Ethiopia: Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) Team Leader

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Organization: Danish Refugee Council
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 20 May 2018

Title: Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) Team Leader

Location:Roving throughout the Oromia Region. Location to be confirmed

Reports to: Emergency Advisor

Direct Reports: RRM WASH Officer, RRM Cash and Distribution Officer, Mobile Protection Officer, RRM MEAL Officer

Start of Contract & Duration: 6 Months

Posting date: April 27, 2018


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC), an international non-governmental organization (NGO), has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. DRC promotes and supports solutions to the problems faced by refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and migrants. The organization has offices across the region, and has been operational in Ethiopia since 2009. With funding from bilateral and multilateral donors, DRC is currently implementing a range of activities across Ethiopia and Djibouti, including WASH and shelter provision, child and youth protection, gender based violence response, awareness-raising of migration risks, protection monitoring of migration routes, and livelihoods support for returning migrants or those at-risk of migration.

Overall purpose of the role:

The RRM Team Leader will be in charge of coordinating the mobile team deployments. He / She will work with clusters, inter – clusters and partner organizations to identify potential locations for deployment balancing access, needs and logistical support. He / She will supervise the RRM team and be overall responsible for the RRM intervention. The RRM Team Leader will be responsible for organizing and supervising the rapid response mechanism implementation in the Oromia Region including rapid needs assessments and emergency interventions


Conduct multi-sectorial rapid assessments

  • Monitor humanitarian alerts through the team, humanitarian partners, etc.… and rapidly launch assessments with prior validation of the Emergency Advisor
  • Plan multi-sectorial evaluation including operational aspects (team composition, number of cars required, movement plan, security checks with the Emergency Advisor)
  • Supervise the team for data collection and entry, conduct quality checks, and triangulate information to ensure veracity and reliability of data
  • Write rapid needs assessment reports using defined format, and within established deadlines, providing clear operational recommendations for intervention
  • Represent DRC towards local partners/local government bodies and community leaders during rapid needs assessments and ensure, in collaboration with the Emergency Advisor and coordination with other humanitarian partners
  • Review existing assessment tools and propose improvements/ adjustments to the Emergency Advisor as necessary and in line with the RRM mandate

Organize/supervise the emergency response

  • Supporting in initiating the coordination with relevant bodies around the revision of tools for rapid multi-sectorial assessment
  • Review assessment findings on the and advise on recommended interventions, considering the do no harm principle
  • Reviewing/editing and validating assessment and intervention reports produced by the respective Sector Officers and sharing them with relevant partners at field/central levels
  • Coordinating the RRM response with other humanitarian partners possessing emergency response capacity to avoid overlapping/facilitate synergies
  • With the logistic department, ensure timely procurement and supply of materials required for emergency response activities
  • Participating in relevant coordination forums to share updates on the RRM (methodology, tools, results, operations, etc.)
  • Following up with the Clusters and other inter-agency forums, on the recommendations produced by the RRM to increase coverage of needs (where gaps identified)

Project Monitoring

  • Review project monitoring tools as necessary and prepare monthly Activity Progress Reports (to be sent to Emergency Advisor)
  • Ensure PMDs are systematically conducted, analyze data an prepare the report (to be shared with Emergency Advisor)
  • Link with the M&E team to facilitate external monitoring of the project and take corrective actions where necessary
  • Link with the M&E team to facilitate the roll out of a feedback and complaint mechanism as part of the RRM

Manage the project team

  • Recruit and supervise the project team in collaboration with the Emergency Advisor and HR department
  • Review and update the HR needs for effective project implementation and rapid response
  • Identify needs for training and liaise with the Emergency Advisor to provide additional orientation
  • Develop action plans and weekly planning for program team movements in link with the Logistic Department
  • Conduct evaluation of staff according to DRC procedures

Represent DRC

  • In collaboration with the Emergency Advisor, represent DRC towards and coordinate with local authorities and humanitarian partners involved in emergency response
  • Represent DRC towards communities, communicating about DRC mandate, eligibility criteria for RRM project, and humanitarian principles

In this position, you will also be expected to demonstrate DRC’s five core competencies:

  • Striving for Excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
  • Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
  • Taking the Lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: Listening and speaking effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating Integrity: Acting in line with DRC’s vision and values.


Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • At least 3-4 years of professional experience working as a technical expert in the area Emergency Food Distribution, Shelter/NFI or WASH – ideally combined with experience in Cash/Voucher Distribution and financial management responsibilities
  • Prior work experience in INGO in project management
  • Prior experience in working in complex emergency setting, involving internal displacement
  • Demonstrable experience in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with donors and government counterparts
  • Experience with donor compliance and reporting
  • Proven experience in staff supervision and remote management
  • Strong experience with assessment/monitoring tools and systems
  • Admin/finance skills
  • Excellent computer skills (proven computer literacy, in particular Excel knowledge is a must)
  • Strong representation and negotiation skills, demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills, strong communication and diplomatic skills
  • Analytical skills, observation and analysis capacity
  • Strong team spirit, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment
  • Ability to plan ahead and stress-resilient
  • Additional qualities: ability to multi-task, ability to handle pressure well, ability to improvise, flexibility, adaptability to transitions

Education: (include certificates, licenses etc.)

  • Advanced degree in social science, economics or any related field related to Food security, WASH or Shelter

Languages: (indicate fluency level)

  • English (fluent)
  • Amharic (fluent)
  • Oromo (fluent)

How to apply:


Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.

We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies.

Please forward the application and CV, in English through the stated website no later than May 20,2018.

"The number of staff to be recruited for this position will be contingent on availability of funds and further strategy development and DRC reserves the right to move on with the recruitment process based on these factors. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis"

For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult

We encourage only qualified Ethiopian Nationals to apply. DRC considers all applicants based on merit. It is DRC policy to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals, as well as administer any and all personnel actions, without regard to gender, race, national, clan or tribal origin, religion, age, sex, origin or ancestry, marital status, social status, sexual orientation, or status as a qualified disabled individual.

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