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Country Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihood (EFSVL) Coordinator

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

DIVISION / DEPARTMENT / LOCATION: International/Ethiopia/Addis Ababa (significant travel to field locations)

JOB FAMILY: Programme

DURATION: 11 months

LEVEL: Global C2


To work with others to find lasting solutions to poverty and suffering.


To provide technical support and quality control in emergency food security and vulnerable livelihood intervention, including needs assessment, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Oxfam humanitarian response in Ethiopia.


Post holder reports to: Drought Response Manager

Staff reporting to this post: Roving senior EFSVL officer, Matrix management of Somali region EFSVL coordinator



Oxfam has been working in Ethiopia since 1974, devoted to empowering people against poverty. In 2015-16, the organisation consolidated its efforts to meet the needs of the most vulnerable and has reached close to one million people across Ethiopia with life-saving humanitarian assistance. Oxfam’s Humanitarian programme currently operates through 3 field bases in Jijiga, Dire Dawa and Gambella and getting prepared to open three new satellite offices in remote field locations as part of its ongoing drought response. The development team currently operates in Oromia, Amhara, Tigray and Somali region.

The current humanitarian programme primarily includes two CAT 2 responses as follows: (i) 14 Million GBP drought response with a target of benefitting 700,000 people (Programme Focus WASH and EFSVL with gender and cross protection as cross cutting) in Somali, Oromia and Afar region both direct and through partners; (ii) 8 Million GBP response to South Sudan Refugee Crisis in Gambella with a target of benefitting 70,000 people (Programme Focus WASH and EFSVL with gender and cross protection as cross cutting). Oxfam is currently in process of winding up its AWD response in both Addis Ababa and Somali region. In addition, Oxfam has multiple emergency preparedness programme focusing on self and partners’ capacity building.

Key Responsibilities

· Under the strategic guidance of Drought Response Manager, undertake overall coordination of the EFSVL component of Humanitarian Response in line with response strategy;

· Provide professional and technical leadership to the EFSVL team (including partners) including elements of market linked emergency cash based interventions, livestock management for programme planning and implementation;

· Identify EFSVL response options against context, well informed by robust assessment / analysis, scenario and programme objectives, and provide guidance and support for appropriate response;

· Assist the EFSVL teams in analyzing field and secondary data, feeding the relevant information (clear choices of options, evidence-based advice and solutions) to the SMT and the EFSVL advisor in the region;

· Seek out and promote opportunities of increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the EFSL programmes, looking specifically at technological and other innovative opportunities (like mobile money transfers, bank transfers, vouchers...);

· Design and implement a market analysis framework to assess markets in key operational areas & map trade flows, monitor their evolution and use the results to inform the design of market based programming & strategy;

· Ensure that EFSVL interventions are undertaken according to technical standards (LEGS, Livestock Working Group Guidelines in Ethiopia, SPHERE, Core Humanitarian Standards etc);

· Design the MEAL approach and system with the MEAL team, and support in the monitoring of the programme and its impact on the food security and livelihoods of the population in operational areas;

· Map the links to longer-term programming as well as proposed integration with WASH and advocacy interventions – as detailed and as explicit as possible;

· Ensure that EFSVL project activities are planned and implemented on time in line with contractual obligations and accountable approaches with communities;

· Work closely with Somali region EFSVL Coordinator and Oxfam’s partners both at Addis level and in Oromia and Afar region to facilitate and coordinate effective delivery of EFSVL component of drought response; This will include significant travel to field locations to provide support and undertake M&E;

· Represent Oxfam in different EFSVL related coordination platforms at national level (e.g. DRMATF, Livestock Working Group, Cash Working Group etc) and actively contribute and influence; ensure timely delivery of external reporting requirement at national level (e.g. 4W);

· Ensure that all work is carried out in a way that is sensitive to community needs and gender and protection issues. In particular to promote the full and equal participation of women in all aspects of the work;

· Undertake regular capacity need assessment of EFSVL team including partners and provide capacity development support;

· Actively contribute in new funding proposals and progress reports for internal and external purpose (e.g. donor reports)

· Line manage staff in line with Oxfam policies, ensuring that they have the necessary induction, strategic guidance and management support;


· At least 5 years of solid practical experience (design, implementation and scale up) as a specialist on cash transfer programme (CTP) and 2-3 years as a EFSVL / Livelihood Coordinator / Manager in humanitarian / development programme;

· Demonstrated experience of coordinating / managing EFSVL programme with large budget and teams (multiple locations) in Horn of Africa preferably in Ethiopia;

· Experience in market analysis and use of results to inform strategy and activities design; with the capacity to lead a market assessment like EMMA;

· Thorough understanding of cash transfer modalities and mechanisms with a sound knowledge of their development and specificities;

· Experience in conflict-sensitive programming and the ability to influence and support colleagues in appreciating the importance of financial standards, procedures and controls;

· Demonstrated experience of integrating gender and protection into emergency response programmes and longer-term strategies;

· Demonstrated experience of working with UN clusters, government authorities and implementing I/.NGO partners;

· Leadership qualities and people management expertise to provide direction and effective support to a multidisciplinary and multicultural team; A proven record of mentoring and capacity building of teams and partners in complex contexts;

· Ability to work well under pressure and in response to changing needs.

· Diplomacy, tact and negotiation skills;

· Excellent communication and cross-cultural management skills;

· Excellent command on English language;

· Competent candidate having command over local language (Amharic / Somali) will be preferred;

· Competent candidate having existing legal right to work in Ethiopia will be preferred.

Interested applicants who meet the above requirements should submit their application letter and CV through before OR on March 30 , 2017.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

"This is an urgent recruitment and we will be short listing applications as we receive them and may fill the
position before the closing date, if there is potential candidate".

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: Oxfam - Great Britain
  • Location: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medicine
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Security and Safety
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Nutrition
  • Closing Date: 2017-03-30

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