Project Associate

Terms of Reference

Position: Project Associates

Employment Type: Fixed-term Contract

Duration of Employment: 6 months, with a possibility of extension

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Required number of candidates: 3

Application Deadline: Jan 1, 2024

Are you a new career prospector who is interested in working in media development and wants to contribute towards the development of a vibrant media space in Ethiopia? Are you a new graduate who has strong competencies in planning and organizing, project implementation, resilience, and drive, and an avid learner who thrives under pressure? Then come work with us.

Organizational Profile: MERSA Media Institute is a nonprofit media policy think tank. We work to help create vibrant, responsible, and independent media institutions, professional unions, and education centers through research, capacity building, and institutional support in Ethiopia.  

Position Summary: The Project Associate will be responsible for supporting all projects at MMI by providing logistic support, and facilitating technical efforts, projects, and activities under the direct supervision of the Program Coordinator in collaboration with authorized staff.

Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Support MMI’s Project planning and implementation
  • Facilitate project plan and implementation of all targets set in the action plan matrix, in collaboration with the Project Manager. 
  • Digital publishing and management, graphics design, audio-visual content production for web and social media
  • Support the project in the procurement process including preparation of TORs, receipts of quotations, and evaluation of bids
  • Arrange travel and hotel reservations, and assist participants during their stay
  • Monitoring social media and analytics as well as supporting research efforts
  • Assist in event planning, management, and other project-related activities, leveraging event planning and leadership skills
  • Scheduling meetings, setting agendas, and writing meeting minutes for the project team
  • Organizing, facilitating, and participating in stakeholder meetings
  • Communication: Write, edit, and distribute content, including publications, press releases, website content, annual reports, speeches, and other materials that communicate the organization’s activities
  • Documentation: Maintain database: Resources, contacts, project files
  • Support new business development processes
  • Perform any other related task as may be assigned

Project Associate Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information technology, Economics, Law, Medicine, Social Studies, or a related field of study 
  • 0 years of working experience (fresh graduate)
  • Demonstrated event planning and leadership qualities
  • Exceptional verbal, written, and presentation skills
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
  • Experience using computers for a variety of tasks
  • Competency in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of documentation and other administrative procedures.


  • Avid learner, thrives under pressure – a no-brainer 
  • Self-starter, independent researcher, collaborator, leadership qualities
  • If you have a track record of getting things done, you will enjoy working with us

How to Apply

Prospectors, please send your resume and cover letter to

Please note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

MERSA Media Institute is an equal-opportunity employer. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

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