Area Coordinator with WASH and Emergency Background

People in Need

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Location: South Omo, Ethiopia

Duration: 12 months

Start-up date: April 2017/according to availability

Languages: Advanced English

About People in Need

People in Need (PIN) is a Czech NGO founded 1992. PIN is currently the largest NGO in Central and Eastern Europe, working in 20 countries in Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa, in both humanitarian and development actions. PIN helps people in emergencies, both in crises of war as well as in areas affected by natural disasters, and in places where it is hard for people to break out of the vicious circle of poverty without support. PIN deal with longer-term problems overseas such as the shortage of safe water, restricted access to good-quality education and health services or environmental degradation. Development cooperation and humanitarian work comprises efforts to help people in their attempts to escape poverty and ensure further development. PIN is member of “Alliance 2015” (


During the last two years, in Ethiopia, droughts caused by insufficient and/or delayed rains, have severely affected different regions of the country, resulting into wide humanitarian crises. In late 2016, the Indian Ocean Dipole negative atmospheric phenomenon followed El Niño atmospheric phenomenon (summer 2015 / spring 2016). While many areas of the country still did not recover completely by the emergency caused by El Niño (mainly in the northern and central regions), in December 2016, the Ethiopian Humanitarian Country team (EHCT) has estimated that over additional 5 million people are seriously at risk in the southern areas of Ethiopia, mainly pastoralist and agro-pastoralist areas.

In Ethiopia, PIN has been operating continuously since 2003. Working in five regions and focusing mainly on WASH, Education, Agriculture/Environment, Social inclusion and protection. Currently, PIN is implementing 12 projects funded by different donors in both emergency and development interventions. PIN has always been operating in Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR), implementing multiple projects in different areas, including also the pastoralist areas located in the southern part of the region bordering Kenya and South Sudan. At moment, in SNNPR, PIN has already four operative offices (one regional office in Hawassa and 3 field bases) and a team of over one hundred staff deployed. To respond to the current drought in the southern zones of the region, PIN is opening a new base in South Omo zone, to operate an ECHO project in livestock and WASH, and other related projects under discussion with other donors.


In SNNP Region (Ethiopia), based in South Omo zone (Jinka town, zone capital) with frequent field visits in other areas of the region, and possibly short assignments in other areas of the country.

Line management

  • Line management of selected Emergency Project Managers and other field staff, in close technical coordination with relevant Programme Managers.
  • Ensures inter departmental coordination.
  • Reporting to the Country Director 

Main tasks:

  • Ensure that emergency projects under his/her supervision will be delivered on time and with high quality of implementation.
  • Supervise and advise in WASH, Emergency M&E, logistics, procurement, distributions, security, and other relevant activities necessary in emergency contexts.
  • Roll out EPP Action Plan.
  • Update and coordinate information sharing about PIN´s interventions with clusters/donors, and with other PIN´s departments.
  • Lead Emergency team and coordinate PIN emergency responses in southern zones of SNNPR, and support the emergency activities in other areas.
  • Coordinate and support for assessments. In particular, assess gaps in response in the areas assigned and suggest possible interventions.
  • Liaise with Clusters and other stakeholders, and when necessary raise the PIN emergency profile.
  • Coordinate and establish a friendly and fruitful cooperation with partners involved in PIN’s projects implementation.
  • Support the preparation of concept notes and project proposals. Support the identification of possible recovery activities bridging development and emergency programmes.
  • Support the capacity building of the emergency team, and the team deployed in the southern part of SNNPR with regard of WASH, emergency response, logistics, security and other relevant tasks necessary in emergency contexts.
  • Support the preparation of internal and external reports.
  • Conduct frequent field visits and other assessment and monitoring activities in PIN’s operational areas. 

Main requirements:

  • Minimum BA in WASH disciplines (Master preferable).
  • 5 years minimum of Project Management and/or coordination experience in developing/transition countries.
  • 3 years minimum of working experience in emergency projects funded by major donors (ECHO, OFDA, UN-OCHA or other UN agencies, etc.).
  • 2 years minimum of working experience in WASH projects, preferable in emergency contexts.
  • Strong leadership, with proven ability to lead independently emergencies planning and programming, field implementation, and field teams’ coordination.
  • Multi-sector emergency experience is required. In addition to WASH experience, this is mandatory, therefore experience in food security, livestock, health and protection would be an asset.
  • Demonstrated capacity-building experience, preferably with experience in establishing emergency teams, and response mechanisms.
  • Demonstrated experience in proposal writing and reporting.
  • Proven cultural sensitiveness and understanding of multi-cultural contexts.
  • Proven capacity to live in areas with limited facilities and amenities.
  • Realistic self-assessment in setting up goals and deadlines, and strong time management.
  • Advanced level of spoken and written English is mandatory.
  • Previous working experience as project leader in ECHO projects would be an asset.
  • Previous working experience as field/area coordinator/manager would be an asset.
  • Previous working experience in Ethiopia or in other Sub-Saharan Africa countries would be an asset. 

People in Need offers:

  • Starting salary defined by PIN salary scale (approx. 2550 – 2750 EUR commensurate with experience including per diem).
  • Work in a dynamic and motivated team.
  • Work experience with professional and flexible NGO, the largest one in Central-Eastern Europe.
  • Accommodation and local transport costs covered.
  • 2 flights to home country covered per year.
  • Financial bonuses based on performance twice a year.
  • Costs of visas and vaccination covered.
  • 25 days of leave per year, plus 12/14 days (depending on the calendar) public holidays according to the Ethiopian national holidays.
  • Medical helpdesk (in the Czech Republic, provided in English).
  • Travel insurance (covers the health care incl. the repatriation).
  • Introduction and training induction in Prague.

How to apply:

Interested applicants for the position should send their CV and cover letter as soon as possible via green button “APPLY“. As a subject please use “Area Coordinator”.

Please note that only the short-listed candidates will be contacted. Thank you.