Humanitarian Field Officer (based in Badessa Town, Ethiopia)

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Job Title: Humanitarian Field Officer
Organisation: Self Help Africa – Ethiopia
Location: Oda Bultum, Bedessa, West Hararghe Zone of Oromia
Department: Programmes
Reports to: Humanitarian Project Manager (HPM)
Contract type: 6-month fixed-term contract

About Self Help Africa:

Self Help Africa (SHA) is an international NGO, dedicated to the vision of an economically thriving and resilient rural Africa. SHA focuses on agriculture and agribusiness as the engine of growth in Africa. Our approach is collaborative and market-based: although we see our primary clients as smallholder farmers in Africa, we work with all participants in the agricultural value chain.

Job Purpose:

For the past year, desert locust swarms have destroyed tens of thousands of hectares of crops and grazing land in north east Africa in the worst invasion the region has seen in 25 years. The impact across Ethiopia has been particularly acute causing major food security concerns. In response to this, SHA Ethiopia has designed an emergency intervention in Oda Bultum to meet the needs of the local community.

Under the supervision of the SHA Country Office, the Humanitarian Project Officer will be responsible for supporting the organisation and implementation of food distribution activities for the Deseret Locust (DL) affected families in Oda Bultum woreda. He/she will work closely with the Project Manager and team to plan and coordinate direct food support distributions, conduct field level assessments, beneficiary identification, reporting and other related tasks as required.  Furthermore, responsible for ensuring that day to day documentation, distribution reports and field inventory reports are prepared in accordance with SHA policies, agreed Standard Food Distribution Procedures and submitted to the relevant parties

Key Responsibilities:

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Support the desert locust emergency response activities in Oda Bultum woreda
  • Support the implementation of field level assessments
  • Liaise with relevant government staff
  • Be involved in the identification and verification and ensures updated file (spreadsheet/beneficiary profiles) of all the affected beneficiaries enrolled in the project
  • Support the DL emergency response activities: particularly the direct food support distributions
  • Support the Logistics Officer in procurement of food items: develop specifications, drafting tender documents, quality control along the supply chain
  • Support the Logistics Officer to develop store management systems
  • Prepare periodic work plans and budget breakdowns for the project
  • Write clear reports to summarise the distribution activities
  • Ensure beneficiaries are respected and cared for during distribution activities and prioritise vulnerable cases during distribution and provide needed support
  • Ensure that all staff involved in the response abide by SHAs code of conduct.
  • Conduct post distribution monitoring surveys
  • Compile and submits periodic project activity reports
  • Maintain all documents related to the project areas in standard filing system
  • Perform other related activities as requested by the Manager of SHA Head of Programmes

Key Relationships


  • SHA Programme Team, Country Director and Head of Programmes
  • Humanitarian Programme Manager
  • Finance and Administration Team


  • Local Government Authorities
  • Other International and Local NGOs

Qualifications/Other Requirements:


  • BSc/BA degree in Agriculture, Rural development, disaster risk management or other relevant field of study
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in humanitarian aid and/or emergency response work
  • Good inter-personal and communication skills
  • Capacity and maturity to establish and maintain links with government officials, and smallholder farmers
  • Computer literacy, particularly in MS Word and MS Excel
  • Demonstrable good command of English and Afan Oromo languages (both written and spoken)


  • Proven ability to work in multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder working environments
  • Experience working in an NGO setting on humanitarian works
  • Experience of food items and or non-food items distribution
  • Evidence of relevant training in humanitarian related skills

Download the Job Description

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available and SHA reserves the right to make necessary changes.

How to apply:

Please download the Application Form and fill it in. Then upload this along with your CV and a motivational letter here. (Clicking the link will bring you to the recruitment page)

Please note incomplete applications will not be considered for shortlisting.

Closing date is Thursday 21st January at 5pm

Please note that Self Help Africa Ethiopia advocates for equal opportunity and does not require applicants to pay any fee at whatever stage of the recruitment and selection process. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

Self Help Africa is committed to the highest possible standards of openness, transparency, and accountability in all its affairs and is completely against fraud, bribery, and corruption. All employees are bound by code of conduct, child protection and conflict of interest policies.

Any candidate offered a job with Self Help Africa will be expected to sign Self Help Africa’s Safeguarding Policies and Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents.

Police vetting is required.

All applicants are encouraged to read through the following safeguarding policies as you make your applications:

  1. Code of Conduct
  2. Conflict of Interest
  3. Child Protection

Women applicants are highly encouraged; Self Help Africa is an Equal Opportunities Employer