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Humanitarian Adviser (26/23 ADD) – British Embassy Addis Ababa Vacancy Announcement

Humanitarian Adviser (26/23 ADD) – British Embassy Addis Ababa Vacancy Announcement, October 27 2023



Organization: British Embassy Addis Ababa

Position: Humanitarian Adviser (26/23 ADD)

Location: Addis Ababa


Salary: USD 25,465 – USD 38,139 per annum

Deadline: Nov 12, 2023






Job Description

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer.  We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organizational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

Job Category:

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Policy & Political roles)
Job Subcategory:
Development and Humanitarian
Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) Ethiopia is a large, dynamic and high performing office – implementing the UK’s largest aid programme.  Ethiopia has delivered remarkable development results over the last 25 years. FCDO partners with Government, multilateral partners and local organisations across a range of sectors.

Our Development Partnership Summary sets out our development priorities within a rapidly growing ODA budget and policy agenda. We have a diverse, professional, and committed team that are encouraged to work across teams and with colleagues across the network to deepen partnerships with Ethiopia.

This role sits within the Resilience and Humanitarian Team (RHT).  RHT leads UK Aid’s efforts to build resilience of the poorest and most vulnerable in Ethiopia through strengthening national systems, promoting climate adaptation, and humanitarian reform. We also lead the UK’s response to humanitarian emergencies in Ethiopia and strive to implement innovative and cost-effective humanitarian response modalities.

This is an exciting and challenging time to join our team as a humanitarian adviser.  You will work at the heart of the UK’s response to one of the most complex humanitarian situations in the world.

With a particular focus on emergency health, nutrition and WASH, you will be responsible for influencing humanitarian policy at senior levels, delivering excellence in our UK financing and ensuring that we draw on global best practice in our work.

You will work closely with experienced humanitarian advisors, programme management staff, and other experts from British Embassy (including human development, conflict and governance specialists).  You will be expected to provide humanitarian advice and analysis to the leadership of the British Embassy Addis Ababa, as well as visiting Ministers and senior officials.  You will also need to maintain an effective external network within the humanitarian community in Ethiopia.

In the is role, you will be expected to:

  • Provide technical advice to inform FCDO humanitarian policy and programming.
  • Lead for a number of  components of the Embassy’s flagship ‘Ethiopia Crisis to Resilience’ multi-sector programme: emergency health, nutrition and WASH. You will ensure the programme delivers effectively through implementing partners while providing a clear sense of direction and ensuring excellence in programme management.
  • Keep embassy up-to-date on health, nutrition and WASH developments in Ethiopia, and feed into formation of humanitarian policy.
  • Represent the UK in coordination forum (including the health, nutrition and WASH clusters) and with the Government of Ethiopia (Ministry of Health, Ministry of Water, Infrastructure and Energy and Ethiopia Disaster Risk Management Committee) and key international partners. The candidate should be able to maintain an effective network within the Ethiopian humanitarian community.
  • Provide cross-cutting health and humanitarian analysis and advice to RHT and the wider embassy as required. Recent areas of focus have included advice on the cholera outbreak and its potential impact on other embassy activities.
  • Ensure protection risks and a focus on the most vulnerable civilians (including women, children, people with disabilities, and IDPs) are considered in all FCDO humanitarian programme and policy work.
  • Undertake regular field visits (at least 20 days per year) to monitor FCDO programmes and feed into situation assessment and policy development.

Application deadline

5 November 2023


Grade 7 (G7)

Type of Position

Full-time, Permanent

Working hours per week

36.00 hours per week





Location (City)

Addis Ababa

Type of Post

British Embassy

Number of vacancies


Salary Currency



USD 25,465 – USD 38,139 per annum, taxable

Start Date

1 January 2023

Other benefits and conditions of employment

  • Fully funded medical insurance.
  • Leave entitlement of 22 days in your first year of working.
  • A maximum of 14 public holidays off (both British and Ethiopian holidays).
  • Professional development is an important part of being an FCDO advisor, and the Resilience and Humanitarian Team is committed to supporting your humanitarian career development. You will be expected to keep abreast of the evidence of what works and make a 10% humanitarian cadre contribution supporting teams elsewhere in the FCDO global network.
  • We would be happy to consider applicants who are interested in flexible working patterns.

Additional information 1

  • Please complete the application form in full as the information provided is used during screening.
  • Please check your application carefully before you submit, as no changes can be made once submitted.
  • The British Embassy will never request any payment or fees to apply for a position.
  • Employees recruited locally by the British Embassy are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law.
  • All candidates must be legally able to work and reside in the country of the vacancy with the correct visa/work permit status or demonstrate eligibility to obtain the relevant permit.
  • The responsibility lies on the successful candidate to:
  • The British Embassy does not sponsor visas/work permits except where it may be local practice to do so.
  • Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary may have their salaries reduced by the equivalent local income tax amount.
  • Information about the Civil Service Success Profiles can be found on this link:
  • Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted on successful candidates.
  • Appointable candidates who were unsuccessful may be placed on a ‘reserve list’. If during the reserve period of 12 months the same or a largely similar role becomes available, that role may be offered to the second or subsequent candidate.



Job Requirements

  • Knowledge and experience of working on emergency health, nutrition and WASH.
  • Evidence of providing humanitarian analysis and advice to government, international or national humanitarian organisations and/or donors.
  • Relevant experience working on humanitarian programmes in Ethiopia and strong understanding of Ethiopian humanitarian policies and architecture.
  • Experience in influencing policies.
  • Excellent inter-personal and team working skills, with an ability to work flexibly and adapt to emerging issues.
  • A proven ability to communicate clearly and confidently, verbally and in writing.
  • Language requirements: Fluent oral comprehension, reading, writing in both English and Amharic

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • FCDO assessment is competency-based rather than on years of experience, but previously most successful candidates have drawn on at least 5-10 years of relevant humanitarian experience to show sufficient evidence of the required competencies.
  • Knowledge and experience of working in fragile and conflict affected environments and on protection issues.
  • Masters level qualification in a relevant field, or additional relevant experience in lieu of Masters.

Required behavior’s

Seeing the Big Picture, Changing and Improving, Working Together

How to Apply

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