Head of Humanitarian Programmes

Muslim Aid
£50,000
Closing date: 30 November 2019
Job Type: Paid
Location: East London
This crucial role will lead Muslim Aid’s global emergency surge management through the continual development and management of humanitarian capacity and surge resources ensuring high quality programme delivery to communities affected by disasters.

Who we are:

Muslim Aid are an International not-for-profit providing support to communities around the world affected by disasters, conflict or endemic poverty without regard to their social, religious, or ethnic background. 

We place strong emphasis on long-term development projects that build the capacity of local people helping themselves. In addition to the 11 country offices worldwide we also work with multiple partner offices focussing on sustainable development programmes and providing humanitarian relief during times of crisis.

Summary of the role:

This crucial role will lead Muslim Aid’s global emergency surge management through the continual development and management of humanitarian capacity and surge resources ensuring high quality programme delivery to communities affected by disasters. This includes responding to slow and rapid onset emergencies and supporting communities to become resilient to future shocks.  In all its work, Muslim Aid ensures focus is on the affected population.

About the Role:

The post holder will contribute to the development of the global humanitarian programme strategy whilst providing operational management assistance, funding and programmatic support to the humanitarian team, country offices and working in close coordination with the Regional teams and the International Programmes Directorate. The post also acts as a focal point for World Humanitarian Summit, CHS, and related advocacy issues.

The main responsibilities of this role will be to:

  1. Ensure Humanitarian response programmes are well managed and coordinated internally and externally. 
  2. Ensure that departmental objectives are actively monitored, continuously analysed and adaptable to changing internal and external environments.
  3. Prepare MA humanitarian plans with budgets and initiating a timely and effective emergency response.
  4. Manage the recruitment, identification and deployment of humanitarian surge resources for global emergency responses.
  5. Create and manage systems to support surge staff (including performance management), and regularly analyse and report on the resultant data.
  6. In emergency situations, undertake deployments to field locations in order to assist disaster response efforts through effective surge management and programmatic support.
  7. Work with local MA teams to create action plans, closely monitor project statuses from start to finish, and contribute to the effective implementation and delivery of emergency projects.

About You:

This role is based in the UK and open to individuals with unrestricted right to live and work in the UK. At this stage we are unable to offer sponsorship opportunities.

To be successful in this role: 

  • Significant experience in Disaster Management at national and international level with an International NGO.
  • Knowledge of disaster management and a good understanding of relevant humanitarian and policy issues.
  • Knowledge and understanding of International Humanitarian System and the WHS.
  • Demonstrated understanding in most of the following sectors: Disaster and response management; Community managed disaster preparedness activities; Government (s) led Disaster Management System.
  • Knowledge of the dynamics of national partner organisations and role of the Government, INGOs and UN agencies in humanitarian settings.
  • Good knowledge of best practices in surge capacity.
  • Relevant qualifications in a related field

Why you should apply:

If you are self-motivated, with the ability to work with a high degree of autonomy this role is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious humanitarian response specialist to be able to lead on, build and develop Muslim Aid’s humanitarian capacity and surge resources. This role offers incredible breadth and depth of experience and could be a fascinating opportunity to develop your career.

You will be joining a supportive, highly-skilled, passionate organisation as a specialist in your field. Muslim Aid offer a 35-hour week, generous holiday allowance of 37 days (including bank holidays), flexible working and encourage a healthy work-life balance.

How to apply:

To apply please submit your cover letter (no more than 1 page) and CV to [email protected]

Muslim Aid’s recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children and vulnerable adults in our care/employment.Successful candidates will be expected to undergo a DBS check. In addition, all successful candidates for finance roles will undergo an Experian Credit Check.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief or age. 

Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications will be accepted until closing date, however, Muslim Aid reserves the right to initiate interviews and the selection process on a rolling basis with the aim of identifying an appropriate candidate as quickly as possible.

Region: London and the southeast
Location: East London
Sector: Projects and programmes

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