HIAS – Regional Humanitarian Manager, Africa & Eurasia (Nairobi).

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Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts, and history of the Jewish people – a history of oppression, displacement, and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities, and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history, and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.  

HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency, and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community, and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission, and values. 


HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and opportunity. 


Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives. 


Welcome • Acogimiento • Hospitalité • Hachnasat Orchim

We Welcome the Stranger 

Justice • Justicia • Justice • Tzedek

We Pursue Justice 

Empathy • Empatía • Empathie • Chesed

We Approach our Clients with Empathy 

 • Compañerismo • Coopération • Chevruta

Position summary

HIAS is hiring a Regional Humanitarian Manager, Africa & Eurasia who will support the International Programs, Emergency Response and Institutional Development teams in their joint efforts to expand programs, establish partnerships and diversify funding across HIAS programs in Kenya and Chad. The Regional Humanitarian Manager, Africa & Eurasia will also work to expand programs in other targeted locations aligning with HIAS’ core programming (legal protection, gender/GBV, MHPSS, and economic inclusion) and emerging humanitarian and protection needs for forcibly displaced populations in Africa. They will build and support relationships with key regional and country donors, including government, private, and UN agencies, with a strong focus on HIAS’ core programming, emergency programming, humanitarian response, and protection. They will proactively work to identify and cultivate donor networks and potential partnership opportunities that align with HIAS’ core programming, and will develop, write and coordinate funding applications. The Regional Humanitarian Manager, Africa & Eurasia will act as a representative for HIAS at donor meetings, with UN and other multilateral organizations, at cluster meetings, and other relevant coordination platforms. 

External responsibilities

  • Cultivates and builds relationships with donors, partners and funding agencies, with a particular focus on networks operating from the Nairobi hub for the UN, as well as USAID, ECHO, FCDO, bilateral and the IFRC and prospects to support ongoing HIAS programs in Kenya and Chad. 

  • Explores expansion for preparedness efforts linked to HIAS’ core programming, and emerging humanitarian and protection needs for forcibly displaced populations in Africa.  

  • Participates in outreach to and in-person meetings with new and potential donors to increase the profile of HIAS programs and its funding portfolio. 

  • Represents HIAS in regional forums and meetings in the humanitarian area, including with regional entities, UN humanitarian agencies, other NGOs, partners, region-based emergency donors, inter-agency working groups, etc. 

  • Proactively stays involved within the international development, protection and emergency response networks and forums to stay abreast of latest developments, innovations, and best practices. 


  • Works closely with International Programs and Institutional Development teams to develop and prepare funding documents and applications. This includes proposals, identifying potential funding opportunities, drafting concept notes, and pitching concepts for unsolicited proposals to donors.  

  • Works with other Institutional Development staff to research and identify potential funders and adds to fundraising strategies for countries and technical areas as needed. 

  • Coordinates with International Programs and the Emergency Department on emergency focused needs assessments, program design, and start-up relating to emergencies.  

  • Coordinates with International Programs and the Emergency Department for country office trainings focused on emergency preparedness and response.  

  • Ensures internal communication on proposal and reporting deadlines, guidelines and policies to Programs and Finance staff, updating the online grants tracking tool, and other tools as needed to ensure proposals and reports are delivered efficiently and on time.  

  • Supports proposal development together with country staff for new and existing institutional donors, ensuring a high quality and winning submission. 

  • Develops materials for regular communications with funders and prospects, and as requested by other departments. 

  • Monitors donor trends, relevant grant-making rules and regulations for changes and developments. 

Qualifications and requirements

  • Undergraduate degree required, and Master’s degree preferred.   

  • 5-7 years of progressive experience in development or humanitarian emergency response field, with direct work experience in Kenya and/or Chad preferred. 

  • Significant experience researching and identifying major new funding prospects.  

  • Proven experience receiving grants from government, private and corporate donors, especially Bureau of Humanitarian Affairs and ECHO. 

  • Ability to work independently. 

  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills. 

  • Significant financial and budget management experience and skills. 

  • Previous professional or volunteer work in international programming targeting refugees, IDPs or other communities affected by displacement.  

  • Exceptional relationship building skills; must demonstrate a strong sense of vision, a collaborative work style, and the capacity to engage support and supporters for HIAS. 

  • Strong organizational and time management skills with ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment; able to adapt quickly to changing circumstances.  

  • Demonstrated experience representing organization in coordination and high-level meetings and delivering concise briefings. 


HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship status, religious creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, military status, protected veteran status, political orientation, or other legally protected status. 








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