The position:  The International Centre of Insect Physiology & Ecology (icipe) seeks to hire a Safeguarding Manager.  The MOYESH Project is dedicated to ensuring a safe environment for all youth and women and other stakeholders who participate in the project on the premise that everyone has the right to freedom from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. icipe adopts zero tolerance to all forms of abuse and expects all its projects and its partners to share similar values. The Safeguarding Manager will lead compliance with icipe’s safeguarding policies and guidelines during implementation of the MOYESH project. S/he will provide guidance and expertise on safeguarding throughout operational areas of the MOYESH project, working closely with related teams to ensure safeguarding is integrated into project operations.  She/he will be a member of icipe Ethiopia office which is located at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia).

General: The International Centre of Insect Physiology & Ecology (icipe) is a pan-African and non-profit Centre of Excellence for research and development and capacity building in insect science and its applications. Its mission is to help alleviate poverty, ensure food and nutritional security and improve the overall health status of peoples of the tropics by developing and extending management tools and strategies for harmful and useful arthropods, while preserving the natural resource base through research and capacity building. Since its establishment in 1970, icipe has become a significant contributor to science and innovation required to meet the health and food security challenges of sub-Saharan Africa. The Centre has achieved this status by developing alternative and environmentally friendly pest and vector management technologies and products that are effective, selective, non-polluting, non-resistance inducing, and are affordable to resource-limited rural and urban communities. Employing close to 500 international and national staff, icipe also has approximately 150 graduate students who contribute to its research portfolio annually. The Centre currently has operations in more than 40 African countries, and thriving partnerships with universities and research organizations across the world.  For more information visit:

icipe is partnering with Mastercard Foundation to implement the MOre Young Entrepreneurs in Silk and Honey project (MOYESH). The purpose of this partnership intervention is to secure fulfilling and dignified employment and income for unemployed young women and men by scaling up integrated beekeeping and silk farming businesses, building on lessons learned from YESH project and leveraging the public-private partnerships that are already created. The MOYESH project targets to provide 100,000 youth with appropriate skills and to enable 100,000 youth (of which 60% are female) secure dignified and fulfilling work in four target regions of Ethiopia including the Amhara; Oromia; Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR); and Tigray.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Leads and oversees the integration of and compliance with icipe’s safeguarding policies and guidelines by project staff and those of partnering institutions in implementation of the MOYESH project
  • Oversees the recruitment of project partner youth and women to ensure that safeguarding guidelines are observed
  • Integrates youth, women and other stakeholders safeguarding measures throughout the project including partner selection and ongoing review and due diligence 
  • Oversees MOYESH project procurement, staff recruitment and service contract processes to ensure that safeguarding guidelines are fully complied with
  • Reviews youth, women and stakeholder safeguarding measures into communications with partner organizations
  • Manages issues arising related to safeguarding including escalation measures and provides regular progress reports to icipe and the Mastercard Foundation
  • Serves as the MOYESH project focal person on safeguarding matters and manages associated reporting obligations
  • Conducts customised training on safeguarding guidelines and procedures to project staff and those of partnering staff who serve as local focal persons

Minimum Requirements:


  • MA degree or BA degree in social sciences pertaining to social development works, law enforcement, humanitarian assistance and rural development
  • In-depth knowledge of the theory and practice law enforcement, social development works and humanitarian assistance
  • Relevant professional certification


  • MA degree and seven years of work experience at senior managerial positions in agriculture or related rural development projects or programs
  • BA degree and ten years of work experience at senior managerial positions in agriculture or related rural development projects or programs
  • Hands-on experience in the management and supervision of similar development projects
  • Multi-tasking skills, with ability to coordinate, prioritize and organize workload, meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Sound experience in stakeholder management
  • Proven track record of initiating and developing research for development projects will be an advantage


  • Ability in incident investigation and applying continuous learning to improve and strengthen safeguarding measures
  • Ability to manage conflict and handle sensitive issues with due care
  • Excellent interpersonal and listening skills and ability to collaborate with various teams within and outside the project
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (PowerPoint, Word, and Excel)

Core Competencies:

  • Comprehensive understanding of theoretical concepts and principles of safeguarding in rural development settings
  • Skilled at identifying and mitigating safeguarding risks
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills with the ability to articulate information at various levels
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills

Duty Station:    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Position level:   HG 17

Minimum Base salary:                  

  •  Birr 57,880 per month (Negotiable depending on salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment: This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is for three years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. icipe offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits in line with ILRI salary applicable for its Nationally Recruited Staff. icipe is an international and equal opportunity organization and believes that diversity of its staff contributes to excellence. 

The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus with dining and sports facilities that are located on site.

ApplicationsApplicants should provide a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae including names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees and a letter providing a point by point response to the essential and desirable person specifications. The position and reference number: SM/50/19 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: on or before 30 October 2019.

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