Temporary Appointment: Senior Project Coordinator, Mekele, Ethiopia, P-4

  • Level: P-4
  • Contract Type: Temporary Appointment
  • Closing date: 28 Jan 2023 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: Mekelle, Ethiopia

The Position:

The Senior Project Coordinator will  be based in Mekele Tigray, Ethiopia. The incumbent reports to the Head of Sub-Office, Mekele -Tigray, and is guided by the Humanitarian Coordinator in Addis Ababa with close liaison with GBV and PSEA specialist based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Job Purpose:

The conflict in Tigray broke out on 4 November 2020. It led to major movements of populations into Sudan, and internal displacement of  millions who are living in camps, and among host communities in urban locations. As a result of the conflict, 5.2 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, 2.1 million of whom were identified as internally displaced persons in Tigray region. Furthermore, spillover of the conflict into neighboring Amhara and Afar regions, in July 2021, displaced further, 1.2 million in Amhara, and 700,000 individuals in Afar Regions respectively. 52 percent of whom are women and girls. (DTM, 2021).

Additionally, Tigray suffers from the impact of frequent and extreme weather events (droughts and floods), affecting people’s access to food, crops, pasture, livestock production, and market functionality. Hundreds of thousands of people are displaced each year due to floods, and on average approximately 3 million vulnerable people in Ethiopia experienced crisis level of food insecurity due to poor rains and drought conditions in the last few years. The trend of displacement has increased over the last three years from the 3.2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) recorded in 2018 to 5.2 million at the end of 2021 (according to DTM data of November 2021). Driven by conflict, population displacement, restricted movement/access, and economic collapse, 4 million people in Tigray, 1 million in Amhara, and 450,000 in Afar have fallen into Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) phase 3+ (Worse). Further IPC analysis for May and June 2021, concludes that 350,000 people  are in IPC phase 5 (catastrophe) in the conflict regions of Tigray, Amhara and Afar. 

The northern crisis is thus the result of conflict, population displacements movement restrictions, limited humanitarian access, climate change, loss of harvest and livelihood assets, and dysfunctional or nonexistent markets. (IPC, 2021). 

The Senior Project Coordinator (SPC) provides overall leadership and management of the project team.  The Project Coordinator builds strategic and operational relationships with key decision makers among funding and national implementing stakeholders, and across UNFPA, essential to sustaining effective project development, implementation and delivery.  S/He is visible, available and accountable to UNFPA CO management and all project partners.  

The SPC provides support to the local government and other partners in the planning and implementation process to ensure that the “Improving access to GBV response Services in Tigray is implemented considering the evolution of the context.  She/he is instrumental in facilitating project implementation using and developing appropriate mechanism and systems and ensuring compliance with established procedures.

Qualifications and Experience 


Master’s degree in health, population, demography and/or other related social science discipline.

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • At least 7 years specialized experience in GBV Programming; minimum 4 of which in the humanitarian context at an international level     
  • Experience in coordination and liaison with government counterparts and other stakeholders, including NGOs and communities
  • Proven relevant experience in working as a GBV Prevention and Response Program manager
  • Proven track record in budget management
  • Demonstrated strong leadership and management experience within a multinational and multicultural environment.
  • Excellent understanding of human rights-based and participatory approach.
  • Proved experience in survivors-centered approach
  • Experience in capacity development/training.
  • Practical experience in GBV case management and referral
  • Experience in developing SOPs, guidelines, tools for GBViE response and prevention interventions.
  • Direct experience providing support to GBV survivors an asset.
  • Proven communications and inter-personal skills, IT literacy, as well as organizational skills and time-management
  • Good understanding of international GBV best practices and guidelines
  • Experience of working at a global or regional level especially in the developing countries.
  • Experience providing direct services to GBV survivors   


Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Amharic/ Tigray is an advantage.

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