Access and Training Manager – International Rescue Committee – IRC

Education, Social Sciences and Community, Security

International Rescue Committee – IRC

The International Rescue Committee is a nonprofit organization that responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. In more than 40 countries and over 20 U.S. cities, our dedicated teams provide clean water, shelter, health care, education and empowerment support to refugees and displaced people.  

The IRC will put in place high-impact, cost-effective solutions that help people affected by crisis. We'll also use our learning and experience to shape humanitarian policy and practice in ways that improve the lives of more people worldwide. And in all of our work we will focus on breaking down each of the barriers faced by women and girls

Background/IRC Summary:

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. IRC has been working in Ethiopia since 1999 and is implementing integrated, community-managed programs aimed at improving the quality of lives and recovery of livelihood of the disaster-affected population’s through promoting individual participation, strengthening institutions, and emergency response.

Job Overview/Summary:

The Access & Training Manager will work closely with the Senior Safety, Security, and Access Coordinator to develop overarching and localized access strategies for the country program and individual field sites. They will identify challenges, changes and trends in the humanitarian access context in Ethiopia, develop and be responsible for the implementation of both proactive and adaptable intervention plans. They will facilitate and deliver training and capacity building related to access, safety and security to IRC and partner’s staff. The Access & Training Manager will be based in Addis with extensive travel to field locations.

Specific responsibilities:


  • Develop and implement humanitarian access strategies and approaches tailored to local contexts in IRC’s field sites throughout Ethiopia and include overarching stakeholder, community engagement components.
  • Ensure that IRC field teams conduct principled and sustainable negotiations with relevant stakeholders in Ethiopia in line with humanitarian principles, humanitarian needs, a duty of care principles, and the IRC’s Strategy Action Plan.
  • Support access innovation initiatives, including the development of other strategies, tools, and guidelines for the management of IRC’s access in Ethiopia.
  • Provide access analysis based on program operation demand and in consultation with field staff.
  • As required, provide area-based access analyses supporting operational implementation or program development, including recommendations on how to address issues as they arise.
  • Work with program units to ensure access elements are included in proposals.


  • Provide regular training for IRC and partner staff on humanitarian principles, context analysis, conflict-sensitive and adaptive programming.
  • Provide regular READI training for IRC and partner staff.
  • As agreed with the Senior Management Team, provide ad hoc training’s on topics related to Safety, Security, and/or Access to IRC and partner staff.
  • Develop and implement an annual training plan for the country program.
  • Design and updated access and security training materials/packages with assistance from the RSSA and Global Access team.

Building Acceptance & Networking

  • Maintain a network of contacts from other NGOs, ICRC and Red Cross movement, and UN agencies.
  • Actively participate in in-country access forums, including but not limited to the Access Working Group.
  • Support the development of engagement plans and the identified ongoing relationships with community elders and other power brokers within IRC Ethiopia operational areas.
  • Work to ensure that IRC, its mission and work within Ethiopia is known and accepted.
  • Support teams across IRC with provision of high-quality cross-cutting Access and Acceptance strategy advice.
  • Build strong, productive and trusting relationships with external stakeholders.

Safety and Security Management Planning

  • Support Safety and Security team to ensure compliance at all times to Ethiopia Security Management policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Evaluate, review and support the updating of evacuation/relocation plans for all IRC offices and field sites, ensuring access challenges and mitigation measures are incorporated into the design of evacuation/relocation plans.
  • As required, support the development of program continuity plans for identified/most likely scenarios and contribute to the development of operational and programmatic contingency plans that respond to different emergency scenarios.


  • Contribute to documentation and organizational learning on access in IRC.
  • Contribute to IRC regional and global access discussions and share lessons learned and best practices from Ethiopia.
  • Minimum of level B2 English fluency (additional local language fluency is a plus)
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience with humanitarian intervention (preferably in field setting).
  • Experience as a trainer, with the ability to develop, implement, facilitate, and impart learning to a wide range of audiences.
  • Must have a proven track record of proactively identifying and communicating potential problems and proposing solutions.
  • Ability to gain a precise understanding of the various local, regional, country, and international policies, operational positions, and interactions, providing clear analysis of given and unfolding safety, security and political situations when they occur.
  • Understanding of humanitarian principles and codes of conduct.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent organization skills with proven ability to manage and absorb large amounts of information and prioritize work.
  • Should be a strong collaborator with effective interpersonal skills and the capability to manage conflicting views.
  • Must be able to function effectively in a fast paced and challenging work environment and to work with competing priorities.
  • Strong ability to communicate concisely and with impact in English.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite.
  • Commitment to the IRC’s mission, purpose, and values.

Please include in your cover letter the following competency concepts:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and influencing
  • Working Together