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Emergency Response Coordinator – Mogadishu, Somalia

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Position Title Emergency Response Coordinator  
Number of positions 1 (One)  
Reporting Consortium Director  
Level X3  
Duty Stations Mogadishu, Somalia  

Organisational background:

Action Against Hunger-USA is part of the Action Against Hunger International network, which provides humanitarian relief in over 40 countries worldwide in the sectors of nutrition, health, water/sanitation, and food security. Action Against Hunger-USA, an independent NGO, currently manages operations in 8 countries: Kenya, South Sudan, Cambodia, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Haiti and Somalia. Action Against Hunger-USA has over $75 million in programs, and approximately 2000 staff based in in the various country offices, Head Quarter in New York City and Operational Centre in Nairobi. Additional growth is anticipated.

Summary of Position

The Emergency Response Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating emergency response plan for regions supported by Caafimaad Plus consortium. He/she will align and streamline emergency response efforts across the consortium and ensure program and facility staff are well trained and updated on emergency response. He/she will collaborate and coordinate plans with various response agencies, government institutions, affected communities, and private sector players


The purpose of this position it to coordinate the consortium’s emergency response to vulnerable populations affected by conflict, displacements, natural disasters, and disease outbreaks in districts supported by the consortium in South Central Somalia.


The ER Coordinator will build strategic partnerships with key stakeholders fighting hunger and malnutrition within government institutions, donor community (GAC, GFFO, SIDA, ECHO, etc.), UN Agencies (UN Women, UNICEF, WFP, UNFPA), like-minded NGOs and private sector in the country. In addition, He/She will position Caafimaad Plus with key audiences and ensure its recognition as a lead consortium for emergency response in the country


Develop emergency response plans, build capacity for emergency response among health teams and communities in supported areas, conduct ongoing surveillance to identify potential emergency situations and coordinate emergency response for Caafimaad Plus consortium.

Essential job duties.

Project Management (50%)

Lead and manage the consortium’s emergency team, ensure members are updated and properly trained and processes for deployment within the country are in place.

Undertake rapid needs assessments to identify gaps and needs in humanitarian landscape in Caafimaad Plus supported regions

Periodically review the consortium’s emergency response plan and ensure it is updated with the most current good practices.

Ensure that programs are implemented in a cost effective, consultative, participative and gender sensitive way and ensuring Gender and Protection mainstreaming in the humanitarian program

Work closely with Supply Chain/ Logistics to ensure that procurements are made in a timely manner while remaining in compliance with donor rules and regulations, and ensure that proper procurement procedures are followed by ER Program staff

Work closely with consortium partners to ensure adequate supplies of foods, nutritional and other requisite products to cater for routine and emergency responses to the vulnerable population at any given time.

Work closely with MEAL coordinator to update information systems for accurate, complete, and timely data to support evidence-based decision-making.

Liaise with MEAL coordinator to facilitate systematic program monitoring and evaluation are in place and ensure that lessons learnt are documented and shared for cross-program learning within the consortium.

Ensure high frequency tracking of platforms such as Food Security and Nutritional Analysis System (FSNAS) and other partner/government platforms to have at your disposal up-to-date information on emerging threats.

Closely monitor the situation and developments in population movements, security context, natural phenomena, and advise the consortium appropriately.

Stakeholders’ Relations and Influencing (30%)

Develop and maintain relationships with Ministry of Health, UN, NGOs, donors, partners and other stakeholders, to raise public awareness of Caafimaad Plus consortium and ensure good co-operation and partnerships.

Represent Caafimaad Plus consortium in relevant meetings with key stakeholders such as local/national government, donors, emergency-related humanitarian aid groups, and clusters.

ER Capacity Development (20%)

Facilitate training and refresher courses for field-based managers and healthcare workers on emergency response

Conduct simulation emergency response drills as part of emergency preparedness for the consortium

Ensure quality of program implementation and emergency preparedness in line with organizational, donor, country, and international standards.

Conduct periodic assessments on the quality of programs and interventions during field visits and provide feedback and recommendations to the technical teams.

Supervisory Responsibilities


Fiscal Responsibility

Budget for emergency Response related activities/ interventions and ensure implementation of these activities within budget, scope and time.

Gender Equality Commitments & Zero Tolerance to Abuse.

Foster an environment that supports values of women and men, and equal access to information.

Provide a work environment where women and men must be evaluated and promoted based on their skills and performance.

Respect beneficiaries women, men, children (boys and girls) regardless of gender, sex orientation, disability, religion, race, color, ancestry, national origin, age, or marital status.

Value and respect all cultures.

Promote and uphold the PSEA policy and procedures.

Physical Demands

To travel to the field, the employee must attest to a level of physical fitness capable of enduring physically difficult, highly stressful situations, which may include the necessity to walk long distances, to eat a limited diet and/or to reside in potentially uncomfortable housing or tents.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions, Travel and Environment

The duties of the job require regular job attendance at least five days per week. Must be available to work outside normal office hours or on the weekends as required.

Must be able to travel as required for standard domestic and international business purposes. While performing the duties of this job in the field, the employee may be exposed to precarious settings under high security risks and/or very basic living conditions and outside weather conditions, as well as infectious diseases.

Required Qualifications and Professional Experience.

Bachelor’s degree in health and nutrition or in another relevant field such as humanitarian studies. Post-graduate degree in public health / community health/ humanitarian fields or equivalent is desirable.

At least 4 years international experience with NGOs managing /coordinating emergency programs. Previous work in a consortium setting is desirable.

Required Skills & Experience.

Experience in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of emergency programs. Experience of managing programs in a complex and rapidly evolving security context

A good understanding of political, socioeconomic, and cultural contexts of Somalia

Sound understanding of humanitarian principles as contained in the Sphere, HAP Standards, and other relevant international humanitarian guidelines.

Good planning, analytical, and project management, and report writing skills

Strong oral and written communication skills, with ability to express ideas and concepts concisely Proficiency in Microsoft Office packages specifically: Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint

Ability to prioritize assignments and manage a variety of complex tasks under tight deadlines

Ability  to  establish  and  maintain  cooperative  working  relationships  with  government  departments,

humanitarian agencies, and the local communities.

Ability to perform efficiently and effectively under emergency conditions and under pressure and use judgment in making quick decisions.


All employment offers with Action Against Hunger are conditional upon the receipt of satisfactory references and the signing our code of conduct, Safeguarding Policy with a particular focus on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Child Safeguarding. This position will also be subject to robust reference and background screening checks.

How to Apply

Applications, including CV with cover letter and 3 professional references to be sent via email to:

hr-recruitment@so-actionagainsthunger.org not later than 28th November, 2021 clearly mentioning the position

on the subject line. Emergency Coordinator

Female Candidates are encouraged to apply

Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

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