HEKS/EPER, Swiss Church Aid is the aid organisation of the Protestant Churches of Switzerland and has its headquarters in Zurich/Switzerland. HEKS/EPER provides humanitarian and emergency aid and tackles the causes of hunger, injustice and social deprivation both in Switzerland and abroad. HEKS/EPER has its own coordination offices in approximately 20 key countries and around 200 projects worldwide. HEKS/EPER is a member of the ACT Alliance. For more information, visit our website http://www.HEKS/EPER.ch/en/.

HEKS/EPER is looking to recruit a strong candidate to fulfil the role of

Regional Humanitarian Aid Coordinator Asia

Duty station: Bangladesh: Cox’s Bazar for up to 1 year, later Dhaka Start of employment: As soon as possible or upon agreement

The mandate:

  • Support the management and development of HEKS/EPER emergencies response projects in Asian countries in cooperation with HEKS/EPER Country Offices
  • Technical support to country offices, with regular field visits
  • Temporary deployment to the country after an emergency until the country office can manage the project without technical support
  • Act as a humanitarian Aid Delegate in any country in Asia with an emergency, where there is no country office or where the country office will not manage the emergency
  • Establish an office and hire a team
  • Manage the office (HR, Admin, Finance, Logistics, Programmes)
  • Manage the emergency response projects through direct implementation or implementation through partners
  • Lead the development of humanitarian aid project proposals
  • Coordinate closely with the Country Director (if Development Cooperation Country Office is present in country)
  • Deployments can take up to the whole duration of the HEKS/EPER response on relief and rehabilitation. (The first deployment is Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, immediately after resuming the position)
  • For countries in Asia without ongoing humanitarian crisis: Capacity Building of HEKS/EPER Country Offices
  • Train country offices on emergency response
  • Facilitate the country offices to develop Country Disaster Response Plans
  • Networking
  • Participate and actively contribute in regional Forums relevant for Humanitarian Aid
  • Proactively fundraise with institutional donors including EU/ECHO, USAID, DFID, etc.
  • Develop intensive relationships with government, UN Agencies, INGO representatives

Required profile:

  • University degree in a relevant field (Disaster Management, Sociology, Rural Development, Human Geography, Anthropology, etc.)
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in the humanitarian sector with at last 5 years in a senior management position in an INGO
  • A proven track record of acquisition of funding with large donors such as USAID, ECHO, EU, DFID
  • Knowledge of the UN’s cluster system
  • Sound knowledge of proposal writing, budget management, monitoring and evaluation

Excellent representation, networking and negotiation skills

  • Ability to work in insecure settings and under pressure
  • Flexibility for long term deployments in the region. (E.g. initially up to a year to Cox’s Bazar, similar long-term deployments in other countries after an emergency)
  • Ability to work both independently and with teams, excellent facilitation skills, sensitivity for gender & social equity and local culture
  • Language skills: excellent written and oral proficiency in English
  • Bangladeshi nationals only

Our offer:

  • An interesting and challenging position in a dynamic international context
  • A competitive salary package

Please send your application at latest until 27 May 2018 to HEKS/EPER (international@heks.ch). Only short listed applicants will be contacted.

Proposals must include:

  • A cover letter providing an introduction to the applicant, their relevant experience with reference to examples of previous work and their availability for the assignment
  • CV
  • Completed questionnaire which can be downloaded here: https://en.heks.ch/media/2323

Applications with missing documents will not be considered.

For further information on the position please contact HEKS/EPER Desk Officer Sebastian Zug (sebastian.zug@heks.ch).