverse identities or experiences to apply. The Kaizen Company is an equal opportunity employer.

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