About UNDP in Ethiopia

 UNDP Ethiopia Country Office staff, Wubua Mekonnen, crossing Borkena River to visit project sites and hold discussions with farming community.

UNDP Ethiopia works closely with the Government of Ethiopia and other stakeholders to contribute towards building a developed, democratic, and climate resilient nation and empowered citizens.

UNDP serving the people of Ethiopia

As the development arm of the United Nations, UNDP Ethiopia supports strategic capacity development initiatives to promote growth and development both in terms of resource and human recourse. Through partnerships with national and regional and local governments, UNDP strives to support the Ethiopian Government in the efforts to eliminate poverty, developing peoples’ capacity, achieving equitable results, sustain the environment, and advance democratic governance.

Focus Areas
Over the past three decades, UNDP’s interventions in Ethiopia has remained people centered and focus on 1) Promoting coordination, efficiency and effectiveness of the United Nations system as a whole at the country level; 2) Providing policy and technical support by working on and advocating for the multi-sectorial challenges of poverty reduction , democratic governance , disaster risk management, environment and sustainable development; and 3) Acting as an administrative agent for several multidonor pooled funding arrangements in Ethiopia , including for the Development Assistance Group (DAG ).

UNDP Ethiopia’s main funding partners are: the European Union, the Government of Austria, the Government of Belgium, the Government of Canada, the Government of Denmark, the Government of Finland, the Government of Germany, the Government of Ireland, the Government of Italy, the Government of Japan, the Government of Norway, the Government of Sweden, the Government of Spain, the Government of The Netherlands, the Government of United Kingdom, the Government of United States, the Global Environment Fund, UN Agencies, and Bill and Malinda Gate Foundation.

Other Services:
In addition to the operational services provided to several UN agencies operating in Ethiopia, the Country Office administers the United Nations Volunteers programme. UNV is the volunteer arm of the United Nations whose headquarter is based in Bonn,Germany. It mobilizes qualified people to become UN Volunteers in different parts of the world.

What do we want to accomplish?

The main purpose of UNDP Ethiopia's programmatic intervention is to enhance the support provided to the government and people of Ethiopia to build a climate resilient green economy.

Ethiopia's vision to become a carbon-neutral middle income country by 2025 is unique in Africa, and seeks to tackle head on the double challenges involved in making rapid economic development green.

Over the past decades, UNDP has continued to strategicaly contribute to Ethiopia's national priorities, which have successfully integrated the Millennium Development Goals, by strengthening its partnerships with the Government, civil society, private sector and international donor community in order to build national capacity.

UNDP Ethiopia's new programme of cooperation, covering the period 2012-2015, is in line with national development priorities and focuses its support in the areas of Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction, Good Governance and Human Rights, and thirdly Climate Change, Environment and Disaster Risk Management (DRM).


What are our results?

Ethiopia is heavily reliant on agriculture, which accounts for over 80% of employment. UNDP Ethiopia's strategic support to institutions that have been set up to address systemic bottlenecks in the agriculture sector, such as the Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) has been instrumental in demonstrating innovative technologies to enhance the capacity of major actors in this sector. New strategies that have been supported including the mapping of groundwater potential potential of arid and semi arid lands to help increase the country's agriculture production The Ethiopian Agricultural Research Institute was also supported to upgrade its agricultural products quality monitoring & testing laboratory, which is opening the path to new global markets for Ethiopia as these require certification and standardization of products' quality. This increased access to foreign markets will be a pulling factor to enhance the quality of the country's production and also translate to better income for the farmers and thus tackling poverty.

UNDP has also played a leading role in coordinating the preparation and launch of the Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) Facility. With the launch of the Facility,Ethiopia is now in a better position to initiate programmes, finance mechanism and an institutional setup to pursue a low carbon/emission climate development strategy. Substantive support was provided to some of the "fast-start" components of the CRGE Strategy such as renewable energy and cookstoves, capacity development in 5 sectors for the preparation of investment plans, carbon baseline determination together with MRV to enable Ethiopia attract results-based carbon financing. The CRGE Strategy and related Investment Plans are expected to lay basis for the country's next medium term plan and in this regard, UNDP is playing a central role in supporting and building consensus among key government agencies and national stakeholders to achieve this result. As part of the process of formulating and subsequently the implementation of a climate resilient and green economy in Ethiopia, UNDP helped extend the initiative on Leadership For Results Programme to the Ministry of Finance&Economic Development and its regional bureaux.

On good governance and human rights front, UNDP has continued its efforts at strengthening the capacities of governance institutions , with a special focus on improving public transparency, accountability frameworks and responsiveness to citizens' demands. Through UNDP's support Ethiopia was able to forumulate and adopt Grant Sharing Formula , which would help address the balance of resources flow to the various regions and thus bring about equitable development across the country.

Who are the decision makers?

The UNDP Resident Represenative heads of UNDP Ethiopia Country Office and is also the UN Resident Coordinator as well as the UN Humanitarian Coordinator.

UNDP works very closely with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) and other relevant line ministries.

UNDP Ethiopia is also a permanent member of the Executive Committee for the Development Assistance Group (DAG). The DAG, comprising 26 key donors working in the country, was established over ten years ago when development partners pooled their resources to support Ethiopia's preparation of its Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs).

How many are we?

UNDP Ethiopia employs 115 people as per the following breakdown:

Fixed Term    National   64          International    15

UN Volunteers  National 7        International      3

Service Contract National  33


Our Consultants

List of all current consultants (SCs, SSAs) who will receive $30,000 or more from the CO over a 12 month period. 

Consultant name Amount of Contract (USD)
Consultant -CRGE LRP programme 33,750
Consultant - AGP project 72,795
Consultant - AGP project 42,681
Consultant - AU/UNDP Support for the Implementation of the Peace & Security Agenda of the AUC 88,621
Consultant - UNDP/ECA Joint Governance Initiative 43,292
Consultant - AU/UNDP Support for the Implementation of the Peace & Security Agenda of the AUC 37,000
Consultant - Mainstreaming Agro-Biodiversity in to the Agricultural System of Ethiopia
Consultant - AU/UNDP Support for the Implementation of the Peace & Security Agenda of the AUC 58,630
Consultant -AU/UNDP Support for the Implementation of the Peace & Security Agenda of the AUC 34,862

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