Program Officer I

at Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS)
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted April 29, 2022
Category Management
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


The Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) was established in 1935 and is one of the oldest and largest humanitarian organizations in Ethiopia. ERCS provides services to communities affected by natural and manmade disasters through the provision of emergency responses, ambulance and first aid, family reunification, essential drugs, water and sanitation, and other humanitarian services. ERCS also runs disaster risk reduction programs with the aim of creating resilience households and communities. Currently the ERCS has a structure consisting of 12 Regional Offices, 34 Zonal Branches and 131 District/Woreda Branches, 599 Woreda Red Cross Committee and 5871 Kebele Red Cross committees.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists in conducting and coordinating risk analysis and mapping, forming Zone branch disaster response teams, capacity building, prepositioning relief items at strategic locations in the zonal office, identifying and availing disaster management devices, devising early warning systems, etc.;
  • Undertakes data processing to establish supporting information for identifying vulnerabilities in the Zonal and prioritizing for intervention in terms of likelihood, magnitude, frequency and in accordance with other pre-set selection criteria;
  • Formulates locally funded project proposals that are responsive to the needs of the most vulnerable within the territorial area, presents for consideration by management and local donors of the Regional Branch and facilitates implementation upon approval;
  • Facilitates and assists in mobilizing resources necessary to respond effectively and timely to all natural and manmade disasters affecting the most vulnerable of the
  • Regional Branch, at a humanitarian action call;
  • Coordinates and facilitates program/project activities such as creating awareness on HIV/AIDS transmission, prevention and control, stigma and discrimination;
  • Ensures that proper home-based and community care has been provided to community members of the Regional Branch living with HIV/AIDS;
  • Cooperates with all concerned in the prevention of diseases, the promotion of public health services, the training of personnel and the improvements of standards of health in general, including the development and implementation of primary health care services in the Zonal Office;
  • Expedites and facilitates the procurement process and distribution of ambulances to Vital Centers and Ambulance center;
  • Ensures and follows up that ambulance services are adequately provided to the public in the selected intervention communities;
  • Registers and follows up the administration of ambulances in zonal and woreda branch offices;
  • Works out detailed studies and plans the timely disposal and replacement of ambulances and ensures its implementation as approved; keeps records of the number and type of ambulances that operate in the respective branches; makes available database on ambulance matters for decision matters;
  • Ensures that training is designed and administered to volunteers in a participatory hygiene and sanitation transformation (PHAST) and ELTS approach with the training cascaded to the community level to raise awareness on the link between lack of proper hygiene and sanitation and the prevalence of preventable diseases;
  • Monitors and evaluates the site selection, technical specification and development of community-based point sources and piping systems;
  • Facilitates matters that help to meet the human, material and financial resource requirements of zone office and manages budget accordingly;
  • Facilitates the budget release to implementers of projects/programs as per schedule and demand; monitors performance progress and budget utilization of program/project activities;
  • Facilitates and participates in person in disaster intervention activities of developing early warning systems, conducting training, procuring and distributing alerting devices, establishing rescue centers and flood response committees in disaster prone areas of the Zone Office;
  • Participates in disaster response operations of rehabilitating victims of manmade and natural calamities and assisting their efforts to become self-reliant through participation in development activities in conformity with the Geneva Conventions and its Fundamental Principles of the Movement;
  • Facilitates and integrates the activities of providing relief supplies, developing or rehabilitating water supply infrastructures to disaster victims in the aftermaths of disasters in the Zone Office;
  • Manages the preparation and distribution of teaching materials for educating the public on keeping personal and environmental sanitation and other related promotional purposes;
  • Coordinates trainings aimed at capacitating volunteers and concerned implementing staff members of the Zone Office;
  • Facilitates the preparation and submission of project/program progress reports to donors, the management and the governance of the Branch Office, and the Regional
  • Branch as per commitment and pre-established reporting framework;
  • Prepares and submits quarterly, bi-annual and annual progress consolidated and project specific reports on the activities of programs/projects underway in the Zone
  • Office for review and finalization by immediate supervisor;
  • Performs other activities related to the job as assigned by the Head of the Zone.
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