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Emergency Coordinator


Location:  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with Frequent Travel and mission to field locations in Ethiopia (up to 75 %)

Required: 1

Reports to: Emergency Manager

Start of Contract & Duration: 6 months with the possibility of extension

Deadline: August 24, 2022

Job Description


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 overall purpose of the role, responsibilities & tasks:

DRC Ethiopia is looking for an experienced Emergency Coordinator to technically support, coordinate, and ensure the quality of emergency response programs in all DRC Ethiopia operational areas. As a member of the multi-sectorial Emergency Team and under the direct supervision of the Emergency Manager, the Emergency Coordinator is responsible for the provision of technical support in the design and implementation of DRC emergency operations in Ethiopia and ensuring that humanitarian responses are implemented through analysis of shocks and needs within the country, facilitation and roll out and regular updating of country emergency preparedness and response plans, and developing SoPs and procedures for multi-sector assessment and responses in line with the DRC operational procedures and global standards.


A primary role is to provide program support to new, scaled-up, or existing emergency operations in Ethiopia. The position entails close collaboration with the emergency team members, field and country office program, and support services teams.

Technical support and program implementation

  • Support the Emergency Manager (EM) to develop DRC’s country-wide strategy and plan in preparing and responding to emergencies effectively;
  • Closely work with EM to prepare country-wide and area-specific emergency response plans are developed and used to respond to emergencies that could arise in the country, as per DRC strategies;
  • Establish field presence in location/s where DRC decides to respond to crises and closely work with the EM and Area Managers;
  • Collaborate and coordinate with the protection team to ensure that programs are implemented in a cost-effective, consultative, participative, and gender-sensitive way and ensure Gender and Protection mainstreaming in the emergency response program;
  • Work closely with Supply Chain to ensure that emergency-relevant procurements are made promptly while remaining in compliance with DRC and donor rules and regulations;
  • Support area offices to facilitate the timely and appropriate distribution of supplies as per donor regulations e.g. ensuring the development and use of commodity distribution plans;
  • Support in ensuring DRC financial, logistics, and HR policies adhere during the implementation of Emergency Responses;
  • Assist in developing and documenting key methodologies and approaches for core components of the DRC emergency response program, ensuring consistency and compliance with humanitarian standards and approaches and relevant DRC program methodologies and guides;
  • Ensure community engagement, effective communication, and conflict sensitivity throughout the response;
  • Ensure beneficiaries’ feedback and complaints are respectfully collected and responses are provided as per DRC’s framework for beneficiaries’ feedback and complaints collection and response mechanisms;
  • Contribute to the technical capacity building for emergency teams also through on-site training where/when needed;

Assessments and Monitoring

  • Design appropriate data collection methods and develop appropriate questionnaires to collect data for Contextual Analysis (CA) in given areas; and provide support in drafting, designing, and implementing multi sectoral needs assessments and analyzing the data;
  • Ensure that regular monitoring and evaluation assessments against project objectives are conducted in close collaboration with the Country MEAL Manager;
  • Follow up with field teams and MEAL to ensure post-distribution monitoring (PDM) is done within timelines;

Proposal Development, Reporting, and External Representation

  • Support design and development of proposals that ensure DRC emergency programs are funded to enable effective response and scale-up when required;
  • Compile and provide weekly and monthly reporting on project activities, developments in the external context and humanitarian situation, and project implementation progress;
  • Contribute to donor and external reporting, including review of inputs from field teams and dissemination at the country level;
  • Maintaining accurate and comprehensive files of project activities, outputs, materials, and other relevant documentation;
  • In coordination with the supervisor liaise with local communities and authorities, and other humanitarian partners and represent DRC in relevant fora;

Personal/Professional Skills:

  • A strong team worker;
  • Ability to exercise sound, mature judgment and work independently
  • Aptitude to work in difficult conditions and stressful situations
  • Self-motivated, creative, flexible, and the ability to work with limited resources and consistently meet deadlines under pressure

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master

DRC’s 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: (include years of experience)

  •  Professional technical experience evidencing and demonstrating the ability to deliver against the above-mentioned responsibilities:
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience with an excellent professional track record with at least three years experience in emergency/ humanitarian program implementation within a conflict or immediate post-conflict environment.
  • Experience or familiarity with the requirement of institutional donors e.g., OFDA, ECHO, EHF, DFID, etc.
  • Strong commitment to supporting/developing the capacity of national staff
  • Ability to manage conflicting priorities in personal workload
  • Strong analytical and writing skills with the ability to produce well-written documents;
  • Strong planning, organizational skills, problem-solving skills, ability to determine priorities, and attention to detail;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including working with different groups, partners, and nationalities;
  • Experience working in remote locations and in emergency contexts and ability to travel and spend up to 75 % of the time in field locations

Education: (include certificates, licenses, etc.)

  • Master or bachelor’s degree in DRR, international development, Social Sciences, Sociology, Economics, Development Studies, or a relevant related field.

Languages: (indicate fluency level)

  • English (fluent)



Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit an 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=165419 under Vacancies.

Please forward the application and CV, in English through the stated website no later than August 24, 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 characteristicsWe 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.


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