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Regional Humanitarian & Emergency Affairs (HEA) Advisor

Job Description

*Position location to be determined by home country (home office) of successful candidate within the West Africa Region where WVI is registered to operate. Local contract.


The Regional Humanitarian & Emergency Affairs (HEA) Advisor will actively participate in regional efforts to ensure that National Offices (NO) mitigate against, prepare for and respond to emergencies, either via indirect support or punctual, direct intervention and that upon withdrawal of regional support, a sustainable Humanitarian & Emergency Affairs (HEA) capacity remains. The Coordinator will ensure that the quality of World Vision (WV) emergency response engagement is in place which corresponds to the standards set by the Humanitarian Industry and World Vision internally. This includes: appropriate structures, internal and external standards, staffing, resources, research and documentation, policies for emergency preparedness, response, and mitigation and transition management. The Coordinator will assist the Director in humanitarian operations including: response management, resilience programming, disaster mitigation, assessments, documentation, research, adoption of emerging humanitarian initiatives and capacity building. Responsibilities include deployment to a crisis situation within 24 to 72 hours and remaining in the response for up to max. 3 months. In non-crises periods, this includes supporting the development of disaster preparedness plans, facilitating of training and capacity building initiatives, and promotion of disaster mitigation models around the region.

This position is based in Dakar, Senegal. The Coordinator will also work with development colleagues and partners to contribute to resilience building at the community and regional levels within the 7 WAR National Offices.


Strategic Planning:

  • Support the annual Macro Regional Risk Mapping exercise, and support the HEA Director in ensuring the report’s findings are used to inform related planning and resource allocation across the West Africa Region (WAR).

  • Contribute to the HEA TEAM goals and preferred futures to position WV’s ’ emergency response ministry as a competent and effective humanitarian agency by ensuring that the Region responds professionally to all Categories of emergencies as defined by World Vision’s criteria for response.

  • Assist National Offices (NO) to intentionally include HEA programming as an integral part of their national strategic and operational plans.

Capacity Building:

  • The regional HEA Advisor’s position is crucial in ensuring national office and regional teams capacity is strengthened through training, exposure and service.

  • Ensure that National offices have plans to improve capacity in disaster management in alignment with national and partnership strategies.

  • Coordinate learning events both online, face-to-face and mentoring opportunities.

  • Work with HEA GC capacity building team to adapt training curricula and manual to needs and contexts of West Africa region.


  • Lead the West Africa Region HEA team in ensuring that national offices have the knowledge, skills, resources tools and capacity to maximise mitigation, preparedness, response and transition at a community level.

  • Assure that National Offices have a functioning NEPRF in place as per the NEPRF policy guidelines.

  • Ensure that Regional Rapid Response Team capacity is recruited, built and developed.

Preparedness, Mitigation and Resilience:

  • Work with the Director in the development of regional strategies and proposals, and recommend response measures and structures aimed at mobilising WV to engage in developing emergencies in the region.

  • Work with the National Offices (NO) to ensure they have adequate Disaster Management capacity.

  • Develop materials and carry out disaster management capacity building, incorporating internal and external humanitarian standards.

Emergency Response/Deployment:

  • Provide timely assessments, monitoring and analyses of countries at risk of large scale emergencies throughout the region.

  • Provide relevant technical skills as requested in pre-crisis assessments to prepare assessment reports and preparedness plans.

  • Act upon and follow-through on early warning and pre-positioning planning phases.

Innovation, Quality Assurance and Accountability:

  • Assist the regional HEA team to be at the forefront of new themes and thinking as it impacts on Disaster Management and resilience practices and policies.

  • Lead and/or participate in Lessons Learned events and initiatives in the region and at HEA Fora.

  • Build mechanisms for gathering, analysing and communication of lessons-learned and ongoing documentation of best practice and innovation to the region and the partnership.


  • 5+ years’ experience in program design, proposal development and project implementation at the field level.

  • Experience in coordinating and managing field operations in either relief or development environments.

  • Ability to manage teams during emergency responses.

  • Disaster management and resilience programming knowledge.

  • Cross cultural experience.

  • Ability to maintain performance expectations under harsh living conditions that includes insecure environments and psychologically stressful conditions.

  • High degree of negotiation and persuasion skills.

  • A team builder committed to capacity building and the transfer of knowledge. - Preferred

  • Must be able and willing and to travel up to 50% of the time including long-term deployment of up to 3 months to a crisis situation.

  • Regional Office environment with frequent National Office visits. Possible field working environment during deployments.