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Management, Security
Addis Ababa (30% travel to field regions) 
Career Level:
Managerial Level (Manager, Supervisor, Director)

Job Description

Background/IRC Summary:

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. IRC has been working in Ethiopia since 1999 and is implementing integrated, community-managed programs aimed at improving the quality of lives and recovery of livelihood of the disaster-affected population’s through promoting individual participation, strengthening institutions, and emergency response.

Job Overview/Summary:

The Access & Training Manager will work closely with the Senior Safety, Security, and Access Coordinator to develop overarching and localized access strategies for the country program and individual field sites. They will identify changes and trends in the humanitarian access context in Ethiopia, develop and be responsible for the implementation of both proactive and adaptable plans. They will facilitate and deliver training and capacity building related to access, safety and security to IRC and partner’s staff. The Access & Training Manager will be based in Addis with extensive travel to field locations.

Specific responsibilities:


  • Develop and implement humanitarian access strategies and approaches tailored to local contexts in IRC’s field sites throughout Ethiopia and include overarching community engagement components.
  • Ensure that IRC field teams conduct principled and sustainable negotiations with relevant actors in Ethiopia in line with humanitarian principles, humanitarian needs, a duty of care principles, and the IRC’s Strategy Action Plan.
  • Support access innovation initiatives, including the development of other strategies, tools, and guidelines for the management of IRC’s access in Ethiopia.
  • Provide access analysis based on program operation demand and in consolation with field staff.
  • As required, provide area-based access analyses supporting operational implementation or program development, including recommendations on how to address issues as they arise.
  • Work with program units to ensure access elements are included in proposals.


  • Provide regular training for IRC and partner staff on humanitarian principles, context analysis, conflict-sensitive and adaptive programming.
  • Provide regular Readi training for IRC and partner staff.
  • As agreed with the Senior Management Team, provide ad hoc training s on topics related to Safety, Security, and/or Access to IRC and partner staff.
  • Develop and implement an annual training plan for the country program.
  • Design and updated access and security training materials/packages with assistance from the RSSA and Global Access team.

Building Acceptance & Networking

  • Maintain a network of contacts from other NGOs, ICRC and Red Cross movement, and UN agencies.
  • Actively participate in in-country access forums, including but not limited to the Access Working Group.
  • Support the development of engagement plans and the identified ongoing relationships with community elders and other power brokers within IRC Ethiopia operational areas.
  • Work to ensure that IRC, its mission and work within Ethiopia is known and accepted.

Safety and Security Management Planning

  • Support Safety and Security team to ensure compliance at all times to Ethiopia Security Management policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Evaluate, review and support the updating of evacuation/relocation plans for all IRC offices and field sites, ensuring access challenges and mitigation measures are incorporated into the design of evacuation/relocation plans.
  • As required, support the development of program continuity plans for identified/most likely scenarios and contribute to the development of operational and programmatic contingency plans that respond to different emergency scenarios.


  • Contribute to documentation and organizational learning on access in IRC.
  • Contribute to IRC regional and global access discussions and share lessons learned and best practices from Ethiopia.

Job Requirements

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience implementing humanitarian access strategies and approaches within humanitarian assistance or development programs.
  • Experience as a trainer, with the ability to develop, implement, facilitate and impart learning to a wide range of audiences.
  • Must have a proven track record of proactively identifying and communicating potential problems and proposing solutions.
  • Ability to gain a precise understanding of the various local, regional, country, and international policies, operational positions and interactions, providing clear analysis of given and unfolding safety, security and political situations when they occur.
  • Understanding of humanitarian principles and codes of conduct.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent organization skills with proven ability to manage large amounts of information and prioritize work.
  • Should be a strong collaborator with effective interpersonal skills and the capability to manage conflicting views.
  • Must be able to function effectively in a sophisticated work environment and to work with competing priorities.
  • Strong ability to communicate concisely and with impact in English.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite.
  • Commitment to the IRC’s mission, purpose, and values.

How to Apply

Candidates meeting the above qualifications are encouraged to apply only through the below IRC On-line recruitment website: 



Please include 3 references from current and former employers.

Applications will not be returned. IRC discourages phone calls or personal visits.

Only applicants meeting the minimum qualification will be short listed and contacted.

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Your application letter/cover letter must include the following information.

  • Name of the position you have applied for
  • Date of application
  • Summary of  your qualifications and experience
  • Motivation/objective of why you have applied for the job
  • Permanent Address and present address (if different from permanent) and telephone number if possible also email address
  • Disclose any family relationships with existing IRC employees.

  IRC is an equal employment opportunity employer.  IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.

Professional Standards : The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity Anti-Retaliation and Combating Trafficking in Persons

Gender Equality:  IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols, and other supportive benefits and allowances

Equal Opportunity Employer:  IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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