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Senior Director, Emergency & Humanitarian Programs Full-time Job

2 weeks ago   Administration, Business and Management   Silver Spring   23 views Reference: z3YaOgAgaxq
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Building on its long history of resettlement, protection and advocacy support for refugees, HIAS seeks a Senior Director, Emergency & Humanitarian Programs to continue to build out its capacity to engage in global emergency responses. HIAS’ emergency response efforts will focus primarily on crises of forced displacement, ensuring the provision of critical assistance to vulnerable refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in HIAS’ four Signature Approaches: prevention and response to gender-based violence, community-based mental health and psycho-social support, economic inclusion and legal protection.

The Senior Director, Emergency & Humanitarian Programs inspires, champions and fosters a culture of shared success that supports HIAS to achieve its mission and organizational goals. They develop efficient departmental policies and strategic plans to ensure the relevance, credibility and viability of the organization. They also set annual goals, monitor work in multiple countries/settings and evaluate results, ensuring that departmental objectives and operating requirements are met and in line with the needs and mission of HIAS and our donors. They also represent the organization to external third parties, including donors and partners.

This position will drive forward HIAS’ five-year Emergency Response Strategy and operational plan. This will entail a comprehensive process to strengthen HIAS’ technical and operational abilities to implement acute emergency programming. This includes recruiting skilled staff and surge support, reviewing organizational policies and procedures, developing tools for humanitarian programming and raising HIAS’ profile, reputation and fundraising ability as an emergency response agency. The Senior Director, Emergency & Humanitarian Programs will provide critical leadership and coordination for all new HIAS emergency response operations and support HIAS’ humanitarian programs in existing country offices. Close coordination and collaboration with other departments, both within and outside of the Programs division, is required, as the Emergency Department does not operate independently. The Senior Director, Emergency & Humanitarian Programs reports to the Senior Vice President, Programs and also acts as a key liaison between all divisions (Programs, Global Public Affairs, Executive Office, Operations, Finance) as well as between country teams in coordination with Regional Directors, response teams and headquarters.



  • Provides effective leadership to the Emergency Department and emergency support to field operations to meet annual and long-term goals.
  • Monitors and revises the implementation of the five-year Emergency Response Strategy, working closely with other HIAS staff and departments.
  • Ensures and coordinates all organizational strengthening and capacity-building activities as outlined in the Strategy’s five-year implementation plan.
  • Provides information and guidance in developing goals, plans and procedures to achieve humanitarian assistance objectives.
  • Develops, with input from the regional teams, and implements an annual plan for humanitarian departmental operations.
  • Prepares and manages spending of overall Emergency Department budget.
  • Manages, guides, advises and monitors the performance of a team of full-time staff; maintains direct or dotted lines to regional professionals in LAC and Africa & Eurasia, and others to be determined in consultation with Senior Vice President, Programs and the Human Resources team.
  • Establishes work plans and annual performance goals for direct reports, ensuring timely and quality execution of group deliverables.
  • Serves as hiring manager for Emergency Department staff and provides routine performance review and evaluation.
  • Facilitates coordination and compiles information on quarterly basis for the Early Warning Team.
Company Description
Organizationally, HIAS is guided by its Refugee Rights Framework. This rights-based approach, based on international human rights and humanitarian and refugee law and practice, provides a programming framework for HIAS focus on refugee protection. HIAS programming impact seeks to ensure that forcibly displaced people become contributors to society through the realization of their legal and civil rights and social and economic rights, to include 1) the right to protection from harm, violence and discrimination, 2) the right to recovery from the shock of displacement, and 3) the right to economic self-sufficiency and inclusion.