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Regional Team Leader - Ethiopia SAGCE

USAID/Ethiopia Strengthening Accountable Governance and Civic Engagement in Ethiopia (SAGCE) Activity

Regional Leader Scope of Work

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 Regional Team Leader 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 regional and zonal government officials and key stakeholders
  • Responsible for making implementation decisions at the regional level and engages in work conducted in this region at the regional level, with CSOs, and with the media


  • Advanced degree in political or social science, international development, or a related field.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in engaging with local government, civil society, and media in the region.  
  • Politically-affiliated work experience with the regional government or woreda level in the region.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish productive relationships with regional or zonal-level government officials, civil society, and the media
  • Strong communication skills, in written and oral English and fluency in the regional language(s).
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to successfully convene diverse, multidisciplinary groups. 
  • Must be an Ethiopian national
  • Must hold 10+ years of relevant professional experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience managing US Government-funded programs of similar scale and scope, including particularly USAID programs.

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At Kaizen, A Tetra Tech 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. Kaizen is an equal opportunity employer.

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