Humanitarian Programmes Officer

World Jewish Relief
Closing date: 8 December 2017
Job Type: Paid
Location: North London
Full Time, Permanent

We are the UK Jewish community’s leading international development and humanitarian agency. We tackle Jewish poverty, helping the world’s poorest Jews and reaching beyond our community. We are striving to help 50,000 older people and bring 100,000 out of poverty by 2020.

  • Do you want to be part of a team that responds to global disasters?
  •  Have you got proven passion for the humanitarian sector?
  •  Do you have great administrative and organisational skills?

When disaster strikes, World Jewish Relief lead the British Jewish Community’s response, working with partners to provide humanitarian aid and support the most vulnerable people affected.  We are now recruiting for a Programmes Officer to join our Humanitarian Team.  

This is an exciting time for World Jewish Relief’s humanitarian work and the position will play a supporting role in the humanitarian team. The primary purpose of the role is to support the Humanitarian Programmes Manager in delivering our humanitarian strategy through good programme support management, monitoring and evaluation methodology and administrative and financial operations.

We are looking for a dynamic, capable and energetic individual to work as part of a small team and play a key role in contributing to World Jewish Relief’s growing humanitarian work.

Specific Responsibilities:

Emergency Response support

  1. To carry out desk based research of emerging crises to provide information to assist in the decision making process regarding disaster appeals.
  2. To conduct research into local in-country organisations to help determine potential partnerships in response to each emergency.
  3. To track live appeal income and project direct costs to provide regular updates on funding availability to allocate to the response.
  4. To work with the Director of Finance to ensure partners meet all due diligence requirements.
  5. In the event of an emergency response, help arrange travel for Humanitarian Programmes Manager; flights, hotels and visas.
  6. To prepare relevant information packs for the Humanitarian Programmes Manager prior to deployment e.g. Maps, context and cluster system information.

Support to Programme Management

  1. To support with the administration of Humanitarian projects by ensuring projects’ compliance with grant agreements, and with regular, timely reporting. When required, to assist in the process of grant assessment to ensure these are in line with strategic plans and to ensure projects are being implemented as designed and budgeted.
  2. To support the development of partnerships within selected disaster prone countries in order to strengthen our response and effectiveness of projects.
  3. To support World Jewish Relief’s fundraising team with funding proposals and preparing timely narrative and financial reports to donors. Where appropriate to assist the Humanitarian Manager in developing institutional and project funding proposals.
  4. To assist partners in the ongoing monitoring and impact measurement of programmes, and to use this learning to improve the quality of projects.
  5. To ensure application and reporting templates for the Humanitarian Team are relevant and capturing all necessary participant, output and outcome data.
  6. To report project participant numbers and output information each quarter to the Head of Impact.

Administration Support

  1. To perform general administrative tasks for the Humanitarian Team, including the tracking of income and expenditure for each emergency, reporting requirements and preparing Project Support Agreements.
  2. To support the functioning of the new Disaster Response Team; assisting the recruitment of volunteers, managing the roster and maintaining DRT deployment kits.
  3. To ensure the processing of grant-related documentation is kept up to date and folders easily accessible to colleagues across the organisation.
  4. To maintain internal spreadsheets, and records in an accurate manner.
  5. To ensure that information about programmes/projects is available in an appropriate form to other World Jewish Relief staff for fundraising and communications purposes and for general staff information.
  6. To support the Humanitarian Programmes Manager with diary management, planning and travel schedules, ensuring all arrangements are handled efficiently and cost effectively.
  7. To collate Case Studies for emergency projects in line with agreed processes.

Humanitarian sector knowledge and best practice

  1. To ensure continued professional development of expertise and detailed knowledge of humanitarian best practice including Sphere minimum standards and Core Humanitarian Standards.
  2. To monitor emerging potential crises, including changes in context (slow onset crises) and the changes in risk. Provide information on the humanitarian context, (emerging and actual) ensuring up to date facts, figures and significant events.
  3. Actively engage with country specific and thematic NGO networks or research institutions to enhance learning and information sharing.
  4. Attend or be a member of key humanitarian learning networks and think tanks such as ODI, ALNAP, CALP and communicate back to World Jewish Relief programmes team the learning or information gained from these networks.
  5. To become familiar with the START Network and World Jewish Relief’s role within it.

Closing date for applications: Friday 08 December 11.59 pm

Interviews will take place w/c 18 December

For any questions about this role please email Mireille Flores on  



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

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