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GOAL is an international humanitarian agency established in 1977 and currently operational in 14 countries world-wide. GOAL has an annual budget of approximately EUR155 million and is supported by a range of donors including the Irish Government, UK Government, USAID, and the European Union.

General Description of the Role

The Humanitarian Officer is part of GOAL’s Emergency Response Unit (ERU). The ERU provides overall leadership and guidance to increase GOAL’s capacity to respond to rapid onset disasters and support with the ongoing complex emergencies and fragile settings. Particularly, the ERU will help in the preparedness of GOAL’s country offices and HQ, guide the strategic positioning within the humanitarian sector and is ready to deploy to new emergencies to set-up GOAL’s first phase response. The unit comprises of the Head of the Emergency Response and Humanitarian Advisors that work closely with the other departments across GOAL.

Members of the ERU are part of the first response team that can deploy in a rapid onset disaster or lead new entry into a protracted crisis.

Main Objectives of the Position:

  • Deploys as surge capacity to support Country Offices responding to disasters
  • Supports the organization of simulation exercises including all relevant stakeholders to test and operationalize the Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans
  • Support Country Offices on raising alerts, proposal development, implementation, and reporting of emergency projects
  • Supports with the development of guidance and policies around emergency preparedness and responses
  • Creates and manages the ERU’s internal communications and knowledge tools including the internal and external SharePoint, ERU digest, and the Emergency Focal Point Network TEAMs space
  • Leads on making the Emergency Focal Point network platform interactive to encourage peer-learning to create a Community of Practice (or internal working group) within GOAL to share learnings and best practices among country programs.
  • Produce analytical information products for risk monitoring and mapping to assist with broader Humanitarian thinking and ERU strategy.
  • Helps to ensure that emergency response programme planning, and implementation is in line with GOAL’s standards, ensuring donor compliance and accountability to affected populations, donors, and other stakeholders.
  • Represents GOAL on the START rota assigned to the organisation
  • Increases efficiencies in our internal systems through the digitalization and/or streamlining of internal processes

Personal specifications:


  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in the humanitarian sector
  • Experience working with institutional donors and emergency projects
  • Strong evidence of good interpersonal and communication skill and 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 English, French and Spanish including excellent verbal and written skills.


  • Experience in Emergency Preparedness and/ or Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Knowledge, skills, or experience that can support GOAL’s objectives in building up a capacity building network with local NGO/CBO aiming for a localization of aid.


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