Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is currently seeking a talented professional for the role of a Program Manager -
Disaster Response. This individual will lead the development and implementation of HFHI Disaster Risk reduction and Response strategy in Latin America, working with LA HFH national organizations and with particular emphasis on those geographical areas subject to seasonal natural hazards.
This position will be based in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Key Responsibilities :
Implement, manage, and support disaster risk reduction and response projects in field locations, including travel to current / proposed project areas to perform rapid assessments, project formulation and inception, training and capacity-
building, collaborating with the HQ Disaster Response Department.
Establish coordination and networking relationships and seek collaborative work and partnerships with other humanitarian / development agencies involved in disaster response.
Lead the regional HFHI DRRR focal points team as a community of practice as well as serve as a liaison between regional and global DRRR teams.
Ensure the on-going capacity building of HFH DRRR related staff in the region.
Assist HFH national organizations affected by disasters and / or complex emergencies in developing programs to increase their capacity to meet shelter and housing needs of their communities.
Facilitates and provides guidance in transition from temporary / emergency shelter activities to standard, long-term HFH construction practices.
Develop disaster response processes and policy protocols for LAC AO. Assess existing business procedures relating to disaster response and make recommendations for strengthening response programs while promoting mitigation and disaster preparedness activities, techniques and awareness.
Evaluate and make recommendations on project organization issues, logistics, program delivery and methods of construction.
Advise and train staff in shelter, housing and settlement related issues, particularly in areas of new and alternative / innovative concepts, entrepreneurships and construction processes that support the goal of disaster risk reduction and post-
disaster holistic shelter assistance.
Develop and train national programs in community based Disaster Risk Reduction tools like PASSA,VCA, SPHERE .
Explore funding opportunities and write proposals to obtain funds to develop capacity in NO's, support responses to disasters within the region and implement Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation projects.
Lead and collaborate with the Area Office teams and departments to mainstream Disaster Risk Reduction, Mitigation and Response Strategies in normal operations specially in urban context, and participate as team member in other global or regional strategic initiatives contributing.
Key Requirements :
10 years of related professional experience.
Fully bilingual English - Spanish.
5 years minimum experience in facilitating processes and / or managing prevention, mitigation, prepareness and disaster response programs and projects, and aliances in a multinational environment / Excellent spoken and written communications / Systemic thinking and analytical problem solving / Alliances and partnerships promotion and management skills / Strategic vision.
Mapping knowledge using GIS open source systems.
Knowledge of the Humanitarian Architecture and global Humanitarian standards (Sphere, CHS, etc).