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Founded in 2007, ABH Services PLC (also called ABH Partners by trade name) is a leading consultancy and human resources sourcing management firm in Ethiopia with over eleven years of experience in supporting the implementation of development programs and projects. ABH exists to fuel synergistic societal growth by harnessing local knowledge and international standard. Dedicated to the betterment of societal development, technical assistance, and knowledge management, ABH has gained credibility and industry experience in the development sector in general and the public health sphere of Ethiopia in particular. ABH focuses on knowledge management as the enabler and cross-cutting theme across its four major service lines or core competencies: Consultancy, Survey Management, Training, and Implementation of projects and programs.


Job ID: ABH-034-NEBE


The National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), re-established by proclamation No. 1133/2011, is the constitutionally mandated body to conduct elections, organize referendum and regulate political parties in Ethiopia. NEBE is undergoing institutional reform to enhance its credibility and capacity and conduct free, impartial and credible elections. Through the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), NEBE has contracted ABH Partners to provide human resource recruitment and management services.

Accordingly, ABH partners would like to invite applicants who meet the below requirements to apply for the position of Legal Affairs Manager.

Required number: One

Reports to:NEBE Management Board Member HQ of NEBE

Duty station: NEBE Head Quarter, Addis Ababa

Duration: 12 months with a possibility of extension

Salary:  Attractive (Non Civil Service scale)

Expected Start Date: Immediately after concluding the contract


Purpose of the Role

Reporting to NEBE Management Board Member , the Legal Affairs Manager will be responsible to planning, directing, coordinating, supervising, evaluating, and decision making on development of rules , regulations and guidelines that enables the NEBE to achieve its goals of organizing a fair, credible and transpare polls that meet the minimum international elections legal standarads.


Major Responsibilities

Developing rules and regulations that help to implement election

  • Lead the coordination and preparation of NEBE legal documents such as directives, regulations, manuals that will be used by the NEBE to regulate the behaviours of electoral stakeholders such as political parties. 
  • Review and provide international comparative analysis to the NEBE Management Board various legal issues
  • Provide interpretations of published laws/directives and legal procedures in relations to elections;
  • Provide leadership on NEBE’s public consultation meetings on legal issues to ensure transparency and inclusion;
  • Help the NEBE Management Board to prepare to address legal related questions from the public;
  • Manage translations of legal documents and learning materials into different NEBE languages;
  • Design strategy to boost awareness of internal and external actors on election laws and related code of conducts. 
  • Manage the development of code of conduct for the board members and staff members;
  • Formulate strategies to implement and oversee effective election dispute resolution systems at various levels, and provide robust support to the rolling out of these systems;
  • Support the NEBE Management Board to manage and address elections disputes handled through the NEBE’s grievance hearing process at various levels; analyse and summarize the types of grievance and share with the NEBE Management Board.
  • Oversee the NEBE’s response to elections dispute that go through the judiciary process;
  • Lead the establishment and execution of an effective electoral case management system
  • Plan, guide, coordinate, oversee, and evaluate all tasks of the legal unit.
  • Provide robust and consistent leadership to the legal department employees
  • Facilitate the necessary conditions to build the legal team’s capacity through creating relationship among other departments and stakeholders.
  • Execute the necessary leadership and decisions making based on analysis of reports from the subordinates. 
  • Design strategy to boost awareness of  internal and external actors on Follow up the execution of orientation regarding election laws and related code code of conducts. 
  • Plan, guide, coordinate, oversee, and evaluate all tasks to be discharged under the supervision of the legal unit
  • Participates in higher level management meetings, discuss on issues that requires decisions, make decisions, and let others to decide.
  • Implement other legal tasks assigned by the NEBE Management Board.

Required qualifications, Competencies & Skills trainings, and experience

  • LLB/ LLM holders
  • For LLM holders: at least 6 years of relevant experience of which 3 years on leadership position
  • For LLB holders: at least 8 years of relevant experience of which 4 years on leadership position   


  • Experience in the development and delivery of guidelines, rules and regulations in an election context, or relevant and equivalent experience working with civil society organizations and implementing projects;
  • Proven communication and presentation skills to large and varying audiences;
  • Demonstrated ability to draft memos, analysis and manuals in Amharic;
  • Experience working on research, analysis or content work in the law or related field;
  • Ability to remain highly organized while handling multiple tasks under tight deadlines;
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  • Willingness to adhere to all principles of confidentiality;
  • Values operating in a collaborative and cooperative environment;
  • Ability to show initiative, good judgment, and resourcefulness;
  • Conduct self with integrity and conduct work ethically;
  • The ability to remain highly organized while handling multiple tasks under tight deadlines.
  • Not being a member of any political party

How to Apply

Qualified applicants can submit their application letter along with an updated CV with three professional references, copies of education credentials and work experience via email to nebevacancy@abhpartners.com by stating the position you are applying on the subject email. Application may also be submitted in person to our office located on Bole Road, behind DH Geda Tower Addis Ababa from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday to Friday.

Application Deadline: November 24, 2020

Qualified candidates who fulfil the criteria will be hired only following the approval and endorsement by NEBE.

Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply.                                                                                    


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