Ethiopia: Early Warning Information Officer
Organization: International Rescue Committee
Closing date: 27 Jan 2019
The IRC is a non-governmental organization operating in over 40 countries in the world. IRC started operation in Ethiopia in year 2000, currently working in five regions in providing relief services to refugees, victims of drought, and war affected populations. **
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Position- Early Warning Information Officer
Location- Addis Ababa
Length of Employment- Definite
Posting Date- January 14, 2019
Closing Date- January 27, 2019
Vacancy Code- 01/562
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive, recover, and rebuild their lives. The IRC has been working in Ethiopia for over 15 years implementing emergency and resilience programming in the areas of WASH, education, livelihoods, reproductive health, gender-based violence, and child and youth protection and development. In 2017, IRC provides services to approximately 405,200 refugees in 20 camps and more than one million vulnerable Ethiopians in seven regions.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is seeking an Early Warning Information Officer (EWIO) to ensure access to timely information on emergency needs within Ethiopia for the three-year Emergency Nutrition and WASH Rapid Response Capacity project jointly funded by USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and Food for Peace (FFP). Under this program, the IRC as prime, in collaboration with two international NGO consortium partners, will provide emergency nutrition and WASH activities countrywide to support populations affected by slow or rapid onset emergencies. The objectives of the OFDA/FFP emergency program are to:
● Monitor the changing humanitarian situation and emerging issues in Ethiopia and support rapid emergency response interventions to address prioritized, targeted needs in Nutrition and WASH.
● Support the emergency nutrition needs of vulnerable populations through interventions to prevent and treat acute malnutrition and ensure a reliable continuum of care for acute malnutrition.
● Alleviate suffering and reduce water borne and diarrheal disease through emergency WASH programming by addressing situations where there is significantly increased WASH vulnerability beyond existing conditions through emergency WASH and WASH/Nutrition interventions.
The Early Warning Information Officer will systematically collect and analyze early warning data on humanitarian needs to appraise program decision-makers on the humanitarian situation and inform intervention decisions. The EWIO will work closely with humanitarian coordination mechanisms and IRC and partner organization’s emergency response and other field teams for data gathering and validation. She/he will produce memos, briefs, reports, and PowerPoint presentations, succinctly summarizing the humanitarian needs and contribute to donor or other internal or external reports. The EWIO will report to the Director of the OFDA/FFP Emergency Nutrition and WASH Rapid Response project and work closely with the Senior Emergency Rapid Response Coordinator and other ERR and ENWRRCE team members.
Duties and Responsibilities
§ Gather emergency related early warning information from various sources and systematically compile and analyze it;
§ Succinctly present data and analyses in the form of memos, briefs, reports, and/or power point presentations to the ERR team, the RRM Program Director, donor or other relevant IRC or consortium members;
§ Assist the ERR and RRM teams in developing and refining indictors, triggers and protocols for rapid response interventions;
§ Attend coordination forums related to early warning and review of Humanitarian Requirements at Federal level and share and gather relevant information;
§ Attend coordination meetings related to Government of Ethiopia multi-agency ‘Mehir’ and ‘Belg’ seasonal assessments and take part in review of assessment design and tools;
§ Participate in early warning related assessments;
§ Establish data base of emergency situations and trends in Ethiopia for analysis;
§ Keep records of hotspot classifications and relevant maps;
§ Work with GIS team in sharing data for mapping hotspot areas;
§ Gather and share stories from field and emergency updates for external internal and reports and analyses;
§ Systematically track emergency response proposals under the ENWRRCE;
§ Track sub-grant and IRC direct project reports and assist in compiling donor reports;
§ Prepare brief monthly internal emergency response summary update and share with Emergency Program Director, Senior ERR Coordinator and other relevant decision-makers.
Qualification and Requirements
· Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, Development Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology or related field. Two years and Three years of relevant work experience respectively for Masters and Degree.
· Understanding of early warning systems and data including data on humanitarian vulnerability and resilience;
· Experience participating in humanitarian needs assessments and field data collection a plus;
· Work experience in an international humanitarian organization strongly desirable;
· Knowledge of Ethiopia’s regions, ideally with work experience outside Addis Ababa, particularly in field positions is desirable;
· Understanding of early warning indicators and emergency intervention triggers;
· Experience in project management and conducting trainings and workshops;
· Must be fluent spoken and written English;
· Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills with the ability to present complex information graphically in charts and tables for decision-makers;
· Computer literacy: Ability to use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; knowledge of statistical software or mapping (GIS) software an advantage;
· Good team player, open to criticism and be results oriented;
· Ability to represent IRC in international and national coordination forums;
· Ability to coordinate and liaise between colleagues from different technical and operations areas across various levels of an organization (global, regional, country level);
· Must be culturally and gender sensitive both in personal interactions and communication.
How to apply:
· Please send your CV, application letter and copies of credentials to the following address: IRC – Addis Ababa Office P.O.BOX 107 Code 1110.or
· Please include 3 references
· Applications will not be returned. IRC discourages phone calls or personal visits.
· Only applicants meeting the minimum qualification will be short listed and contacted.
Your application letter/cover letter must include the following information.
· Name of the position you have applied for
· Date of application
· Summary of your qualifications and experience
· Motivation/objective of why you have applied for the job
· Permanent Address and present address (if different form permanent) and telephone number
· Disclose any family relationships with existing IRC employees.
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IRC is an equal employment opportunity employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.