London, Greater London

£48,000 - £52,000 pa


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Job Description

Do you want to be part of an organisation that fights for children every single day? Then join us as Humanitarian Operations Lead, in this key role, you will provide leadership and motivation across the Humanitarian Operations Team, building a balanced and agile team able to surge into emergency responses and meet the demands of a changing humanitarian sector.

Our Humanitarian department integrates emergency and development work, through our country programmes. It increases our capacity to meet the assistance and protection needs of children and their families affected by crises. Together, we save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfil their potential.

As Humanitarian Operations Lead, you will have opportunities to influence strategies and planning of both emergency responses and the wider humanitarian department and provide input into development of new and existing endeavours and projects that support the wider humanitarian sector. These endeavours include the hosting of the Start Network and strong ties with Elrha and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, all three of which are ground breaking in their work. In addition, you will:

  • Lead upon the assigned workstream, or specific strategic projects, as agreed with the Director of Humanitarian Operations, ensuring that objectives are reached, quality outputs are produced, and resources are used in an efficient manner.
  • Oversee implementation of HD strategies and priorities in humanitarian response and facilitate resources required for an effective response (emergency funding, HR, Supply Chain etc.) are available, particularly for large categorised responses.
  • Participate in, or lead as appropriate, working groups, organisational projects and initiatives on behalf of the team. Provide input to the development or revision of strategic operational systems and guidelines, ensuring these are fit-for-purpose for emergency response needs.
  • Provide support to Humanitarian Operations Advisors in their role as line managers, enabling them to provide supportive supervision and development opportunities to the team under their line management.
  • Identify needs, and deliver capacity building and training on systems, processes and operational aspects of emergency response within SCUK, SCI and the wider movement

To be successful you must have extensive experience from a wide range of emergency situations, strong line management and project management abilities coupled with the desire and commitment to work in a very changeable and agile environment. Our ideal candidate will have a forward leaning approach to work, the ability to multi task across both project management and line management responsibilities, and be an ambassador for supporting great team dynamics that focus on both wellbeing and delivery of results. In addition, you will have:

  • Degree level education or equivalent in a field relevant to international development and/or humanitarian response. Up-to-date knowledge on current humanitarian issues, such as application of humanitarian core principles and humanitarian quality frameworks (e.g. Sphere, CHS).
  • Significant experience of working in a senior management role and managing multi-cultural teams, building capacity and providing support.
  • Proven ability to lead and hold accountable large teams working on diverse projects.  Confident working within a network of working groups and teams, and through a matrix management structure.
  • Practical experience in project design and management, including logical frameworks, M&E concepts and budget monitoring including complex programmes.
  • Experience of leading change at an operational and strategic level, including external representation, with a variety of stakeholders, including donors, humanitarian actors, sector networks etc.  A high degree of flexibility and adaptability in order to respond to changing needs and priorities
  • You must have excellent English verbal and written communication skills and one other main language (French, Spanish, Arabic) to a level of being able to work. 

You must be able to deploy to the field as and when required, often at short notice.

At Save the Children we are committed to the safeguarding and protection of children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work with children are recruited to work for us. This post is subject to a range of vetting checks including a criminal records disclosure.

Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. If you share our mission, are passionate about making it happen and strongly believe you can contribute then join us and we'll give you every opportunity to succeed. We look forward to hearing from you.

To apply please visit our website.

Closing date: 20th January 2018