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Publicado el 06 de Septiembre de 2022

ECHO Regional Office (RO) for Latin America and the Caribbean, based in Panama City, is looking for a Regional Programme Officer Disaster Preparedness

Fecha límite: 27 de Septiembre de 2022

The European Commission’s Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) is in charge of the European solidarity with people in need all around the world and aims to better coordination and disaster response inside and outside Europe. DG ECHO is based on the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence. Every decision ECHO takes must be in accordance with these four principles which are at the heart of the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid.


ECHO Regional Office (RO) for Latin America and the Caribbean, based in Panama City, is looking for a Regional Programme Officer Disaster Preparedness


Minimum requirements:


Education:   A relevant second level university degree or equivalent professional experience. A post-graduate degree in Humanitarian Action / Development Cooperation will be considered a plus.


Knowledge and Experience:              

Demonstrate a minimum of 5 years of relevant humanitarian working experience at national or international level in managing programmes / project operations, including at least 2 years of experience with an NGO, donor or national / international organisation.

Experience and excellent knowledge on humanitarian assistance, Specific experience in disaster preparedness, including anticipatory actions, protection, social protection, climate change adaptation and urban contexts

Relevant experience in working in close coordination with regional and national institutions will be an advantage.

Very good understanding of Humanitarian Aid principles, policies, and standards.

Very good knowledge of international NGOs, UN Aid agencies and Red Cross Movement.

Good knowledge of LAC region’s humanitarian context, risks and hazard exposure.

Excellent command of Office Software package (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Internet explorer, Outlook.)

Excellent drafting skills.


Languages:            Excellent command of English and Spanish (oral and written). French will be an asset.


Job description:   

-The incumbent serves as Programme Officer Disaster Preparedness and support the Technical Assistant in charge of ECHO Portfolio in the Caribbean in ECHO Regional Office based in Panama City and carries out activities to contribute to the delivery of an effective humanitarian response.

-The job holder provides technical support and advice related to disaster preparedness to the different ECHO offices and partners in the region.

-S/he carries out assessment and monitoring of disaster preparedness needs across the region.

-S/he conducts appraisal, monitoring and evaluation of projects related to disaster preparedness f assistance in compliance with DG ECHO policies.

-S/he participates in the related DG ECHO technical groups

-S/he prepares reports on the humanitarian situation in the country/region, including any political, economic and security events relevant to the analysis of the humanitarian situation in the country/region.

-S/he collaborates with RO thematic experts on implementing cross-sectoral issues (protection mainstreaming, nutrition, social protection, nexus…) and involvement of ECHO staff in the preparedness and resilience agenda.


Travel is required (both domestic and international.)


This position is open to nationals and other residents of Panama with valid work and residence permits or professionals able to obtain such permits.  Depending on the situation, the duration of the contract could be indefinite or definite for one year renewable on a yearly basis.


DG ECHO applies a policy of equal opportunities. Our recruitment policy is based on respect for diversity, maintaining the gender balance, as well as the balance between professional and private life, and support for training and development opportunities.


As a reference, the base salary offered to a person with 5-year experience (the minimum required for the post) is PAB 4,385.00 and it could be higher based on the years of relevant professional work experience supported by a work certificate from previous employers. i.e. with 10 years of work experience the salary would be PAB 4568.00


The national staff members observe a Code of Conduct published on: https://ec.europa.eu/echo/who/about-echo/field-network_en


Contracts will be ruled under the Panamanian´s labour legislation.


How to apply, interested candidates should send:

·    a cover letter (maximum of 1 page) setting out the candidate’s motivation and suitability for the position;

·   a detailed Curriculum Vitae in English (maximum of 3 pages) in the Europass CV Template only which can be found at http://www.europass.cedefop.europa.eu;

·    academic and employment certificates certified true copy by the applicant.

·    name, position and contact number/details (telephone, e-mail) of three references, one of them being from the last employer.

·    a copy of the valid work and residence permit to live and work in Panama (when available for non-Panamanian candidates).


To the e-mail address LAC.HR@echofield.eu with the subject "ECHO-VACANCY Programme Officer PTY DP". Applications must be received no later than September 26th, 2022.


Any processing of your personal data will be done in accordance with the applicable EU legislation (Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices, and agencies and on the free movement of such data.


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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  NO INFORMATION WILL BE GIVEN BY PHONE. Any form of canvassing, soliciting, or influencing will be treated as disqualification.

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