We’ve seen in recent weeks that people here in Ethiopia want to be heard. I would like to urge everyone—both within the Government and on the streets—to find peaceful ways to talk to, and listen to each other. No one should ever die for peacefully voicing his or her opinion.
As the USAID Project Management Specialist (Prevention Advisor), the incumbent will provide technical management and coordination in support of USAID/Ethiopia’s U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program. In addition to the management and coordination of activities, the USAID Project Management Specialist (Prevention Advisor) will assume the technical lead on combination prevention services that include: behavior change communication (BCC) and biomedical and structural prevention activities targeting populations at risk.
The incumbent serves as the Supervisory Financial Analyst and Chief of the Financial Analysis section in USAID/Ethiopia’s Office of Financial Management (OFM).
Development achievements over the past ten years have increased resilience, but Ethiopia’s vulnerability to external factors like natural disasters, market shocks, and climate change remains high. Land degradation, limited household assets, low levels of farming mechanization and technology, lack of employment opportunities and a growing population all undermine efforts to maintain sustainable livelihoods during a crisis. Any aberrations have the ability to spike emergency needs. A strong focus on resilience promises to strengthen Ethiopian’s coping ability. In 2015 and 2016, the El Niño-related drought and food insecurity crisis affected millions of people in Ethiopia requiring a $1.4 billion response. Due to coping abilities of households and rapid response, including prepositioning of food, and programs mounted by the Government of Ethiopia, humanitarian agencies, and donors, the impact was less severe than what had been predicted.
USAID and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs joined the Ministry of Health today to transition critical components of USAID’s Health Communication Capacity Collaborative project to the Government of Ethiopia. Led by Johns Hopkins, project activities included the National Wegen HIV/AIDS hotline, the AIDS Resource Library, popular radio programs about HIV prevention, and social behavioral change communication training for the Ministry of Health.
Last updated: August 24, 2016