A2l / A2 Humanitarian Advisory

DFID Ethiopia is looking for applications from the eligible applicants for the post of A2l / A2 Humanitarian Advisory in Ethiopia.

Job Description 

DFID Ethiopia is looking for a humanitarian advisor to join the Livelihoods and Humanitarian Team (a team of 12) to lead advice to DFID Ethiopia on humanitarian programming, including response to the challenges of internal forced displacement, and on how development programming can better prepare for acute needs. The vision that you will be helping to deliver is ‘Government of Ethiopia is able to lead and deliver an effective, more self-financed and accountable response to climate and humanitarian shocks’ whilst ensuring that emergency needs are met in the most effective manner. This means that your role in DFID is working on the shortterm response to acute need and supporting a programme working to build capacity so that the Government of Ethiopia basic services are able to flex to shocks.

The Humanitarian Advisor will be the lead technical expert on the £262 million, 2017-2022, Building Resilience in Ethiopia programme.  The programme has four key strands: Providing technical assistance to the Government of Ethiopia to lead and deliver an effective and accountable humanitarian response, delivering food and cash to people in humanitarian need in the most effective way, respond to emergency humanitarian needs in the most effective way and monitoring, evaluation and learning to strengthen humanitarian delivery in Ethiopia. The Humanitarian Adviser will also provide analysis and advice to DFID Ethiopia on the humanitarian context in Ethiopia.

Job Description

Deliver high quality technical advice to ensure effective delivery of DFID Ethiopia humanitarian programmes and results.

  • Lead Advisor to the Building Resilience in Ethiopia Programme.
  • Lead technical input, as lead advisor to all areas of the Building Resilience in Ethiopia programme (BRE) programme in accordance with the DFID policy context, country priorities and the Grand Bargain. This combines: flexibility to respond to emergency humanitarian needs in Ethiopia, whilst supporting work to strengthen national systems to deliver an effective and accountable response
  • Ensure DFID supports interventions designed to support the protection of the most vulnerable civilians, including women, girls and boys, and people with disabilities
  • Undertake regular field visits (at least 10 days per year) to monitor the programme and feed into the policy and advocacy engagement.
  • Lead for DFID on the technical group of the Advisory Board to the Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund, drawing in other relevant advice as appropriate.
  • Work alongside other advisers in the Human Development Team to build shock responsive delivery into the human development programmes in Ethiopia, this should include, looking at how the needs of IDPs can be better addressed by human development programmes.
  • Lead DFID’s engagements with WFP and UNICEF on the BRE programme, in particular in support of the integration of treatment of Moderate Acute Malnutrition into the Health System.
  • Lead on the external review of the BRE programme managing the contract and the outputs.
  • Ensure delivery is robust and compliant with corporate standards / SMART Rules with a particular focus on work on food security where you will lead on all aspects of delivery reporting to the Senior Responsible Officer.

Deliver high quality humanitarian advice to support UK government policy engagement and advocacy:

  • Provide regular assessments of the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia.
  • Work to ensure that the Government of Ethiopia can lead a prioritised, efficient and effective response, with support from the UN and other partners.
  • Provide high quality analysis and briefings for Ministers on the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia
  • Input on and influence cross HMG communications
  • Lead and support the work to facilitate ministerial and senior official visits.
  • Continually monitor and assess the situation; reflecting this in evolving policy, strategy and programme priorities and approaches;

Lead on DFID’s work to support the National Disaster Risk Management Commission:

  • Lead work from a humanitarian perspective on the PSNP-HRD continuum initiatives, this includes being part of the GoE led monitoring and evaluation committee.
  • Lead on support to the implementation of DRM policy including improving the early warning and needs assessment process;
  • Support the scale-up of humanitarian cash transfer, including by representing DFID on the cash steering committee and cash working group.

Learning and Cross Cutting Engagement in DFID

  • The post holder will also be expected to effectively deliver on their 10% advisory cadre commitments and undertake a minimum of 55 hours continuous professional development.

Job Requirement


  • Evidence of expertise Humanitarian advisory capacity to government, international NGO’s and/or donors;
  • Ability to explain complex issues in clear English to a range of audiences;
  • Experience in influencing policies at senior levels;
  • Experience of working with and influencing other bilateral and multilateral donors.


  • Previously most successful candidates have drawn on 5+ years of relevant experience to show sufficient evidence of the competencies etc)


  • Normally Master’s degree or equivalent postgraduate qualification in a relevant technical area. Strong demonstration of the competencies through relevant experience may substitute for a Master’s.  Knowledge and experience gained working on or in developing countries and/or in fragile and conflict-affected environments, is required.


  • If you are invited to attend an interview, the process will also cover assessment for accreditation to the cadre which covers the full range of Humanitarian technical competencies.

Travel requirements:

  • At least 15 days in the field in Ethiopia, you may also be required to travel outside Ethiopia for training or to deliver advisory support to another country office.

Core UK civil service behaviours:

Candidates should be able to clearly demonstrate in their application examples of the

following Civil Service Behaviours:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Working together
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Managing a quality service

Technical Competencies

Candidates should be able to clearly demonstrate in their application examples of the following Technical competencies:

  • Planning and managing humanitarian responses
  • Humanitarian and disaster theory and architecture
  • International humanitarian law and principles
  • Crisis risk and resilience

International Competencies

 Candidates should be able to clearly demonstrate in their application examples of the following Technical competencies:

  • Demonstrating Resilience

REPORTS TO:Team Leader or Senior Adviser

Salary range:A2L – 52,412.33 / A2 – 69,190.58 Br/Month depending on qualifications and experience.

How to Apply

Applications from female candidates are strongly encouraged.

DFID is committed to equal opportunities in its staffing policy and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation or disability. Selection will be on merit.

The full Job Description, Application Form and Civil Service Behaviors can be found at:


  • The candidate must complete and send the application form to AfricaHRHubApplication3@dfid.gov.uk with a copy of their most recent CV. The subject line MUST read “ETH/1903”.
  • Failure to follow the outlined procedure might result in the application not being considered. The closing date for the vacancy is COP on 03 November 2019. If no response has been received after 2 weeks from the closing date, consider the application as unsuccessful.

Deadline Date: November 3, 2019

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