Farringdon, Greater London
£26,690 - 31,400
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Fixed term contract until August 31, 2020

Do you want to play a key role in an organisation which stands up for children? Join us as a Programme Officer for the Migration Emergency Response Fund (MERF) and play an integral role in managing the MERF alert cycle, which aims to allow its 24 member agencies quickly respond to new or unforeseen needs along the migration routes in North, West, and Central Africa.

In our Humanitarian department, we fight for children every single day. We integrate emergency and development work, through our country programmes. We increase our capacity to meet the assistance and protection needs of children and their families affected by crises. We go the extra mile - and we don’t rest until the work is done.

As Programme Officer you will manage and implement the MERF alert cycle in order to enable the Start Network to deliver on its commitment to activate and disburse the MERF funds within 72 hours to one week depending on the type of crisis. You’ll facilitate country-based staff to discuss emerging crises and activate the MERF where relevant, supporting the MERF Manager with reporting and processing project disbursements. You will ensure that MERF alert and project data is accurately recorded, working with the MERF programme manager to set up structures for gathering and centralising the information relevant to the programme. In addition you will:

  • Support record keeping of all grant documentation, project data, and MERF contacts
  • Link with external information sharing platforms (for example, the Mixed Migration Centre and IOM) in order to filter and share useful information with the team and other relevant stakeholders
  • Manage the relationship with the contractors (ACAPS and REACH) who provide external third-party briefings
  • Work with the wider team to develop communications products (articles, blogs, case studies, etc.)

To be successful you have a good understanding of the intricacies of the Mediterranean migration context, with excellent verbal and written communication skills and previous experience in the humanitarian sector.  Experienced in providing physical and virtual training, you’ll have strong data management and analysis skills, with proven problem-solving skills in order to understand the range and content of the programmes’ work and provide practical solutions to operational challenges. Additionally, you will have:

  • A flexible and initiative-taking attitude with the ability to manage an unpredictable workload
  • Strong computer skills including word processing, presentation and use of spreadsheets
  • Willingness to travel occasionally in the region
  • Experience working with Start Network and Start Fund, or other rapid response mechanisms is desirable
  • Fluency in French and/or Arabic is desirable.

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.

If you share our belief in the power of children, join the fight. It takes relentless determination, creativity and a real commitment to real change. Because every child should be able to make their mark on their world, and help to build a better future. We look forward to hearing from you.

To apply please visit our website.

Closing date: 5th March 2020

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Posted on: 21 February 2020
Closed date: 05 March 2020
Tags: Project Management, Operations