Project Coordinator

Danish Refugee Council

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required :

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC), an international non-governmental organization (NGO), has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. DRC promotes and supports solutions to the problems faced by refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and migrants. The organization has offices across the region, and has been operational in Ethiopia since 2009.  With funding from bilateral and multilateral donors, DRC is currently implementing a range of activities across Ethiopia and Djibouti, including WASH and shelter provision, child and youth protection, gender based violence response, awareness-raising of migration risks, protection monitoring of migration routes, and livelihoods support for returning migrants or those at-risk of migration.

Overall Purpose of the Role: 

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC), is implementing an ECHO-funded programme across Tigray, Somali, Gambella and Afar regions, with a focus on protection and shelter.This project aims to meet the urgent needs of the most vulnerable while promoting self-reliance for those displaced by crisis and affected local host populations, while systematically increasing the capacity of local duty bearers and communities to play an important role as a keystone of the responses that affect them.DRC aims to:

  • Provide immediate, life-saving assistance and emergency protection responses to conflict-affected communities in Tigray region
  • Implement an integrated Protection response to conflict- and natural disaster-affected communities in Somali region
  • Continue providing essential general protection programming, and expand case management services in Gambella region
  • Provide mobile emergency response assistance in Afar region
  • Support coordination of humanitarian response through the HINGO Forum and Protection Cluster
  • With a complex programme in diverse locations, DRC is seeking a highly qualified, enthusiastic and action-oriented individual for the position of  Project Coordinator to oversee the implementation and management of this project. The  Project Coordinator will also support the Head of Programmes in the adaptation and roll out of key project management tools across the portfolio. Applicants are expected to have a demonstrated generalist background in the development or humanitarian field with significant experience in project cycle management, and representation with community and government representatives, with experience working on ECHO funded programmes preferred.


Management &Coordination:

  • Enabling and overseeing effective, efficient and timely implementation of the ECHO funded project,  in line with the submitted proposal, donor requirements and international best practice.
  • Work closely with DRC technical teams, in particular protection and shelter, to ensure that all activities are in line with core protection principles and best practices and DRC and donor regulations.
  • Oversee all steps of the project cycle, including timely implementation of activities, effective and relevant monitoring of activities, timely completion of projects and documentation and reflection of achievements and lessons learned
  • Work closely with the area office teams to follow up on progress and provide support to ensure timely completion of activities. Ensure that all contractually agreed activities are implemented, in line with contextual needs.
  • Troubleshoot project problems and implementation challenges and identify and implement creative solutions where needed.
  • Actively participate in programme team meetings to ensure cross learning with other units and effective coordination.


  • Ensure all necessary project documents are in place and updated, including LOUs, PMTs, workplans, detailed implementation plans and BVAs.
  • Prepare monthly progress reports, trackers, updated workplan and financial reports for selected project(s)
  • Coordinate the production of project narrative and financial reports internally and to donors
  • Regularly review and report on progress

Finance and administration

  • Serve as budget holder for selected project(s) and ensure that all expenditure is in line with the agreed budget and DRC and donor rules.
  • Monitor programme finances and monthly forecasts, and provide guidance to Area teams concerning expenditure and budget projections 
  • Review and approve expenditure on the project
  • Lead on budget vs actual review meetings and provide justifications for deviation
  • Proactively identify needs for budget realignment


  • Excellent verbal and written English and Amharic.
  • Knowledge of Tigrinya or Somali an added advantage.