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Job Description:

Internal / External Vacancy Announcement

The Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) wants to recruit employees in the following vacant position, the details of which is mentioned below.

Over all Organizational/Job Context

With humanitarian needs so much greater than the financing available to respond to it, it is more important than ever to apply agile ways of working together as one Federation to be more efficient, to achieve greater impact and make localization stronger. It is for this reason that the IFRC together with several National Societies has launched a new initiative – the New Way of Working (NWoW). This initiative is rolled out in 14 countries, and the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) has agreed to be one of the countries in which the initiative is being implemented. These new ways include a joint situational and needs analysis, common country support plan, common accountability framework, harmonized resource mobilization strategy and common implementation model, unified planning in line with the National Society’s strategic priorities, pooling resources and aligning and merging country-level structures. The intention is to build on each other’s comparative strengths and invest more in development of specialized and complementary expertise and competencies needed to be fit for the future.

The ERCS will work together with the IFRC and other partner National Societies present or supporting in country to establish a Country Coordination Team (CCT) and jointly develop a common Country Support Plan. The initiative will build on and expand existing coordination mechanisms where they already exist. The plan will be co-created based on the NS Strategy, a joint context analysis, and it leverages the IFRC network’s expertise, technical capacities and resource mobilization capabilities. This will be achieved through a shared leadership approach and common support mechanisms

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.

ERCS also runs disaster risk reduction programs relating to food security, climate change adaptation, livelihood diversification, and institutional capacity building interventions, with the aim of creating resilience households and communities. ERCS works in partnership with the Ethiopian Government, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), partnering National Societies, members, volunteers and the communities we serve.

Job Summary

The Coordinator, Network Coordination & Development works under the general supervision and guidance of the SG and is responsible for coordinating on behalf of the ERCS the implementation of the NWoW in the ERCS, Ethiopia. S/he works in close cooperation with the IFRC and other Partner National Societies present in the country to ensure an impactful ERCS-led Federation-wide approach for Ethiopia.

Job Duties and Responsibilities in detail

  • Accountable to the [Secretary General or other senior decision-making position in the NS], he/she is expected to perform the following major tasks:
  • Be the main focal point of the ERCS as part of the NWoW implementation and support the coordination of joint assessments, planning, monitoring and reporting mechanisms centered on the society’s strategy and direction.
  • Coordinate with the CCT on the strategic priorities of the society in international programming and ensure that the strategic direction of the ERCS is respected in line with Federation-network principles and rules, and Movement coordination frameworks, such as the Seville Agreement 2.0, SMCC 2.0 and other key policies such as the National Society Development Policy and the localization commitments under the Grand Bargain.
  • Ensure that the timelines of the NWoW are followed, establish a monitoring approach in the society to support this and provide regular reporting on the overall progress of the roll out of the initiative in the country.
  • Ensure that the ERCS’s relevant staff are clear about how to integrate into the NWoW initiative, thereby feed inputs into the ERCS’s humanitarian policies, strategies, etc and work through the engagement with IFRS, PNSs, ICRC, NWoW operational working group and work streams
  • As necessary, lead on, or coordinate with relevant ERCS’s staff, the development and finalization of the deliverables expected as part of the initiative, sourcing support from the CCT according to the relevant expertise of network members and delivering innovative ways to share learning across Federation-wide work to foster synergies and magnify the impact of the work.
  • Advise the ERCS’s leadership and the CCT on areas of improvement to ensure alignment of the society and the CCT with the NWoW and resolve and escalate any issues as necessary.
  • Ensure that the society is co-facilitating the initiative with the IFRC and engaging the network members present in country and advising them in a timely manner on issues that may impact delivery.
  • Ensure regular updates and communication with the global support structure for the NWoW including the Operational Working Group and its two work streams, the methodology work stream and the processes work stream.
  • Identify opportunities for shared leadership to maximize impact by addressing key shortcomings and optimize the IFRC network resources, including through the IFRC Unified Planning process.
  • Create and foster a working environment conducive to good coordination amongst the CCT members, with a focus on ensuring that the ERCS is influencing relevant coordination efforts being at the center.
  • Ensure effective participation of the ERCS, IFRC, and all members in country in the Federation-wide coordination processes and raise any coordination challenges with management as required.
  • Ensure that the country coordination with the IFRC and membership contributes to the overall Movement response and is complementary to the existing Movement coordination mechanisms.
  • Post holder may be required to undertake other relevant and appropriate duties if necessary.

Work Unit: Secretary General Office

Reports to: Secretary General

Terms of employment: - Contract – for one year, renewable Based on performance. 

Job Requirements:


  • Second/First degree in Development Studies, Social Science, Program Development, Disaster Risk Management/Reduction, Management, Economics, Public Policy & Administration, Project Management or related fields.


  • 8/10 years of work experience related to international programming, humanitarian works, relationship management, and strategic coordination preferably, at least four years related to the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement/humanitarian &/or development programs/partnership development and management.
  • Required experience: international programming; relationship management; and strategic coordination.
  • Experience in organizing events, reports, review of documents and guidance notes is required.


Knowledge and Skills     

  • Required skills: effective team and project management; good analytical skills & solution-oriented; effective relationship management; ability to work well in a multicultural team; excellent stress management skills while working in complex contexts under pressure; and ability to demonstrate accountability.
  • Technical knowledge of humanitarian response, and resilience building in the context of RCRC is an asset.
  • Demonstrated expertise in influencing, championing inter-agency collaboration, and liaising with partners at different levels.
  • Have the capacity to respond and adapt as the network evolves.
  • Excellent knowledge of English (spoken and written) is required.

Values: Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability.

Core competencies: Communication; Collaboration & teamwork; Judgment & decision making; National society & People relations; Creativity & innovation; Create & act on opportunities to expand experiences & get the best out of people, and Trust building.

Functional competencies: Strategic orientation; Building alliances; Leadership; empowering others; and Understanding localization and global partnership issues.

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Development and Project Management, Economics, Social Sciences and Community
Addis Ababa
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