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Emergency Coordinator

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: International Volunteer Service for Development
Closing date: 11 Dec 2020

Job title: Emergency Coordinator

Duty station: Ethiopia, Addis Abeba and Tigray Region (when humanitarian access will be granted**)**

Starting date: ASAP **

Contract duration: 3 months

Reporting to: Head of Mission

General context of the project:

Since November 2020, a series of escalating clashes between the Ethiopian Federal Government and the Tigray Regional Government has resulted in a growing humanitarian emergency including heavy casualties and population movements both internally and cross border. An estimated 9 million people within or near the Tigray region are at risk due to increasing confrontations. Furthermore, access into Tigray Region has been severely restricted, with roads blocked, flights suspended, and communication lines (including phone and internet) shut down. There are reports that access is increasing, with some roads now open but remains extremely limited.

The Tigray Region, with a population of approximately 5 million, was already hosting approximately 600,000 people dependant on relief assistance before this conflict crisis, including 400,000 food insecure, 100,000 IDPs, and nearly 96,000 refugees, and nearly 16,000 returned migrants.

VIS is active in Ethiopia and in Tigray Region since 2000, mainly in Livelihoods, Education and Wash sectors. In Tigray VIS operates both in refugee camps (May-Aini, Hitsats and Adiharush Refugees camps), hosting communities and urban areas (in particular, Mekelle, Adwa and Adigrat), implementing development and emergency interventions mainly with the partnership of Ethiopian Catholic Church – Social and Development Coordinating Office of Adigrat (ECC-SDCOAd) and putting efforts to mitigate the effects of food insecurity, floods, pest infestation and lately also COVID 19.

In this context, VIS has decided to be engaged in humanitarian interventions in Tigray, as soon as the access will be possible; continuing to support the Ethiopian population most vulnerable.

General purpose of the position

Provide team coordination when deployed for emergency response operations, linking with donors and partner organisations, designing strategy, and ensuring overall quality and execution of the emergency response.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

Strategic Planning*

· In coordination with the Head of Mission and with programme staff, lead strategic planning and ensure implementation of assessments, quick impact projects and other emergency response activities.

· Develop and maintain accountable contact with the field representatives of funding partners to secure sufficient funding for the emergency response and initial programming.

· Coordinate and contribute to the design of project plans and writing of proposals.

· Ensure VIS is represented in relevant cluster and coordination meetings and inputs into Flash Appeals and Humanitarian Response Plans.

· Support the development of SOPs, policies, templates, toolkits, and other modules to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of VIS emergency response globally.

· Support VIS Head of Mission to respond to new onset emergencies through assistance in developing contingency plans and in-country tools.

Financial Management

· Ensure minimum financial processes such as cash counts, expense processing, and cash needs forecasts are carried out in a timely manner during an emergency response.

Security Management

· Ensure security management during the emergency response, in Tigray Region, based on adherence to VIS’ security policy and guidelines and support the Head of Mission in the management of security incidents in a way that protects staff, organisation and assets.

· Ensure that all relevant information concerning safety are updated and shared in regular manner.

Human Resource Management

· Lead and manage the emergency response team, providing on the job training.

· Support the Head of Mission to ensure adherence to VIS HR policies including the recruitment, performance management, development, training and disciplinary action.


· Develop and maintain good working relationships with relevant authorities, donors, clusters or other coordination mechanisms, and other key actors including VIS partners, UN, INGOs, local NGOs.

Position Requirements

· Master’s degree in social sciences, social work, international development, or other relevant field from a recognized institution.

· At least 5 years of relevant post qualification experience in a senior management or coordinator position, of which 2-3 years should be humanitarian (involved in at least one initial emergency response/start-up in a conflict affected area)

· Proven experience designing and implementing emergency response interventions;

· Previous working experience in Ethiopia and/or Horn of Africa “desirable”

· Experience in networking and negotiation with donors; ability to secure, manage and report on grants (ECHO, UNOCHA, UNHCR..);

· Knowledge of humanitarian context, sector standards, Sphere standards, CHS and protection principles.

· Excellent verbal and written proficiency in English

Personal Requirements

· Ability to work under pressure, long work hours and high workload.

· Excellent representational and interpersonal skills.

· Experience working in cross-cultural, multi-sector and remote environments.

· Self-motivated, honest, highly responsible, and punctual.

· Ability to work as part of a team, as well as, to work autonomously when required.

How to apply:

Submit your application to, object: Emergency Coordinator Tigray; including: CV, motivation letter and References (at least 2 contacts).

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted


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