Humanitarian Programme Officer

United Nations Development Programme

Mekelle, Ethiopia

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

As an entity dedicated to gender equality, UN Women Ethiopia Country Office (ECO) works with key partners ranging from government, UN organizations, international and national NGOs, and civil society in development and humanitarian settings to enhance gender equality and empowerment of women in Ethiopia. In crisis settings, UN Women supports in the coordination of gender mainstreaming, evidence-based response, targeted programming and in building capacities of humanitarian stakeholders including governments and local actors to achieve their gender commitments.

The humanitarian situation in Tigray and neighboring Woredas has deteriorated since the onset of the conflict in November 2020, and approximately 5.2 million people are currently in need of humanitarian and protection services in the region. The signing of a peace deal between the Ethiopian Government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) on 2 November 2022 marks a critical first step towards ending the two-year conflict. In light of this development and considering that humanitarian access to Tigray has been limited over the last two years, there is an urgent need to scale up humanitarian assistance to all those affected by the conflict, including women and girls. Unprecedented sexual and gender-based violence is reported especially against women and girls. Rapid response, supported by gendered data, is needed urgently by all humanitarian actors to respond to the needs of vulnerable populations.

As the humanitarian crises become more complex and challenging, a well-coordinated gender-responsive humanitarian action is critical more than ever. UN Women Ethiopia Country Office is working actively to provide strategic leadership and technical support to ensure humanitarian response fully responds to the specific needs and priorities of women and girls through elevating support and targeted programming to the humanitarian situation in Tigray and neighboring regions. Within the humanitarian context in Tigray, additional emphasis is being placed on the gendered impact of the crisis, such as sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls, amongst others. With new realities and challenges posed by the humanitarian situation in the Tigray region, UN Women’s engagement in the humanitarian response space is more critical than ever to ensure that humanitarian action prioritizes women ang girls’ voices and needs so that no woman or girl is left behind.

Reporting to the Humanitarian Programme Specialist, the Humanitarian Programme Officer will provide technical and strategic input on gender in humanitarian action, establish and strengthen partnerships, and lead development of relevant knowledge products, including gender analysis and assessments of the Ethiopia Country Office.  The Programme Officer’s work will focus on UN Women’s programme in the Tigray region. She/he will work in close collaboration with the UN Women programme and operations team in the Ethiopia Country Office, Government officials at regional and local level, UN and other humanitarian agencies, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio.    

Duties and Responsibilities

Contribute to the development of programme strategies in Gender in Humanitarian Action

  • Provide substantive inputs to the design and formulation of programme/project proposals and initiatives
  • Coordinate and facilitate the development, implementation, and monitoring of the project work plan, including budget and results framework
  • Provide technical support and technically oversee the implementation of program activities with implementing partners
  • Ensure UN Women's meaningful participation in various cluster and working groups, including the Mekelle PSEA Network, and enhance close collaborations

Manage the implementation and management of the GiHA programme

  • Provide technical inputs to the annual workplan and budget
  • Review, coordinate and monitor the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports
  • Coordinate with implementing partners and oversee timely report submission
  • Organize project review and/or evaluation meetings, as needed

Provide technical assistance and capacity development to project/programme partners

  • Coordinate and provide technical support in the implementation of programme activities
  • Develop technical knowledge products
  • Maintain relationships with national, regional and local partners to support implementation and expansion of the Gender in Humanitarian Action programme
  • Identify opportunities for capacity building of implementing partners and facilitate technical/ programming support and trainings to partners, as needed

Manage the monitoring and reporting of the programme/project

  • Provide technical inputs to the monitoring and reporting system as well as evaluation of the Programme/ project
  • Assist with project evaluation according to results-based management requirements and core humanitarian standards

Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies

  • Provide substantive inputs to resource mobilization strategies; analyze and maintain information and databases
  • Prepare relevant documentation such as project summaries, briefing notes, speeches, and donor profiles

Manage advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts

  • Develop background documents, briefs and presentation related to the projects in Northern Ethiopia
  • Coordinate and organize advocacy campaigns, events, trainings, workshops, and knowledge products
  • Provide substantive input to knowledge management strategies, activities, and products
  • Coordinate and participate in gender assessments and share analysis with relevant stakeholders to inform more gender-responsive programming

Key Performance Indicators

  • Timely and quality substantive inputs to programme strategies and activities
  • Timely and quality substantive inputs to workplans and budgets
  • Quality of knowledge and advocacy products
  • Adherence to UN Women standards and rules
  • Relationship with partners and stakeholders

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, or a related field is required


  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level, with a particular focus on gender and protection in emergencies
  • Technical experience in gender in humanitarian action, gender mainstreaming, GBViE, PSEA, and AAP
  • Technical experience in conducting gender assessments and analysis
  • Experience coordinating inter-agency processes is required
  • Experience working in a humanitarian programme in Northern Ethiopia
  • Experience working in the UN System in humanitarian emergencies is an asset

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and local language is required
  • Knowledge of one or two local languages including Tigrinya is an asset
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset