Disaster Risk Management & Livelihoods Specialist – HEA

Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa  
Career Level:
Managerial Level (Manager, Supervisor, Director)
Employment Type:
Full time
As per the scale of the organization

Job Description



Save the Children is an exciting and dynamic organization that follows a holistic approach to achieve more for children and use its resources in an efficient and sustainable way. In every programming we aim to achieve results at scale, build partnership to influence others and increase our impact; look for innovate solutions to the problems children faces, campaign for better practice and ensure that Children’s voices are heard.


Save the Children is an organization for talented people with different backgrounds and perspectives. We are proud that our people are representative of the children we work with and we thrive on our diversity. We are an equal opportunity organization dedicated to our core values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity. Our culture is embedded in these values, along with a strong commitment to our Child Safeguarding Protocol, ensuring that all representatives of Save the Children demonstrate the highest standards of behavior towards children both in their private and professional lives.


Save the Children offers sound employment conditions with opportunities for personal growth and development. If you are interested to work in an organization that is determined to achieve dramatic change for the most vulnerable children, we encourage you to look through the job profile below.


Job Title

Disaster Risk Management & Livelihoods Specialist – HEA



Place of Work

Addis Ababa



Monthly Salary in ETB

As per the scale of the organization

No. of Positions


Length of Contract

December 31, 2019 


Role purpose

The Livelihoods Specialist is responsible for leading the technical strategy for a 9-month contract funded by USAID which is designed to promote practical applications of livelihoods information in aiding the decision-making process, both on the emergency response and development planning sides, and building capacity for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) in Ethiopia. S/he will be responsible for providing leadership in developing the technical aspects of the program related to sustainable livelihood interventions, including early warning systems and linking with the on-going capacity building efforts as part of an integrated livelihoods program.  A core focus will be to work with and improve government early warning systems, understand the impact of natural and/or man-made shocks on livelihoods especially the ability of vulnerable populations to cope with these shocks, and propose interventions to address both chronic and acute food insecurity.    











·         Work with senior management to provide the strategic direction and quality assurance of program development and implementation in relation to livelihoods, early warning, and DRR/CCA components

Ensure coordination and synergy with other technical components of the program as well

·         as cross cutting areas of communication, transparency, accountability and institutional strengthening

·         Identify sustainable and suitable households and livelihoods interventions and programs that are applicable to program context and have impact on the reduction of acute and chronic food insecurity.

·         Facilitate training on Household Economy Approach Baseline and Outcome Analysis to Government and Partner staff.

·         Experience providing training at Federal, Regional, Zonal, and Woreda Government and Partner staff

·         Lead stakeholder engagement on HEA activities implementation including field work and utilization of livelihoods baseline information

·         Facilitate coordination between Government of Ethiopia line ministries working on food insecurity and social protection.  

·         Engage Government and partner staff and represent Save the Children in multi-agency technical and coordination forums. 

·         Lead the management of the HEA project monitoring and evaluation systems, including monitoring activity outputs and indicators to report progress including maintaining USAID AID tracker

·         Support integration of gender considerations into the livelihoods baselines training, field work, analysis and product development.

·         Represent Save the Children and the project in technical areas that are focused on improving livelihood access and quality

·         Liaise with relevant key stakeholders, such as the Ministry of Agriculture and other government and implementation agencies to share lessons learned from the project

·         Work in collaboration with the COP in the preparation of annual work plans and the production of reports and other deliverables to USAID Supervise project and partner staff as appropriate


SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)



·         Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modeling 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 judgment

Job Requirements



·         Bachelor’s Degree in an appropriate discipline required, Masters degree advantageous

·         Minimum of 10 years of prior work experience in, and training in livelihoods and the household economic approach (HEA) to assessing malnutrition and poverty

·         Experience in applying HEA to famine early warning systems

·         Experience utilizing livelihoods information systems to link interventions to address chronic and acute food insecurity

·         Excellent oral and written communication skills

·         Fluency in English is required



·         Prior work experience in the region, specifically in Ethiopia is desired

·         Demonstrated experience of building capacity in livelihoods and HEA monitoring, analysis and reporting

·         Experience with projects that are focused on food security, information sharing/dissemination, poverty mapping, natural disaster and/or famine risk assessment, early warning, and disaster relief is required

·         Ability to travel extensively to program locations within Ethiopia as needed


Scope & complexity of decision making

      Able to solve problems by selecting the most suitable procedure or method within guidelines and precedents; direction sought when solutions not within established guidelines or precedents


PERCENTAGE OF TRAVEL (Out of duty station if applicable )  

  • The position will be based in Addis Ababa, but will require extensive field travel and supervision across the program areas.  


  • Takes personal responsibility and holds others to account to deliver our ambitious goals for children, continually improving own performance or that of the team/ organization
  • Invests time and energy to actively develop self and others to help realize their full potential, and to build the organization’s capability for the future.


  • Applies the required technical and professional expertise to the highest standards; promotes and shares best practice within and outside the organization.


Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives on diversity of people and perspectives; knows when to lead and when to follow and how to ensure effective cross-boundary working.

How to Apply

Interested applicants who met the MINIMUM requirements should send the following through www.ethiojobs.net before or on May 20, 2019.


a.     A CV (not more than 3 pages)

b.     A cover letter (not more than one page)

c.     A one-page table summarizing your educational background, work experience, technical skills and competencies to facilitate the screening process. Refer the vacancy announcement while doing this.

Please DO NOT SUBMIT copies of transcripts, academic degrees or recommendation letters with the application. You should provide them upon request otherwise your application will reject.


PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU STATE THE CODE OF THE VACANCY ON THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL ensuring that the job title is clearly stated in the cover letter. All applications should be received within 10 days of this advertisement.


We need to keep children safe and as such, our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for these posts. All successful applicants will, therefore, be required to complete a Police Check and must sign onto our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.

In the selection of its staff, Save the Children is committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities.


Note: All travel costs should be covered by the applicants, if invited for written exam or interview. 



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