Location: France (Paris)
Closing date: 30 Jul 2008
Job Description

Action contre la Faim, set up in 1979, is one of the main French NGOs. A publicly-recognized humanitarian association, Action contre la Faim France, with a budget of 64 M€, was active in 20 countries in 2006 and heoped around 2,8 million people thanks to its 293 expatriates and 3329 local staff in the field. As an international network, Action contre la Faim is represented in Paris, London, Madrid, Montreal and New York. Teams in the field combat on the four fronts of hunger : nutrition, food security, health and water. Action contre la Faim is also developing activities in advocacy and witnessing.

Seeking for our « emergency» team : An Emergency Operational Coordinator – (M/F) – full time.


Abroad (around 50% of the time) under the responsability of the desk officer in charge of the country concerned, in liaison with the financial, logistics and technical departments, you will be given the following tasks:

1. Implementing the operational response for an emergency mission by the AcF international network;
2. Carrying out exploratory missions and diagnostic interventions ;
3. Giving technical support to teams in the field in coordination posts.

In this framework, you will be responsible for:
- proposing strategies and functional frameworks, budgetary structures, organization of implementing the strategic, organizational, coordination and information-transmission aspects of projects ;
- provide local coordination with other actors ;
- guarantee respect for the Charter of Action contre la Faim and the security regulations ;
- negotiate budgets with partners and sponsors in the field ;
- négotiate the requisite authorizations with local partners ;
- direct a team of local staff and/or expatriates.

In France (50% of the time), you will be answerable to the Operational Director and will be charged with the following missions:
- improving and putting into practice tools to manage emergencies ;
- improving and putting into practice non-emergency tools ;
- participating in drafting operational reports ;
- participating in the training plan for volunteers ;
- representating / communications missions towards partners of Action contre la faim.

In addition you will manage and lead a team composed with 5 persons (logistic coordinator, administration coordinator, Food Aid coordinator, nutrition coordinator and water and sanitation coordinator) who participate with you to the management of the emergencies.
Profile sought:
- Experienced Action contre la Faim Head of Mission, with 3 years’ experience in an NGO in management posts;
- extensive experience of operations in emeregency contexts linked to natural and/or political catastrophies (food distribution, setting up nutrition centres, provision of drinking water to refugee camps);
- solid experience in security management (RedR training appreciated) & in team management
- experience of multi/sponsor, multi/zone operations;
- you are dynamic, at ease when communicating and and can handle a media feeding frenzy;
- high mobility, availability, physical and psychological strength;
- aptness for team work, ability to draft and synthesize, diplomatic sense;
- Fluent French and English, Spanish an advantage;
- Mastery of pack office.
Vacancies Contact
Please send your application (letter of motivation, CV and valid resident permit) by 14 July 2008 under references CDMPOOLU-0608 to Marie BONNAT by e-mail only to: recrut@actioncontrelafaim.org