Farringdon, Greater London
£38,250 - £45,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

We are looking for a creative and innovative individual to join us as Technical Advisor. You will work within Start’s Anticipation and Risk Financing team, which is hosted within Save the Children UK. 

The Start Network is made up of more than 50 aid agencies, of which Save the Children is one, working across five continents, ranging from large international organisations to national NGOs. The Start Platform maintains a strong relationship with SCUK as the grant custodian of many of the Start Network’s programmes.  The Start Anticipation and Risk Financing Team is a newly formed team which builds off the work of two former teams over the last 3-years. It is managed within Save the Children’s Humanitarian Business Transformation Team but sits with the wider Start Programmes team (SCUK dedicated grant custodian team) and works closely with colleagues in the Start Platform.

As Technical Advisor you will report to the Technical Lead, and work alongside other advisors to drive early humanitarian action through the Start Network. You will be at the fore-front of innovative humanitarian financing, working to develop, test and provide scientific hazard data and models that will be used to monitor risks and trigger financing and early action. Responsibilities of the role include:

• Lead on tasks related to the development, identification and analysis of scientific risk data, statistical modelling and operational decision making within anticipation and risk finance systems and draw consultations on the utilisation of different data sets,  decision-making approaches and tools to manage financial risks. 

• Be responsible for leading on tendering for analytical services to build out models and data tools. 

• Work with technical lead and other key DRF team members to develop the Start Financing Facility mechanics and technical designs.

• Work with the Country Support Manager and Technical Lead to help Start Network members at country-level to identify their risk information needs, including connecting them to local and international risk information providers where available.

• Support the advancement of the technical learning framework, developing materials tools and techniques for building quality country DRF systems.

To be successful you will have experience in developing or testing hazard models and forcasting models with skills in statistical analysis, cat modelling and/or actuarial skills. Innovative and ambitious, you will have an interest in, and understanding of, the challenges in applying scientific data in decision making in humanitarian settings. The ability to think creatively and work well within an ambitious and fast-paced team is also essential. In addition you will have:

• An academic qualification in natural hazard/climate science or mathematics and data and statistical analytics to masters or PHD level.

• Experience of skill, sensitivity and robustness testing of models and data sets

• Strong English writing skills and report writing and experience of translating scientific concepts into simple everyday language

• Demonstrable experience of collaboration, including forging and maintaining effective new relationships and partnerships, often across organisational boundaries.

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.

Closing date: 23rd August 2020



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