Ethiopia: Area Coordinator Ethiopia

Organization: Concern Worldwide
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 18 Jan 2017

Area Coordinator, Ethiopia


About the role: This is a 12 month (with possible extension) role with unaccompanied terms based in Gambella with a salary of Grade B (between €32,490 – €39,723)**.** You will report to the Programme Director and will manage all staff in the Gambella programme area. We would like you to start as soon as possible.

Your purpose: Concern has been implementing an Emergency Nutrition Programme in Gambella since 2014, with South Sudanese refugees and some work with the host population. We currently carry out nutrition programming for refugees in Pugnido camp and employ a team of approx. 70 people. You will have a health & nutrition background and will assist in the development of the current programme in Pugnido and to develop other programming opportunities for the organisation in the area, both within the refugee and host communities. You will collaborate and consult with the relevant stakeholders including national, regional and local level health offices and partners. You will also be responsible for representing Concern and coordinating with key stakeholders in health and nutrition programs at Regional level and ensure we maintain a strong profile in the area.

You will be responsible for:


  • Overall management of the existing nutrition programme in Pugnido camp
  • Ensure that programme implementation is within the framework of the Ethiopian government policies and regulations, the organization’s strategic plan, sectoral policies and strategies and as outlined in the respective programme documents

  • Provide coaching and technical support to the Nutrition Programme and Senior project officers in the design, management and monitoring and evaluation of the programme

  • Support to diversify funding source for the implementation of the Gambella programme

  • Oversight of support functions to ensure that Concern’s operations run smoothly and efficiently

  • Network, maintain communication and share experience with relevant departments within Concern, partner organizations and other organizations to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of project activities, to raise the organizational profile and promote best practices

Strategic and Programme Management

  • Ensure the Gambella programme is implemented within the framework of Concern Ethiopia’s Strategic Plan and within government and Concern policies and strategies
  • Actively participate in strategic planning and contextual analysis in Gambella with a view to the further growth and development of the Gambella programme

  • Ensure that national CMAM and IYCF guidelines are adhered to and the project objectives are met.

  • Ensure that all Concern mainstreaming policies are incorporated into all programme planning and implementation

  • Assist the team in Gambella to develop a work plan, M&E and a procurement plan based on the funded proposals and in line with Concern’s country strategic plan.

  • Together with the programme team, develop and scale up the health & nutrition project to achieve increased coverage of CMAM and the up-take of improved IYCF

  • Help in recruitment of additional national staff as needed and train, mentor and supervise these to ensure quality treatment services, outreach work, and behavioural change activities based on actual training needs and project performance.

  • Ensure a strong monitoring system is in place and that programme data on key nutrition indicators is collated

  • Adapt and improve the existing programme on an ongoing basis, based on careful review of monitoring and evaluation findings and discussion with the SMT and the Health & Nutrition Advisors.

  • Regularly report on programme outcomes, activities, processes and lessons learned in the form of internal as well as nutrition cluster reports

  • Contribute to the development of nutrition programme proposals, budgets and concept notes as needed, particularly building on lessons learned from previous programme experience

  • Provide technical and managerial support to the Gambella programme team to conduct contextual analysis and identify new programme interventions and new partners

  • Work with the programme managers and Senior project officers, relevant Concern Advisors, partners and the Programme Director to develop project proposals for funding

  • Guide the programme managers and senior project officers to prepare and submit timely and good quality reports ensuring Concern, donors and government requirements are met in terms of time and reporting format.

  • Compile and edit sectoral narrative and financial reports and submit to the relevant PD as per the reporting schedule and format.

Networking and Coordination

  • Represent Concern at different forums in Gambella and raise the profile of the organization with UN, NGO and Government stakeholders
  • Network, maintain communication and share experience with relevant organizations to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of project activities and promote best practices.
  • Together with the programme team, establish and maintain cordial working relationship with partners, local and regional government bodies, NGOs and collaborating line bureaus
  • Network for learning and experience sharing with Concern Advisors, partner organizations, relevant organizations and Concern World Wide relevant departments to learn and inform on best practices, approaches, tools and methods of programming in all aspects of Gambella programme areas.

Human Resources:

  • Line-manage the programme area staff/team to ensure effective and efficient programme implementation, partnership relationships and operational systems
  • Directly manage the technical programme managers and systems managers
  • Coordinate with HR and the PD to ensure capacity building and development of staff.
  • Work with the technical managers, officers and systems to develop and review their PDR and action plans
  • Hold regular coordination meetings with key team members and regular meetings with the Gambella management team to discuss issues, ensure strong communication and learn from each other
  • Assist in the recruitment of staff as necessary
  • Ensure that all HR policies and procedures are followed


· Plan, organize, supervise and monitor the budget and activities of the programme, ensuring that individual projects are kept within budget and that any changes to project budgets, outputs or schedules are reported.

  • Review and approve budget revision requests from the direct implemented programmes including systems and partners.
  • Review monthly management accounts and ensure budgets are utilized as per plan and following standard financial procedures
  • Ensure that all finance policies and procedures are followed


  • Ensure that teams prepare procurement plans and that they are implemented in a timely manner by logistics staff
  • Ensure that all logistics policies and procedures are followed including procurement , transport, asset management and warehousing
  • As a Security Focal Person of the organization regularly monitor the security situation of the area and report any security threats or incidents in a timely manner.


  • Perform any other duties as requested by the Programme Director or senior management team

Your skills and experience will include:

· Relevant Degree (health, nutrition)

· At least three years’ experience in management of nutrition projects in developing countries; one or more years’ experience in Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) desirable

· Experience in monitoring and evaluation nutrition projects, including project data management/analysis

· Experience working in IDPs and/or refugees setting and in isolated rural areas

· Experience in mass MUAC screening of under-five children, pregnant and lactating women including data analysis and use of EPI-Info and SPSS software

· Experience in managing staff and ability to capacity build and manage local staff in a mature and impartial manner

· Experience in systems and following organisational policies and procedures

· Computer skills including database management, Microsoft Word and Excel

We would also like:

· Excellent English communication skills (verbal and written)

· Able to work in insecure environments and live in confined areas

· Respectful of security rules

· Dynamic and willing to take initiatives to complete assigned tasks and deal with difficulties encountered in daily work

· Excellent communication and presentation skills

· Ability to delegate, manage time and prioritize tasks while coping with a broad range of programmatic and technical demands

· Strong analytical and problem solving abilities

· Ability to effectively represent Concern with external stakeholders

· Empathy with Concern’s Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives

All applications should be submitted through our website at CV’s should be maximum 4 pages in length.

All candidates who are short-listed for a first round interview will be notified via email after the application deadline.

Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.

Concern has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Programme Participant Protection Policy which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organization, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context staff have a responsibility to the organization to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct candidates acknowledge that they have understood the contents of both the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and the Programme Participant Protection Policy and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these two documents.

Concern receives a substantial amount of funding from external donors each year. Increasingly donors are introducing requirements whereby future funding is conditional on Concern ensuring that the names of any new employee or volunteer do not appear on terrorism lists generated by the European Union (List of person, groups and entities to which Regulation (EC No. 2580/2001 applies), the US Government (Office of Foreign Assets Control list of specially designated Nationals and Blocked Persons) and the United Nations (Consolidated List). Any offer of employment (either paid or voluntary) with Concern Worldwide will not be made pending a clearance check being conducted on the applicant. For additional information please consult our web site or contact the Human Resource Division in our Head Office.

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