Danish Refugee Council Program Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

Danish Refugee Council Program Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

Closing date: 08 Nov 2019

Overall purpose of the role:

DRC Ethiopia is looking for an experienced Cash Specialist who will provide targeted and high-quality technical oversight, guidance, hands-on implementation support and strengthening the capacity of DRC’s emergency cash program.

A specific focus of the role is to provide technical leadership, recruit and build capacity of new cash distribution team, plan and lead set up of new cash distribution interventions and hand over the responsibilities to national staff Cash and Market Coordinator.


Technical Coordination and Support

  • Provide flexible and high-quality technical oversight, guidance and hands-on implementation support on emergency basic needs and cash-based assistance,
  • In close collaboration with the Head of Program and Emergency Coordinator, ensure that program strategy, design and implementation evolve in line with changing contexts, and needs and preferences of affected communities, and is integrated with other DRC sectors and areas of intervention, specifically protection and achieving protection outcomes
  • Lead development/adaptation of – and training of relevant team members in – core technical tools and guidance.

    Programme Development and Quality Assurance

  • Ensure compliance with DRC standards and procedures, and alignment with area and country strategy, including through regular coordination with colleagues in support services at Area Office and Country Office level.
  • Develop detailed implementation plans for all projects.
  • Oversight of overall cash programme implementation progress; identification, resolution and/or escalation of issues.
  • Lead on coordinating cash feasibility assessments, data collection and analysis to inform evidence-based response analysis, programme design, and adaptive implementation.
  • Coordinate and ensure delivery of risk assessments and mitigation measures related to cash emergency response programming
    Compile cash assessment and distributions report and document lessons learned.
  • Adapt and develop standard operating procedures (SOPs), policy documents, guidance and tools for DRC’s basic needs cash assistance and work collaboratively with programme and support services colleagues to ensure understanding of and adherence to the SOPs.
  • Work with the MEAL unit to develop M&E tools, analyzing, monitoring data and facilitating post-monitoring distribution.
  • Complete regular field visits to deliver technical oversight, identify needs, provide support, trouble shoot, strengthen capacity, and ensure quality response programming.
  • Lead and coordinate harmonized, standardised cash interventions among the project partners
  • Work with Protection Manager and protection teams to strengthen integration of cash and protection programming

    Capacity Strengthening

  • Identify technical or programmatic gaps and provide training, mentoring and capacity building as required, and specifically for technical line reports.
  • Capacity building and support to field teams on all aspects of their cash programming including feasibility, risk assessment, market assessment and analysis, selection and implementation of a delivery mechanism and distribution process.
  • Support recruitment of technical staff involved in supporting DRC’s cash program.
  • Build the capacity of national staff Cash and Markets Coordinator and provide technical line management and oversight of the Cash and Market Specialist, who will take over these responsibilities following this interim assignment

    Representation/External Engagement

  • Coordinate and actively participate in relevant national and sub-national working groups and other meetings
    in the area of responsibility, including the Cash Working Group at national and regional levels
  • Appropriately and professionally represent and advocate on behalf of DRC in the context of the above-mentioned duties and responsibilities.
  • Any other duties as agreed with the Head of Program.


    The Program Specialist will report to the Head of Program

    About you

    In this position, you are expected to demonstrate each of 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


    Experience and technical competencies:

  • Professional technical experience evidencing and demonstrating ability to deliver against the above-mentioned responsibilities:

  • Masters in Social Sciences, Economics, Development Studies or other relevant field
  • Minimum 5 years international humanitarian field experience, with specific focus on cash-based programming
  • Experience in rapidly changing humanitarian and emergency contexts, and of working with forcibly displaced people
  • Relevant practitioner knowledge of and experience with relevant cash programming technical tools and guidance, and in particular of the Basic Needs Approach and using Multi-Purpose Cash
  • Strong operational/implementation knowledge of cash-based programming – both modalities, and on payment systems/transfer mechanisms
  • Experience delivering targeted and high-quality technical training and capacity building, including in settings with remote technical management/limited access
  • Experience in training and capacity building
  • Substantial experience in both a technical advisory role and with hands-on programme management and implementation across the project/programme cycle
  • Confident and effective representation and communication skills
  • Analytical thinking and supervisory skills
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to determine priorities and attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal and coordination skills, including working with different groups, partners and nationalities


  • Fluent in written and spoken English


    Contract: Three months’ contract. Salary and other conditions are offered in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment for international staff graded at Employment Band G Level 2

    Availability: November 2019

    Duty station: Addis Ababa with frequent travel to the field

    Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework.

    How to Apply:


    Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter in English through the online application via https://candidate.hr-manager.net/ApplicationInit.aspx?cid=1036&ProjectId....

    Application deadline: 8 November 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.

    Danish Refugee Council Program Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

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