Integrated Protection, Gender & Health Advisor

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 1 March 2021
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 31 March 2021
  • Current

Job Description

Job Summary:

FHI 360 seeks an experienced humanitarian professional for a full-time position based in our Washington DC office or remotely, as a critical member of the Crisis Response Department.

This role will be instrumental in overseeing integrated Protection, Gender, and Health programming in humanitarian contexts, ensuring technical quality and learning among the projects. S/he will support the design and implementation of programs based on global best practices and create opportunities for FHI 360 to lead on promising approaches. This advisor will leverage approaches from FHI 360 Development and other FHI family organizations to integrate state-of-the-art solutions in complex environments. Knowledge of key humanitarian institutional donors is required (including USG) as the incumbent will work closely with the rest of the team on the new business development efforts.

Candidates should possess extensive field-based humanitarian relief experience in the areas of protection, gender, and health in multiple contexts and geographies and be prepared to deploy frequently to support mission start-up, program implementation, evaluation, program agility, and ensure that learning is occurring in an effective and quick manner across programs and within the country and regional offices.

The advisor will provide technical oversight in the design, implementation, and monitoring of FHI 360 humanitarian programming and ongoing technical advice to ensure that program implementation adheres to appropriate technical standards. The incumbent will work to build capacity in country-level, regional, and/or global program staff.

Additionally, the advisor will be expected to represent FHI360 at all relevant fora including global clusters and the InterAgency Working Group for Sexual and Reproductive Health (IAWG), closely work with other Crisis Response Department members to develop intervention strategies, liaise with the donor(s) as required and ensure the organization stays up to date on global trends, developments and challenges relevant to humanitarian programming.


  • Provide leadership in strengthening an effective, coordinated, integrated high quality, and timely emergency response.

  • Technical oversight in design, development, planning, and implementation, including successful capacity building and localization efforts.

  • Identify and define health-staffing needs (both national and international) for emergency programs and ensure rapid recruitment, induction, and training of new staff.

  • Ensure high-quality rapid assessments of humanitarian protection, gender, and health needs and provide prioritized recommendations for program interventions guiding the medical work of the crisis response unit.

  • Draft technical proposals and budgets for various institutional donors supporting emergency response efforts, working in close collaboration with FHI 360 grants and finance staff to finalize proposals and respond to any requests for additional information.

  • Support and contribute to the preparation of high-quality and timely donor and management reports on grants and health sector activities.

  • Select and implement appropriate monitoring and evaluation systems; ensure consistent reporting and analysis of results to enhance program effectiveness and quality.

  • Represent and coordinate with other agencies, local government, donors, and other stakeholders to promote the delivery of best practice humanitarian assistance;

  • Develop tools, SOPs, and guidance documents for the design and implementation of specific technical components.

  • Ensure appropriate and timely technical support to field programs.

  • Ensure the quality of implemented technical activities and systems at all levels.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Ensures appropriate and timely technical support to field programs.

  • Ensures the quality of implemented technical activities and systems at all levels.

  • Conducts routine coordination with employees and consultants, on-site and in the field.

  • Strong knowledge and skills in specific technical areas/functions and a general understanding of concepts and principles of related technical areas/functions.

  • Solid knowledge of standards for the technical area/field, operational processes and procedures, work, and task flow.

  • Ability to manage own work to job and performance standards.

Problem Solving & Impact:

  • Demonstrates ability to assess needs within agreed-upon duties and considers the course of action best to meet those needs.

  • Effectively applies knowledge of the technical areas to solve a range of problems.

  • Demonstrates ability to develop solutions to problems that cannot be solved using existing methods or approaches.

  • Faulty decisions/ recommendations /failures to complete assignments will normally result in serious delays to assigned programs resulting in

  • considerable expenditure of additional time, resources, and funds.

  • Decisions and actions impact primarily workflow, project processes, and timeframes.

  • Problems encountered are generally varied, requiring review of practices and precedents to resolve.

  • Problem-solving involves evaluating and resolving discrepancies with data, analyses, processes, etc. within prescribed guidelines.

  • Policies or guidelines generally exist for most problems; others must be referred to a supervisor or a more senior professional.

Supervision Given/Received:

  • Coordinates own workflow and set individual priorities.

  • Works under general guidelines for completion and accuracy as determined by the supervisor.

  • Accomplishes results through lower-level staff managers or through experienced staff who exercise independence in their assignments.

  • May manage a centralized functional area of activity.


  • Master’s Degree or the International Equivalent in Health, Behavioral, Life/Social Sciences International Development, Human Development or Related Field.


  • Typically requires 5-8 years of relevant experience in the management of large projects and/or programs.

  • Has the ability to manage projects, set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of activities.

  • Proficient writing and verbal communication skills.

  • Relevant computer software skills (including, at a minimum, the standard applications in MS Office).

  • Must be able to read, write and speak fluent English; fluent in host country language.

  • Experience in a specialized technical field of study.

Typical Physical Demands:

  • This position may frequently deploy to the field and requires the ability to spend long hours in vehicles on poor roads, exposure to elements, and challenging conditions.

  • Ability to spend long hours looking at a computer screen and doing repetitive work on a keyboard.

  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.

  • Ability to lift 5 - 25 lbs.

Technology to be Used:

  • Personal Computer, Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), e-mail, telephone, printer, calculator, copier, cell phones, PDAs, and other handheld devices.

Travel Requirements:

  • 50%

About the Organization

Formed in 1971, Family Health International (FHI) is among the largest and most established nonprofit organizations active in international public health with a mission to improve lives worldwide through research, education, and services in family health. We manage research and field activities in more than 70 countries to meet the public health needs of some of the world's most vulnerable people. We work with a wide variety of partners including governmental and nongovernmental organizations, research institutions, community groups, and the private sector.

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