Humanitarian Experts for DFID Deployments - Humanitarian Adviser (Generalist)

  • Senior-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 20 September 2018
  • United Kingdom
  • Closing on 18 November 2018

Job Description

The Humanitarian and Stabilisation Operations Team (HSOT), contracted by Palladium International Ltd, provides the Department for International Development (DFID) with humanitarian services and the UK Government’s Stabilisation Unit (SU) with stabilisation support.

HSOT works with DFID to lead the UK Government’s response to humanitarian disasters in co-operation with the United Nations, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, non-governmental organisations and governments of disaster affected countries. HSOT activities include deploying humanitarian specialists to disaster sites to gather information and coordinate with others. The Team is able to operate on a stand-alone basis and may support the deployment of search and rescue teams.

HSOT maintains a database of humanitarian experts to provide skilled consultants to DFID.


Humanitarian Analysis and Advice
* In line with the DFID overall humanitarian policy, advance the case for principled humanitarian action (based on humanity, impartiality, neutrality, and independence) in DFID’s programming as well as contribute towards a response strategy as required;
* Make the case for programming that is consistent with best practice, best available evidence, and in line with the response strategy;
* Review and approve analysis by Reporting Officers and Humanitarian Affairs Officers (or other appropriate sources) as required;
* Based on this analysis and on consideration of relevant DFID humanitarian policy, make recommendations for programmes and positions to DFID (HQ or Team Leader in the Field). This may include recommendations for precise allocations of funds by sector and partner; and
* Provide specialist technical advice in one or more sectors which may include but are not limited to: Health, WASH, Nutrition, Protection, Food Security, Cash Transfers, Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Education, Shelter, Camp Management, and/or Civil Military Coordination.

Quality Assurance and Monitoring
* Organise and/or participate in field monitoring visits where feasible and follow up on findings;
* Review implementing partner reports against agreed aims, and flag and follow up areas of concern;
* Identify partners’ institutional strengths and weaknesses and advise remedial actions, paying special attention to performance against previous commitments (special measures);
* Encourage implementing partners to coordinate and cooperate where possible to achieve the best overall humanitarian outcomes;
* Feedback lessons learned to DFID (Headquarters or Team Leader) as they are identified; and
* Establish a system for tracking DFID attributable results for the response.

Personnel Management
* Some roles, such as Team Leader, may require personnel management of personnel including other HAs, Humanitarian Affairs Officers (HAO), and Reporting Officers (RO). This can include approval of travel requests, expense claims, leave coordination, etc; and
* In such a role, the HA would be expected to cooperate closely with the Security Adviser on a risk management strategy and to implement the strategy in their team.

Representation and Relationship Management
* Stay in contact with relevant DFID departments including Humanitarian Policy Team, Press and Digital Communications team etc;
* Liaise closely with implementing partners including multilateral agencies, non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations, and private sector;
* Liaise with national and local government representatives, UK government bodies such as Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Ministry of Defence (MoD), other departments as applicable, and any other relevant actors in the context;
* Represent DFID to international forums, overseas governments and authorities, possibly at a senior level;
* Support facilitation of a DFID communications strategy which does not detract from due attention to programming and/or response; and
* Participate in and support international coordination mechanisms as required.

DFID Business Support
* Lead on developing draft submissions, information notes, briefings, and parliamentary correspondence for DFID and HMG;
* Give substantial input into the development of DFID business cases for response interventions; and
* Contribute to DFID’s internal lessons learning processes.

Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience Required
* Ideally, a Master’s level qualification or equivalent in a subject relating to the humanitarian field.
* Significant experience leading a response to a rapid onset disaster/complex emergency;
* Extensive senior level experience of working in developing countries and/or in fragile and conflict affected environments;
* Strong programme management skills;
* Substantial demonstrable experience of working in a senior capacity in humanitarian operational environments, in a head office and field environment;
* Excellent networking and representational skills at all levels, including Government, UN, RC Movement and NGOS;
* Demonstrable knowledge and experience of humanitarian theory, practice and architecture, humanitarian risk assessment and planning and managing humanitarian responses;
* Exceptional organisational and prioritisation, and ability to deal with a varied, demanding, often conflicting and rapidly changing workload;

Location(s): England

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.

Location: England

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