Community Advisor

Location Gambella, Gambela, Ethiopia
Date Posted August 6, 2021
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


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                                                             Community Advisor

Country Office: Ethiopia

Work Base: Gambella

Availability: As Soon As Possible

Salary Scale: EMS07

Insurance - (Life, Group Personal Accident and Medical Insurances are covered upon the organization policies).

Seniority Allowance – paid depending up the years of service.

Female Applicants are highly encouraged to apply.

About Action Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger-USA is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. We save the lives of malnourished children and we enable entire communities to be free from hunger. With more than 8,000 staff in over 50 countries, our programs reached 17 million people in 2019.

About the Country Program in Ethiopia

Action Against Hunger has been operational in Ethiopia since 1984 responding to both chronic and acute needs through a multi-sectoral strategy where nutrition, Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH, and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support activities are integrated to have a meaningful impact on people’s resilience. Action Against Hunger currently operates in 5 different regions (Oromia, Somali, Amhara, Benishangul Gumuz, and Gambella) with a portfolio of 20m USD/year of emergency, resilience building, research, and innovation programs. We have a country team of around 600 staff in 17 regional and satellite offices. Our main donors in Ethiopia in 2020/2021 are BHA, ECHO, Europaid, UNHCR, UNICEF, GFFO, BPRM, SIDA, EHF, WFP, CIAA, and others.

Summary of position

  • Support the Field Coordinator in overall base security management, ensuring safety and security of staffs, property, and assets and providing technical guidance and direction, tactical management, emergency planning, and disaster recovery management.
  • The Community Advisor role’s purpose, engagement, and delivery are:

Purpose (The substantive focus of the job encompassing scope, depth, and difficulty of work both conceptual and applied.

Objective 1: Support the Field Coordinator in Sub-base security management, through regular monitoring of the security situation and providing timely and relevant information for decision-making; implementation of security policies, rules, and regulations in order to ensure a safe operational environment.


  • Support the  Field Coordinator in ensuring organizational security procedures are in place; that they are understood and implemented by staff;
  • Regularly evaluate existing security systems and measures and propose solutions for identified weak points;
  • Participate in regular risk analysis and propose mitigation measures to ensure maximization of safety and security of staff and operations at Gambella;
  • Advise the Field Coordinator on community and security matters, and suggest amendments of security procedures as per the contextual change in the Zone;
  • Ensure timely and proper information flow related to security threats and risks; follow and timely inform the Field Coordinator on new arising threats and contextual  changes related to security in the operational & neighboring areas ;
  • Keep and timely update security related contact lists, base constant companion and other documents from the Local Security Plan, as per the request of the Field Coordinator;
  • Keep and timely update relevant authority structures for easy follow up on power structures relevant to operation in Gambella and Pinyudo subbase;
  • Maintain regular contacts and liaise with relevant governmental and community structures to ensure relevant information flow, and support the acceptance strategy of Action Against Hunger in Gambella and Pinyudo.
  • Provide Weekly contextual and security updates in form of bullet points + short narrative analysis to the Deputy Field Coordinator;
  • Inform the Deputy Field Coordinator on any security issue affecting Action Against Hunger’s operations, as well as contextual issues,
  • Participate in decisions related to the procurement of security equipment and supplies, and security enhancements of Action Against Hunger’s premises and assets,
  • Ensure regular Sub-Base security Briefings and participate in security-related meetings at Gambella and Pinyudo.

Objective 2: Ensure safety and security in operations and operational movements of staff, assets, goods, and property.


  • Ensure that the security procedures inherent to the circulation of people and property are understood and respected;
  • Ensure continuous communication with external actors and feed-in information for proper decision-making for movements and operations;
  • Ensure communication with teams during field trips, with regular check-ins and security checks as per the procedure.
  • Participate in collecting information and reporting during field trips/assessments.
  • Responsible for the safety and security of staff during movement and field trips as per the SOP.
  • Responsible for the cash during field trips (per diems),
  • Facilitate/play a mediator role in case of clan conflict between staff, when possible.
  • Advice during the recruitment process upon request according to the local context,
  • Ensure security training and refresher security training to security guards, security focal points, and other relevant staff; and support the base logistics officer in management of the security guards in the Sub-base;

Engagement: (The focus of interaction both internally and externally needed to deliver a service seek collaboration and build effective partnerships)

Objective 3: Liaise with and facilitate relevant communication and exchange with the Local Community, Local Authorities in the area.


  • Establish or reinforce relations with the representatives of the different administrative services;
  • Advise expatriates and local staff on cultural mechanisms and their impact on program implementation;
  • Explain the project’s activities and objectives to local partners and the population as per need;
  • Act as a link between the Organization and the beneficiaries especially in getting messages across.
  • Explain Action Against Hunger principles of operation to the host community and IDP/returnees and the purpose to our beneficiaries.
  • Sensitize local community and stakeholders on Action Against Hunger activities and mandate.
  • Facilitate any misunderstandings between the organization and IDPs/Returnees/host community.

Delivery: (The focus on the execution of the work and the role on the team for supporting business/operational functions in terms of timeliness and quality)

Objective 4: Support Capacity Building activities to enhance security management


  • Conduct security assessment, analysis, and profiling on a regular basis
  • Organize fresher training on security Management,
  • Support FC/DFC in SOP revision if needed,
  • Conduct regular MSS review and reporting to FC,

 Objective 5: Additional Responsibilities


  • Act in line with and promote the Action Against Hunger charter and principles of operation.
  • Perform any additional task assigned by the direct line manager, in line with the job description and plan of action.
  • Perform any additional task assigned by the direct line manager, (N+1) in line with the job description and plan of action.
  • Participate in security context analysis during the rapid assessment,
  • Mandatory to report if you hear or encounter any case of immorality to the FC, DFC, CD, DCDS, CHRM.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • None

Gender Equality Commitments  

  • Foster an environment that supports the values of women and men, and equal access to information.
  • Provide a work environment where women and men must be evaluated and promoted based on their skills and performance.
  • Respect beneficiaries’ women, men, children (boys and girls) regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion. race, color, ancestry, national origin, age, or marital status.
  • Value and respect all cultures.

Fiscal Responsibility

  • None

Physical Demands

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit for long periods and to concentrate on work, including typing, and turn out heavy volumes of work accurately, within short time frames under stressful situations in the context of a moderately noisy office with many interruptions. Must be able to proofread own work accurately so that only minor corrections are needed on an infrequent basis.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions, Travel, and Environment

  • The duties of the job require regular job attendance at least five days per week. Must be available to work outside normal office hours or on the weekends as required.
  • Must be able to travel as required for standard domestic and international business purposes. While performing the duties of this job in the field, the employee may be exposed to precarious settings under high-security risks and/or very basic living conditions and outside weather conditions, as well as to infectious diseases.

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications and Professional Experience

  • Bachelor Degree in Management, Political Science & International Relations, and other Social Science

Required Skills & Competencies

  • Strong analytical capacity;
  • Knowledge of the intervention local context and ability to anticipate contextual changes;
  • Capacity to understand a situation and show authority where needed;
  • Rigour; Integrity; Excellent multitasking skills;
  • Proficiency in both verbal and written communication;
  • Proficiency in Amharic, and English;
  • Good computer skills;


Applying Instructions


If you are interested, please send your application composed of none returnable CV, a Covering Letter with “Community Advisor” written in the subject lineand three references, applicants should only apply to the following address:


NBOnly shortlisted applicants will be, communicated on and the selection process includes technical tests and an interview.


All candidates should apply online at HTTPS:// Action Against Hunger- the USA  provides all staff with an attractive salary & benefits package. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees & qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Action Against  Hunger-USA complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

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