Emergency Roving Response Coordinator At FHI 360


FHI 360 is harnessing its four decades of development experience to provide humanitarian assistance in crisis-affected countries. FHI 360’s Crisis Response Team (CRT) meets the urgent needs of people whose lives are jeopardized by conflict, disaster, or displacement. FHI 360 has two open positions on its external roster for a Roving Response Coordinator. The successful candidates will deploy, as necessary, supporting leadership gaps in ongoing missions and providing interim leadership to new programs. This position will travel to field locations designated as hardship and dangerous. Candidates must be ready to deploy with short notice.

Scope of Work

The Roving Response Coordinator is ultimately responsible for meeting the project’s deliverables during the specified time in mission. Liaising with the Crisis Response HQ team, the Roving Response Coordinator is responsible for the overall leadership and management of all aspects of the project, including overseeing programs, operations, security, financial and administrative properties to achieve the project’s objectives and ensure timely delivery of the program.

The Response Coordinator will establish and maintain relationships with government officials at the national, provincial, and local levels. He/she will also represent FHI 360 to donors, partners, and other local and international stakeholders. Serving as the head of the office, the Response Coordinator will manage personnel, build the capacity of direct reports and ensure that the program meets its target on time, budget and scope.

The Roving Response Coordinator will deploy for coverage and assessments on an as-needed basis. If requested, this position is expected to deploy within 72 hours.

Specific Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Assume overall responsibility for all aspects of the humanitarian response, including management of programs, personnel, logistics, security, fundraising, external representation, and transition planning.
  • Provide direct technical input in developing and disseminating tools, protocols, and interventions for programmatic activities.
  • Lead the refinement of program implementation to identify areas for improvement and propose appropriate technical strategy and guidance.
  • Oversee quality and consistency of programs through on-site monitoring to ensure and enhance program effectiveness and quality.
  • Represent FHI 360 and the project as the most senior member of the in-country team to external stakeholders.
  • Manage relationships with host country governments, NGO counterparts, and other external stakeholders.
  • Develop strong working relationships with contacts in the host government and the donor community through formal and informal channels.
  • Advocate with and/or advise peer agencies, local governments, donors, and other stakeholders to influence responses to promote the delivery of inclusive and high-quality humanitarian services.
  • Oversee and ensure compliance with FHI 360 policy, procedures, and practices throughout the program; recommend country or emergency specific policy/procedures as required.
  • Coordinate with the country office (if applicable) and Headquarters (HQ) to troubleshoot any issues and make corrective actions.
  • Provides leadership and team building, immediately identifies challenges, and works with the HQ and Regional teams to overcome them.
  • As necessary, support the proposal writing for new opportunities and cost modifications.
  • Other tasks as requested.


  • Requires at least 8 years leading complex on-site emergency response projects and/or programs
  • Experience establishing startup operations/projects in new countries preferred.
  • Prior work experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO) or government agency, or progressive program management experience in humanitarian assistance or related industry experience in a relevant technical area.
  • Previous experience as a head of mission required.
  • Working fluency in either French or Spanish preferred.

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods.
  • Ability to travel over difficult terrain to remote field site locations that lack basic essentials.
  • Candidate must be in good physical condition and able to carry 10 lbs/4.5 kgs of quick-run supplies for extended periods of time (>2hrs). Must understand that medical care is not readily available at the duty station.


  • Produce monthly reports highlighting the progress made and plans for the subsequent period.

Location of Work

Various countries including fragile and conflict-affected countries. Various climates including tropical and arid. Consultants should expect to be deployed to HIGH and EXTREME risk locations where medical care and infrastructure are lacking.


  • Level of Effort: 10-12 week deployments up to 6 months of the fiscal year.
  • Period of Engagement: October 15, 2021 – October 14, 2022; extension available based on funding. Potential longer-term opportunities are available.
  • Travel and accommodations are provided during mission.
  • Evacuation insurance to be provided during mission.

How to apply

Timetable and Address for Submission

Applications must be prepared in English and delivered electronically. Please send by email to CrisisResponse@fhi360.org by October 15, 2021

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated in accordance with the following criteria:

  • Knowledge of humanitarian emergency contexts
  • Experience providing leadership for humanitarian response programs with similar organizations
  • References
  • Daily rate

Required Documentation

Proposals must include the following components:

  • Current CV
  • Cover letter (max one page) summarizing experience and locations previously worked
  • Name and contact details of three professional references
  • Consultant daily rate

*Only short-listed candidates will be contacted*

Other information

  • Roving Response Coordinator will be paid only for the days worked in mission (based on a 5 day work week).**
  • Danger pay is provided based on the mission and FHI 360’s duty of care policies.**
  • Flights arranged and covered by FHI 360 Travel Department. **
  • Consultants are covered by FHI 360’s ISOS Medical Evacuation Plan.**
  • Consultant will be placed on a master service level agreement outlining specific task orders for assignments. **
  • This RFP will not guarantee work and is based on need. *FHI 360 Disclaimers
  • FHI 360 may perform a background check on any selected Consultant candidates.
  • FHI 360 may cancel the solicitation and not award
  • FHI 360 may reject any or all responses received
  • Issuance of the solicitation does not constitute an award commitment by FHI 360
  • FHI 360 reserves the right to disqualify any offer based on failure of the offeror to follow solicitation instructions
  • FHI 360 will not compensate any offeror for responding to solicitation
  • FHI 360 reserves the right to issue award based on initial evaluation of offers without further discussion
  • FHI 360 may choose to award only part of the activities in the solicitation, or issue multiple awards based on the solicitation activities
  • FHI 360 reserves the right to waive minor proposal deficiencies that can be corrected prior to award determination to promote competition**
  • FHI 360’s supplier terms and conditions can be found here while our consultant terms and conditions can be found here

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