Senior Humanitarian Advisor

at CST Ethiopia
Location Adigrat, Tigray, Ethiopia
Date Posted June 28, 2021
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


CST Ethiopia represents the overseas development and humanitarian agencies of the Catholic Church from England and Wales (CAFOD), Scotland (SCIAF), and Ireland (Trócaire) in Ethiopia. The three agencies have over 40 years’ of experience in international development and humanitarian response and are each members of worldwide networks, including Caritas Internationalis. Currently, the three agencies jointly operate a single, integrated country programme in Ethiopia through the legal entity CST Ethiopia.As a partnership organisation committed to the localisation agenda, CST Ethiopia works with a multitude of diverse partners, both secular and faith-based, as well as local, national, international and non-traditional partners in their scope.

Currently, CST Ethiopia is implementing a Resilient Communities Programmethat comprises Humanitarian preparedness, response, and recovery, together with long-term development programmes. Humanitarain response to the current Tigray crisis are among the humanitarian response intervention that CST is facilitataing. For the Tigray response , the Adigrat Diocece Catholic Secretariat is the key local partner for CST and many Catholic and Caritas agencies. The senior Humanitarian advisor – partner accompanier role will provide support to ADCS humanitarian response programme in the delivery of effective, efficient, and timely humanitarian response interventions for needy communities with whom we work. In addition to supporting the delivery, oversite, monitoring and reporting of humanitarian interventions, the senior humanitarian advisor – partner accompaner will support the capacity development of ADCS.

For the candidate with the required experience and passion for the role, CST Ethiopia offers a competitive package of salary and benefits.

Scope of Role

The senior humanitarian advisor – partner accompanier role will be a key position with CST to provide and ensure quality humanitarian response by our partner ADCS to the current Tigray crisis. As an accompanier, the position will be seconded to ADCS reporting to the Diocesian director (task manager) and line managed by CST head of programmes. As a senior humanitarian professional, the post will be an advisor to ADCS executive committee and member of ADCS emergency response team (ERT) and other management structure to provide strategic and operation guidance.

Reporting to

ADCS Diocesan Director (task manager) and CST head of programmes (line manager).

Key Duties & Responsibilities

General humanitarian response management

  • Support ADCS Emergency response team (ERT), Programs department and planning department in the design and implementation of principled, needs-based humanitarian response programmes.
  • Support the implementation of, and adherence to, programmatic and organisation-wide, systems and procedures for ensuring good practice to meet sectoral standards in humanitarian protection, accountability and programme quality. These standards include but are not limited to; the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Disaster Relief, the Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response, the Good Enough Guide to Impact and Accountability in Emergencies
  • Promote an approach that pays particular attention to accountability to communities as well as to donors and other key stakeholders and is informed by the Core Humanitarian Standards and Catholic social teaching principles. The task will include but is not limited to establishment of effective feedback and compliant mechanisms (FCHM).
  • Collaborate with other staff in the monitoring and analysis of emerging and ongoing humanitarian needs, including consideration of contextual and strategic considerations, to enhance both the quality of ADCS response and to drive relevant advocacy work through engagement with relevant cluster coordination platform and CI MOs.
  • Collaborate with the Planning and monitoring department, and programs department to continue the development and streamlining of Monitoring and Evaluation tools and quality assurance mechanisms specific to ADCS project as per best practices in the sector and donor requirements.


Resource mobilization and project development

  • Support planning department on the development and submission of high-quality funding proposals humanitarian programmes.
  • Provide technical review of proposals ensuring donor requirements and approaches are considered and proposals are in line with humanitarian technical standards.
  • Support project teams in their oversight and monitoring of humanitarian grant implementation, undertaking field monitoring, coordinating internal reviews and learning exercises when required.

Capacity building

  • Identify ADCS humanitarian capacity gaps, both in terms of staffing skill and system, and develop capacity building plan in coordination with ADCS management and CI MOs.
  • Facilitate tailored and need based capacity building in selected areas through formal training and on job accompaniment; and facilitate one to one induction with new staff. Training areas may include but are not limitted to Sphere minimum standards, safe programming, Do no harm and humanitarian principles, conflict sensitivity, M&E.
  • Work with the relevant managers to ensure organization systems (HR, Finance, supply chain, cash standard operating procedure (SOP) are fit for purpose and adapt according to expected standard.


Coordination, networking, and information sharing

  • Initiate internal coordination and humanitarian information sharing mechanisms to create awareness and facilitate the collaboration between different departments.
  • Support ADCS management to effectively engage in relevant coordination mechanisms at regional level, through production 5Ws and direct representation as assigned by the ADCS director.
  • Support the ADCS emergency coordinator in the development of sitreps and updates to be shared with CI Mos and other relevant actors on a timely and regular basis



  • Undertake any and all other duties as may be assigned by ADCS Director or Executive coordinator that are consistent with the nature of the job, its level of responsibility and requirements of the ADCS humanitarain programme

Job Requirements

Person Specification – Essential Requirements


  • Minimum first degree in humanitarian related fields and development studies
  • Strong commitment to principles of partnership, solidarity, social justice and localisation
  • Good interpersonal relationships and teamwork skills in a multi-cultural environment
  • Proactive, participatory and result-oriented approach to work
  • Excellent networking skills with the ability to establish good relationships, confident in engaging with colleagues, partners and stakeholders
  • Constructively critical and analytical
  • Entrepreneurial, affinity to creativity and innovations
  • Open-minded and flexible in approach
  • Effective communication
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity
  • Readiness to work outside of the framed job description
  • Availability to work outside regular hours to meet deadlines and travel across Tigray region when necessary and sometimes on short notice.
  • Project Management Qualification


  • Minimum of five years of relevant experience in Humanitarian relief and recovery programming.
  • Robust experiences in the areas of conflict analysis, early warning, emergency preparedness and response.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of key humanitarian standards including Sphere, CHS, HAP, LEGS and Good Enough Guide
  • Demonstrated experience of mainstreaming including gender, Safeguarding, Protection and accountability
  • Experience working in a partnership led NGO
  • Practical experience of monitoring and managing budgets
  • Experience working in conflict zone, IDP settlements, urban emergency response and agrarian context,
  • Knowledge and skill on emergency response projects writup and reports
  • Experience to develop post war rehablitaion programs/projects
  • Fluency in written and spoken English


  • Managing resources; deliver projects with an agreed budget; manage time and resource efficiently; make effective use of ICT
  • Achieving results; delivers work within the context of an agreed programme framework; use programme cycle management tools effectively
  • Knowledge and skill to apply/use M & E tools concering emergency response programs and programs
  • Taking the lead; able to travel unaccompanied within the country
  • Manage own personal growth and development
  • Working with others; build collaborative relationships with staff and partners
  • Communicating; fluent written and spoken English, Tigrinyan and Amharic
  • Looking outwards; works with and builds the capacity of local partner organisations; carries partner capacity assessment and identifies support need
  • Excellent communication and change management skills;
  • Computer literacy, including Excel, Word and Outlook


Applying Instructions

 Interested and qualified applicants can apply though :

For the candidate with the required experience and passion for the role, CST Ethiopia offers a competitive package of salary and benefits.

Commitment to Safeguarding Programme Participants from Exploitation and Abuse  :

CST Ethiopia is committed to Safeguarding people within our programmes from Exploitation and Abuse and has specific policies on the commitment (including a Global Code of Conduct) that outlines the expected behaviour and responsibility of all staff, consultants and other organisational representatives. Any candidate offered a job with CST Ethiopia would be expected to sign CST Ethiopia, i.e. Trócaire’s, Safeguarding Policies, Global Code of Conduct and other integrity policies within a month of joining CST Ethiopia as appendices to their contract of employment. All employees of CST Ethiopia must agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents.

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