Venezuela Humanitarian Response Team Lead Consultant
Global Communities' Department of Humanitarian Assistance (HA) has prioritized the development of a deliberate strategy for the organization's response to the Venezuela crisis, in Venezuela and throughout the region. Specifically, GC is exploring avenues for delivering humanitarian assistance to crisis-affected individuals in Venezuela, as well as opportunities to support Venezuelan refugees and host communities in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Brazil. GC currently has registration, operational infrastructure, and current and past development-focused programming in Colombia and Brazil, but does not have any dedicated humanitarian response professionals in the region. As a start, GC is seeking a Venezuela Humanitarian Response Team Lead Consultant to be GC's primary representative in the region for humanitarian response, and contribute directly to the development of GC's immediate and long-term humanitarian response plans and activities in Venezuela and the broader region. The Team Lead Consultant is based in Colombia and reports to the Regional Humanitarian Advisor.
The Team Lead Consultant will be the primary humanitarian assistance focal point for GC in Venezuela, Colombia, and the broader region, and will be responsible for representing GC to donors, government stakeholders, and partners; identifying funding opportunities; managing administrative tasks as required; and developing humanitarian response plans and donor concept notes/proposals.
· Represent GC at relevant NGO, UN, and government coordination meetings and events in the region that pertain to the Venezuela crisis.
· Identify and engage directly with potential donors who support humanitarian assistance and early recovery/resilience-focused programming in Venezuela and the region.
· Meet bi-laterally, as needed, with other local and international NGOs working in the region to gain a full picture of who is doing what where to respond to the crisis.
· Through coordination fora and bilateral meetings, create an analysis of priority humanitarian needs, disaggregated by sector and location, and identify priority needs that are not being sufficiently met by other actors
· Identify potential programming opportunities for GC based on the above needs analysis
· Identify and vet prospective local implementing partners and emergency response activities in Venezuela and the region.
· Over the course of the consultancy, design at least three potential response activities and contribute substantially to the development of at least three concept papers and/or proposals for USAID/OFDA and other priority donors, with the support of HQ based business development and budget staff.
· Meet with relevant donor representatives to present and discuss potential GC programming ideas
· Explore requirements and process for GC registration in Venezuela
· Ensure that GC maintains registration in Colombia; support registration requirements (financial reporting etc.) as required
· Manage up to two local national support staff, as required
· Identify any necessary financial management, accounting, and human resources processes and procedures to establish an effective office in Venezuela
· Needs assessment outlining priority needs
· Updated contact list, noting key contacts met, and priority donors and stakeholders in the region
· Weekly check-ins with HQ BD staff, and weekly bullet-point summary of meetings attended
· Report on donor funding levels, current implementing partners, sector/geographic priorities in the region, and timelines and requirements for submission of concept notes/proposals
· Detailed report on who is doing what where for the crisis
· Three donor-ready concept notes and/or proposals for humanitarian assistance activities
The anticipated period of performance for this assignment is four months, from approximately December 2019 – March 2020.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
· Demonstrated understanding of business development and design of humanitarian programming
· Prior experience managing and implementing humanitarian assistance programming
· Excellent oral and written communication skills, coordination skills, analytic skills, and interpersonal skills
· Demonstrated ability to work independently in an effective manner
· Demonstrated understanding of USAID/OFDA Dos/BPRM, and other US, UN, and European donor regulations and funding priorities
· Prior experience in developing concepts and proposals for USAID/OFDA
· Demonstrated management experience, preferably in a cross-cultural scenario.
· Humanitarian response, conflict mitigation, or other related field experience required.
· Demonstrated capacity in program design and proposal development.
· Fluent English and Spanish; excellent verbal and written communication skills in both languages.
· Self-motivated, demonstrated capacity to work effectively in a fluid operating environment with minimal supervision
· Master's Degree in International Relations, Conflict Management, or other related humanitarian or international development technical sector.
· At least 8-10 years of progressively responsible experience in the humanitarian, development, or transition field with a focus on business development and program management, including a minimum of three years of field experience in a disaster or crisis response, preferably with a non-governmental organization.
· At least 3-5 years of experience in managing humanitarian programs
· Equivalent combination of education and experience