Skip to content

Apply for this position

Apply Now

Job Title:Senior Humanitarian Advisor - Disaster PreparednessReporting to:Head of the Emergency ResponseJob Location:GOAL HQ in Dublin – Base flexibility possible

GOAL is an international humanitarian agency established in 1977 and currently operational in 12 countries world-wide. GOAL has an annual budget of approximately EUR130 million and is supported by a range of donors including the Irish Government, UK Government, USAID and the European Union.

TheSenior Humanitarian Advisors (SHAs) are a part of GOAL’sEmergency ResponseUnit led bythe Head of the Emergency Response (ERU). The ERUprovides overall leadership and guidance toincreaseGOAL’scapacity torespond torapid onset disastersandsupport with theongoing complex emergenciesand fragile settings.Particularly, the ERU willhelp in the preparedness of GOAL’s country offices and HQ,guide the strategic positioning within the humanitariansector andis ready to deploy to new emergenciestoset-up GOAL’s firstphaseresponse.The unit comprisesofthe Head of theEmergency Responseand 3 SHAs that workcloselywith theother departmentsacrossGOAL.Members of the ERU arepart of the first response team that can deploy ina rapid onset disasteror lead new entry into a protracted crisis.

General Description of the Role:

The primary function of the Senior Humanitarian Advisor (SHA)forEmergency Response Preparednessis tolead theEmergency Preparednessand Response Planning processat HQ and country level and makePreparedness Plans fit for purposeand test and refine these throughsimulationsand after-action reviewsto ensure that GOAL can effectively respond to crises.Therole will involveapproximately50% travel and may be based in Ireland or overseas.

Main Objectives of the Position:

To support the effective preparatory action, planning, design, management and monitoring of GOAL’s emergencyresponsepreparedness; specifically:

  • Support GOAL country offices in their emergencypreparedness planning throughtrainingand adviceon Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning
  • Give technical input and support toensure that Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans arefit for purposeand operational
  • Organize and help leading simulation exercises including all relevant stakeholders to test and operationalize the Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans
  • Ensure that emergency response programme planning and implementation is in line with GOAL’s standards, ensuring donor compliance and accountability to beneficiaries, donors and other stakeholders.
  • Conductafter-action reviewsthat help to improve theEmergency Preparedness and Response Plans
  • Create and lead a Community of Practice (or internal working group) within GOAL to share learnings and best practices among county programs.
  • Help identify and develop partnerships with other organizations that can complement and enhance GOAL’s preparednessandengagementwith the localisation agenda
  • Serve as Emergency Coordinatorsduring a first response tosudden onset humanitarian emergencies in new or existing country programmes;
  • Gap fill as required for vacant senior managerial positions within GOAL’s existing humanitarian and emergency programmes.
  • Support preparedness for and delivery of market sensitive and emergency cash transfer response actions.

Personal specifications:


  • Minimum oftenyearsofinternationalexperiencein implementing humanitarian programmes
  • At least four yearsof experience ininstitutional strengthening forEmergencyPreparednessor ContingencyPlanningwith anINGO or Civil Defence/National Risk ManagementAgency
  • Notable experience of deploying in response to rapid and slow onset emergencies, including inan emergency response teamlead role.
  • Strong evidence of good interpersonal and communication skilland positive “can do” attitude.
  • Highly flexible and organised, able to manage multiple, simultaneous demands and willing to take on new tasks(potentially involving travel) on an ad hoc basis.
  • Be able to work both on one’s own initiative and as part of a team in a high-pressure environment while adhering to deadlines.
  • Fluency in Englishand one other languageincluding excellent verbal and written skills.


  • Certification as an instructor/trainer in disaster preparedness.
  • Experience as a trainer andfacilitatorin disaster preparedness
  • Experience working with or in collaboration with Civil Defence Agencies
  • Strong understanding of thehumanitarian agenda andlocalisation agenda and experience of engaging and working with local partners, ideally including the development ofstrategy partnershipsfor emergency response.
  • Strong knowledgeofDisaster Risk Reductionand Resilience
  • Experience of engaging with the cluster coordination systems and key international humanitarian networks.

Accountabilitywithin GOALA commitment to GOAL values and GOAL’s integrity framework is critical to working with GOAL. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas ofaccountability: 1)Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols; 2) Report any concerns about the welfare of a childor vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area; 3) Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.

SafeguardingChildren and vulnerable adults whocome into contact withGOAL as a result of our activitiesmust be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.

Equal Employer StatementConsistent with GOAL’s core values of humanitarianism; integrity; respect; partnership and courage, we place a significant emphasis on equality in our working environment.GOAL is committed to treating all its employees with dignity and respect and values diversity, which it believes enriches an organisation. To reinforce this commitment, all company activities, policies, practices and procedures are to be carried out in accordance with this global standard.All employees share in the responsibility for fulfilling GOAL’scommitment to equal employment opportunityand equal treatment. GOAL does not discriminate against any employeeor volunteer; or any applicant for employment or volunteering on the basis of age, gender identity, ancestry, political opinion, civil status, medical condition, ethnic background, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.GOAL believes that our strong commitment to equal opportunity and equal treatment helps to ensure that there is no unjustified discrimination in the recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, compensation, benefits, retention, and discipline of staff and volunteers.GOAL aims to provide a work environment that fosters fairness, equity, and respect for social and cultural diversity, and that is free from discrimination, harassment [andvilification] as determined by applicable laws.

General Terms and ConditionsThis Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document.

Apply for this position

Apply Now