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Head of Humanitarian Programming

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War Child UK
London, LND, Reino Unido
Publicado hace 21 días

War Child’s Humanitarian Response aims to reach more children quickly in ‘real’ time humanitarian settings, when their lives are torn apart and when they need our support most. We intend that our humanitarian work is undertaken primarily through partnerships, innovation and technology, and we aim 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 our humanitarian capability, with a focus on our existing niche areas, i.e. Child Protection, Education, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support and Youth Engagement, while complimenting it with relevant and context specific activities. During COVID-19 and several other crises in 2020 and 2021, we strengthened 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 and families affected by the war in Ukraine. Initially, War Child worked with partners in Moldova and Romania to assist them respond to the refugee influx from Ukraine during the first few weeks of the war. As many Ukrainian refugees either dispersed to other countries or returned to Ukraine, War Child now plans to shift its main focus to working with partners inside Ukraine. We aim to support partners who are assisting displaced children and families within the country, as well as those who are affected by the war in their home communities. An important next step will be the development of a strategy, programmes and partnerships to assist war-affected children within Ukraine.

War Child, the specialist charity for children affected by conflict. For more than two decades we’ve delivering high-impact programmes that are rebuilding lives across Afghanistan, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Central African Republic and Yemen. We understand children’s needs, respect their rights, and put them at the centre of the solution - from reintegrating children formerly associated with armed groups and armed forces (CAAFAG) in the Central African Republic to reuniting children with their families in Afghanistan. We look forward to a world in which the lives of children are no longer torn apart by war. This is a vision that can only be realised through the collective actions of children themselves, communities and their leaders, organisations like War Child, governments and key decision makers.

Child safeguarding and Adults at Risk

Our work with children and at-risk adults to keep them safe is the most important thing we do. We are committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults in all areas of our work. We have zero tolerance for any behaviours and practices that puts children and/or vulnerable adults at risk of abuse and/or harm. 

Your role

You are a dedicated and dynamic head of humanitarian programming with excellent hands-on experience in leading humanitarian responses and humanitarian functions within organisations, and working with multiple stakeholders in humanitarian affairs.

You will lead the joint humanitarian function for both War Child Holland and War Child UK and be responsible for leading the further development of War Child’s humanitarian policies, strategies and framework for humanitarian action, in consultation with War Child colleagues in country, regional and headquarters offices.

In close coordination with Country Directors, and based on assessments, you will recommend whether and how War Child should respond to humanitarian emergencies, and you will have authority to direct the nature, scale and methodologies for response within agreed overall parameters.

You will be expected to lead the first phase/scale-up of certain War Child emergency responses as necessary including leading the emergency response team on the ground. At this time, the priority focus is on leading War Child’s humanitarian response to the Ukraine crisis.

You will report directly to one of the Directors International Programmes in either War Child Holland or UK and will work closely within both organisations to fulfil the role.

Your responsibilities

(1)    Lead the further development of War Child’s humanitarian policies, strategies and framework for humanitarian action.

·      Review and keep up to date War Child’s policies, strategies, procedures and methodologies for humanitarian action - based on: humanitarian values, principles and standards; priorities set out in War Child’s organizational strategy; as well as learning from our previous humanitarian work

·      Consult with War Child colleagues in country, regional and headquarters offices to understand perspectives on our humanitarian work

·      Engage in the external humanitarian sector to keep updated on broader sector developments and to contribute within policy forums

·      Ensure that War Child systematically learns from our experience in humanitarian work

(2)    Improving the speed, coverage, focus and quality of real-time humanitarian assistance (including, but not limited to emergency management). This work has a strong component of programme quality and implementation. In practice, this means that this specific result area is mainly internally focused.

·      Supporting country offices and partner organisations by providing guidance, training and advice to War Child offices, staff and partners on policies, strategies and framework for humanitarian action

·      Managing War Child’s Emergency Start-Up Funds, a key catalyst to strengthen our humanitarian work 

·      Building the interest, confidence, and capacity of the country, regional and headquarters offices to take up humanitarian work and embrace change; ensuring that War Child offices understand expectations for engagement in and impact of our humanitarian work

·      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

·      Building partnerships

(3)    Lead and manage War Child’s (Ukraine) emergency response programme development and coordination with partners. Responding to the Ukraine crisis is a current high priority for the Jobholder, but responding to other humanitarian crises in the future will emerge as well.

·      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

·      Develop an updated plan for the medium-term response in Ukraine. Ensure that the response has clear impact goals and targets, and make programme, partnership and funding allocation decisions, after consultation with relevant internal & external stakeholders

(4)    Internal humanitarian leadership, coordination & management

·      The Jobholder has authority to direct the nature, scale and methodologies for humanitarian responses within overall parameters decided upon by the Directors of International Programmes

·      Establish clear structures and procedures for decision making related to humanitarian responses involving country, regional and headquarters management as appropriate

·      Act as the focal point for internal stakeholders on coordination of emergency responses and coordination of information with internal stakeholders

·      Recruit and manage War Child’s Emergency Response Team, as may be needed and depending on allocations of budget

·      Work closely with War Child’s humanitarian information management focal points to finetune reporting and information management procedures and regular coordination meetings (including SitReps, Virtual Operations Room, etc)

·      Work closely with Communications & Advocacy managers 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

(5)    External coordination

·      Engage with local partners, international humanitarian organisations, global humanitarian policy and coordination forums, and other stakeholders relevant to the thematic and geographic scope of War Child’s developing humanitarian work

·      Support partners in their humanitarian coordination roles as relevant

·      Act as War Child’s focal point for communications and advocacy purposes, for example interviews with media

·      Collaborative work with War Child’s advocacy and communications teams to strengthen War Child’s humanitarian positioning, profile and reputation

·      Collaborative work with War Child’s 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

  • Responsible for creating a culture committed to the safeguarding of children, and adults and compliant to WCUK’s Child Safeguarding and Adults at Risk policies

These duties provide a framework for the role and should not be regarded as a definitive list. Other reasonable duties may be required consistent with the grade of the role.


You are

·      Bachelor’s degree in international development, humanitarian affairs, social science or work, health, business management, communication, or other relevant field

·      At least 5 years of hands-on experience in managing humanitarian responses on the ground

·      At least 3 years of experience developing and coordinating humanitarian response programmes (including planning, programming, partnerships and budgeting)

·      Experience developing and managing organisational humanitarian capability

·      Team leadership and management experience

·      Previous experience working with civil society organisations/ international NGOs

·      Commitment to strengthening local leadership of humanitarian work, including nurturing partnerships with local partners and building on their existing capacities

·      Strong skills in planning, budget management, programme implementation, and MEAL

·      Ability to understand and manage the information needs and expectations of multiple internal & external stakeholders and provide 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 UN or 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

War Child’s Humanitarian Response aims to reach more children quickly in ‘real’ time humanitarian settings, when their lives are torn apart and when they need our support most. We intend that our humanitarian work is undertaken primarily…

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  • Flexibilidad
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    A Tiempo Completo
  • Tipo de contrato
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  • Fecha límite de postulación
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    17 de agosto de 2022
  • Educación
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    Formación Corta
  • Nivel de Experiencia
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    Mando intermedio
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Al menos 63.000 GBP
/ año
Circa £63,000 per annum, full-time equivalent if UK-based. If based in Amsterdam or War Child country offices, local salary scale and T&Cs will apply.


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A distancia
El trabajo se puede realizar en cualquier lugar en Reino Unido
Ubicación Asociada
Studio 320, 53-79 Highgate Studios, Highgate Road, London, LND NW5 1TL, United Kingdom

Cómo aplicar

·      Please upload your English CV (maximum of two pages) and cover letter by using the following hyperlink: https://warchild.onlinevacatures.nl/job/241240/apply

·      Submit a completed application form by 11:59pm on 17/08/2022

·      Due to limited resources, we will contact only the shortlisted candidates

·      Interviews will be held on a rolling basis.

·      If you have any questions about reasonable adjustments before or during your application, we welcome the opportunity to talk about what we can do to fairly adapt our process for you. Please share what you’re comfortable with to help us put the right support in place, by emailing recruitment@warchild.org.uk. Anything you tell us will be kept completely confidential by our HR team.

·      We are unable to provide sponsorship for this post. In order to apply, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the country where this role is based.

Contact information

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: Jon Mitchell, Director of Programmes and Advocacy, jonm@warchild.org.uk. For general information about working for War Child please visit: https://www.warchild.org.uk/who-we-are/careers

·      Please upload your English CV (maximum of two pages) and cover letter by using the following hyperlink: https://warchild.onlinevacatures.nl/job/241240/apply

·      Submit a completed…

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