ECHO recruits 01 Early Warning Early Action (EWEA) Adviser

Early Warning Early Action (EWEA) Adviser

Enhancing Response to Nutrition Emergency (ERNE) Programme: 

At the World Humanitarian Summit, the world’s major humanitarian donors and aid organisations signed the Grand Bargain. Its main objective is to improve the way humanitarian aid is delivered by making it more effective and efficient, thereby reaching more people in need.   In line with these objectives, ECHO is testing new and strategic ways of working with humanitarian partners.

ECHO selected a number of NGO FPA partners to engage in this innovative pilot programmatic partnership in the context of the Humanitarian Implementation Plans (HIPs) 2020.  Through the pilot programme, the Commission seeks to address the long-standing demands of humanitarian actors, including increased transparency, harmonised reporting to reduce bureaucracy and possibilities for multi-annual funding.

Concern Worldwide has developed the ERNE Programme in collaboration with DG-ECHO.  Concern will implement the pilot programme focussing on three pillars of response, preparedness and prevention of undernutrition in conflict affected countries in the Horn of Africa, Sahel and Lake Chad regions.  The concept links emergency and development efforts incorporating equality and conflict sensitivity.

Job Title:             Early Warning Early Action (EWEA) Adviser                        

Reports to:         ERNE Programme Manager

Liaises with:       Country Offices within the ERNE programme, International Programmes Directorate, Strategy, Advocacy and Learning Directorate, Emergency Directorate and Communications Directorate

Job location:       Dublin with substantial overseas travel (location flexible)

Pay Band:            Pay Band: 5 (€49,167 – €57,843)

Contract:             Three-year fixed term contract   

Job Purpose:      To support the delivery of the EWEA component of the ERNE Programme; advise on and support the monitoring of early warning information; guide the establishment of triggers for early action with country teams and define appropriate courses of actions according to triggers set; support preparedness for cash-based early action responses; and monitoring to ensure that the system is functional and fit for purpose.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Liaise with the Concern DRR Adviser and provide technical support and advice to ERNE programme staff on the type of early warning information to be monitored per country and programme area, including sources of information and frequency of monitoring
  • Support representation of Concern with the Red Cross Climate Centre in relation to the ERNE project, and ensuring that the results of their research is integrated into the programme area monitoring systems where relevant
  • Monitor international sources of early warning information, ensuring that this information is integrated into programme area monitoring systems
  • Coordinate with forecasting and EWEA fora, including START/FOREWARN, ALERT, the World Bank, etc. ensuring that the ERNE programme utilises available and pertinent forecasting information, and coordinates with them to leverage support and exploit synergies where they exist.
  • Support country programme teams in programme areas to determine the thresholds for triggering early action
  • Liaise with the Social Protection and Safety Nets and Cash and Market Advisers; and the Supply Chain and Logistics Unit to ensure that technical support on cash transfers, including market and risk analysis to select the most appropriate transfer mechanism, preparedness including beneficiary selection, developing framework agreements, risk management and monitoring is in line organisational guidelines and incorporated in EWEA actions
  • Conduct field visits, provide remote support, build technical capacity of Concern and partner staff in the EWEA components of the ERNE programme in conjunction with relevant technical advisers across the organisation. Technical support is provided in the context of climate change and resilience building in fragile and conflict-affected states
  • Compile, synthesise and document practical evidence and learning within individual countries and across all ERNE country programmes of operation as directed and in conjunction with relevant colleagues
  • Support operational research undertaken within Concern programmes – in collaboration with field teams and research partners pertaining to the ERNE programme as directed
  • Potentially be deployed to support emergency responses for up to six weeks in ERNE countries of operation
  • Any other tasks as directed to ensure effective delivery of the programme

Experience / Training

Skills and Experience Required:


  • A minimum of five years’ experience working in the area of livelihoods, disaster risk reduction, early warning systems in International NGOs, development agencies or the private sector, three of which should have been based in a developing country in Sub Saharan Africa.
  • A postgraduate degree in economics, food security, entrepreneurship, business, finance or related field; or equivalent technical field experience.
  • Experience in establishing or contributing to sub-saharan early warning systems, including analysing data sets of early warning information
  • Experience in various approaches and tools, e.g. EMMA, pro-poor market systems, etc. used in market and cash transfer programmes such as market and value chain analysis, income generating activities, community-based saving and loan groups, and business and vocational training.
  • Experience working in integrated, multi-sectoral programmes including social protection, livelihoods, nutrition, health, and WASH. Familiarity with social and behaviour change
  • A strong understanding of inequality in relation to food security and livelihoods programmes.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills; works well as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Adaptable to evolving work priorities and schedules.
  • Willing to travel overseas for up to 50% of working time.
  • Ability to work in proficiently in both French and English


  • Experience of identifying the needs that can be met through cash and market based assistance and the calculation of adequate support packages.
  • Experience of measuring the impact of Market-Based Programmes e.g. through multi item indicators such as the material deprivation index.
  • Experience working with research institutions, and relevant national and international institutions and networks.


Job location:       Dublin with substantial overseas travel (location flexible)

Pay Band:            Pay Band: 5 (€45,563 – €53,505)

Contract:             Three-year fixed term contract  

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