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Crisis Response Health & Nutrition Coordinator - Ethiopia

FHI 360

FHI 360

Aksum, Ethiopia
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2023

Job Summary:

The humanitarian needs in Ethiopia’s Northern Ethiopia region are quickly escalating and bringing significant instability and vulnerability to the affected population. In response to the crisis, FHI 360 will implement an integrated program that provides life-saving activities under health, nutrition, WASH, and protection that will meet the critical needs of the affected communities.

FHI 360 is seeking an experienced Health and Nutrition Coordinator to lead the organizational humanitarian health and nutrition intervention in Northern Ethiopia. The Health and Nutrition Coordinator is responsible for developing and leading technical programming and plays a critical role in ensuring the organization’s emergency programming is responsive to the needs of conflict-affected populations in Ethiopia. They will ensure humanitarian activities are evidence-based and adhere to technical standards for the field, and as circumstances demand, engage at all stages of an emergency, from the initial acute phase to transition and recovery, and will support technical programs from assessment and conception to close-out and evaluation.

Based in Axum, this position is open to national candidates only. FHI 360 offers a competitive salary and benefits scheme.


  • Lead Health and nutrition humanitarian programming with the goal of improving the well-being of affected communities through access to primary health, community health and reproductive health care, community management of acute malnutrition (CMAM), and strengthen health systems in the areas of implementation.

  • Establish the start of the health and nutrition programming, monitor the situation to ensure flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs on the ground.

  • Monitor progress on the delivery of all health- and nutrition-related activities and ensure that objectives are being met on time and on scope per annual workplans.

  • Conduct all health- and nutrition-related assessments, provide technical guidance on appropriate emergency activities, and devise sector-specific response strategies for the acute and transitional phases of emergency operations in crisis-affected communities.

  • Monitor quality of programming and ensure clinical and programmatic supervision.

  • Identify gaps in quality of care and provide appropriate training and support to all medical staff as needed.

  • Develop partnerships and ensure effective coordination with local service providers and international organizations operating in the sector and attend health cluster meetings.

  • Work with operations staff and partners to ensure pharmaceutical and medical commodities and services are procured, handled, and managed properly, in accordance with the organization’s supply-chain management protocols.

  • Manage health and nutrition program budget, including routine expense forecasting and pipeline analysis.

  • Determine staffing needs for health and nutrition programming, conduct recruitment in collaboration with management and home office technical staff, as necessary.

  • Manage health and nutrition sector field personnel supporting the program and build their capacity to effectively respond to the health component of the project.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Knowledge and application of Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) and Sphere standards and Red Cross/NGO Code of Conduct.

  • Knowledge of health and nutrition needs in conflict affected areas, primary healthcare, and CMAM.

  • Knowledge of data collection and the ability to analyze and interpret data to contribute to program implementation.

  • Experience working with Donors and preferably with the Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) preferred.

  • Experiencing managing budgets and writing proposals.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and previous experience managing teams.

  • Ability to interact professionally with culturally and linguistically diverse staff and clients.

  • English fluency required; fluency in the local language preferred.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Demonstrated sensitivity in diverse, cross-cultural settings.

Problem Solving & Impact:

  • Works on problems of complex scope that require analysis and in-depth evaluation of variable factors.

  • Ability to exercise judgment that contributes to the organization’s business strategies and develops objectives that align with department’s strategic goals.

  • Must be able to provide accurate, expert level advice to reach outcomes that will enable achievement of overall department and organization goals.

  • Demonstrates a responsive, professional attitude that is solution oriented.

Supervision Given/Received:

  • Regularly interacts with senior management and HQ based staff.

  • Ability to motivate, mentor, and empower individuals to achieve expectations and goals set for the functional unit.

  • Ability to delegate tasks appropriately.

  • Provide input on country/project staff performance reviews.

  • In coordination with senior management, hire/terminates country/project staff.

  • Reports to the Deputy Response Coordinator - Programs.


  • Bachelor's Degree or its International Equivalent in Medicine, Nursing, Public Health or Related Field.

  • Master or other advanced medical degree preferred.


  • 5 - 8 years leading complex on-site emergency Health response projects and/or programs.

  • Experience establishing startup operations/projects in new countries preferred.

  • Experience working in conflict areas and/or fragile settings.

  • Prior work experience in an international or local non-governmental organization (NGO), working in health in humanitarian settings.

  • Demonstrable experience designing and leading technical assessments using proven and effective methodologies; strong background in outcome monitoring and evaluation preferred.

  • Experience coordinating complex programs with wide variety of stakeholders.

  • Previous experience working with pharmaceutical supply management and importation of pharmaceuticals.

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Ability to travel to remote field site locations that lack basic essentials including but not limited to the conflict-affected areas of Northern Ethiopia (Amhara, Afar, and Tigray).

  • Candidate must be in good physical condition and understand that medical care is not readily available at duty station.

Technology to be Used:

  • Computer, Microsoft Office 365 (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail), office telephone, cell phone and printer/copier.

Travel Requirements:

  • 50% throughout Ethiopia

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

Our values and commitments to safeguarding: FHI 360 is committed to preventing any type of abuse, exploitation and harassment in our work environments and programs, including sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment. FHI 360 takes steps to safeguard the welfare of everyone who engages with our organization and programs and requires that all personnel, including staff members and volunteers, share this commitment and sign our code of conduct. All offers of employment will be subject to appropriate screening checks, including reference, criminal record and terrorism finance checks. FHI 360 also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme (MDS), facilitated by the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response. In line with the MDS, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any substantiated findings of sexual abuse, exploitation and/or harassment during the applicant’s tenure with previous employers. By applying, job applicants confirm their understanding of these recruitment procedures and consent to these screening checks.

FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

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