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Emergency Coordinator at Action Against Hunger | ACF-International

Posted on Tue 18th Feb, 2020 - --- (0 comments)

Action Against Hunger is the world’s hunger specialist and leader in a global movement that aims to end life-threatening hunger for good within our lifetimes. For 40 years, the humanitarian and development organization has been on the front lines, treating and preventing hunger across nearly 50 countries. It served more than 21 million people in 2018 alone.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Emergency Coordinator

Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Department: Operations

Job Summary

  • The position is based in Maiduguri, Borno and will be supervised by the Deputy Country Director - Northeast. The Emergency Coordinator will oversee the development, appropriate implementation and coordination of AAH Nigeria’s multi-sectoral emergency program strategy in NE Nigeria under a Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM).
  • To ensure AAH’s agreed role in RRM in geographical locations and sectors, and taking a lead role in ensuring the effective coordination of the RRM with other actors. Support the DCD-NE to elaborate the AAH context analysis, ensuring linkages internally and externally to gather relevant information to advocate for a principled, coordinated response.


  • Emergency Program Strategy and Humanitarian Alert Analysis

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Oversee NE Nigeria emergency / rapid response programming to ensure the effective and efficient design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of emergency program portfolio.
  • Serve as the primary focal point within AAH for gathering and consolidating information on humanitarian alerts and updates through a system of internal contacts (Field Coordinators, Security Managers, Field teams) and external contacts and coordination mechanisms (local authorities, community leaders, RRM Coordination Cell) to inform AAH context analysis and adaptation of the AAH Nigeria Emergency strategy in close coordination with the DCD-NE.
  • Develop an internal tracking and follow up database for relevant humanitarian alerts and updates.
  • Ensure that any rapid response programming is in line with the Country Strategy and AAH's vision.
  • Work with DCD-NE and Regional Technical Coordination team to generate viable projects in line with Country Strategy and ensure cohesive links and referrals across AAH humanitarian programming.
  • Work closely with Advocacy & Protection Coordinator to ensure protection mainstreaming in all emergency interventions and to ensure protection monitoring activities inform AAH multisector response and contextual understanding.
  • Ensure that systems, tools and resources are in place to guarantee that RRM projects are: Designed, planned and implemented based on sound analysis, in line with humanitarian principles, consistent with AAH's standards for program quality and AAH technical positioning.
  • Ensure the regular production and/or review of AAH RRM monitoring tools including Detailed Project Implementation Plans, Activity Progress Reports, Budget and Supply Follow‐up, etc.
  • Put in place proper monitoring and evaluation systems to demonstrate impact of AAH’s emergency program and that learning is incorporated to ensure ongoing improvements.
  • Provide regular internal and external reports, and other relevant information on program activities, policy matters and external relations, based on agreed formats and schedules.
  • Identification of new opportunities for intervention and discussion with DCD-NE.

Objective 2:

  • Program Implementation

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Management of the RRM team in Borno; adapt the team structure according to needs, resources and capacities if required, with support of DCD NE.
  • Ensure high quality project implementation in accordance with donor and AAH regulations as well as in line with agreed log frames/indicators, budgets, procurement plans, and work plans. Monitor and manage program expenditure and budgets, ensuring resources are optimally utilized and spending is in line with AAH financial procedures and Donor requirements.
  • Ensure multi-sectoral needs assessments are carried out to inform the implementation of AAH emergency programming: Monitor the humanitarian situation and contribute to the prioritization of areas of intervention; Compile, review and disseminate multi-sectoral assessment reports internally and externally; Present summary results of multi-sectoral assessments; Supervise the MSA team remotely and in the field, depending on security situation and needs; Oversee correct implementation of tools and methodologies for assessments
  • Coordination with other RRM actors (UN, INGO) to ensure coherence of response, use of correct tools, development of new tools as needed.
  • Identify staff among AAH teams and train and develop AAH Nigeria expertise in RRM programming.
  • Ensure coordinated planning with logistics to ensure sufficient support to assessment and response teams.
  • Support the team to develop and maintain relationships with the relevant local authorities and key stakeholders.
  • Development and implementation of robust remote monitoring plans, capacity building and other identified areas of support.
  • Ensure that relevant beneficiary data is collected, compiled, analyzed and distributed and that relevant assessments are conducted in the project area.

Objective 3:

  • Access and Security

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Lead the preparation, regular updating and implementation of a dedicated security plan for RRM interventions in line with AAH standards and procedures.
  • Ensure collaboration with Safety and Security Coordinator ensuring safety of teams on assessment and response missions and ensure appropriate security plans for field missions are in place, and to discuss support needs for new areas of intervention. Ensure appropriate measures are taken for access and safety on assessment and response missions.
  • Ensure coordination of security protocols and management where RRM activities overlap with on-going AAH program locations.
  • Participate in security networking at all levels for NE interventions and support analysis of the information gathered and contribute to risk and context analysis.
  • With DCD NE develop an understanding of access strategies with AAH NE field teams.

Objective 4:

  • External Relations and Partnerships

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Support DCD-NE to develop and enhance relationships betwwen the Mission and donors' representatives, Civil Society, Private Sector, Government agencies and other humanitarian organisations.
  • Establish and maintain good relationships with relevant counterparts/departments of the government, the locally‐represented multi/bi‐lateral donors, UN agencies, foundations, international and national NGOs and civil society organizations.
  • Support and work effectively in coalitions and networks in the respect of principles of equality, transparency, result oriented approach and complementarities.
  • Attend RRM Coordination meetings with other actors and ensure coordination of joint / one-agency assessments and responses.
  • Support field staff to develop contacts and coordinate closely with stakeholders including local authorities, security actors, community representatives and CBOs where relevant.
  • Represent AAH in external coordination mechanism in support of DCD NE as needed.


  • A Bachelor's Degree in International Development, Political or Social Science, Economics, Business Administration or related field (Masters Degree Preferred).
  • At least 6 years of work experience preferably in humanitarian or development work with at least 3 years of experience in Management.
  • Significant experience with INGOs, particularly in complex emergencies and high-security environments. Previous experience with AAH in emergency and post‐emergencies an asset.
  • Essential experience in RRM implementation/coordination in similar contexts.
  • Excellent management skills (HR, projects, stress management)
  • Advanced knowledge of donors’ guidelines and procedures (ECHO, UNICEF, DFID, OFDA, etc).
  • Ability to organize, train and motivate a multicultural team.
  • Proven ability to build external relationships with diplomacy, tact and professionalism in a complex and demanding environment.
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Strong analytical capacity for program design and development.
  • Disciplined and able to work and arrive at decisions autonomously with minimal guidance.
  • Fluent in English (professional English needed).
  • Excellent drafting and written skills.

Application Closing Date
28th February, 2020.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note: Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply


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