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19 Feb, 2012

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Job Positions: Emergencies Preparedness Capacity Advisor, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro

Fixed term contract: 24 months (Local Terms and conditions of employment apply)

Location: Nairobi, Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro

The Emergencies Preparedness Capacity Advisor will support ActionAid country programmes in Africa and Latin America to put comprehensive, dynamic, emergency/conflict preparedness plans and systems into place that are signed off by their Senior Management Teams (SMTs) and National Boards (where applicable).

This will be achieved through the following deliverables:

Emergencies Preparedness: Support country programmes to assess country level (including partner) capacities and gaps for emergency response; Facilitate country level work to inform and implement preparedness plans at local, regional and national levels; Ensure that country level preparedness plans are owned by the country and are signed off by the Senior Management Team /National Board in that country programme and by International Emergencies and Crises Team (IECT) management; Support countries to design, develop and maintain systems for regular monitoring, review and updating of preparedness plans; Support countries to put in place guidelines, policies and partnerships to support effective preparedness planning; Support countries to put in place effective emergencies monitoring/alert systems ; Support countries to run, review and act on in-country simulation exercises based on preparedness plans; Ensure International Programme Managers are informed of obstacles to effective preparedness planning

Capacity Building: Design, with inputs from IECT SMT, and deliver country level training programmes on emergency preparedness and response; Design, with inputs from IECT SMT, and deliver country level in-depth specialised training programmes on specific areas of emergency preparedness and response

International Preparedness: Feed into generic relevant emergencies tools e.g. needs assessment templates; SOPs etc. as required; Make recommendations to International Programme Manager on international preparedness requirements based on country interactions and learning.

Desired Skills & Experience The successful candidate will have a graduate degree or relevant qualification; Good knowledge of Humanitarian issues and environments; Extensive field experience in insecure environments, including emergencies and conflict situations; Experience and understanding of preparedness/resilience for humanitarian disasters; Demonstrably strong leadership, influencing and persuading skills; Ability to achieve results through others where there is no direct line management; Ability to make quick assessments and decisions under pressure and with competing priorities; Experience of facilitation or training ; Proactive and supportive; Able to travel for about 60% of the time, and for up to four weeks at a time, often to insecure environments; Strong understanding of women’s issues and rights; Commitment to ActionAid’s vision, mission, values and ways of working

How to apply: 

Application Procedures:

Send your motivation letter and CV to: [email protected] by no later than the 24th February 2012.

Please clearly indicate which position you are applying for.


Although all applications will be considered on their individual merit, suitably qualified women are especially encouraged to apply.

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