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Recruitment of a University-level operative assistant - Diplomatic field

1. POSITION TYPE :  Contractual - one year

The Embassy of Belgium in Addis Ababa is recruiting one (1) University-level operative assistant in support of the political   and economic sections. The assistant will also provide support to the consular and administrative sections.


The Embassy of Belgium in Addis Ababa represents Belgium in Ethiopia, Djibouti and towards the African Union (AU), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).


As an assistant in the relevant sections, you will provide regular, in-depth reporting on political, social and economic developments. You will continuously analyse relevant information obtained through the media, contacts with partners and other available means. You will contribute to the writing and regular updating of the post’s periodical reports. You will participate in meetings, briefings, conferences and seminars addressing issues within your fields of competence. You will assist the Head of Mission and diplomatic staff where needed in demarches concerning the to you entrusted files. You will contribute to the organisation of internal and/or external meetings in the economic, public diplomacy or development cooperation sectors. You will help defend and promote the interests of Belgium, of its nationals and companies.


Master’s Degree


  • Be able to work in team and show willingness to work in support of the different areas of the Embassy as needed;
  • Be service-oriented (internal and external users) and able to deliver at pace;
  • Show respect;
  • Be reliable, trustworthy and loyal;
  • Be flexible and show a proactive approach. 


  • Language requirements : Fluency in oral and written Dutch and/or French (native speakers are preferred). English :  Advanced level in both oral and written;
  • Excellent IT skills (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint);
  • Excellent writing and oral skills;
  • Good analytical skills, contacts and judgment to support Belgian interests.


A one-year contract, with a probation period of 45 days.      

Gross monthly salary: 60.000 ETB.

The expected starting date depends on internal administrative procedure and should be as soon as possible.


  • Applicants must be legally able to work in Ethiopia with the correct visa, status or work permit.
  • Employees recruited locally by the Belgian Embassy in Addis Ababa are subject to the Terms and Conditions of Service under the local employment law in Ethiopia.


Please read carefully to ensure that your application is received and processed.

All applicants should submit (1) a motivation letter of no more than 250 words, in English and neatly formatted, stating why they are a suitable candidate for the position, (2) along with the most recent CV in English and (3) copy of their relevant university diploma(s), by email to: AddisAbaba@diplobel.fed.be 

The application (with annexes) should be sent in one single email with subject line “YOUR NAME / recruitment”. Applications will only be accepted by email.

The closing date is Wednesday 11 September 2019 (close of business) and applications will no longer be accepted after this date. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a written test and interview at the Embassy of Belgium in Addis Ababa before the end of September.

For more information : Deirdre.Gouwy@diplobel.fed.be


Opportunity for socially/environmentally engaged private companies: Business Partnership Facility

The Belgian Development Cooperation, together with the King Baudouin Foundation, have recently launched a new funding programme: the Business Partnership Facility for businesses with a focus on the Sustainable Development Goals.

The new Business Partnership Facility will support business projects working with non-governmental organisations and academics on meeting at least one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), i.e. the United Nations' 17 objectives aiming to eradicate extreme poverty and make our world more sustainable by 2030: an ambition that can only be fulfilled if entrepreneurs and private companies also get involved.

The idea behind the new funding programme is to work together to get through the challenges initially facing start-ups and eventually reach a point where the new business is commercially viable. At the same time, projects must also produce positive social, economic and environmental innovations with benefits for local people.

During the first call for proposals Ethiopian company “Getinet Tilahun Agricultural Investment” was selected and now receives funding for its project to modernise organic honey production, increase scientific knowledge, and engage local communities to fight the extinction of endangered species.

Does this speak to you? Check if you are eligible here: https://www.kbs-frb.be/EnterprisesForSDGs

Do you know of a company that has a project like this? Spread the word!

Deadline to introduce your project proposal to proj@kbs-frb.be: 9th September 2019.