Tree Aid Vacancy

Tree Aid plays a critical role in addressing the climate crisis and helping communities lift themselves out of poverty. Together, we are dedicated to transforming lives. The need for this transformation has never been more profound or urgent. However, the opportunity to create a significant impact across the drylands of Africa has never been more tangible. This strategy marks the next step towards achieving our long-term vision: a thriving natural environment where deforestation and land degradation rates have been reversed. Together, we can build resilient communities equipped with the tools and training to manage their landscapes and grow their businesses.

Position: National Policy Lead

About the Role:

This is a fantastic opportunity for a National Advocacy Lead to join a dynamic Ethiopian team at a growing international development charity based in Bristol, delivering transformational change for some of the world’s most vulnerable people living on the frontlines of the climate crisis.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a joint national advocacy strategy, building on Tree Aid’s and Farm Africa’s advocacy strategies.
  • Create and execute annual action plans for Ethiopia with support from senior staff at Tree Aid and Farm Africa.
  • Conduct policy analysis to provide strategic and operational advice to our in-country advocacy teams.
  • Coordinate and implement joint high-impact advocacy activities.
  • Lead multi-stakeholder coordination platforms and other workshops and meetings with stakeholders, including government sectors, donors, key partners, private entities, INGOs/NGOs, and farmers’ organizations.
  • Participate in relevant national and international advocacy events and coalitions.
  • Build and maintain national strategic relationships for the joint advocacy strategy.
  • Measure the impact of joint advocacy action plans.
  • Perform tasks as requested by the Country Director in line with advocacy and policy influence in Ethiopia.

Job Requirements:

  • Hold an MSc/MA or BSc/BA in Public Policy, International Affairs, or equivalent experience with qualifications in relevant fields (Forestry, International Development, Natural Resources Management, Livelihood Development, Social Anthropology, and related disciplines).
  • Have a minimum of eight years of relevant experience for BA holders or six years for master’s degree graduates in policy and advocacy or related program management.
  • Demonstrate experience in successful policy advice and advocacy.
  • Be fluent in written and spoken Amharic and English.
  • Be an excellent communicator, both written and spoken.
  • Have a relaxed and open working style, working well individually and as part of a team; be reliable, proactive, and imaginative.
  • Have experience in building and managing strategic relationships.
  • Have experience in network management and networking.
  • Possess strong teamwork skills, including the ability to work in a multi-partner approach.
  • Have excellent MS Office skills.
  • Be committed to the vision and values of Tree Aid and Farm Africa.
  • Ideally, have existing national relationships and networks among key policy networks for Farm Africa and Tree Aid (community development, natural resource management, forestry).
  • Ideally, have experience working in policy and advocacy related to Tree Aid and Farm Africa’s missions (ecosystem restoration, climate and development funding, locally led development, gender equality, value chain development).


  • Contribution to a pension fund.
  • Contribution towards phone, transport, medical, and school fees.
  • Annual paid leave of 15 working days, in addition to Ethiopian national holidays.
  • Sick pay.

Key Documents:

  • National Policy Lead job description and person specification.
  • Equal opportunities monitoring form.

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Contract Type: 18-month fixed contract
Hours: Full-time, 35 hours/week
Salary: ETB 1,482,613 per annum (gross, inclusive of allowances)
Application Deadline: Friday, July 5, 2024

How to Apply:

To apply, please send your CV, equal opportunities monitoring form, and a supporting statement outlining how you meet the person specification to by COB Friday, July 5.

Our Approach to Recruitment:

We recruit with openness and transparency, employing people based on their ability to carry out the role. We ensure no applicant receives less favorable treatment on the grounds of disability, gender, race, religion or belief, age, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, caring responsibilities, or hours of work.

Tree Aid Values:

  • We stand together and respect the people we work for and with.
  • We are bold, ambitious, and determined.
  • We are professional, working effectively and efficiently to a high standard and are experts in our field.
  • We have integrity, being honest, transparent, and accountable.
  • We are always learning, reviewing, and adapting to maximize our impact for the people we help.

Farm Africa Values:

  • Deep expertise and insightful, evidence-based solutions are at the heart of everything Farm Africa does.
  • Positive change starts with Africa’s people, so our experts work closely with local communities, engaging them at every stage of decision-making.
  • We take a long-term view to deliver lasting changes for farmers and their families.
  • We model innovative new approaches and are not afraid to challenge failing systems.

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