Programme Assistant at European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations

The European Commission’s Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) funds relief operations for victims of natural disasters and conflicts outside the European Union. ECHO works with about 200 operational partners, including United Nations agencies, the Red Cross/Crescent movement and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Aid is channelled impartially, straight to victims, regardless of their race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality or political affiliation.

1. Duties & Responsibilities

The Programme Assistant will assist ECHO’s Technical Assistants and Programme Officer, in-charge of Southern Africa & Indian Ocean Region (SAIO) to provide high quality technical support, analysis and advice to ECHO funded projects in the SAIO. The PA will be required to travel/do missions on his/her own within the SAIO region on a regular basis or as requested. The Programme Assistants will be responsible for the following main tasks:

· Situation assessments,

· Analysis and appraisal of ECHO partners’ proposals,

· Regular monitoring of project implementation,

· Evaluation and coordination of projects,

· Reporting and programme administration,

· Liaising with partners in a consultative and advisory capacity.

A detailed Terms of references (including competencies) are available at

  1. Required Qualifications

· Have a relevant first level university degree or equivalent professional experience,

· Minimum 5 years of relevant experience at national or international level in supporting programme/project operations, including at least 2 years of experience with an NGO, donor or national/international organisation. If the candidate does not have a relevant university degree, ten years’ work experience in the humanitarian sector will be required.

· Excellent knowledge of ongoing humanitarian situation in the SAIO region will be considered as an advantage.

3. Required Skills

· Have a good knowledge and experience of the Logical Framework Approach and Project Cycle Management,

· Fluent written and spoken English is required,

· Excellent Knowledge of French And/Or Portuguese will be considered as an advantage,

· Ability to convey information clearly and concisely to others with excellent drafting skills in English.

· Proficient IT skills – Excel, Word and Internet required.

How to apply

Applications including a cover letter, a detailed CV, a copy of education certificate/degree and a copy of relevant employment certificates should be sent to until 17/05/2021 at 18:00h. The vacancy reference REF: “ECHO/PA/PRY” must be clearly indicated in the subject line. This position is open to nationals and other residents of South Africa with a valid work and residence permits. DG ECHO applies a policy of equal opportunities. Our recruitment policy is based on respect for diversity, maintaining the gender balance, as well as the balance between professional and private life, and support for training and developments opportunities.

For information, the employment conditions that could be proposed includes an initial contract of one year with the possibility of renewal subject to a 3 months’ probationary period and after positive annual evaluation. As an indication, the monthly basic salary range is between ZAR 38,762 (minimum) and 76,536(maximum) (subject to local tax law). The salary will be adapted according to the exact duration of relevant professional experience supported by a work certificate. In addition to this, the employee will also receive disability/retirement allowance, 13th month salary as well as a medical coverage. ECHO employees observe the National Staff code of Conduct which is available on the link:…

Only the short-listed candidates will be contacted. Candidates who will not have been contacted by 31/05/2021 should consider that they have not been selected. Any form of canvassing, soliciting or influencing will be treated as grounds for disqualification.

“Any processing of your personal data will be done in accordance with the applicable EU legislation (Regulation (EU)2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data.” The privacy statement can be found on ECHO website.**

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