Humanitarian Aid Technical Lead

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 15 January 2021

Job Description

Humanitarian Aid Technical Lead Position

The Humanitarian Aid Technical Lead will perform a range of tasks and assignments, including technical assistance, program implementation, communication and outreach, proposal development, and other assigned tasks.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Regional Director (RD), the Humanitarian Aid Technical Lead’s duties and responsibilities include:

· Work with RD to implement ongoing disaster response programs in the region.

· Work with RD to develop proposals and support new business efforts throughout the region.

· Develop overall disaster and humanitarian strategy and workplan for the LAC region and other disaster and humanitarian management opportunities as required.

· Develop and manage relationships with donors and agencies, especially USAID/BHA in regarding programs in the LAC region.

· Work with the RDs in seeking additional opportunities for funding disaster and emergency management projects through USAID, International Banks, other international donors, NGOs, and the private sector.

· Work with RD, and other staff (corporate, business development) in project design and proposal preparation for funding disaster and humanitarian programs.

· Establish relationships with humanitarian agency officials, USAID officials, officials of other U.S. federal agencies, OAS officials, and the leadership of the emergency management consortia that exist throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

· Organize, coordinate, and prepare presentations on disaster response and humanitarian response subjects when appropriate.

· Provide technical assistance, as necessary on disaster and humanitarian management projects.


· Ability to support the development and implementation of a humanitarian and disaster assistance management strategy in the LAC region, resulting in high quality disaster and humanitarian response, mitigation, and preparedness programming across the Region.

· Ability to develop and maintain relevant relationships with disaster and humanitarian management players in the region, including donors, implementing agencies, the business community and government agencies.

· Ability to manage relationships with a broad range of players from USAID/BHA, other federal agencies, NGOs, and national emergency management agencies and organizations throughout LAC.

· Ability to maintain data bases and have solid information management and communication skills for technical dissemination purposes.

· Ability to work with PADF professional project staff and consultants to successfully manage project goals and activities.

· Ability to help identify and oversee funding, for disaster and emergency management activities in LAC.

Personal Characteristics

· Strategic visionary

· Superb interpersonal and diplomatic skills

· Great communicator

· Problem solver/solution-oriented

· Thrives in a fast-paced environment with a high degree of compassion

Required Qualifications

· Bachelor’s degree (MA preferred) or equivalent work experience.

· Minimum of seven years’ experience working in supporting disaster and humanitarian management programs.

· Fluency in English and Spanish, with strong oral and writing skills in English.

· Demonstrated experience following major disasters and humanitarian crisis; experience and or demonstrated ability to work with local, national, international governmental officials and with other NGOs.

· Knowledge of and experience in the LAC region.

· Knowledge on the Venezuela Migration crisis is desired.

· Knowledge and experience with USAID/BHA programming is desired.

· Professional, strong oral communications skills and ability to discuss persuasively about disaster assistance and emergency management involvement with PADF.

· Experience developing proposals and/or implementing projects, particularly with USAID/BHA, FEMA, and other donor agencies in LAC required.

· Knowledge about the UN cluster system and Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is required. Experience working within this setting is desirable.

· Strong English writing skills and experience in writing grant proposals and disaster and emergency management plans.

More About PADF

PADF is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established by the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1962.

PADF’s core values “H-E-A-R-T” = Honesty, Excellence, Accountability, Respect, and Teamwork.


PADF offers a very competitive benefits package that includes:

· Best in the industry insurance coverage, including medical, dental, vision (also covering domestic partners), life and accidental death and dismemberment and disability.

· 10% contribution of base salary to 403(b) retirement account after one year of service, and opportunity for your own tax-advantaged savings on your hire date

· Flexible spending account to apply pre-tax income to health or dependents care expenses

· Generous time-off benefits, including holiday, vacation, personal, and sick days. Office closed for holiday break

· Parking or metro transit subsidy

· Tuition assistance and professional development opportunities

· Pet insurance

· Employees assistance and referral programs

· Select OAS benefits, including membership to the OAS Staff Federal Credit Union


PADF is strong because we are diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. PADF does not discriminate on the basis of ability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or criminal record. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of cultures, languages, socio-economic backgrounds, and perspectives on the world.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled

About the Organization

About PADF

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) seeks to create a just, peaceful, and prosperous hemisphere where every person has the opportunity to thrive. We work with vulnerable people across the hemisphere to tackle some of our region’s greatest development challenges. We partner with, empower, and enable civil society, governments, and the private sector for the greater good of the people of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Join us!

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