Disaster Management Advisor

US Forest Service International Programs (hired by contractor)

About the organization

The USFS Office of International Programs promotes sustainable natural resource management, biodiversity conservation and disaster management internationally. By linking the skills of the field-based staff of the USFS with partners overseas, the agency can address the world’s most critical forestry issues and concerns, as well as improve capacities to respond to major disasters. The USFS regularly engages the agency’s wide range of expertise in over 90 countries, for programs on sustainable forest management, climate change, combatting illegal logging, fire management, improved systems for responding to disasters, and other topics.


In support of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in Ethiopia and the US Forest Service Office of International Programs (USFS), Management and Engineering Technologies International, Inc (METI) may seek one full-time disaster management advisor to work with partners in Ethiopia to implement specific aspects of the Ethiopian National Incident Management System (NIMS). This skills search outlines activities and objectives for a potential full-time Advisor position.

Responsibilities of the Disaster Management Advisor will include but are not limited to:
• Establish and mentor emergency operations centers (EOCs) and coordination platforms such as MACs in interested regions and federal level. Get deployed to the regions to activate EOCs in case of the emergencies.
• Initiate training and capacity building activities for partner staff.
• Maintain effective relationship with senior leadership of relevant disaster management organizations to motivate them and advocate for the NIMS coordination structures to ensure their buy-in. Advocate for the decentralized authority for NIMS component activation, disaster declaration, response planning and resource mobilization.
• Prepare quarterly and annual reports for USAID and USFS; Provide thorough program analysis and disaster management recommendations to the USFS/IP program manager and USAID;
• Provide program implementation support including, but not limited to, recruiting and onboarding


• Minimum 5 years’ experience working in disaster management;
• Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in disaster management or related field;
• Professional written and spoken proficiency in English required;
• Prior experience implementing NIMS (Incident Command System, Emergency Operations Centers, Multi-Agency Coordination groups, etc) and conducting NIMS training;
• Prior experience serving on an Incident Management Team or staffing a live incident using NIMS;
• Proven ability to work well with multi-level stakeholders; strong interpersonal skills; and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment;
• Prior international experience strongly preferred;
• Familiarity with disaster management and development issues in Ethiopia preferred;
• Strong writing, organizational, and communication skills;
• Ability to represent the US government at meetings and in interactions with international donors, local governments, international NGOs, and civil society;
• Strong ability to work independently in difficult conditions while maintaining productivity;
• USAID or other donor experience strongly preferred.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Position Location: Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with potential for local travel in support of project activities.

Recruitment Process
• If a qualified applicant is located, the individual would be hired through a contractor. The position is slated to begin June 1, 2020.

Application Instructions
Please email your resume or CV and a cover letter to: [email protected] by September 30, 2019. Please include “Ethiopia Disaster Management Advisor” in the subject line. In the body of the email, please indicate where you saw this posting.

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