British Embassy Addis Ababa

Humanitarian Adviser (26/23 ADD)

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

Post Security Manager

DURATION: Permanent contract

Reporting to the Regional Overseas Security Manager (ROSM), the Post Security Manager (PSM) with elements of Health/ Safety & transport, is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day security and safety of the British Embassy and its staff in Ethiopia.  

The PSM is responsible for the day-to-day security of the British Embassy, its staff and off compound properties and staff.

The PSM will act as the main liaison point for the British Embassy on security matters. In the absence of the ROSM (regional travel, leave etc.), the PSM will be the sole focal point of contact for all security matters and implement commensurate security solutions. They will monitor security, analyse intelligence and information and provide advice for staff accordingly. 
The PSM is also responsible for aspects of operational health and safety matters, working hand in hand with the Facilities Management team at Post. 

What will the jobholder be expected to achieve


  • Daily interface and management of the guard force, ensuring service delivery against key performance indicators, ensuring guard awareness and response to emergency procedures, including fire and terrorist drills, real or otherwise.
  • Preparation of security, emergency and event plans, guard briefing procedures, emergency plans.
  • Ensuring the function of guard force technical equipment.
  • Liaison with facilities management provider regarding guard appointments, security clearance, training.
  • Manage a Security Management Team.
  • Interaction and management meetings with subcontracted guarding company for off-site compounds.

Operation Security

  • In collaboration with the ROSM, provide security advice including management and investigation of operational incidents.
  • Be point of contact for all event security, ensuring guest lists are received in sufficient time and additional resources deployed where necessary, taking into account budgetary constraints and any necessary changes and adjustments in the program when required. Ensure the proportionate safety and security measures are in place.
  • Advise the Post Security Officer (PSO) and ROSM of any security breaches and occurrences, concerns and requirements, including repair of security equipment, gates, blockers and perimeter fencing etc.
  • Security briefings for official visitors, temporary duty staff, new joiners and arriving families and assisting with training delivery to contractors.
  • Assist ROSM with implementing Security Advisor recommendations, local staff clearances, independent research, providing reports on security-related subjects as required, analysis of current crime figures and trends in liaison with the PSO and ROSM.
  • Be part of post’s crisis management plans and take part in crisis exercises as and when required.
  • Develop collaborative security knowledge via networks with other mission’s security staff, the Police and diplomatic and private security firms (covered above)
  • Monitor information and intelligence and advise staff of emerging threats and risks. Implement risk mitigations strategies.
  • Carry out regular emergency drills and security training for staff.
  • Be available to escort non-cleared contractors or visitors.


  • Issue staff entry passes, maintain access control system and database.
  • Supervise post security systems.
  • Annual evacuation drills.

Health & Safety

  • Develop, implement and maintain a health & safety strategy and plans to support employees in association with the Facilities Management team.
  • Identify and report any hazards, risks or incidents.
  • Ensure all staff receive adequate training and instructions in emergencies and procedures.
  • Support on the post response to the annual Post Compliance Assessment.
  • Deputy Fire Safety Manager, conducting and recording weekly fire safety audit checks, maintaining the Mission Fire Safety Manual according to FCO requirements.
  • To deputise for the ROSM in his/her absence by:
  • Providing first rate professional and up to date security advice to all staff regarding the management and investigation of operational incidents
  • Manage any operational incidents with calmness, empathy and expertise in a way that ensures the security and reputation of the Embassy.
  • Liaise with CST to conduct residential security surveys on potential new properties
  • Act as point of contact for any local security projects under the guidance of the ROSM.

Resources managed:

  • Line management of a three-person management team as well as the British Embassy guard force and oversight of the sub contracted security provider for off-site compounds.

Application deadline  

02 November 2023


Executive Officer (EO)

Job Requirements

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • Experience in security management in corporate, military / government sectors, or other relevant experience.
  • Experience/knowledge of Health & Safety work practices.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively (both verbal and written) to staff and other external parties, including law enforcement organisations.
  • Proven record of strong problem-solving skills backed by sound judgement, discretion and diplomacy.
  • Attention to detail.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Knowledge of global health architecture
  • Experience of working with development agencies
  • Understanding of the global health architecture
  • Post-graduate degree in public health, an allied subject or equivalent work experience.
  • Experience of health systems development with a strong focus on low- and middle-income countries

Required behavior’s

  • Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Managing a Quality Service, Developing Self and Others

How to Apply

Please be aware that you will only be able to apply to vacancies for Country Based Staff roles with the British Government through this official site (operated by Oleeo). Jobs may be advertised on third party websites; however, our adverts will always link back to the official site. If you complete and send an application through any other site, we will not receive it

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