ActionAid Humanitarian Programme Manager Jobs in Ethiopia

ActionAid Humanitarian Programme Manager Jobs in Ethiopia

Closing date: 24 Sep 2019


ActionAid International- Ethiopia Opportunity


Qualified women are highly encouraged to apply

ActionAid Ethiopia (AAE) is a Gender justice and poverty eradication organisation.

In Ethiopia, ActionAid works to challenge gender inequalities and the structural causes of poverty through empowering communities to create critical mass of communities especially Women and Girls living in poverty and exclusion.

ActionAid Ethiopia believes that gender justice and poverty eradication are achieved through purposeful individual and collective action to bring socio-economic changes at household level to local, national and international levels.

Empowerment of people living in poverty plus women’s leadership with the support of their allies is crucial to drive through the changes that will ensure equality and eradication of poverty.

ActionAid Ethiopia is currently looking for a vibrant, energetic, ambitious, knowledgeable, experienced, highly capable and motivated professional to lead AAE’s Humanitarian Response work, strategic planning and management processes.

The position leads ActionAid Ethiopia in humanitarian resource mobilisation at national and international level including representing the organisation in key donor relationship platforms.

If you are you looking for an exciting opportunity to work in a new context and be part of a team working to bring about social justice, then look no further.

Position: Humanitarian Programme Manager

Reports to: Country Director

Duty base: Addis Ababa, with frequent in country travel

Salary: Very attractive and negotiable based on the experience of the Successful candidate

Duration: One year, with possibility of extension based on performance and availability of funding

Job Summary:

The Humanitarian Programme Manager will provide strategic guidance, leadership and management of AA Ethiopia humanitarian programme, with specific emphasis on building AAE humanitarian portfolio, establishing AAE as a strong humanitarian response player and securing funds for humanitarian operations.

The HPM is responsible for identifying resources and elaborating programmatic, operational and leadership recommendations for the emergency response in line with ActionAid national and global priorities.

The post holder will play a leading role in the scale up and management of AA emergency programme to increase impact and enable positive change for women and girls.

The HPM will also work in collaboration with the Fundraising team to support achieving the organisational strategy.

Key responsibilities

1. Humanitarian Programme Management and Quality

  • Develop an overall response strategy to ensure a coordinated and integrated approach to proposal development for multiple donors.

  • Ensure timely, efficient, effective and accountable humanitarian response, with local partners, to survivors of natural and/or man-made disasters

  • Initiate and manage emergency operations when there is no existing AA presence or capacity within Ethiopia, including immediate response to rapid onset emergencies

  • The post-holder will ensure that humanitarian programmes delivered are to the appropriate scale, scope, quality and accountability expected, and incorporate a Gender focus lens

  • Ensure up to date and quality documentation of hazard and conflict mapping linked with contingency and activity plans to reduce impact and increase capacity of AAE and partners to respond to the different crisis

  • Ensure timely project development that reflects the scale of needs/crisis

  • Plan and manage human, logistic and financial resources in consultation and cooperation with relevant support teams

  • Assess needs for and support the development of robust systems in order to manage funding as part of the emergency response

  • Monitor humanitarian needs, trends and gaps in Ethiopia and design emergency intervention aligned with AAE strategy and scope of work

  • Ensure AA humanitarian signature is applied throughout all humanitarian programmes

    2. Programme development and fundraising

  • Work with the Country Director to plan and implement long term institutional donor relationship cultivation and fundraising plans

  • Work with the Country Director ensure proper compliance to relevant policies, guidelines
    and agreements of Government, multilateral and bilateral agencies and donors

  • Work closely with the Fundraising team to identify funding opportunities and to develop successful proposals and secure funding

  • Liaise and collaborate with fundraising affiliates and under the humanitarian fundraising delegation with AAUK, coordinate and support application to identified potential institutional donors such as ECHO, GAC, DFID, UN agencies

  • Liaise and collaborate with AA Affiliates on fundraising from their institutional donors, high value individuals and foundations.

    3. External relations

  • Represent ActionAid and manage and influence significant external relationships

  • Attend cluster coordination/other external meetings as requested and work with a key team member to ensure that representation continues post deployment.

  • Work with Country Director to manage the formulation, organisation and delivery of high-level lobbying, and advocacy as part of the programme

    4. Team Management and Capacity Building

  • Lead the humanitarian team. Including team building and development of team capacity, with particular focus on developing skills, knowledge and capacity relevant to attaining the Ethiopia Country Programmes humanitarian objectives

  • Develop the capacity of the Country Programme’s Humanitarian and Support teams to attain AA priority 3 vision of having in-country capacity to deliver humanitarian response

  • Support the team to ensure programme learning and innovation are documented and shared at appropriate national, regional and international l level

  • Produce, assimilate, analyse and use programme information from varied and diverse sources to provide in-depth analysis and appropriate recommendations related to humanitarian programming, advocacy, policy, and Partnerships

    Required Education

  • University degree, preferably a master’s degree in Humanitarian aid/action, Social Sciences, Development, Agriculture, or other relevant field.

    Experience and Competencies


  • Minimum 10 years’ experience of which three years must be in the field leading humanitarian and/or preparedness programmes.

  • Proven programme & project cycle management skills - proposal and report writing skills; monitoring and evaluation skills and experience

  • Strong understanding of the international humanitarian system, humanitarian principles and standards and how it is applied in emergency contexts.

  • Experience in developing and negotiating successful partnerships with institutional donors

  • Proven experience securing funds from key institutional donors, specifically ECHO, DFID and UN agencies

  • Experience in alliance building and networking with ability to link with other players in the development arena and make ActionAid Ethiopia visible in the sector

  • Ability to work on own initiative and ability to work under pressure, prioritise effectively and working within strict timeframes

  • Commitment to and thorough understanding of humanitarian standards including Core Humanitarian Standards, and able to train staff in in CHS and wider humanitarian and emergency programming.

  • Proven experience of building and leading teams and evidence of strong people management skills

  • Ability to work with others to develop vision into strategy and communicating and influencing this to a wider audience

  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritises well and meet deadlines

  • Commitment to the feminist aims and principles of ActionAid

  • Willingness to travel extensively, especially to remote areas

  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.


  • Experience of commercial bidding and contracting is desirable as lead or sub.

  • Strong understanding and experience of monitoring and evaluation in humanitarian context with an emphasis on the changes for women and girls.

  • Experience of senior level representation

  • Knowledge and experience of emergency and development issues; deep understanding of causes of emergencies, emergency programming and links with policy

    “ActionAid will be conducting safeguarding reference checks on the successful candidate”

    Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

    How to Apply:

    Qualified and Interested applicants should submit cover letter addressing how you meet each of the essential criteria, along with recent CV no later than September 24, 2019 to ActionAid Ethiopia P.O. Box 1261Addis Ababa or email to**

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