The Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)

USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is the office within USAID responsible for providing emergency non-food humanitarian assistance in response to international crises and disasters. USAID/OFDA leads and coordinates the U.S. Government’s humanitarian assistance efforts overseas, responding to an average of 70 disasters in more than 50 countries every year. USAID/OFDA fulfills its mandate of saving lives, alleviating human suffering, and reducing the social and economic impact of disasters by ensuring that aid reaches people affected by rapid onset disasters, including earthquakes, volcanoes, and floods, as well as slow-onset crises, such as drought and conflict. USAID/OFDA also supports disaster risk reduction activities to reduce the number of lives and livelihoods lost during a disaster and to help communities become more resilient to future crises. The mandate is achieved in coordination with affected countries, other U.S. Government agencies and offices, other donor governments, international organizations, U.N. relief agencies, and non-governmental organizations.

OFDA has a six division office structure: Africa Disaster Response (AFR), Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, and Central Asia Disaster Response (ALE), Operations (OPS), Program Support (PS), Preparation, Strategic Planning, and Mitigation (PSPM), and Humanitarian Policy and Global Engagement (HPGE). The structure allows OFDA to engage effectively in the Agency’s Resilience Agenda, disaster risk reduction (DRR), and technical and global leadership in humanitarian assistance, while also strengthening interagency coordination.

USAID/OFDA has more than 300 staff worldwide and in Washington, D.C., to help countries prepare for, respond to, and recover from humanitarian crises. USAID/OFDA’s teams are recruited through a number of hiring vehicles including PSC Contracts, Institutional Contractors, and USDA Forest Service Office of International Programs. Find out more about USAID/OFDA at our web site.

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