Deployment Manager (Deployable) - Global Humanitarian Surge Platform

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 11 October 2019

Job Description


The Global Humanitarian Surge Platform (GHSP) operates on behalf of the members and SCI, and is dedicated to identifying, developing and deploying skilled and experienced surge staff from across the movement to meet the needs of our domestic and international responses. This helps to improve our response quality, timeliness, and effectiveness; ultimately, this will save the lives of children and their families. The platform is responsible for:

  • Ensuring our humanitarian responses have access to suitably skilled and experienced staff they need to deliver a high quality and timely humanitarian response;
  • Managing the end to end deployment process for all surge deployments;
  • Identifying and developing future humanitarian surge staff to meet the needs of our responses;
  • Identifying new and innovative ways to meet the surge needs of our responses.

The Deployment Manager is a key role within the deployment management function of the new GHSP and will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring the safe, rapid deployment of trained, pre-cleared humanitarian staff to all categories of humanitarian emergencies;
  • Providing a quality and timely service to meet the surge capacity needs of response teams;
  • Implementing fit for purpose, end-to-end deployment systems and processes;
  • Providing direct line management to a cohort of Humanitarian Surge Team staff (HSTs) and support to Humanitarian Standby Surge (HSS) and Humanitarian General Surge (HGS) as assigned.
  • Deploying to emergencies (up to 50%).

The Deployment Manager will work closely with other GHSP staff and will build strong relationships Regional and Country Office staff involved in Humanitarian Response; and will also liaise with other key stakeholders across SCI and Save the Children Members.



  • Experience in a management position and of managing a team of remotely located, staff with cross functional specialisms with demonstrable cultural sensitivity
  • Field based management experience gained within multiple emergency response contexts, grounded in pragmatic and solution orientated outcomes in sectors such as programs, operations or HR.
  • Prior experience working in challenging circumstances (including long hours at little or no notice in the event of a major, sudden onset emergency)
  • Dedicated people manager, competent in coaching and mentoring others, with the ability to provide personal support to a diverse cohort of humanitarian staff
  • Ability to engage and influence senior decision makers within a humanitarian response
  • Experience of ensuring adherence to organisational policy, practice and systems which ensures compliance with legal/regulatory requirements and organisational risk management standards.
  • Experience as a champion and advocate of good Child Safeguarding and Anti-Harassment practice.
  • Demonstrable planning and co-ordination skills.
  • Proven ability to drive continuous improvement and develop new ways of working.
  • Highly developed relationship building, influencing, negotiating and interpersonal skills.
  • Adaptable working style; effective when working in situations that may appear ambiguous.
  • Clear thinker who remains calm and focussed when working under pressure, with experience in delivering results in exceptional circumstances.
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English (both verbal and written).
  • Quality focussed with strong attention to detail.
  • Willingness to deploy/travel up to 50%.

Highly Desirable

  • Fluency in French.

About the Organization

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy

More information

Global Humanitarian Surge Platform - Deployable Deployment Manager - Final.docx

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