Project Director (Ethiopia Rapid Response Nutrition and WASH Project)

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. The IRC has been working in Ethiopia for over 15 years implementing direct programming in the areas of WASH, education, livelihoods, reproductive health, gender-based violence, and child and youth protection and development. Today, we provide services to approximately 405,200 refugees in 20 camps and more than one million vulnerable Ethiopians in seven regions.

Position Summary:

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is seeking a Project Director for the three-year, $37million project funded by USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and Office of Food for Peace (FFP). This project targets emergency nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities countrywide to support populations affected by rapid onset shocks or localized emergencies that arise over the course of the awards.  It is anticipated that the broad objectives of this APS will be to:

  • Monitor the changing humanitarian situation and emerging issues in Ethiopia and support rapid emergency response interventions to address prioritized, targeted needs in Nutrition and WASH. 
  • Support the emergency nutrition needs of vulnerable populations through programs to prevent and treat acute malnutrition and ensure a reliable continuum of care for acute malnutrition.
  • Alleviate suffering and reduce water borne and diarrheal disease through emergency WASH programming by addressing situations where there is significantly increased WASH vulnerability beyond existing conditions through emergency WASH and WASH/Nutrition interventions.

The Project Director will lead a consortium of NGOs and other partners in managing and implementing all aspects of the project, providing overall technical, administrative, operational, and logistical management, with a focus on achieving the project’s objectives/results. She/he will be the primary liaison for the project with USAID, relevant Government of Ethiopia Ministries, other donors and institutions, implementing partners, technical agencies and other stakeholders. The Project Director will ensure implementation is in accordance with IRC and USAID regulations, liaising regularly with USAID agreement officers, technical support staff, sub-grantees, and implementers of other USAID-funded initiatives as required.

This position will report to the IRC Country Director and is contingent on the IRC being awarded funding. It is anticipated to begin in September 2017.

Required Skills:

  • Technical proficiency in emergency WASH and Nutrition program design, implementation, and M&E.
  • Demonstrated experience managing similar projects in Ethiopia or East Africa, involving management of multi-million dollar budgets/portfolios and coordination with multiple programs and partner institutions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of conflict sensitive approaches within project design.
  • Knowledge and prior application of participatory methodologies.
  • Strong leadership, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly assess priorities and effectively manage a variety of activities at a time while paying appropriate attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact professionally with donor, project stakeholders, in-country collaborators and staff at all levels of the organization.
  • Proven ability to convene/chair high profile meetings and ability to productively interact with a wide range of organizations (e.g. government, private sector, NGOs, and research institutions).
  • Skills in the area of results-based management and the use of M&E frameworks as a primary management tool.
  • Understanding of USAID Food for Peace procurement processes and procedures is strongly preferred.
  • Strong MS Office skills, including Word and Excel.
  • Exceptional written and oral presentation skills in English.


  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field
  • Have at least 10 years of successful experience as Project Director or Manager of large donor-funded activities of similar magnitude and complexity in developing countries including East Africa. Ethiopia experience is preferred.
  • Have a minimum of 5 years of experience with water and sanitation and/or nutrition programming
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a cross-cultural environment with other implementers and teams carrying out USAID- and other donor-funded programs, including activities in different sectors
  • Be adept in strategic planning, budgeting, adaptive management, and supervision

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IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

If you need assistance in the application or hiring process to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time. Please contact Talent Acquisitions at [email protected]. As required by law, the IRC will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with a known disability.