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Addis Ababa

  • Organization: SOS Children’s Villages International
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date:


Position title:  Regional Emergency Response program Advisor   

Working location:     Addis Ababa

Direct Supervisor:  Deputy Director of Program Development

Region:Eastern and Southern Africa (ESAF)

Context of the position

Established in 1949, SOS Children's Villages International (CVI) is a dynamic, international social development organization working globally to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights of children without parental care and those who are at the risk of losing it.

The Eastern and Southern Africa region of SOS CV International is headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and has member associations (MA’s) in Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia/Somaliland, Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia, Mauritius, Angola and Madagascar.

We are searching for a dynamic, innovative, resilient and experienced candidate to join our organization as a Regional Emergency Response Advisor. The successful candidate will support a cluster of 4-6 countries in the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESAF) region to scale our impact through quality humanitarian response programs. By joining us, you will enjoy a competitive remuneration, work with a diverse and motivated team and a conducive work environment.

As the main counterpart of National Emergency programmes staff or contact persons, the Regional Emergency Response Program Advisor support the emergency response programme within the ESAF region, build capacity and provides technical expertise to national teams, specifically on emergency response programmes and initiatives in a collaboration with the national and regional management team, and also in a close coordination with the relevant office at the International Office.

Mission of the position:

The Regional Emergency Response Advisor plays a key role in supporting the Member Associations (MAs) to be prepared for emergency response. He / she is the central interface for all emergency related issues in the region. The position involves the monitoring, evaluation, communication and coordination of emergency programmes in the region. This involves providing expert advice to key stakeholders in MAs and the federation           

Key performance areas and main responsibilities:

·         Monitor together with Members Associations (MAs) humanitarian crisis in the region feeding into the global alert system. Collaborate with Emergency Response (ER) network (global ER Director, Regional CVI Representatives, Regional Cluster PD Advisors) on an on-going basis and provide information instantly on on-going emergencies and or crisis situations to the network

·         Coordinate training (in and out-house) and capacity building measures to Regional ER team in collaboration with regional Human Resources & Organizational Development team, ER network, partners, external trainers. Link to regional ER team members and network in the region with externals and established partnerships

·         Provide advice and support regarding emergency-related IPD grants, highlighting any issues around programme quality, implementation and reporting. Participate in regional forums and conferences focusing on topics relating to emergency response and humanitarian assistance.

·         Play an active role in regional IPD networks, with a view to taking a lead in discussions when funding opportunities arise (i.e. calls for proposals; grant submissions, etc.). Strengthen internal emergency communications through interviews and articles posted online (and where relevant, for use externally). Initiate, together with the global Emergency Response Director the first stages of an ER through coordination with vested parties at national / regional level

·         Provide timely updates and advise to the International Director Region to facilitate the rapid response and decision-making that is required. Provide guidance to the national colleagues on every aspect of emergency programme implementation (assessment, implementation, monitoring & evaluation) and ensure compliance with established protocols

·         Advise MA colleagues and quality check emergency standard documents (Humanitarian Appeal, Crisis Response form, Project documentation) in collaboration with regional functions. Coordinate internal information management on emergency operations in close cooperation with other stakeholders in the region. Feed information and collate lessons learnt and best practices in security in order to set SOP (standard operational procedures) for each emergency setting

·         Liaise with regional Finance team to ensure efficient fund transfer and financial administrative procedures (budget, cash flow plan, and request for transfers, accounting financial reporting). Provide direction in medium-high-level or complex / cross-country emergency operations, where MA capacity is limited and General Secretariat (GSC) support is needed (case-based). Engage in regional partnerships and networks and lay the ground for local partnerships. Recruitment of key internal and external consultants for the ERPs in the region (such as security advisors, logistic and procurement experts


Educational background and key competencies:

  • We are looking for a seasoned professional with minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience in humanitarian emergency response programming.
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Law, Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or related field
  • Ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision to meet tight deadlines
  • A good team builder, innovative and creative, demonstrating high professional standards
  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural environment

LEAD competency

Required competency level

Capacity assessment skills


Organizational learning


Knowledge Management and learning


Ability to advocate and offer policy guide


Development and operational effectiveness


We offer

  • The opportunity to work in one of the largest International Non-Profit Organisations in Social development, Humanitarian action Child and Youth Care, in a position with a varied scope of tasks and responsibilities directly impacting on the development of the organisation in achieving its strategic goals.

  • To contribute to our meaningful mission: “We build families for children in need, we help them shape their own futures and we share in the development of their communities.

  • A two (2) year contract, renewable based on good performance and availability of funds.

“SOS Children’s Villages International holds strict child safeguarding principles and a zero-tolerance policy for conducts of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse in the workplace and other places where the organization’s activities are rendered.  Parallel to technical competence, recruitment, selection and hiring decisions will give due emphasis to assessing candidates value congruence and thorough background checks, police clearance reference check processes”.  

How to Apply

If you believe you are the right candidate for the above position, please send us a cover letter, your detailed curriculum vitae (CV) -including at least three traceable referees- and photocopies of academic certificates as ONE document.

Applications should be submitted electronically indicating the position you are applying for in the subject line and send to the provided ICIIMS link or by email to: [email protected]  

ICIIMS link: 

Applications open on 22nd September 2022 and will close on 7th October 2022.

Applications that do not have a cover letter, CV or certificates attached will be disqualified. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

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