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Humanitarian Adviser - Humanitarian and Stabilisation Operations Team

Company Overview

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

The Humanitarian and Stabilisation Operations Team (HSOT) is contracted through Palladium by the Department of International Development (DFID) and the Stabilisation Unit (SU) to provide support services and an operational team delivering advice and assistance on humanitarian disasters and emergencies.


Working with the relevant HSOT Deputy Director or Humanitarian Operations Manager the post holder will:

- Provide humanitarian analysis and advice to help design and implement humanitarian response strategies for DFID. This will include conducting situation and needs assessments, identifying response gaps where the UK will have the greatest added value, drafting responses strategies, and programming funds (including appraising proposals and drafting funding submissions).
- Support the development and implementation of programme monitoring activities (this will include providing partner performance feedback. On occasion the post holder might be required to plan and participate in evaluation work. 
- Work with policy and programme staff to implement robust project cycle management principles. Where feasible and appropriate, the post holder will provide recommendations for improvement to systems already in place.
- Support the practical application of DFID policies particularly with regards to system-wide initiatives underway to build a more effective international humanitarian response system.
- Where requested, assist DFID with briefings to Private Office, responding to Parliamentary Questions, MPs? letters and enquiries from the general public.
- Maintain contacts among humanitarian policy and practice professionals, including NGOs, the Red Cross family, Multilaterals, donors and the Private Sector as required.
- Where required, support DFID in its dealings with other Whitehall departments (MoD, FCO etc.).
- Monitor key information networks, and proactively communicate relevant information to support CHASE?s disaster response capability.
- Plan and prioritise work such that assignments are undertaken efficiently and effectively, following HSOT procedures in the execution of all functions including financial and administrative duties.
- Contribute to overall HSOT activities in response to DFID requirements, including for example routine reporting, attending meetings in the UK and overseas, and preparing and delivering presentations. 
- Apply knowledge and expertise in identifying and mitigating safety and security threats for self and others.
- Undertake the HSOT Duty Officer role, as required.
- Support the recruitment and selection of humanitarian contractors to HSOT?s humanitarian database (including reviewing applications, assessing tests and conducting interviews, as well as developing and refining selection tools).
- Manage small teams as required, either in the UK or overseas.
- Any other duties as appropriate to the position, as requested.


- Applicants must have a minimum of a masters degree or the equivalent level of academic and professional experience in a subject related to humanitarian work. In exceptional circumstances substantial experience may be accepted in lieu of higher degrees.

- The post calls for an experienced humanitarian adviser with a credible operational record. Candiates must demonstrate a thorough understanding of humanitarian programmes across a range of chronic and acute contexts.   Experience working at Headquarters level, on humanitarian policy issues, is also desirable.

The post holder will have a solid understanding of the international humanitarian architecture including the role and the perforrmance of the various actors. S/he will also be familiar with the main initiatives underway to strenghten the international humanitarian system, including, for example,  the Transformative Agenda.  The applicant will understand system-wide arrangements and schemes that underpin  humanitarian response,  including for example the international financing instruments and  the cluster approach.

The candidate will be expected to work strategically and have the ability to influence internal processes, whilst at the same time have a demonstrated ability to design and implement practical programmes on the ground. S/he will have experience identifying and communicating evidence that helps inform policy.

Applicants will be expected to have broad cross-sectoral knowledge and experience, including for example an understanding of the main themes than support DFID?s disaster resilience agenda.

The post holder must have the ability to work across various Departments in Whitehall (for example with the FCO and the MOD). 

Skills required for the post are:
- Team leadership, team working, strong unterpersonal skills and the ability to initiate and manage work independently;
- Critical thinking, creativity and flexibility, with the ability to work in a range of different environments;
- Effective networking at various levels of seniority;
- Excellent written and spoken communication skills;
- Briefing skills (at senior level);
- Reporting and administration skills;  and,
- Financial management and basic bookkeeping skills.

The technical competencies required for this post are: 

- Humanitarian risk assessment and analysis;
- Planning and managing humanitarian responses;
- Disaster coordination;
- Information management and analysis; 
- Cross-sectoral humanitarian advice;
- Humanitarian theory, practice and architecture;
- Contingency planning;
- Programme management cycle (including the principles of monitoring and evaluation); and,
- Security management.


The post holder will be expected to maintain full readiness to undertake overseas deployment, at short notice for up to 6 weeks in the first instance. The candidate will need to demonstrate high levels of personal resilience and the ability to work long hours, sometimes in the most challenging of environments overseas. The candidate will have a full driving license.

Salary: £52,000 per annum.