DRM and Pastoral Areas Resilience Activity (PARA-South Project) Zonal Coordinator

at Project Concern International
Location Borena Zone , Liben/Dawa Zone of Somali Region , South Omo Zones, SNNPR, Ethiopia
Date Posted April 11, 2020
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Job Type Contract
Currency ETB




Founded in 1961, PCI is an international non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing health, ending hunger, overcoming hardship, and advance women and girls around the world. PCI has been registered and working in Ethiopia since 2005. PCI has five decades of experience and demonstrated impact in long-term development and community health, and 40 years of experience managing large-scale US Government (USG) grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements. It manages a portfolio of integrated programming that includes significant projects addressing food, nutrition, and livelihood security; community based DRR, climate change, reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health; HIV/AIDS; other diseases; water, sanitation, and hygiene; and humanitarian assistance/disaster risk reduction programs.


AfriScout is an innovative, Base of Pyramid (BOP) social enterprise and a subsidiary of PCI. AfriScout is seeking to improve climate-smart management of northern Ethiopia’s drylands and the livestock that rely on them by scaling access and use of AfriScout, a mobile application that provides pastoralists with actionable grazing data. With the support of USAID, Google, and other donors, PCI developed grazing maps that fuse traditional livestock herding knowledge and practices with real-time satellite imagery on vegetation and water that is then integrated into an android-based mobile application. Since its inception, PCI and AfriScout have reached over 11,000 users. Through the investment of USAID, among others, PCI aims to expand its reach and build a financially sustainable social enterprise.


PCI is recruiting for Zonal DRM lead and RIPA project focal person for the Pastoral Areas Resilience Activity (PARA), multi-million dollar, US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded project in Ethiopia that will improve resilience to enhance food security and inclusive economic growth. This multifaceted activity is expected to be a major component in USAID’s contribution to improving Ethiopia’s ability to withstand major shocks in the pastoral regions, a critical element on the journey to self-reliance. PARA’s core activities will target 250,000 households (approximately 1.5 million people) in 5 Zones. Specifically, the project will tackle the root causes of vulnerability for lowlands households to withstand and recover from climate and conflict related shocks and stresses. These include weak disaster risk management capacity at different levels, limited livelihood diversification options, poor livestock and crop productivity, weak market linkages, and low levels of nutrition. Implementation will focus on systems change, with a strong learning component to ensure interventions are adapted per the latest analysis and research. Partnerships with other implementers, donors, the GoE, and the private sector will be essential to reach the scale needed for real systems change.

The Component 1 ( DRM) coordinator will be responsible for overall leadership and management relating to the development and implementation of PARA’s core activities/components- Disaster risk management, diversified economic opportunities, livestock and crop production and marketing, and nutrition as well as ensuring zonal level technical coordination and collaboration across these areas including crises modifier interventions. S/he will work closely with the project leadership team, Zonal area manager and local partners to design and implement DRM systems that are responsive to all programmatic and organization/donor reporting needs. The coordinator will also support project’s resilience learning agenda in close collaboration with the project and external stakeholders, including the Government of Ethiopia (GOE), civil society, the private sector, USAID, and other donors and development projects – to disseminate evidence-based learnings related to food security, inclusive economic growth, nutrition, and resilience in Ethiopia; and contribute to collective impact.

The execution of these duties requires a high level of project coordination, project management, staff capacity building, familiarity with technology, and independent and critical thinking.  The coordinator will be based in either of Borena (Yabello), Moyale (Somali) and South Omo (Jinka), Ethiopia, and serves as primary point of contact for RIPA project in his/her respective Zonal offices.

Department: Disaster Risk Management (DRM)

Reports to: Zonal Area Manager

Direct reports: None

Number of positions: 3 positions (one position per zone)


Program Activities

  • In coordination with DRM team lead, train, supervise technical field staffs on how to better plan and implement DRM activities.
  • Supervise and mentor an entire D-RISK Processes including the reviewing of existing D-RISK documents, designing & developing techniques & tools, staff training, data collection, data analysis and synthesis as well as information interpretation and utilization at zonal, woreda and community level
  • Along with other technical staffs actively engage in the development and execution of key strategies and activities aimed at strengthening GoE Early Warning Systems at zonal, woreda and local level
  • Provides professional guidance and technical assistances to project staffs and Woreda & Zonal level government staffs on strengthening Disaster Risk Management Systems
  • Based on technical direction of RIPA`s DRM team lead, provide overall guidance, technical advice and practical supports to the field offices/ Woredas` on how to conduct community DRM – vulnerability, hazard and capacity mapping
  • Together with partners technical staffs, reviewing existing documents such as national disaster management policies and strategies, acts and guidelines, as well as relevant planning frameworks, USG Framework, and PCI Strategic Plan and ensure its alignment and coherence with the current program components
  • Guiding and supervising technical staffs at field offices on the effective implementation of key activities and tasks related to Disaster Risk Management Systems, Afriscout/participatory rangeland management (PRM) and Women Empowerment (WE) activities
  • Ensuring the quality and standards of AfriScout/PRM and Disaster Risk Management activities and tasks
  • Facilitate and design, developing and customize different materials and tools such as implementation guidelines, training manuals, planning guidelines, planning & reporting forms, monitoring & evaluation tools, marketing and branding strategies, knowledge sharing & learning checklists for both Disaster Risk Management, AfriScout/PRM, TOPs, Livestock and crop production and marketing and nutrition interventions
  • Organize and deliver training, workshops and meetings on key strategic issues related to disaster risk management and AfriScout/PRM and WE activities Zonal and Woreda levels
  • Organize and deliver varies training to project staffs as well as Woreda and zonal level government staffs on how to develop and effectively implement Disaster Risk Reduction//Climate Change Adaptation Plan and Contingency Plan that focus on building community's Resilience;
  • Ensure the full integration of DRR/CCA activities into existing government systems
  • Participate in zonal, regional and national workshops, meetings and trainings related to Disaster Risk Management and play active and engaging role
  • Along with other technical staffs analyze, interpret, disseminate and communicate early warning information regularly and continually with all concerned actors and sectors
  • Conduct budget monitoring and ensure physical achievements are in line with budget utilization
  • Coordinate with DRM team lead in developing contingency mitigation plans using the D-RISK data

Planning and Reporting

  • Along with country office and Zonal technical teams, produce comprehensive implementation plan and submit to DRM team lead/DCOP on a regular basis for Disaster Risk Management, AfriScout/PRM, and WE activities at Zone level
  • Together with Zone and Woreda technical teams, prepare and submit quality and comprehensive reports on Disaster Risk Management and AfriScout/PRM, WE to DCoP and ensure similar reports from other components on timely, regularly and quality as per the standards
  • Provide technical supports to the Zonal and Woreda teams to plan well in advance and timely submit a comprehensive accomplishment report both on Disaster Risk Management, AfriScout/PRM, and WE interventions
  • Ensure the successful application of Agile management system with the Zone and support the scrum master to facilitates the daily scrum activities and monthly sprint review and sprint retrospective activities and reporting

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Ensure that Disaster Risk Management and AfriScout related activities and tasks are implemented with  high quality & timely as per D-RISK manual, DRM principles & procedures
  • Ensure that effective M&E and accountability mechanisms are in place and that relevant information, statistics & analysis are provided for donor reports, situation reports, case studies & communications related to Disaster Risk Management and AfriScout/PRM and WE activities
  • Ensure that the monitoring and evaluation are carried out jointly, regularly and timely as per the standards for Disaster Risk Management, AfriScout/PRM, WE and related activities and tasks

Linking, Networking, coordination and Partnership Management

  • Work closely with Local government responsible line offices, RIPA IPs and stakeholders, other strategic partners for effective implementation of the core components- Disaster Risk Management, TOPs, Livestock and crop production and marketing and Nutrition activities as Zone and Woreda levels
  • Determine the point of contact for the strategic actors and sectors operating on Disaster Risk Management, AfriScout at Zonal Level
  • Design and develop appropriate and effective mechanisms for cooperation and coordination with the strategic partners
  • Establish, build and support links and networks between the key stakeholders so as to maintain effective and productive partnerships
  • Advocating plans and ideas within and outside the organization and maintaining a wide influential zonal level network for RIPA and mainstreaming D-RISK, HCD, MSD and other RIPA innovations technologies
  • Responsible to coordinate technical and financial issues related to D-RISK, Early Warning Systems and Disaster Risk Reduction/Climate Change Adaptation

Knowledge and Learning Management

  • Closely work with CLA team and critically assess all the systems & communication channels established for program management and undertake researches in areas relevant to Disaster Risk Management, AfriScout/PRM, and other core component activities
  • Document best practices and lessons on quarterly bases and share for wider use

Communications Management

  • Maintain effective zonal project communication systems and knowledge management, including reporting, assessment, and evaluation.
  • Establish, maintain, & improve active & regular working relationships with the local government authorities, Local NGOs and implementing partners
  • Ensure that the line of communication is well understood and respected by each and every member of her/his team
  • Ensure that required support is provided promptly, at scale and in line with the rules & principles of communication system and protocol

Capacity Building

  • Responsible to build high performing team that meets organizational objectives and ensure own team works efficiently with other teams across organizational hierarchy of RIPA
  • Incorporate Staff Development Strategies and Performance Management Systems into team building process
  • Provide technical assistances to technical staffs on how to deliver the assigned tasks with high quality and standards
  • Ensure PIRA activities are in line with building the capacity of local staff towards successful implementation of DRM activities

Safety & Security Management

  • Collect and manage security information for PCI-Ethiopia, including contact information and Office/residence locations.
  • Oversee the development of maps of office locations and security incidents.
  • Facilitate security briefings and help to ensure that all new PCI-Ethiopia staff is conversant with relevant security protocols
  • Detect and analyze changes to local security environment and report security incident to appropriate parties, area manager and PCI country office as per the policy, and security guideline
  • Ensure every member of staff takes on-line security training through consultation of PCI-Ethiopia Safety and security focal person wherever possible


  • This position is based in at Zonal capital with up to 60% time traveling to assigned pastoral kebeles within the woredas where the application is relevant.

Job Requirements


  • Master`s in DRM, NRM, food security, rural development and livelihood, plus five years relevant senior management experience, or Bachelor`s degree and eight years relevant senior management experience
  • Knowledge and experience working on DRM issues in pastoral areas highly desirable, particularly relevant expertise and experience with NRM in pastoral and agro- pastoral context
  • Understanding pastoral livelihood, food/nutrition security, livestock and crop production and marketing desirable
  • Previous work experience in your preferred zonal location is desirable
  • A minimum of 5 years NGO experience in pastoral context is preferable
  •  Experience in project coordination and partner management, monitoring evaluation budget management and reporting is a plus.
  • Excellent analytical and self-motivation skill, excellent advocacy and commitment
  • Knowledge of participatory resource mapping, digitation and GIS application is preferable
  • Fluency (verbal and written) in English, knowledge of local language is desirable.


  • Change-maker: Has a passion for the mission and values of PCI and AfriScout
  • Innovator: Seeks creative solutions to problems and challenges existing paradigms
  • Edifier: Able to inspire and motivate a team and build trust with communities
  • Ally: Possesses an appreciation and respect for local customs and traditions


Applying Instructions

The closing date for this application is April 20, 2020. Interested applicants who meet the qualifications should send their application letter and Curriculum Vitae on Ethiojobs.net on or before the closing date. Applicants must clearly indicate in their application letter the duty station that they are applying for.

Qualified women are highly encouraged to apply.

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