Ethiopia: Emergency Coordinator

Ethiopia: Emergency Coordinator

Organization: Danish Refugee Council
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 29 Mar 2019

Working under the day-to-day supervision of the Addis Ababa-based Head of Program, the Emergency Coordinator will be responsible for the development, strategic setup and ongoing management of a responsive, multisector emergency response team capable of responding to new crises across Ethiopia and Djibouti. The position will be tasked to develop a comprehensive emergency preparedness and response plan (EPRP), emergency strategy and accompanying response modalities. Key to the position will be ongoing analysis of the humanitarian context, assessing emergency-related funding opportunities to support responses and representing DRC is relevant cluster and fora.


Programming and Strategy:

  • Engage in ongoing assessments of the humanitarian context across Ethiopia and Djibouti as a means to develop and update country-based emergency strategies and accompanying response modalities. As part of this process, the Emergency Coordinator will facilitate the development of a comprehensive emergency preparedness and response plan (EPRP), which will be updated on a quarterly basis. The plan will be developed in collaboration with the Head of Program, Area Managers and relevant sector leads. The Emergency Coordinator will facilitate the roll-out and advise in the operationalization of the aforementioned plan.
  • Develop entry strategies for DRC to rapidly commence emergency interventions in new areas of operation as needs arise. The Emergency Coordinator will be tasked to design contextually appropriate modalities for each new intervention and will advise implementing staff on a range of issues including assessment design and analysis, humanitarian principles, targeting criteria and monitoring and evaluative methods.
  • To achieve the above, the Emergency Coordinator will be expected to take a proactive role in establishing strong linkages with key cluster, governmental and NGO representatives working in both Ethiopia and Djibouti, and to be an active participant in relevant coordination fora.
  • As part of the development of appropriate emergency response modalities, the Emergency Coordinatr will work closely with DRC Ethiopia and Djibouti’s Protection Coordinator, Legal Protection Coordinator, Livelihoods Coordinator, WASH Coordinator and Infrastructure Coordinator to develop sector and modality specific interventions and to ensure that all emergency protection, basic needs, WASH and infrastructure interventions are in strict compliance with national and international standards and best practices and that they demonstrate technical rigor.
  • The Emergency Coordinator will be required to have experience using cash as a modality of intervention in emergencies. Specifically, the Emergency Coordinator will be expected to develop and contextualize assessment and feasibility tools and to support teams in the analysis of assessment findings to determine the feasibility of cash in proposed interventions. Furthermore, the Emergency Coordinator will act as the primary focal point of DRC to the respective country’s Cash Working Group and will play a key role in ensuring cash interventions are aligned with broader guidelines and best practices.
  • Collaborate with DRC Ethiopia and Djibouti’s Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator to develop appropriate monitoring and evaluation tools for DRC’s emergency response activities, and to ensure lessons learned are thoroughly documented and shared within the country program and region.
  • Work with the Head of Program and technical coordinators to identify and contribute to the development emergency-focused funding opportunities and project proposals, including contributing to both narratives and budgets.
  • Ensure the timely and quality review of all emergency-related project reports.

Finance and Administration

  • Assume responsibility as a budget holder of all emergency-related project and lead in the development of emergency-specific budgets and spending plans.
  • Maintain a budget overview of all emergency projects and activities, and collaborate regularly with the Head of Program and Addis Ababa-based finance team to monitor spending and ensure the timely utilization of all grants.

Human Resources

  • Recruit emergency response teams and provide temporary management of program staff supporting emergency interventions, and support respectful and positive working relationships which allow for the effective implementation of all emergency response activities. This is to be achieved through leadership, team building, day-to-day support, capacity-building and strong, generalist knowledge of emergency response best practices and principles.
  • Promote professional development by identifying training and capacity building opportunities and ensure staff are well versed in emergency response best practices and principles, DRC's code of conduct, accountability, respectful dialogue with the beneficiary population, and prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse.
  • Provide technical advice and support to Area Managers and Team Leaders related to emergency response operations and programming.
  • Collaborate with the human resources department to ensure staff evaluations are conducted on a regular basis.

Logistics and Procurement

  • Collaborate with the Addis Ababa-based logistics and procurement team to develop and maintain relevant framework agreements and emergency response-specific procurement plans.
  • Ensure the budgeting of emergency response activities incorporate logistics and support costs such as transport and warehousing needs for procurement-heavy activities.
  • Regularly review emergency response-related procurement plans with the Head of Program and Addis Ababa-based procurement and logistics team and finance team to adjust spending as required in advance of project closure.

Safety and Security

  • Support the Head of Program and Country Director in ensuring the responsibility for staff safety in emergency interventions.
  • Support the Head of Program and Country Director in ensuring that all relevant information regarding safety, security and the context is collected, updated and shared in a regular and timely manner.

About you

*In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s five core competencies:*

Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.

Collaborating:* You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.

Taking the lead:* You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.

Communicating:* You listen and speak effectively and honestly.

Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.


  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, social work, international development, or other relevant field from a recognized institution.
  • Minimum of 6 to 8 years of experience in a senior management or coordinator position, with significant experience in the field of humanitarian response for an international NGO or UN agency.
  • Proven experience designing and implementing emergency response interventions.
  • Excellent verbal, written and analytical skills in English.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective and working relations with staff members and other stakeholders.
  • Experience working in cross-cultural, multi-sector and remote environments.


  • Excellent verbal and written English.
  • Knowledge of Amharic an added advantage.


Contract: One year contract with possibility of extension, subject to funding and performance. Salary and other conditions are offered in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment. This position is graded under Employment Band G for international staff or competitive salary and conditions as per national staff terms of employment, as relevant.

Availability: April 2019

Duty station: The position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This position is non- accompanied

How to apply:

Application and CV

Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications, sent together with a CV, will be considered.

DRC only accepts applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies. Please remember to upload both a letter of application and your CV and do not attach any written recommendations.

Please submit your application and CV in English no later than 29 March, 2019

Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.

Equal Opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, colour, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.

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