Emergency Response Officer Ethiopia Addis Ababa – (Cash and Food Security)

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    negotiable / YEAR
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  • Posted:
    2 months ago
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    Agriculture, Economics, Environment and Natural Resources, Fintech, Fisheries and Forestry, Humanitarian and Crisis Response, Security
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Role and responsibilities

The purpose of this position is day to day implementation of the emergency activities under the guidance of country Emergency Response Manager with extensive travel to remote and hard to reach Areas in Ethiopia. The emergency Response officer is also responsible to ensure transparency, accountability, and quality of work on the ground adhere to NRC policies and are in consideration with humanitarian principles.

He/she always needs to be ready to be deployed for short period or relocated to any of the NRC areas of operation with short notice, to support NRC’s emergency responses.

Generic responsibilities 

  • Ensure compliance with NRC policies, guidelines, and standards.
  • Ensure compliance with CC strategy, tools, handbooks, guidelines, and standards.
  • Ensure capacity building of project assistants and transfer key skills.
  • Provide specific technical analysis and feedback to NRC representatives and in external coordination forums, as necessary.
  • Assess, promote, and document ideas for technical improvement and further program development options.
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy.
  • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need of protection, explore and assess new and better ways to assist and to have a creative modality to track the new IDPs and their settlements.
  • Liaise and collaborate with relevant local authorities and other key stakeholders at the field level.
  • Provide regular activity progress reports to Emergency Response Manager.

Specific responsibilities 

  • Implement all RRM activities with the technical support of the Emergency Response Manager, Area Manager/Area Programme Manager and other field Staff.
  • Support the Emergency Manager in implementation of emergency activities on the ground by leading the Emergency field staff on their day-to-day work plan.
  • Ensure proper coordination and communication with other humanitarian actor’s field staff.
  • Work with the Emergency Manager to ensure appropriate preparedness and response by leading emergency assessments and responses when required.
  • Execute the emergency aid delivery and lead the Emergency Response Team on the ground when required.
  • Ensure proper documentation of emergency response activities, including post-distribution monitoring. Monthly activity/project reports and other reporting as required.
  • Training and development of NRC staff and relevant partners and beneficiaries in emergency response mechanisms.
  • Ensure adherence to NRC policies and donor requirements, humanitarian principles, SPHERE, Do No Harm, and other international standards for emergency work.
  • Ensure quality implementation of Emergency interventions and adequate control mechanisms are in place and respected.
  • Ensure adequate and timely responses to identified needs, in line with donor requirements.
    Monitor, evaluate and suggest changes and improvements in programme approaches and resources.
  • Ensure that project data is properly collected, centralized, analyzed, and used.
  • Training and development of NRC staff and relevant partners and beneficiaries in emergency response mechanisms
  • Identify protection issues and advocate appropriate responses.
  • Implement the accountability plan within all Emergency activities.
  • Take the lead in community mobilization and targeting and monitor the distribution of in-kind assistance and block grants while maintaining a complete paper trail for all registrations, verifications and distributions for all livelihoods and cash-related activities.
  • Conduct regular project monitoring and update the ERM on progress in the field.
  • Conduct market assessments, mapping, beneficiary selection, Post Distribution Monitoring (PDM) surveys and end line surveys to inform program design and implementation.
  • Support Livelihood and Food Security (LFS) Specialist in implementation of LFS activities and build his/her own capacity in LFS area.
  • Any other tasks as assigned by the project ERM.


Competencies are important for the employee and the organisation to deliver desired results. They are relevant for all staff and are divided into the following two categories:

Professional competencies 

Below are skills, knowledge and experience that are important for effective performance.

Generic professional competencies: 

  • Experience from working cash and livelihood-related project implementation positions in a humanitarian/recovery context.
  • Previous experience in Cash Based intervention in Emergency/Rapid Response Mechanism
  • Degree/masters in Disaster Risk Management or any other relevant discipline with solid experience
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts.
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities.
  • Good knowledge of English, both written and verbal, local language is an advantage.
  • Previous experience in implementing Emergency/Rapid Response Mechanism-Cash Based intervention.

Context/ Specific skills, knowledge, and experience: 

  • 2-3 years’ experience working in cash and livelihood Projects in a humanitarian/recovery context in different regions of Ethiopia.
  • Effective communication, interpersonal, and negotiation skills.
  • Overall good knowledge of geography and local population demographics/dynamics.
  • Experience with capacity-building and training approaches and methods.
  • Experience with community engagement approaches and principles.
  • Experience with community engagement and development of civil society capacity.
  • IT competencies including MS Office.

Behavioral competencies

These are personal qualities that influence how successful people are in their job. NRC’s Competency Framework states twelve behavioral competencies and the following are essential for this position:

  • Handling insecure environment
  • Strategic thinking
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Influencing
  • Initiate action and change
  • Analyzing
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