Nov 20, 2021

Emergency Rapid Response Manager

  • International Rescue Committee (IRC) Ethiopia
  • Hawassa, Ethiopia
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Job Description

Job Title: Emergency Rapid Response Manager

Sector: Emergency Response

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: SNNPR 1, Ethiopia

Job Description



The Emergency Response Manager will be engaged in emergency assessment, emergency response planning and emergency response set up, monitoring and post intervention assessment, facilitating trainings and coordination and representation at emergency WASH cluster in the region. He/She reports to the Hawassa Field Office Coordinator and works closely with Hawassa EH team and Addis based Emergency Response Team.

Major/key responsibilities:

Technical Support

  • Take part in multiagency field assessments (seasonal, rapid) in the event of an emergency with Addis and field team as well as with partners.
  • Assist IRC Ethiopia Emergency Response Team and field offices in surveys, assessment, response planning, in implementation and monitoring of emergency responses.
  • Take deployment assignments and organize and lead emergency operations assessment in new locations in the field, assist in hiring field staff, locating warehouse and office and set up emergency response in new areas when needed.
  • Lead emergency response team in new intervention  areas and implement quick responses for brief period as required
  • Facilitate emergency response trainings and workshops for IRC and partner staff.
  • Assist field offices in preparation and review of emergency response proposals.
  • With guidance from Emergency Response Coordinator, assist in IRC Cash Transfer Programming initiative and emergency preparedness micro planning.
  • Assist in set up, implementation and monitoring of beneficiary feedback mechanism.

Programs Management

Grant, Budget and procurement Monitoring and Management

·   Assist in tracking and review of spending of IRC direct WASH interventions in the field is in line with original plan, and burn rate goes in line with the activity implementation progress and provide feedback to supervisor.

·   Assist in Preparation of PR and procurement plan for WASH, ES/NFI materials and services to be ordered from Emergency Response unit in Addis.

·    Assist in tracking of emergency supplies, dispatch, distribution in different disaster affected including documentation

Reports and Proposals

·   Assist in the review field reports from IRC field offices and sub grants including review of ERR interventions tracking data sheets.

·   Assist in the development of proposals and budgets for future emergency responses by the IRC Ethiopia;

·   Assist in the review of proposals from partners and by the IRC for direct interventions are as per the requirement and standard. 

·   Assist in the review of IRC direct intervention proposals and assist the field team and program unit in drafting proposal and MoU for signing project agreement with relevant regional government Bureaus.

Monitoring and Evaluation

·   Participate and assist in the monitoring of IRC direct interventions and sub granted projects.

·   Assist in facilitation of IRC Ethiopia own, government and donor monitoring visits and project evaluations.

·   Participate in post intervention assessments in coordination with CWI, EH, Health and program units as well as field team.

Representation, Coordination and Working Relationship

·      Work closely with IRC Ethiopia Health, EH, CWI, Program and other units for increased integration and team work;

·      Regularly, represent at  WASH cluster Coordination and other  relevant emergency coordination forums with NGOs, UN agencies, government Bureaus in regions and share updates on this and emergency situations to supervisor.

·      Assist the WASH cluster in assessment, preparation of guidelines, other technical documents etc.

·      Organize and Share regular IRC update to the WASH cluster including 4WS matrix.

The ERM shall take any additional responsibilities as requested by his/her supervisor, SERR Coordinator, and CD.






  • BSc Degree or MSc Degree in Hydraulic Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Civil Engineering or related from a  recognized University.
  • At least 6 years of experience for first degree holders, 2 years of emergency response work experience for MSc holders.
  • 2 years senior level management experience.
  • Experience in managing emergency programs and experience of team mobilization teams and having good knowledge of project management.
  • NGO experience is preferable on the area of WASH or public health in emergency.


Skills required

  • Proven management experience
  • Good project management skills. Ability to plan, organize, and supervise implementation of WASH related emergency responses;
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of current contexts and management emergencies  in Ethiopia;
  • Experience in leading emergency response team and implementing emergency response interventions and experience in deployment assignment in relevant emergency response in country as well as abroad is a plus.
  • Ability to work under pressure, long working hours and with high workload;
  • Self-motivated, honest, highly responsible, and punctual;
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as to work autonomously when required;
  • Very good at computer skill- Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point and e-mail)  and use of SPSS and related software
  • Ability to organizing and facilitation of trainings.
  • Skills and experience in staff management, budget management and building effective teams.
  • Have good skill on coordination and integration with government actors and other partners.
  • Have good report writing skill.
  • Good command of both spoken and written English and local language of the area is plus.