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Humanitarian Adviser

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Humanitarian Adviser - Terms of Reference

Humanitarian Advisers are competent humanitarian professionals who can work strategically to influence internal and international processes, and who are able to design and implement programmes on the ground. Advisors provide specialist advice, analysis and support during a response.
Advisors will have strong interpersonal skills and be able to network effectively. They will be able to work in collaboration with a range of partners and disciplines across Whitehall and with humanitarian agencies at country level.

Main Job Purpose

Provide humanitarian advice to guide a DFID humanitarian response.

Essential Qualifications, skills and experience required:

  • 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.
  • Ideally, a Master's level qualification or equivalent in a subject relating to the humanitarian field

Technical competences required:

  • 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 development effectiveness agenda, the international development system, and institutional and organisational knowledge

Desirable skills:

  • Team Leadership
  • Disaster Coordination and Management
  • Contingency planning at government level
  • Briefing at senior level
  • Information Management and reporting
  • Humanitarian advisory capability (generalist and technical)
  • Training of staff
  • Programme management and coordination
  • Financial management and accounting
  • HR and administration
  • Security management
  • Full driving licence
  • Responsibilities

Humanitarian Adviser responsibilities may include:

  • Support DFID and/or DFID partner disaster impact and needs assessments.
  • Recommend programme priorities and strategies as well as appropriate delivery methods.
  • Liaise with DFID staff including field teams (as required), FCO, MoD officials, UN, Red Cross/Crescent and NGO personnel as required.
  • Review partner programme concept notes and project proposals.
  • Track global response budgets and donor pledges.
  • Monitor and report on the performance of international agencies and DFID's partners.
  • Identify institutional strengths and weaknesses and advise remedial actions.
  • Provide humanitarian reports and analysis.
  • Lead field teams (with responsibility for safety and security)
  • Support Field Team Leaders with humanitarian and technical advice as required.
  • Represent DFID to international forums, overseas governments and authorities.
  • Attend and support international coordination mechanisms as required.
  • Provide advice to CHASE OT HQ management.
  • Give technical advice as appropriate and as required.
  • Assist the development of DFID business cases for response interventions.

To apply, please complete a cover form and submit it along with your updated CV to:
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