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
Excellent networking skills
Flexible and ability to work under pressure
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
The names and contact data of three reference persons for whom you have recently worked
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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