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Humanitarian Access Manager – International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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International Rescue Committee (IRC) is looking for qualified applicants for the following open position.

Job Title:  

Humanitarian Access Manager

Job Overview:                             

Job Type: Full Time

Salary: Company’s Scale

Place of Work: Addis Ababa,Ethiopia.

Job Position:                                

Humanitarian Access Manager


  • Contribute to the implementation of humanitarian access strategies and approaches tailored to local contexts in IRC’s field sites throughout Ethiopia and include overarching community engagement components.
  • Ensure that IRC field teams conduct principled and sustainable negotiations with relevant actors in Ethiopia in line with humanitarian principles, humanitarian needs, a duty of care principles, and the IRC’s Strategy Action Plan.
  • Support access innovation initiatives, including the development of other strategies, tools, and guidelines for the management of IRC’s access in Ethiopia.
  • Provide access analysis based on program operation demand and in consolation with field staff.
  • As required, provide area-based access analyses supporting operational implementation or program development, including recommendations on how to address issues as they arise.
  • Work with program units to ensure access elements are included in proposals.
  • Provide regular training for IRC and partner staff on humanitarian principles, context analysis, and access related trainings.
  • As agreed with the Senior Management Team, provide ad hoc trainings on topics related to Safety, Security, and/or Access to IRC and partner staff.
  • Contribute to the develop and implement an annual training plan for the country program, with specific inputs related to access and negotiation.
  • Contribute to access negotiation trainings for all field sites.
  • Design and update access and security training materials/packages with assistance from the RSSA and Global Access team.
  • Maintain a network of contacts from other NGOs, ICRC and Red Cross movement, and UN agencies.
  • Actively participate in in-country access forums, including but not limited to the Access Working Group.
  • Support the development of engagement plans and the identified ongoing relationships with community elders and other power brokers within IRC Ethiopia operational areas.
  • Work to ensure that IRC, its mission, and work within Ethiopia is known and accepted.
  • Support Safety and Security team to ensure compliance at all times to Ethiopia Security Management policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Evaluate, review, and support the updating of evacuation/relocation plans for all IRC offices and field sites, ensuring access challenges and mitigation measures are incorporated into the design of evacuation/relocation plans.
  • As required, support the development of program continuity plans for identified/most likely scenarios and contribute to the development of operational and programmatic contingency plans that respond to different emergency scenarios.
  • Contribute to documentation and organizational learning on access in IRC.
  • Contribute to IRC regional and global access discussions and share lessons learned and best practices from Ethiopia.

Job Requirement:                       



  • BA/MA graduate in Law, Political Science and International Relations, Peace Studies, Security Studies, or related social science fields.


  • A minimum of 4 years of experience implementing humanitarian access strategies and approaches within humanitarian assistance or development programs for bachelor’s degree and 3 years for Master’s.
  • Experience as a trainer, with the ability to develop, implement, facilitate, and impart learning to a wide range of audiences.


  • Must have a proven track record of proactively identifying and communicating potential problems and proposing solutions.
  • Ability to gain a precise understanding of the various local, regional, country, and international policies, operational positions, and interactions, providing clear analysis of given and unfolding safety, security, and political situations when they occur.
  • Understanding of humanitarian principles and codes of conduct.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as, an overall ability to be clear and concise in all communications.
  • Excellent organizational skills with proven ability to manage large amount of information and prioritize work.
  • Must be able to function effectively in a sophisticated work environment and to work with competing priorities.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills; proven ability to prioritize and deliver on time.
  • Strong analytic problem-solving skills.
  • Strong collaborator with effective interpersonal skills and ability to manage conflicting views.
  • Strong ability to communicate concisely and with impact in English.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a dynamic, cross-functional global team structure.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office suite
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with stakeholders at all levels.
  • Ability to manage and work through change in a proactive and positive manner.

  How to apply

Interested applicants, who fulfill the above requirement, can submit your CV, copies of relevant documents and Application to: Click Here

Deadline: 31, October , 2023.


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