Office of Crisis Surge Support Staff (CS3) / Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)
Office of Crisis Surge Support Staff (CS3)
USAID’s Office of Crisis Surge Support Staff (CS3) is comprised of highly qualified individuals who help support USAID missions abroad when faced with a natural disaster, political crisis, internal conflict or otherwise in need of surge staff support due to some unforeseen circumstance. Created in 2008, CS3 provides crisis staffing to USAID missions throughout the world with a full range of specialized expertise.
Since then this office has provided over 20,000 days of mission support in deployments to countries such as Libya, Tunisia, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Honduras, Somalia, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and many other countries. As a member of CS3’s team of crisis responders, you would be available at short notice to bring to USAID missions your specialized skills in support of a mission’s response to a crisis.To respond quickly and effectively and meet USAID mission needs, CS3 retains a group of high level professionals and experts under (USPSCs intermittent contracts) as part of a “Firehouse”. These knowledgeable and skilled professionals are rapidly available to missions to expand their capacity, augment their existing capability, fill in gaps, replace evacuated staff, or in some cases project USAID presence to field sites or non-presence countries. CS3 staff provide specialized skills in a range of areas from contracting to communications, program design, election monitoring, project management, development outreach, reporting, strategic planning, and others. As a member of the “Firehouse” you would play a crucial role in supporting USAID programs at a time when their success is most critical.
Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)
The Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is responsible for leading and coordinating the U.S. Government’s response to disasters overseas. OFDA responds to an average of 70 disasters in 56 countries every year to ensure aid reaches people affected by rapid on-set disasters—such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and floods—and slow-onset crises, including drought and conflict. OFDA fulfills its mandate of saving lives, alleviating human suffering, and reducing the social and economic impact of disasters worldwide in partnership with USAID functional and regional bureaus and other U.S. Government agencies. OFDA experts worldwide and in D.C. help countries prepare for, respond to, and recover from humanitarian crises. OFDA works with the international humanitarian community to give vulnerable populations resources to build resilience and strengthen their own ability to respond to emergencies.See more