Expert Humanitarian Assistance


There is a growing need to help African communities dependent on livestock when they are no longer able to carry out their economic activities due to natural and man-made disasters.  VSF-Belgium does not as yet have fully operational mechanisms to act immediately to humanitarian crisis.

VSF-Belgium has decided to revitalize and strengthen its already proven humanitarian assistance. Hence, we are looking for an expert to help us grow in livestock emergency interventions in our countries of operation.



The role of the EHA is to put in place a  humanitarian unit capable of providing - from the very first hour - the necessary assistance to the disaster affected livestock dependent communities who are affected by disaster.

Through his/her support and expertise, the EHA will further professionalize and develop the management of livestock emergency  projects of VSF-Belgium in Africa. Therefore, the EHA ensures that the technical staff of VSF-Belgium have the ability to formulate, implement, monitor and evaluate to livestock emergency interventions.

The EHA will also support strategic and operational management of livestock emergency interventions in West Africa and the Great Lakes region.

The EHA reports to the  Head of the  Operations Department.



  Provide support to the assessments of vulnerability contexts as well as  disaster risks for our countries of operation

  Ensure that our emergency and humanitarian programs are implemented in respect and in accordance with the standard guidelines for humanitarian aid

  Ensure that the human resources within VSF-Belgium master and apply the methodology required for the implementation of humanitarian assistance programs, in particular the LEGS as well as  VSF-Belgium guidelines and standards.

  Ensure that the expertise of VSF-Belgium in emergency management is recognized and sought after by the technical and financial partners



Degree in social science, agricultural economics, pastoralism, animal husbandry or veterinary sciences

Knowledge and experience

  At least 5 years project management experience in livestock development and / or livestock emergency  projects

  Excellent knowledge of the disaster management cycle

  Excellent knowledge of LEGS (Standards and Guidelines for Emergency animals) and humanitarian norms

  Excellent knowledge of the project management cycle and of monitoring and evaluation of livestock projects

  Excellent knowledge of French – practical knowledge of English


  Able to analyse and synthesise complex crises

  Good writing skills

  Very good interpersonal and communication skills

  Ability to train and mobilize national and international teams in managing humanitarian crises

  Team worker

  Excellent networking skills

  Flexible and ability to work under pressure

  Delivers results


  Identifies his/herself with the values, mission and vision of VSF-Belgium

  Is of impeccable integrity and expects the same of others

  Is respectful of  other cultures

  Is willing to conduct regular field missions in the region of West Africa and the Great Lakes

  Demonstrates tactful diplomacy

  Is open minded and has a positive attitude, that inspires confidence



  Your motivation letter 

  Your résumé

  The names and contact data of three reference persons for whom you have recently worked

  Your availability

  An overview of your current compensation and benefits package (or in your last job)


Please send your application letter and curriculum vitae before 31/12/2019 by email to Please mention the name of the position you wish to apply to in the subject of your email (“Expert in Humanitarian Assistance”). If you wish to apply to more than one position within organization, send one application per vacancy.

This vacancy is open to male and female candidates. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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