Ethiopia Program Assistant

Project Summary

Grounds for Health, in conjunction with coffee companies, medical communities and local coffee co-operatives, is expanding its programming to Ethiopia. Under the direction of the Ethiopia program manager and focal persons of Grounds for Health, the program assistant will work closely with the GFH in-country staff in Ethiopia to support project partners in establishing a new cervical cancer prevention program in Ethiopia. Local partners include coffee cooperatives and municipal health authorities.

Position Summary

The Grounds for Health Program Assistant will be based in a coffee growing region of Ethiopia and will support the Ethiopia program team with start-up and implementation of a sustainable cervical cancer prevention program in Ethiopia. This is a full time, paid position for 8-months. The Program assistant will begin with a 3-4 week orientation led by US-based staff. The Program Assistant will also assist the Waterbury, VT-based Program Team as necessary to ensure the successful implementation of our mission in Ethiopia.

The successful candidate must have experience with logistical management and program support and a proven interest in public health in Ethiopia and/or internationally, with a specific focus on women’s health and/or community organizing and development. Experience working with an international NGO and/or travel specifically in rural, low-resource settings, is required. This person must be flexible, hard-working and have the ability to perform well in an environment with minimal supervision. A desire and enthusiasm for travel and living abroad is required. The candidate should be able to work independently and be knowledgeable about the major issues in the field of public health and development in Ethiopia, including familiarity with international NGOs. We prefer candidates with prior experience and knowledge of the context of Ethiopia. Prior experience in education and training, project management and primary health care delivery desired. Superior organizational skills and conversational fluency in English and Amharic is required.


The ideal candidate will be available to travel with Grounds for Health staff during a site visit for two weeks in June 2014. The official position start date will be in August of 2014.


  • Knowledge of and commitment to public health in Ethiopia with a focus on women’s health and/or community organizing and development.
  • Prior experience in education, project management and/or primary health care delivery preferred.
  • Strong academic background in international health, development and/or related field is desired.
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment with minimal supervision.
  • Prior international experience working with an international NGO.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Superior organizational skills.
  • Advanced MS Office skills: Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.
  • Conversational fluency in Amharic is required.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit the following items:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample: preferably 2 to 3 pages in length that demonstrates analytic skills
  • Three References: please include at least one academic and one professional reference

Please submit completed applications to:

Grounds for Health
92 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05676


 About Grounds for Health

Grounds for Health, a nonprofit based in Waterbury, Vermont, works with coffee-growing communities to establish sustainable cervical cancer prevention programs. Members of the specialty coffee industry founded the organization in 1996 to address women’s lack of access to basic health care services in growing regions. Grounds for Health focuses on the early detection and treatment of cervical cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths for women in developing countries. The Grounds for Health model facilitates partnerships between coffee companies, coffee cooperatives in coffee-producing countries and local health organizations. Our mission is to establish locally managed, sustainable and effective cervical cancer prevention and pre-cancer treatment services in rural areas. We focus on educating and training in the Single Visit Approach to ensure sustainability and effectiveness in low-resource settings.