Humanitarian Manager

at Save the Children
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted June 26, 2021
Category Agriculture
Job Type Contract
Currency ETB


No of Positions: 1

Contract Duration : 1 Year

Duty Station: Addis Ababa

Overall aim: to provide emergency assistance, alleviate suffering and minimize mortality for crisis affected children, and their communities, in Ethiopia, as well as refugees from Somalia and South Sudan through life-saving, quality interventions and disaster mitigation strategies, in line with the organization’s global priorities.

Unit Specific Role Purpose: 


Provide leadership to programmatic and operational aspects/activities under the Complex Response in the Save the Children Ethiopia Country Office. Represent Save Children in relevant external meetings and ensure that issues impacting children are raised, and Save the Children’s activities are presented. Contribute to national targeting, distribution and monitoring exercises. Ensure the collection and management of response related data and reports are shared. Lead on relevant proposal development activities in collaboration with the Proposal Development Unit and relevant technical, finance, field office, HR, and supply chain colleagues. When required, deploy to support humanitarian responses across the country.

Key Indicators:  All Humanitarian and Emergency response and transitional activities 1) are in accordance with SCI, 2) are of optimum quality, 3) are compliant with donors and Government of Ethiopia's requirements 4) that development programs appropriately integrate with emergency preparedness and 5) save lives and livelihoods of disaster affected communities with good level of coverage.


Reports to: Humanitarian Director

Dimensions: Save the Children works across Ethiopia with a current staff complement of approximately 1,300 staff and a current operating budget of approximately $90+ million each year.

Staff directly reporting to this post: None



Oversight and management of humanitarian programmes

  • As the Humanitarian Manager fulfill obligations as the Officer in Charge (OIC) in the absence of the Humanitarian Director.

·  Contribute to the design and development of new projects, preparation of strategic documents, concept papers, proposals, midterm reviews, and evaluation meetings.

·  Participate in the planning, implementation oversight, and trouble-shooting of the SC humanitarian responses

·  Share information on potential new funding opportunities with PDU for decisions on pursuing the funding or no

· Coordinate regular management and technical support visits to support implementation and ensure that programming meets/exceeds international standards and corresponds to work plans and budgets.

·  Work closely with thematic staff to harmonize humanitarian interventions during the proposal and implementation phases

·  Work closely with the Supply Chain team and relevant field teams to ensure efficient delivery and support of humanitarian programs.

  • Together with relevant SCI staff and partners support in project implementation plans;
  • Contribute to SCI Quality programming through Country Strategic Technical Team (CSTT).
  • Organize and lead regular calls with relevant field offices to monitor the implementation – and identify solutions to any challenges – of humanitarian projects

Humanitarian preparedness and response

  • Deploy as a member of the Ethiopia CO Emergency Response Team (ERT) member when rapid responses require additional staffing support to impacted field sites.
  • Participate in the annual refresh of the EPP and CO response strategy
  • Prepare Alerts to be circulated to the RO and wider movement as needed based on new events imn the country (ex. flooding)

Project implementation and Management

  • Follow up timely procurement and delivery of project resources to field offices.
  • Facilitate and ensure technical support to field based SCI staff and partners in the course of project implementation.
  • Identify challenges during the implementation of humanitarian projects and give feedback on the required corrective actions to address the challenges.
  • Support the budget holders with the preparation and review of project reports for donors, as well as lead on reporting for internal funding reporting requirements
  • Support budget holders and field teams on development of humanitarian project implementation plans for relevant projects.
  • Identify humanitarian best practices and compile lessons learnt and make use of them in future projects.

Programs and Grants Management Oversight;

  • Support the Awards team with monthly BvA meetings
  • For internal funding develop forecasts for budgets and monitor expenditure of internal budgets
  • Follows up on budget utilization and project expenditure as needed with relevant budget holders and on critical humanitarian projects
  • Handle humanitarian related communications with field staff and government partners.

Capacity Building

  • Identifies potential partner organizations for SCI in the area of child centred humanitarian responses.
  • In collaboration with the Addis based and field based SCI staff, makes assessment and analysis of the capacity of partner organizations.
  • Identify and recommend possible supports to partners to build their capacity and to facilitate project implementation.
  • Co-facilitate in capacity building trainings of field staff.
  • Train SCI and partner staff on the involvement of children in all humanitarian Projects’ activities.
  • Closely work with partner organizations to support in the course of project planning.
  • Facilitate humanitarian awareness training and related sessions targeting relevant project partners;

Documentation, Learning and Advocacy

  • Work with relevant field teams, technical teams (including MEAL) to ensure that SCI’s humanitarian experiences and lessons are captured and shared in lessons learned, briefings, or other documentation.
  • Facilitates information sharing and learning between SCI and relevant Government partner offices, in the area of Child focused humanitarian response.
  • Initiate and facilitate studies and reviews concerning Humanitarian response.
  • Develop Humanitarian response reading materials, studies/review findings and distribute to relevant partners.

Collaboration and Networking

  • Establish links and good relationships with relevant government offices/authorities and NGO’s in the area of humanitarian response to refugees, pastoralist and non-pastoralist.

Representation, communication & relationship building

·   In the absence of HD represent Save the Children on national forums, workshops and meetings regarding humanitarian issues.

·   Contribute to the maintenances of strong relationships with key national partners and coordinate with other INGOs with humanitarian capacity.

Represent Save the Children’s humanitarian response to local authorities, donors, working groups, clusters, task forces, and other members of the humanitarian community.

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


§  Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values

§  Holds suppliers accountable to deliver on their responsibilities


§  Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and takes responsibility for their own personal development

§  Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others

§  Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale


§  Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters

§  Values diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally.


§  Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions

§  Cuts away bureaucracy and encourages an entrepreneurial approach


§  Honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence

§  Displays consistent excellent judgement




Job Requirements


Experience and Skills: 

Most preferred is / BSC/BA degree in DRR, Humanitarian Response, Agricultural development, Economics, Management and Related field with 8 years of progressively responsible, relevant work experience.

Skills and Experience:

  • Practical experience in EPP development and implementation;
  • Practical experience with implementing humanitarian programmes
  • Knowledge & experience in Child Centered and Community managed disaster risk reduction and


  • Knowledge in Grant and Financial Management systems;
  • Good understanding of Humanitarian minimum standards (SPHERE);
  • Knowledge of MEAL best practices;
  • Child rights programming and Rights based approach to development;
  • Partnership and partnership management.
  • Capacity building and civil society development.
  • Facilitation and communication skills, etc.
  • Good staff management skill and experience.

§  Willingness to work and travel in often difficult and insecure environments.

  • Good knowledge of humanitarian response and transitional program concepts, policies, frameworks, strategies and components, as well as other development concepts and frameworks
  • Good national, regional and field level experience in multi-sector humanitarian response, including food assisted programs.
  • Experience and/or knowledge of Supply Chain systems and policies
  • Solid budgeting skills and knowledge of key donor regulations
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Good cultural awareness and ability to work well with individuals of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Knowledge of Save the Children's practices and procedures and ways of working with children.

§  Fluency in English, both verbal and written.

§  Competency in local language is preferred.

  • Commitment to Save the Children values. 


Technical competencies:

·      Ensures linkages across portfolio ensuring quality and coherence of MEAL systems and evidence gathering

·      Manages resources and capacities to develop and maintain quality MEAL systems

·      Facilitates strategic alignment of data to global priorities

Generic Competencies

·      Child Rights: Promotes an enabling environment for participation, and accountability to children

·      Be the Innovator: Promotes innovation to find new and better approaches to driving progress for children

Deliver Results at Scale: Promotes a clear focus on impact in a project and programme design, management, and oversight

Generic Competencies

  • Being the Voice of Children: Promotes evidence-based policy and public engagement that includes the voices of children and their communities
  • Advancing Equality & Inclusion: Displays a commitment to ensuring everything we do considers the most deprived and marginalised children and adolescent
  • Building & Strengthening Partnerships: Promotes working with diverse partners as critical to delivery

Child Rights: Promotes the rights of children in own work and in work with colleagues and peerS,

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI’s global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Gender Equality Policies, supported by relevant procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Safeguarding our Staff:

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SC Health and Safety policies and procedures.

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. The duty station of the position holder will be in Addis Ababa This role is offered on the basis of national terms and conditions only 

The Organization
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
• No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
• All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
• Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.



Applying Instructions

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

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