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Community Health and Nutrition Coordinator

Category: Health Care, Environment and Natural Resource
Location:  Addis Ababa
Career Level:  Senior Level (5+ years experience)
Employment Type:  Contract
Salary:  As per the organization salary scale

Job Description


The Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) wants to recruit employees in the following vacant position the details of which are mentioned bellow.

About the Ethiopian Red Cross Society

The Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) was established in 1935 and is one of the oldest and largest humanitarian organizations in Ethiopia. ERCS provides services to communities affected by natural and manmade disasters through the provision of emergency responses, ambulance and first aid, family reunification, essential drugs, water and sanitation, and other humanitarian services. ERCS also runs disaster risk reduction programs with the aim of creating resilience households and communities. Currently the ERCS has a structure consisting of 11 Regional Offices, 34 Zonal Branches and 131  District/Woreda Branches, 599 Woreda Red Cross Committee  and 5871 Kebele Red Cross  committees.

Background of the Project

The project will be implemented in Benishangul-Gumuz Region (BGR). The region has been suffering from violent clashes between various groups due to several issues which have resulted in displacement of over 270,000 people in the region. Moreover, as the region is bordering with Sudan and South Sudan, it has also been hosting refugees from these neighboring countries. As a result, today in addition to 270,000 IDPs, over 62,000 refugees are residing in the region.

The tension between the groups of population is especially high in the Metekel zone of BGR. The situation has worsened rapidly over the past months. The clashes between the population groups have been triggered by local disputes over land ownership and recurrent justice issues. Many of the IDPs have also moved to Chagni district of Awi zone in Amhara. Apart from designated IDP sites, many of the IDPs are living in the host communities by further deteriorating the capacity of the host communities to cope with the issues of shelter, health, water, sanitation and hygiene.

The region is suffering from lack of healthcare services. The region lacks behind on many common health indicators: child nutrition, maternal nutrition, infant mortality, maternal mortality and dietary diversity. It has one of the highest under-five mortality rates in the country. The Government’s National Nutrition Program has set specific targets to achieve for improving the nutrition status of both children and women of reproductive age. Meeting these challenges will require additional health technical support.

Through this project, Ethiopian Red Cross Society, in cooperation with Finnish Red Cross, decided to provide multisector humanitarian assistance to conflict affected displaced peoples and the hosting communities in the Benishangul-Gumuz region and the Chagni IDP camp across the following sectors: health, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and non-food items (NFIs). The overall objective of the project is to improve the living conditions of the host community, returnees and IDPs as well as strengthening the capacity of the ERCS to provide sustainable health-related interventions not only in disasters and crises situation, but also during normal situation.

Job Purpose:


The purpose of the job is to provide all-out support to the project and to ERCS on health and nutrition issues and cooperate with other experts on community health at ERCS HQ to strengthen the institutional capacity of ERCS on community health issues on a sustainable basis.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the project by providing technical health and nutrition related guidance and advise
  • Ensures the trainings of volunteers to roll out effective hygiene and nutrition promotion campaigns in the target areas
  • Support the distribution process of the procured project items related to health and nutrition to the end beneficiaries
  • Support ERCS in the implementation of the strategic emergency plans targeting IDPs, returnees and host communities
  • Support ERCS in the development, facilitation and review of health and nutrition related project plans and strategies
  • Support ERCS in health and nutrition programme design, proposal development, budgeting and reporting, M&E plans and health information systems
  • Organize, attend and participate in stakeholder/ cluster meetings
  • Provide inputs into progress reports, operational update report, and final project operational report
  • Prepare monthly progress reports and any other required documentation for submission
  • Undertake any other tasks as required by line management

Reporting to : –  ERCS, DPR Coordinator

Terms of employment:-  Contract for 6 months with possible extension

Place of Work:  Addis Ababa, frequently travels to project sites


Grade:- XIII

Job Requirements

Qualification Requirements:

  • MSC/BSc Degree in Nutrition, Public Health, clinical Nursing, Environmental Health, Health Education & Promotion
  • With minimum of 8 /10  years relevant experiences

Competencies/Technical Skills:

  •  Good communication and report writing skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written English.
  • Good interpersonal skills and team player with sensitivity to cultural diversity
  • Experience in providing training and capacity building for staff
  • Ability to plan own work, set priorities, complete work under pressure or when faced with competing demands and report
  • Experience with working in a conflict-sensitive area and with conflict-sensitive programming
  • Ability to communicate in English and Amharic, knowledge of local languages is a plus
  • Ability to work well within a team and take responsibility to deliver results.
  •  Relevant skill in computer application (MS Offices and outlook).

How to Apply

We invite candidates meeting the required qualifications to fill out the employment application form from the official website of the Ethiopian Red Cross in vacancy menu http://www.redcrosseth.org/get-involved/vacancy  and email to ercs-recruitment@redcrosseth.org before the closing date of this announcement on Sept 28th ,2021.

Qualified women are strongly recommended to apply!         


Please note that we ONLY consider those who filled in the application form and send us back.  We regret to inform that we do not accept CV at this stage.


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