Technical Director for Crisis Response

Durham, North Carolina, United States | Washington, D.C., United States
Apply by 12 April 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 13 March 2018

Job Description

The Technical Director for Crisis Response is a senior member of the Crisis Response Team (CRT) and is one of the first staff members on the ground in humanitarian emergencies. Under the leadership of the Director of Crisis Response and Integrated Development, this position is responsible for leading FHI 360 humanitarian crisis response activities, working with key institutional stakeholders throughout the organization, and developing the systems necessary to enhance and ensure FHI 360’s ability to successfully respond to humanitarian emergencies. They supervise all technical leads and operational staff to ensure programs are being implemented effectively and efficiently in accordance with donor guidelines, and they serve as the principal point of contact with host government stakeholders as to ensure proper coordination and communication. They lead the first-phase of operations and will be responsible for developing FHI 360 country-level systems, working with country program teams to evaluate and augment emergency response capabilities, and training staff on the practical dimensions of humanitarian emergencies. Based in Washington DC, the incumbent will be expected to deploy to the field for 70-80% of work time, often to austere and/or insecure locations with minimal infrastructure or amenities.

Job Summary / Responsibilities

The Technical Director will manage a team of humanitarian professionals responsible for assessing crises, developing proposals and launching response efforts in rapidly evolving and security challenged environments. This position will be based in Washington DC or Durham NC, and will require up to 60% travel. The Technical Director supports and expands FHI 360’s corporate-wide effort to enhance its capacity to respond to human development challenges in the wake of disasters, conflict or challenging political transitions. Working collaboratively with the entire Operations team, he/she will collaborate with other department directors to draw on the technical and operational resources to design and implement projects that address the immediate needs of people in crisis, while anticipating transitions to development as conditions shift toward early recovery. In all responses, crisis programming will build upon FHI 360’s sectoral expertise, as well as established strengths in integration, gender and local capacity development. He/she will identify and build corporate relationships with funders, other INGOs and development actors, host governments, and sector experts working in this field to exchange information and forge new partnerships and programs. Key responsibilities include:

  • Direct and lead field assessments in support of proposal development in crisis environments created by conflict and infectious disease outbreaks.
  • Interact with senior leadership on critical aspects of strategic planning and analysis and make operational recommendations to advance FHI360s work in crisis environments.
  • Relationship-building to drive and secure new business opportunities.
  • Successfully manage relationships with existing partners, funders and expand key external relationships through individual meetings as well as participation in technical/industry meetings, conferences and written articles, blogs, and publications to further the goals of crisis response.
  • Advance knowledge and quality standards for FHI 360’s crisis programming; formulate approaches to guide FHI 360’s work, new business efforts, and technical assignments; and engage with key donors (USAID/OFDA and PRM) on technical trends and programming priorities.
  • Provide and facilitate technical support for FHI 360 projects by advising on technical deliverables, undertaking technical assignments, reviewing scopes of work, and directing the technical advisors and other humanitarian professionals on the response team toward ongoing support of response programs.
  • Oversee the strategic direction, budgetary planning and technical process of programs to ensure business objectives are met. Provides technical expertise with monitoring and evaluating programs and serves as primary decision maker for technical issues on project/program.
  • In response to infectious disease outbreaks, the Technical Director will utilize the technical resources available within the company to mount rapid and effective containment strategies and implementations.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum 8 years of field-based experience directing emergency response operations, preferably in a diverse range of contexts and regions.
  • Significant leadership experience in first-phase humanitarian response operations, and a keen interest in developing the program and operational systems essential for the team’s success.
  • Experience establishing new country programs, including registration, facility identification, and developing policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to represent your organization before a diverse range of stakeholders, including humanitarian & UN agencies, local government and community leaders.
  • Operational familiarity with international humanitarian architecture and core coordination processes for large-scale emergencies
  • Knowledge of best practices and key theoretical frameworks for priority technical specialties, such as Water & Sanitation, Health, nutrition, and food security.
  • Proven track record of developing, resourcing, and managing responsive, evidence based emergency projects. Expertise in USAID/OFDA funding mechanisms and regulations essentials.
  • Experience developing security processes and procedures for a response
  • Excellent verbal and written English skills required. French or Arabic language skills advantageous.

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

We offer competitive compensation and an outstanding benefit package.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

FHI 360 is an equal employment and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable law.

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

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FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is an equal employment and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable law.

About the Organization

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology– creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories.

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