Purpose of the position
The Deputy Country Representative (DCR) will have both internal and external responsibilities, ranging from project management, resource mobilization, grant management, administration and human resources to donor relations.
The DCR will support the Country Representative (CR) to develop LWF’s future growth and strategic response to humanitarian and development needs in Ethiopia.
The responsibilities of the role are varied, challenging, and require the ability to operate effectively in a fast paced, and multicultural environment.
University degree in humanitarian or development work, and / or other related technical or social studies.
Strong computer literacy and digital media skills.
Knowledge, skills and experience
Minimum of 5 years international experience in managing large development and humanitarian projects.
Minimum 5 years of successful experience in senior leadership / management position(s) in the fields of refugee / IDPs humanitarian response, WASH, food security and livelihoods, protection, climate / gender justice, preferably within an international environment.
Knowledge of and experience in cooperating with governments, the United Nations system, institutional donors and inter-agency coordination clusters and Working Groups at national level.
Demonstrated experience and proficiency in resource mobilization, grants management.
Knowledge of Ethiopia is advantageous.
Team-oriented, flexible and excellent communication skills.
English : advanced verbal and written skills.
Arabic : working knowledge would be an added advantage.
Position environment and dimensions
The Deputy Country Representative is responsible for resource mobilization and overall deputizing and supporting the Country representative to ensure the overall management and proper functioning of the LWF Ethiopia programme, and shall be based in Addis Ababa.
Internally, mainly interacts with members of the Country Management team (Program Coordinator, Finance Manager, Human Resource Manager) other LWF senior staff at country office level and in the field locations (currently in Northern Ethiopia (Tigray, Amahara), Eastern Ethiopia (Jijiga, Gursum, Kebrebeya), Southeastern Ethiopia (Bale), and Addis Ababa.
Externally, liaison and networking with key in-country donors, UN agencies, Clusters, government agencies, donors and NGO partners to position LWF strategically as a key partner in bilateral and consortium initiatives.
This responsibility is in support of the CR.
Leadership and strategic management
Supervise managers responsible for supporting and delivering programs
and escalate issues as appropriate.
New business development
Lead prepositioning and reaching out to in-country donors to identify and negotiate for opportunities. Lead the go-no-go process from the LWF side.
Support the Program Unit to maintain knowledge management systems for portfolio of grants (ensuring documents are posted on the LWF MEL system (NEWDEA), document repository in SharePoint, One Drive and others as as required under LWF and donor regulations and processes.
Coordination and accountability
Take a leading role in the mapping of key networks, partners and donors for the purposes of coordination and negotiating and developing new grants.
Facilitates formulation of a practical Complaints and Response Mechanism (CRM) suited to the local context.
Strengthening support services
Ensures good management of resources, operations and partnerships with special emphasis on capacity building and continuous improvement.
Ensures continuous strengthening of programme management systems for accountable, effective, and quality delivery of programs to the focus groups.
Promotes a culture of safety and security in the organization and helps in upholding LWF’s duty of care responsibility through the enforcement of SOPs, development of new and relevant procedures and safety.
As may be assigned by the direct supervisor
Ensuring the program remains viable and is well-funded in an increasingly competitive and insecure environment by ensuring LWF is well positioned to acquire and effectively execute new grants.
Balancing between the resource mobilization key focus for the DCR position on the one hand, and the responsibility of supporting and deputizing the Country Representative and supporting all units to effectively, on the other hand.
The incumbent will need to be flexible and experienced in carefully assessing when to focus on either of the responsibilities, in close communication with the supervisor.