HSOT Deputy Director, Response

City of London, United Kingdom
Apply by 6 May 2018
Executive-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 7 April 2018

Job Description

The Humanitarian And Stabilisation Operations Team (HSOT) is contracted through Palladium International Ltd by the Department of International Development (DFID) and the Stabilisation Unit (SU) to provide support services and an operational team delivering advice and assistance on humanitarian disasters and emergencies.

Main Job Purpose:
To manage the delivery of Palladium’s Humanitarian Assistance service package to DFID and SU in accordance with the contract established 01 November 2017 - 31 October 2022 and subsequent contracts as appropriate.

Main Responsibilities of Job:

Contract Management:
* Contribute to the preparations of Expressions of Interest (EOI), contract bids, contract amendments and extensions.
* Assist the Team Director in maintaining and developing effective working relations with DFID and SU officials and staff of other organisations with which HSOT works on DFID or SU’s behalf
* Provide senior management support to HSOT in the absence of the Team Director .
* Act as a member of the HSOT Management Group. Lead and participate in sub-management teams, formulating and implementing agreed operational and contractual strategy and policy.

Operational Management:
* Assist the Team Director in ensuring that HSOT operations are adequately resourced with funds, staff and material.
* Effectively plan and manage all HSOT operational work in UK and overseas when required.
* Effectively manage the provision of advice on humanitarian policy, emergency engagements, disaster reduction, institutional and technical, as appropriate and when requested.
* Promote due care and management of DFID and SU assets held by HSOT including regular and meaningful reporting of Team activity to CHASE.

People Management:
* Motivate, lead and performance manage all staff within the Humanitarian Preparedness and Surveillance and Response components to the safe and successful achievement of HSOT’s contractual obligations on behalf of Palladium.
* Provide high quality line management support, development and guidance to staff members that report to you.
* Work with staff in order to plan the aims, objectives and priorities of their role, and set clear expectations for quality, accuracy, timeliness, and hold staff accountable to this.
* Comply with the annual APR cycle and provide clear advice, guidance, support, mentoring, coaching and access to formal training programmes as appropriate for professional development within the role, in order to motivate and enable staff to achieve consistently high performance.
* Ensure new staff are appropriately welcomed and inducted, and take all reasonable steps to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of their staff.
* Oversee the effective distribution of staff tasks and work portfolios according to individual expertise and job roles within the Humanitarian Preparedness, Surveillance and Response Components.
* Promote & encourage consistency, integrity and transparency across HSOT.
* Assess and co-ordinate current/future resources as well as development requirements in order to maximise staff potential and capacity in line with best practice.

Degree level and preferably a professional qualification in a relevant specialism. In exceptional circumstances substantial experience will be considered in lieu of academic qualification.

* Substantial solid field experience in humanitarian emergencies including substantial time as team leader. This should include advisory & operational experience in the field, and significant number of years at managerial or senior managerial level.
* Proven track record in results delivery.
* Knowledge of international humanitarian architecture.
* In addition the holder of this position should ideally have:
* Experience of managing teams in complex environments.
* Awareness of current UK humanitarian policy.
* Experience of either commissioning or undertaking evaluation, and of evaluation methodologies.
* Experience of successful project administration, delivery and reporting.
* Knowledge and practical experience of designing and implementing safety and security protocols for hostile and difficult environments

The technical competences required are as follows:
* Humanitarian risks assessment and analysis.
* Planning and managing humanitarian responses.
* Humanitarian theory, practice and architecture.
* Disaster resilience theory, practice and architecture.
* Practical experience of running humanitarian operations.
* Knowledge of the effectiveness agenda, the international humanitarian system, and institutional and organisational knowledge.

Maintain full readiness to undertake overseas deployment and 24-hour on-call senior manager response cover when required.

* Humanitarian Specialism: Design, implement, monitor and advise on effective strategy.
* Project Planning: Design, Work Breakdown Structure Stakeholder Analysis, Resourcing and Exit.
* Project Implementation: Resourcing, mobilising, activity scheduling and monitoring, milestone review and adjustment.
* Project Financial Management: Project budgeting, cash flow monitoring, currency exposure, risk management.

About the Organization

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

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