Abyssinia Gebrehiwot

Senior Facilities Officer

Senior Facilities Officer


The overall task of the facilities Officer is to ensure an optimal working environment. In this role he/she will be responsible for performing regular building safety and Security inspections, maintain buildings equipment, and supervising cleaning working premises facilities officer take responsibility of facility maintenance and also liaise with contractor. He/she should be maintenance expert who promotes an efficient and Safe working environment.

Job Responsibilities

  • Managing building and equipment maintenance schedules.
  • Fixing minor issues in appliances or arranging for repairs when needed.
  • Testing security system and promoting safety within working premises of the company.
  • Managing equipment and supply needs, including furniture, telecommunication, kitchen appliances, officer equipment and supplies, and the likes.
  • Liaising with vendors and supplier for maintenance and repair work on behalf of the company.
  • Documenting process and keeping maintenance records and monitoring maintenance budget spending.
  • Implement regular inspection in all facilities areas within campus for recreation to ensure activities are conducted safely and appropriately.
  • Execute open, close and secure facilities at mentioned times and check maintenance concern.
  • Identify furniture, equipment and fixtures demands of all offices, residence workshops and every other facility of the company and address gaps either purchase or by any other means available and possible.
  • Monitor and manage design, acquisition and installation of modular furniture for offices, guest room, camp and common areas.
  • Prepare the necessary arrangements and accommodations for guests
  • Make sure electric systems, water systems, sewerage systems, security systems (fences and the lies), garden and every other facility are in working conditions.
  • Liaise with other department such as finance, logistics, Human Resource and security as appropriate and necessary.
  • Update and maintain records to track maintenance and repairs.
  • Comply to any other responsibilities assigned to him by immediate supervisor & management.

Job Requirements

  • BSc in Facility management or business administration and Construction Management Engineering or similar fields.
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in facility coordination, project management or Construction.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable, taking on additional responsibilities as needed.
  • Must be a self-starter and internally driven to success and hard work.

   Deadline: 20 December 2022

  Number of vacancies: 1

   Job location: Omorate

Donation for Meal Sharing (የማዕድ መጋራት) program for the New Year

Following the initiative of the Addis Ababa City Mayor’s Office to support lower-income households during the Ethiopian New Year, Fri-El Ethiopia has donated a sum of birr 50,000 to Kirkos subcity woreda 02 administration to uplift the community’s spirits by allowing them to participate in a meal sharing (የማዕድ ማጋራት) program celebrating the holiday.

Innovators’ Incubation and Acceleration (IIA) Program

Innovators’ Incubation And Acceleration (IIA) Program Details

Contents of the IIA program

Each incubation, acceleration or scaling program is built out of different modules that address the most important needs of the specific group of innovators or companies. Here is a complete overview of the kind of support that will be provided at each stage.

Incubation Modules

Scaling Modules

As each venture takes a different approach and faces different challenges when scaling, we take a holistic, non-prescriptive approach and provide support that is largely tailored to each venture’s needs. The scaling process generally includes six steps.

Market exploration and penetration

We support scaling ventures in market exploration and penetration via trade missions, connections to key advisors and partners in the target markets and by providing access to various forms of financing and/or distribution channels of large corporates.

We believe that the launching of this program will help to improve the commercialization and modernization of agriculture, and the development of an indigenous agribusiness sector while imparting youth with relevant experience and skills. Applications to the next cohort of the IIA program will be announced on our website once they are open.

Collaborating With Dassenech Wereda To Mitigate Drought

The Fri-El Ethiopia farm is located in Omorate, a town in southern Ethiopia near the Kenyan border. Situated in the Debub Omo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region, this village has an elevation of 395 meters above sea level. Its location in the Omo Valley gives it a semi-arid climate, with low and erratic rainfall and warm temperatures. The town and its surroundings are inhabited by the Dassenech people, and the greater region is known as the Dassenech wereda. According to the Ethiopian Statistics Service, as of 2021, the estimated population in the wereda is about 70,000.


The Dassenech are a pastoralist tribe, and their livelihood is centered around the breeding of cattle and other herd animals like goats and sheep. These animals are not only used for meat, milk, and skins but also signify wealth and status. Apart from raising livestock, the Dassenech occasionally practice flood-recession agriculture along the banks of the Omo River.

While Ethiopia contains the largest livestock population in Africa with an estimated 80 million livestock, pastoralists and agro-pastoralists – such as the Dassenech – in tropical and subtropical drylands are among the most vulnerable groups to climate change. Since their livelihood is so reliant on livestock, any problems affecting their domestic animals directly impact the community. For the past several years, the Dassenech wereda has been affected by devastating droughts frequently experienced in the locality. They have also been the victims of floods owing to rain in the Central and South-Central Highlands, causing the overflow of the Omo River. This has caused many families to face hunger and severe economic struggles. A food security outlook shows that the area is categorized under an emergency zone, one step above a famine.

Fri-El Ethiopia has been operating the farm in Omorate since 2007 and, in that time, has made several efforts towards helping the surrounding community. At the moment, the biggest problem that the wereda faces is a lack of pasture for livestock. Thus, we are working with the Dassenech wereda administration to help combat this problem. So far, 1,600 bales of hay have been delivered from Jinka and distributed among the pastoralists in the area. An additional 15,000 hay bales have been delivered recently from production made on 100 hectares of our own land. This is expected to help partially alleviate several families’ immediate concerns regarding their cattle.

In order to further build a more sustainable solution for the pasture scarcity issue, 100 hectares of land from our farm has now been allocated to growing grass for the cattle. Several thousand bales of hay are expected to be harvested from these fields. Once the dry season hits in the coming months and the community faces a scarcity of pasture, this will help supplement their need for livestock feed. This is among our greater agenda of improving the community’s livelihood.