Deputy Country Director for Ethiopia

Deputy Country Director for Ethiopia

Position: Deputy Country Director for Ethiopia

Contract Length: 2 years with the possibility of extension

Country Programme: Ethiopia

Base: Hawassa, Ethiopia

Line Manager: Country Director

About the Ethiopia Programme of People in Need:

People in Need (PIN) is an international, non-profit organization providing humanitarian and development assistance around the world. Present in Ethiopia since 2003, PIN has directly implemented numerous humanitarian and development projects across five regions of the country, mainly focusing on emergency and development WaSH, Shelter, Food Security, Agriculture, Education, and Job creation interventions (funded by BHA (USAID); DG ECHO; FCDO; UN OCHA; Czech government, etc.). The overall annual budget of Ethiopia country programme is about 8 mil. EUR, it has more than 200 local staff and a minimum of expatriates.

About the role:

The Deputy Country Director (DCD), a key representative of People in Need (PIN) at the country level, is responsible for strategic leadership in ensuring the quality and compliance of PIN’s programmes. The DCD supports the Country Director (CD) in ensuring compliance with PIN values, policies and the strategy of the Relief and Development Department (RDD). The DCD manages risks and along with the Head of Programmes (HoP) and Head of Emergency (HoE) supervises the quality of programme design and implementation. The DCD oversees the management of human resources (HR) and staff development within the Programme unit. In the absence of the CD, the DCD acts as the legal representative of the organisation within the country.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

As a strategic leader, the DCD:

  • Supports the CD in fulfilling the strategy, vision and mission of the RDD and compliance with core values of PIN;
  • Provides strategic direction to PIN’s programming presence in the country;
  • Supports the CD in the formulation of a country’s strategy in line with the RDD strategy and its implementation and spreading it out through the team;
  • Under the supervision of the CD, ensures that medium-term and short-term plans agreed with the headquarters (HQ) are implemented;
  • Strives for the diversification of financial resources and leads or supervises proposal development processes;
  • Together with the DOs / DRD, HoP and HoE, she/he initiates new programmes and interventions in new sectors according to the country strategy;
  • Coordinates the engagement of both development and emergency programme teams to provide a NEXUS approach to PIN’s programme development and coordinates this effort with representation towards donors and partners;
  • Leads the MEAL development ensuring appropriate CFRM mechanisms and Safeguarding and Protection mainstreaming mechanisms are in place
  • Reports on the country’s programme performance to the HQ

Human Resources & Capacity Development

As a leader of the team, the DCD:

  • Promotes team spirit, a culture of respect, personal responsibility, transparency and openness;
  • Ensures all staff are aware, understand and comply with relevant PIN policies and rules, including the Code of Conduct;
  • Is responsible for the recruitment of key programme positions at the national level and contributes to the recruitment done at the HQ level
  • Provides the senior staff under her/his direct supervision with regular feedback and support

Representation & External Relations

As a representative of PIN, the DCD:

  • In collaboration and under the supervision of the CD can formally represent PIN towards local authorities, partners, the Czech embassy and donors;
  • Is formally as well as informally networking and developing partnerships with all relevant stakeholders in the country for the development and implementation of programmes, especially the Alliance 2015;
  • Supports the CD and Communication department (focusing on the cooperation with Communication staff based in Awassa) in promoting the PIN brand at the country level, visibility and external communication

Quality & Risk Management

As a responsible manager, the DCD:

  • Ensures PIN and RDD policies are known and respected;
  • Ensures information sharing and coordination within the Programme Unit and the CP-HQ communication flow;
  • Promotes a culture of learning, ensuring PIN programmes are based on existing internal and external know-how, in close cooperation with her/his direct team oversees CP Feedback tracker - programme part;
  • Facilitates relevant and timely reporting via PIN online platform

Safety & Security

The DCD is responsible for:

  • Striving for the maximum safety and security of staff and beneficiaries and ensures an awareness of the risks;
  • Ensures a balance between the accepted level of risk and the urgency of programmes (as per the Risk Management Policy);

Main requirements:

  • Relevant experience from the development/emergency sector & people management in an expatriate position;
  • Solid leadership and staff management skills, with a record of managing larger, diverse teams;
  • Experience within the region and understanding of local dynamics preferable;
  • Willing to be based in Ethiopia;
  • Proven international experience in team and security management, fundraising, project development, and donor liaison;
  • At least five years of relevant experience with excellent spoken and written English;
  • Reliable and self-reliant personality with a responsible and systematic approach to work;
  • Dynamic and result-oriented profile, critical analysis skills;
  • University degree in a relevant field

PIN Offers:

  • Working environment in a well-established middle-sized and continuously growing humanitarian organization in a challenging context;
  • Salary and benefits according to PIN salary scale and HR policies; expected salary 2900 - 3100 EUR super gross (based on experience), monthly subsistence allowance of 1350 EUR;
  • Housing allowance/Accommodation;
  • 25 days of holiday per year
  • Travel health insurance (covers health care incl. the repatriation);
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses with travel to the country of residence once every 6 months of work;
  • Reimbursement of costs of visas and vaccinations; assistance with the visa application procedure;
  • Reimbursement of the medical check-up before and after the deployment;
  • Free 24/7 medical helpdesk and psychological consultation available online;
  • Free access to e-learning sites, global PIN’s Induction Training, Knowledge and Learning department onboarding, and individually tailored capacity-building opportunities; incl. HEAT training.

How to apply:

Are you interested in this position? Send us your CV and short cover letter in English via our application form. Please note only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on rolling basis and the vacancy will be closed when filled.

People in Need staff are expected to perform job duties and responsibilities in accordance with People in Need Code of conduct and key policies (available at:

People in Need is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct and committed to promoting the welfare of children and adults with whom People in Need involves. People in Need expects all staff to perform job duties and responsibilities in accordance with People in Need code of conduct and key policies (available at: People in Need Staff will undertake the appropriate level of training. All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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