FH Africa Regional Emergency Response Coordinator Job in Kenya

Africa Regional Emergency Response Coordinator

Brand:     FH International
Job ID#:     157131

Job Type:     Full Time
Location:  Nairobi, Kenya
Category:     Relief/International Development
Salary:     Salary
Benefits:     Full Benefits   
Contact:     Debbie Meythaler

Closing date: 

31 Aug 2012

Mission Statement

Motivated by Christ’s love, this position plays a key role in promoting the wholistic ministry of Food for the Hungry (FH) through the framework of the organization’s vision, “God called and we responded until physical and spiritual hungers ended worldwide.”  
In order to accomplish this vision, FH’s mission is to “walk with churches leaders and families in overcoming all forms of human poverty by living in healthy relationship with God and His creation.”


This person will help the ERU and the Africa Regional Office increase our response capacity and relevancy with those in need and with institutional donors and agencies (UN, OFDA, PRM, etc.). This person will report directly to the ERU Director with a dotted line to the Africa Regional Director.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Key Result #1 – Liaise and network with institutional and private donors and write DRR, Preparedness and Response concept notes and proposals for the Africa region (40%)

  • Develop a regional plan for meeting regularly (both for yourself and the relevant Africa country leadership) with FH’s key current and potential institutional donors (i.e. UNHCR, UNOCHA,WFP, UNICEF, USAID/OFDA, U.S. State Department/BPRM, DFID, CIDA, etc.) in order to maintain trusting relationships and to keep informed of opportunities for alignment of FH program needs and funding.
  • Lead, in cooperation with Africa RD and ERU Director, the growth strategy of private donor funding for Africa – both leveraging African and non-African giving.
  • Lead, in cooperation with the ERU Senior Program Officer and Africa RD, the growth strategy for institutional funding in Africa.
  • Support Senior Program Officer in ongoing proposal development and reporting on current grants
Key Result #2 – Serve as a first responder to provide leadership and logistical support to fields in Africa during emergencies (30%)
  • Travel alone and/or serve as the Emergency Response Team (ERT) Lead for assessment, proposal development and response.  This often means serving local FH country offices in disaster response and possibly entering into emergency settings where FH does not operate.
  • Provide a broad range of sectoral support (i.e. NFI distributions, Shelter, WASH, Health/Nutrition) to fields for emergency responses, either through personal expertise or maintaining and accessing appropriate networks inside and outside of FH.
  • Manage logistics of emergency responses (movement of people and supplies) and temporary office set-up and warehousing.
Key Result #3 – Increase FH’s emergency response influence by serving as communication point person and proactively serving as a public voice for FH and those we serve. (20%)
  • Proactively promote the excellence of FH work and ministry through advocacy to appropriate governments, international organizations and news and media outlets. (i.e. local govts, UN, Kenya’s Daily Nation, BBC, CNN should think of FH when thinking of good humanitarian work).
  • Write regular reports in cooperation with FH Marketing and Communications on FH’s work in Disaster Risk Reduction, Preparedness and Response for internal and external distribution.
Key Result #4 – Global ERU surge support.  This person will be an extension of the global ERU team. (10%)
  • Be prepared to backstop other global ERU needs as they arise (proposals, trainings, etc.)
  • Be prepared to travel as surge support to other regions for disaster response and support
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty/function satisfactorily. 
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Vibrant personal relationship with Christ
  • Ability to sit at a computer for 8 hours a day doing repetitive motions on a keyboard
  • Able to lift up to 25 pounds on a regular basis
  • Ability to travel (domestically and internationally) under rugged conditions up to 40% a year
  • Ability to travel and work in stressful conditions surrounded by human suffering and or danger
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong people skills
  • Excellent proofreading skills
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite
  • Highly organized
  • Able to multi-task
Education and/or Experience: 
Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from a four-year College or university; Master’s degree preferred, two years minimum,  (five or more years, preferred) of related experience in disaster response or rugged field environment; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Supervisory Responsibilities

None – but constant partnership with field offices and teams along with temporary supervision of teams and staff during Emergency Responses.

Language Skills

Proficiency in spoken and excellent written English required and French or Swahili preferred.  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret reports and journals on humanitarian issues, technical procedures, or government and UN reports. Ability to write proposals, reports, correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from the press, partner and donor organizations in both individual and group settings.
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