Category:  Development and Project Management
Location:  SNNPR Explo (2 Months Contract with possibility of extension), SNNPR
Career Level:  Senior Level (5+ years experience)
Employment Type:  Full time
Salary:  According to MSF salary scale

Job Description


The Deputy Project Coordinator takes some responsibilities of the Project Coordinator (PC) according to objective criteria taking into consideration sustainability in the treatment of the different dossiers. In general terms, the Deputy Project Coordinator will assist the PC in the assessment and planning project’s objectives and priorities, by identifying the population’s health needs, analyzing the context, risks and constraints, and by calculating human and financial resources needed. He/she will contribute to the supervision, monitoring and follow-up together with the PC of all aspects of the projects in order to ensure its efficient and smooth functioning. He/she will replace the Project Coordinator in his/her absence.



•          Participate in exploratory missions according to the PC’s indications, in order to better comprehend context, priorities, constraints and population needs.

•          Contribute to the analysis of the political, humanitarian, economic and social context in project area in order ensure that MSF‘s charter, policies and image are respected with regards to national employees, populations, authorities and partners.

•          Contributes to the planning, supervision, monitoring and follow-up, together with the PC, of all aspects of the the assessment and planned projects, according to MSF operational policy and main strategic lines.

•          Participate in the security management in the assessment, updating the security guidelines.

•          Upon request of the PC, represents MSF within the assessment/project limits (local authorities, media, governmental and non-governmental bodies, etc.) and negotiates collaboration agreements. Legal representation is not delegable unless legally backed up (powers of attorney, etc.)

•          Support the PC in planning and organizing project’s human resources, participate in their day-to-day management, in the induction of new staff, undertake evaluation of staff under his/her direct supervision and define training needs accordingly.

MSF Section/Context Specific Accountabilites

Assessment in SNNPR region

The Deputy PC in this specific context will be part of an assessment team in SNNPR region in order to better understand the medical needs and the access to health care. The aim is define the future operational strategy for MSF in the region and develop a new project.

·       Together with the team the deputy PC will be part of the disucssion to prioritze and plan the assessment.

·       The team will be moving from one place to another according to the priorities, so mobility is required of the person.


MSF is an independent, neutral and impartial organisation that is providing quality medical care free of charge regardless the ethnic origin of our patients, so to both local and refugee population. If MSF Belgium has a long history in Ethiopia (from 1984 to 2013) the re-establishment of the organization in the country (since March 2021) require to re-build our presence as a new INGO operating in Ethiopia.

Today, MSF Belgium is running 2 projects (SNNP and Tigray regions) and building a Mobile Ethiopia Emergency Team (MEET) which has conducted several assessments with some short-term responses (SNNP, Amhara, Afar). Currently we are preparing an emergency intervention in Afar region. Our intention is to develop a rapid response capacity, allowing a fast-track assessment and humanitarian response in all the regions of Ethiopia.  The MSF Belgium’s strategy in Ethiopia is to respond to medical needs, as per our mandate, while having a strong focus on the Environmental Health as a preventive approach.

Job Requirements

Education •          University Diploma Level, preferably in the field of Social Sciences (Political Sciences, International Public Law, Anthropology, project management, etc.) or medical/ paramedical.


Experience •          Essential previous experience of at least two years required in the field of humanitarian aid with MSF or other NGOs.

•          Essential working experience in developing countries.


Languages •          English

•          Amharic

•          Others local languages are an asset


Knowledge •          Essential computer literacy (word, excel and internet)

•          Excellent understanding of MSF’s principles and values

•           Knowledge of and interest in humanitarian issues

•          In-depth contextual knowledge and analysis skills

•           High level of knowledge of local culture and customs


Competencies •          Strategic vision.

•          Leadership.

•          People Management.

•          Planning.

•          Teamwork.


All applicants should send a CV, a cover letter, educational records, work certificates and a copy of national ID.

Application can be submitted/sent: by email: (please indicate on the subject box: the vacancy title and your name)

Posting date: 30/09/2021

Closing date: 02/10/2021


We strongly encourage women and people with reduced mobility (able to work in remote places) to apply.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Copies of CV + supporting documents are non-returnable. Phone calls are not allowed.