Durable Solutions Policy and Learning Coordinator (Re-advertised)

Location:  Addis Ababa 
Employment Category:  
Reporting To:
ReDSS Country Manager- Ethiopia
Start of Contract & Duration:
August 2022 (Five Months) 
Posting date:
July 19, 2022
July 27, 2022


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC), an international non-governmental organization (NGO), has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. DRC promotes and supports solutions to the problems faced by refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and migrants. The organization has offices across the region, and has been operational in Ethiopia since 2009.  With funding from bilateral and multilateral donors, DRC is currently implementing a range of activities across Ethiopia and Djibouti, including WASH and shelter provision, child and youth protection, Gender based violence response, awareness-raising of migration risks, protection monitoring of migration routes, and livelihoods support for returning migrants or those at-risk of migration.


The Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS) is a coalition of 14 NGOs working in the search of durable solutions in East Africa. ReDSS Secretariat is hosted by DRC and based in Nairobi with country units in Somalia and Ethiopia. ReDSS is a coordination and information hub that focuses on research and knowledge management, program support, capacity development, learning, and policy dialogue. ReDSS Steering committee is composed of DRC, IRC and NRC. For more information http://www.regionaldss.org/.
The ReDSS Ethiopia Policy and Learning Coordinator will lead in the development, oversight and sharing of learning systems and resources. The position will work closely with ReDSS regional communication and learning coordinator to report and advance learning on durable solutions programing and policy in Ethiopia. This role will work closely with government, UN, INGOs and other partners in support of the implementation of responses on refugee and internal displacement response.


Support to Ethiopian government institutions and staff 

  • Support the promotion of the use of evidence and learning to inform development-oriented solutions for refugees, IDPs and host communities
  • Provide a leading role in ensuring that evidence and learning (existing and newly generated) is readily accessible to all parties – including through pro-active outreach to stakeholders
  • Facilitate peer-to-peer learning between staff of key government offices and relevant stakeholders, and provide ongoing support to other government counterparts
  • Serve as a resource for government partners on durable solutions and information in-country being generated, compiled and used by a wide range of partners, as it relates to durable solutions for displacement-affected communities

External representation and coordination

  • Represent ReDSS in discussions with a wide range of actors, including senior government stakeholders at the regional level, ReDSS members and partners, UN agencies, donors, and others
  • Work closely with UNHCR and other UN agencies to support multi-stakeholder, collaborative efforts to comprehensively advance the refugee and internal displacement response
  • Mainstream durable solutions in strategic documents produced by the HINGO, including talking points for high-level missions
  • Update the HINGO and ReDSS Ethiopia members as needed on refugee and internal displacement issues in Ethiopia
  • Participate in assessments and research related to the refugee and internal displacement response in the country

Production and dissemination of learning and information products

  • Operationalize and monitor ReDSS Ethiopia research strategy and learning framework and indicators and manage ReDSS learning systems to create, share and apply knowledge
  • Compile and synthesise information, manage the production and dissemination of a diverse range of information products, internal and external technical briefs, one pagers and bi monthly updates
  • Write and produce high quality products such as briefs and resources
  • Manage and update learning templates, dissemination and uptake plans, SOPs and calendars of events and trainings
  • Work closely with sub-nationals counterparts including in Jigjiga to document learning from area-based and comprehensive responses at sub-national level

Support knowledge sharing, organisation of learning events and trainings

  • Facilitate and coordinate knowledge sharing encompassing both real time and longer term lessons learnt processes
  • Facilitate and manage preparations for trainings, learning events and workshops to promote cross-learning on issues related to durable solutions, local integration, integrated programming, and other needs identified as knowledge and knowledge management gaps

Manage ReDSS communication and branding tools

  • Manage ReDSS communication tools, and provide and share regular analysis on their use and what to improve
  • Support with design of research and learning products
  • Maintain ReDSS Ethiopia contact database and manage all communication and visibility components

Experience and Technical Competencies: (include years of experience)

  • 3 years of experience in similar positions involving information management, learning and communications; requiring analysis and presentation of complex information in a simple and accessible manner
  • Extensive experience in working with governmental structures, and an expert within the context of displacement-related issues and the humanitarian / development nexus in Ethiopia
  • Experienced in data and information retrieval and management – including its organization for ease of access to a wide range of stakeholders
  • Strong IT command
  • Knowledge and experience in budget monitoring responsibilities and managing large and diverse staff
  • Strong analytical and writing skills with proven experience in producing high quality external policy and communication materials and ability to handle complex issues
  • Solid experience in capacity development of a wide range of actors including adult learning, mentoring and coaching, training of trainers and impact monitoring of capacity development activities
  • Excellent coordination, information management, inter-personal and facilitation and communication skills to build trusted relationships with a wide array of humanitarian and development partners, donors, government agencies, etc.
  • Flexibility, proactive engagement, ability to work under pressure and to demonstrate high tolerance for change, complexity and unpredictability

Education (include certificates, licenses etc.):

  • Bachelor degree in a relevant field

Languages: (indicate fluency level)

  • Fluent in spoken and written English
  • Fluency in spoken and written Amharic

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies: 

  • Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring efficient processes.
  • Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
  • Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: Listening and speaking effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: Acting in line with DRC’s vision and values


Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.

We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on https://candidate.hr-manager.net/ApplicationForm/SinglePageApplicationForm.aspx?cid=1036&departmentId=19012&ProjectId=165214 under Vacancies.

Please forward the application and CV, in English through the stated website no later than July 27, 2022. 

For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult www.drc.ngo
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
We encourage only qualified Ethiopian Nationals to apply. DRC considers all applicants based on merit.

DRC as an employer

By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
  • Culture, values & strong leadership
  • Fair compensation & continuous development

Providing equal opportunities

We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply.