Humanitarian Programme Manager

Position:   Humanitarian Programme Manager

Reports to:  Country Director

Duty base:    Addis Ababa, with frequent in country travel

Salary: Negotiable based on the experiences of the Successful candidate

Duration: One year, with a possibility of extension based on performance and availability of Fund.

Job Summary:  The Humanitarian Programme Manager will provide results-based strategic guidance, leadership and management to AA Ethiopia humanitarian programme, with specific emphasis on building AAE humanitarian portfolio, establishing AAE as a strong humanitarian response player and securing funds for humanitarian operations. The HPM is responsible for identifying needs and resources and elaborating programmatic, operational and leadership recommendations for the emergency response in line with ActionAid national and global priorities. The post holder will play a leading role in the effective scale up and management of AA emergency programmes to increase impact and enable positive change for children. The HPM will also be expected to play a role and work in collaboration with the Fundraising team to support achieving the organisational strategy.

  Key responsibilities

  • Develop donor scoping in the humanitarian environment and pre-position AAE in the key platforms
  • Mobilize resource for AAE Humanitarian work
  • Develop an overall response strategy to ensure a coordinate and integrated approach and proposal development for multiple donors.
  • Develop a long-term vision and strategic planning to achieve significant impact from programmes and attain our Humanitarian Programme  vision for Ethiopia, using a rights-based and results-based approach to work
  • Ensure timely, efficient, effective and accountable Humanitarian response, with local partners, to survivors of natural and/or man-made disasters
  • Initiate and manage emergency operations when there is no existing AA presence or capacity, including immediate response to rapid onset emergencies
  • The post-holder will ensure that humanitarian programmes delivered are to the appropriate scale, scope, quality and accountability expected, and incorporate a Gender focus lens
  • Ensure up to date and quality documentation of hazard and conflict mapping linked with contingency and activity plans to reduce impact and increase capacity of AAE and partners to respond to the different crisis
  • Ensure timely programme/project development that reflects the scale of needs/crisis
  • Plan and manage human, logistic and financial resources in consultation and cooperation with relevant Support teams
  • Management of a broad spectrum of programmes, with a variety of competencies and skills required.  Management tasks and problems are diverse and complex and involve a significant degree of risk (financial, security, brand, etc).
  • Assess/support to ensure that are robust systems in place in order to manage funding as part of the emergency response
  • Monitor humanitarian needs, trends and gaps in Ethiopia and design emergency intervention aligned with AAE strategy and scope of work
  • Ensure AA humanitarian signature is applied throughout all humanitarian programmes

Job Requirements

Required Education

A university degree, preferably a master’s degree in Social Sciences, Development, Agriculture, Agricultural Economics  or any other relevant field.    

Required Experience and  Competencies

  • 10 years or more of strategic and project level experience in  Humanitarian and Emergencies contexts which 3 years should be as a Humanitarian Manager in a similar organization. Experience in Developing Humanitarian Response strategy,  conducting needs assessment to propose  programmatic, operational and leadership recommendations for the emergency response, and building organizational portfolio for Humanitarian response.
  • Experience of programme management across multiple locations
  • Experience of designing and managing multi-donor, multi-site programmes (including ECHO, DFID, WFP, UNHACR and others)
  • Knowledge and experience of emergency and development issues; deep understanding of causes of emergencies, emergency programming and links with policy
  • Alliance building and networking with ability to link with other players in the development arena and make ActionAid Ethiopia visible in the sector
  • Commitment to, thorough understanding of, and able to train staff in humanitarian and emergency programming, Humanitarian Standards including Core Humanitarian Standards
  • Experience of senior level representation
  • Experience in developing and negotiating successful partnerships with institutional donors
  • Ability to develop winning  proposals
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of ActionAid
  • Ability to work on own initiative and Ability to work under pressure, prioritization and  working in strict time frames
  • Ability to travel extensively, especially to remote areas

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit their application letter along with recent CV no later than August 20, 2019: ActionAid Ethiopia P.O. Box 1261Addis Ababa or email to .

“ActionAid will be conducting safeguarding reference checks on the successful candidate” 

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

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