Technical Advisor, Humanitarian Assistance and Resilience

Job Type
Full Time
Job ID
Date Posted
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Company Information
Project Concern International

Job Description
The Technical Advisor for Humanitarian Assistance and Resilience will join a growing technical unit, based in PCI’s DC office. She/he will participate with interdisciplinary teams of colleagues, providing technical leadership in humanitarian assistance, disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation, and resiliency. This includes both in standalone humanitarian assistance and risk reduction programs, as well as within PCI’s programs across the sectors, such as within food security, livelihood, and cash and voucher programming, HIV/AIDs, infectious disease, maternal child health, urban resiliency, and protection programs. He/she will help design and lead emergency response programs, design rigorous field research initiatives, forge partnerships with universities, government agencies and other NGOs, and make significant contributions to field discourse on best practices and lessons learned.

Here is a video that displays the impact of PCI’s work in Humanitarian Assistance and DRR:

PCI’s collaboration with JP HRO

Other Disaster Response Efforts

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the guidance of the Director of Humanitarian Assistance (HA) and Resilience, the Technical Advisor:
•Mobilizes to respond to rapid onset emergencies and helps provide ongoing technical support to field staff in these contexts, in close coordination with the broader HARU team.
•Works closely with field staff to develop cross-sectoral, integrated resilience programs in the field, both in urban informal settlements and in areas of high levels of vulnerability to shocks and stresses.
•Contributes to the design and development of funding proposals for evidence-based, innovative approaches to emergency response and resilience programming.
•Supports the ongoing development of PCI’s assessment and analysis platforms for emergency response and urban upgrading.
•Designs and implements field research related to humanitarian assistance and resilience, and utilizes existing research to reinforce the quality of PCI’s programming.
•Provides technical leadership and support to country offices to ensure quality tools, interventions, and reports, as well as builds the capacity of PCI’s country programs to implement successful projects both remotely and in the field.
•Supports the documentation of best practices and lessons learned in PCI’s programs and facilitate greater sharing of expertise between PCI offices worldwide.
•Supports the oversight of humanitarian and resilience projects that are managed by PCI’s international office.
•Participates in PCI’s innovation efforts and in teams on various innovation initiatives.
•Performs additional tasks, duties and projects, as assigned.

Position Parameters/Special Responsibilities Required:
•This position is based in Washington, DC and will require travel up to 35% time to Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

Required Qualifications: •Graduate degree or equivalent advanced degree in humanitarian assistance or related technical area of expertise, such as engineering or economic development. •Minimum of seven years of field experience in humanitarian assistance, with strong familiarity with international norms, minimum standards, and best practices in the field. •A familiarity with the Neighborhood/Settlements/Area-Based Approaches in humanitarian assistance preferred. •A track record in the development, successful proposal writing, reporting, and implementation of integrated, cross-sectoral field programs with measurable results. •A strong understanding of research methodologies and the use of rigorous monitoring and evaluation mechanisms in humanitarian assistance programming. •Strong capacity to train and support local field staff, and to forge robust partnerships with local communities, local NGOs, and government counterparts. •A track record of effective project management, follow through, and attention to detail. •Demonstrated experience working closely with USAID and the OFDA. •Demonstrated excellent writing and communication skills. •Strong critical thinker, with a passion for developing context-specific, rigorously-analyzed, innovative responses to shocks and stresses. •Experience with management information systems and GIS strongly encouraged. •Fluency in English. Proficiency in Spanish or French preferred. •A dedication to learning from and mentoring colleagues. •A passion for the mission and values of PCI. •A passion for rigorous humanitarian assistance work and accountability, the willingness to work under pressure on occasion, and a sense of humor.