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Regional Emergency Technical Advisor

Mogadishu | Addis Ababa | Nairobi

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Mogadishu | Addis Ababa | Nairobi
  • Grade: Senior level - Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. Using a human rights framework, the DRC East Africa and Great Lakes (EAGL) operation focuses on people who are affected by displacement, including refugees, internally displaced, migrants, and host communities in Burundi, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

DRC is implementing a large scale-up project to respond to the drought in the Horn of Africa and contribute to famine prevention efforts. At the current time the project will specifically be implemented in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, with some displacement research extending into Djibouti.

Overall purpose of the role

Reporting to the Chief of Party, the Emergency Technical Advisor (ETA) will be responsible for the oversight of ensuring technical standards are met within the timeframe of project deliverables and ensure technical cohesion between country operations. The ETA will be responsible for ensuring country project implementation is in line with DRC global sector technical standards, approaches are mainstreamed across all country operations, and provide day-to-day technical trouble-shooting to project teams. The ETA will be in close communication with DRC Global Sector Leads, DRC Regional Programmatic Sector Leads and country-level technical advisors.  

This position is subject to confirmation of funding, anticipated start date is 15 March and the successful candidate must be able to deploy with 15 days’ notice. 

Key responsibilities

Program Management

  • Support Chief of Party (CoP) in the design and planning of project deliverables with regards to ensuring approaches are adhering to global standards/practices and DRC global technical standards; 
  • Lead on the project adaptation with regards to technical approaches by ensuring they are fit for context including ability to adapt to local operational constraints; 
  • Support the Chief of Party (CoP) and Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) in ensuring project teams in country are compliant with DRC procedures and mitigation strategies outlined in the updated risk registers;  
  • Engage with DRC global/regional technical programme leads in the consistent revision of quality programming for emergency interventions; 
  • Support the CoP, DCoP and other PMU members on the collection and analysis of best practices, lessons learnt and evaluation of the impact of emergency interventions across the different country operations;  
  • Provide day-to-day technical trouble-shooting to project staff across all country operations; 
  • Support the COP to prepare and submit programmatic reports for the donor, relevant country governments, project partners and DRC as required; 
  • Working alongside the COP and DCOP, to foster and maintain a productive, respectful, and collaborative working environment for all project staff; 
  • Provide support to partnerships across all country operations to ensure consistent technical implementation approaches across all sectors adhere to global standards. 


  • Provide technical guidance in project implementation with regards to scale up of cash-based interventions in complex operational settings;  
  • Provide technical guidance in project implementation with regards to scale up in emergency WASH operations in complex operational settings; 
  • Provide support and technical guidance in project implementation with regards to scale up in emergency protection programming in complex operational settings; 
  • Provide support and technical guidance in project implementation with regards to scale up in emergency CCCM programming and/or community-based emergency programming; 
  • Provide support and technical guidance in project implementation with regards to integrating early recovery interventions to emergency programming.  

Note: technical guidance will be supported with DRC internal resources such as collaboration with global/regional technical advisors and in-country technical advisors

About you

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s five core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in in relevant field. 
  • A minimum of 8 years’ experience working in the international humanitarian aid with at least five years’ experience in a similar technical role (Emergency Manager/Coordinator, Emergency Advisor); 
  • Demonstrated experience working with displaced populations in an emergency setting together with at least 5 years of delivering large-scale operations; 
  • Demonstrated experience working in at least two of the following: 
  • Cash-based interventions (large scale delivery of MPCA); 
  • Emergency WASH interventions  
  • Emergency Protection and CCCM interventions 
  • Early recovery programming transitioning from rapid onset emergency   
  • Demonstrated experience with remote team management,  
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and delivering large multi-location programs in complex operating environments; 
  • Operational expertise and experience in emergency and/or humanitarian aid programming; 
  • Fluent in written and spoken English. 
  • Knowledge of Swahili, Amharic or Somali an added advantage. 
  •  Previous experience in the Horn of Africa or East Africa desirable


Contract:         One year contract with possibility of extension, subject to funding and performanceSalary and other conditions are offered in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment for Staff ; Employment band NM F

Duty station:    To be determined - Nairobi, Kenya; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; or Mogadishu, Somalia with some travel 

Availability:      March 2023

Reporting Line: Chief of Party

Providing equal opportunities    We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply.

Promoting high standards : DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process

Application and CV

Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications, sent together with a CV, will be considered.

DRC only accepts applications sent via our online-application form on under job.

Plese submit your application and CV in English no later than 28 Feb 2023. CVs will be reviewed on rolling basis, and position might be filled before the deadline.



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