‘‘A dedicated and dynamic coordinator with excellent hands-on experience in managing emergency responses and consorting multiple stakeholders in global humanitarian affairs”
War Child’s Humanitarian Response (aka as ‘Fast Aid’) is an initiative that aims to reach more children quickly in ‘real’ time humanitarian settings, when their lives are torn apart and when they need our support most. Working through partnerships, innovation and technology, Fast Aid is a catalyst to transform War Child’s collective capability to be a quick, effective and principled humanitarian agency.
Since 2019 we have developed a framework and tools to advance Fast Aid and put consistent and coherent efforts to strengthen our humanitarian work with a focus on our existing niche areas, i.e. Child Protection, Education, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support and youth, while complimenting it with relevant and context specific activities. During COVID-19 and several other crises in 2020 and 2021, we took a big leap and by strengthening our humanitarian response and organizational readiness work. Such an organic step involving actions BEFORE (Preparedness and resilience), DURING (humanitarian assistance) and AFTER (resilience and preparedness) helped to improve our Impact, Influence, Identity and Income.
War Child is currently providing emergency support to children affected by the war in Ukraine.
You are a dedicated and dynamic coordinator with excellent hands-on experience in managing emergency responses and consorting multiple stakeholders in global humanitarian affairs.
You will be responsible to coordinate, develop, and manage War Child’s humanitarian response and humanitarian affairs globally, with a focus on the Ukraine Emergency Response, and to support in positioning War Child as a credible and principled humanitarian actor for promoting child protection, education, MHPSS and youth affairs in humanitarian settings.
You will report directly to the Director International Programmes. You will be expected to inform IMT when the organisation is responding to major emergencies or preparing for one or in discussions that impact humanitarian action, and collaborate closely with various country offices, affiliates, and teams.
Improving the speed, coverage, focus and quality of real-time humanitarian assistance
· Making ‘things happen’ on the ground, in real time on context specific and strategic priorities.
· Supporting country offices and partner organisations.
· Manage ‘Fast Aid Start Up Fund’, a key catalyst to strengthen Fast Aid work.
· Support in developing SOPs, policies, guidance, positions- based on humanitarian values, principles, standards, and priorities set out in War Child’s organizational strategy and other relevant strategies in collaboration with the International Programmes Director.
· Building the interest, confidence, and capacity of the country, regional offices and head office to take up humanitarian work and embrace change.
· Recognize the need for more hands-on humanitarian leadership, management, and operational capacities on the ground for longer and sustained periods in real-time settings.
Manage War Child’s (Ukraine) emergency response programme development and coordination with partners
· Work directly with partners (in Ukraine or potentially elsewhere in the future) to coordinate, develop and implement a response relevant to their needs and capacities.
· Make programme, partnership and funding allocation decisions, after consultation with relevant internal & external stakeholders.
Internal coordination and management
· Act as the focal point for internal stakeholders on the emergency response.
· Manage War Child’s Emergency Response Team and work closely with WCUK focal points to coordinate information and develop War Child’s emergency response plan.
· Manage War Child’s Emergency Response Team to establish clear structures and procedures for decision making related to the response.
· Work closely with War Child’s humanitarian information management focal point to finetune reporting and information management procedures and regular coordination meetings (including SitReps, Virtual Operations Room etc).
· Work closely with Director of Communications & Advocacy to review and sign off on materials for War Child’s communication to donors and other external audiences.
· Work closely with the global operations team (logistics, finance and human resources) to ensure their support is aligned with the emergency response program/approach.
· Coordinate with local partners, humanitarian organisations & coordination groups, and other stakeholders relevant to the thematic and geographic scope of War Child’s developing humanitarian response.
· Support partners in their humanitarian coordination roles as relevant.
· Be War Child’s focal point for communications and advocacy purposes, for example interviews with media.
· Collaborative work with the communications team to strengthen the profile and reputation.
· Collaborative work with the Child Protection, Education, MHPSS, Youth, CWTL, Team UP and the Research Team to support niche areas if relevant in contexts.
· Networking, platform, and partnership building and membership in relevant humanitarian initiatives / multi-agency initiatives.
· Bachelor’s degree in international development, humanitarian affairs, social science or work, health, business management, communication, or other relevant field.
· At least 2 years of hands-on experience coordinating a first-phase emergency response (both internal & external coordination).
· At least 3 years of experience developing and coordinating an emergency response programme (including programme, partnerships and budgets).
· Previous experience working with civil society organisations/ international NGO’s.
· Commitment to nurturing partnerships with local partners and building on their existing capacities.
· Ability to understand and manage the information needs and expectations of multiple internal & external stakeholders.
· Ability to establish clear structures and procedures for information management, reporting, and decision making in changeable emergency situations.
· Pragmatic with a flexible approach and an ability to get things done while demonstrating empathy, effectiveness and creativity.
· Cultural sensitivity.
· Result-orientated and proactive by nature.
· Attention to detail with regard routine systems and procedures and cost-conscious.
· Fluency in English is required. Fluency in other languages (eg Arabic, French, Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Spanish, sign language etc) is an advantage.
· Affinity with War Child’s mandate, mission, and core values (Impact, Creativity, Inspiration and Integrity).
· Willing to travel frequently/ be deployed to programme areas and have availability to work remotely within CET due to the nature of the work with existing teams and very short deadlines.
Depending on the duty station, local contract with salary and secondary labour conditions based on the country’s salary scale and T&C will apply.
Location: any countries where War Child Holland has its offices, dependent on local capacity. The successful candidate needs to be eligible to work in that country. Preference will be given to local candidates.
Contract: War Child typically offers an initial contract of up to 1 year with the intention to prolong after that.
War Child is a dynamic organization. We keep an informal ambiance within our office and in our remote work, with lots of room for creativity, inspiration and self-initiative from employees. We practice what we preach: dynamic, innovative, integrity focused, with a drive to reach the highest possible results against the lowest possible costs. War Child offers a challenging job in an inspiring work environment.
How to apply
Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply before 29 April 2022. Make sure to upload your English CV (maximum of two pages) and cover letter by using the following hyperlink:
N.B. War Child will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and reserves the right to close the vacancy if a successful candidate is identified prior to the deadline.
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