Operations Director

£39,424 - £42,094
• This role is full-time (37.5 hours a week) • Flexibility and willingness to work outside office hours including evening and weekends, attending monthly weekend training events. • Must have the right to live and work in the UK (MapAction is unable to consider candidates who do not already hold appropriate permissions) • The job holder will be required to work from the MapAction offices
Closing date: 14 June 2019
Job Type: Paid
Location: Chinnor
MapAction (mapaction.org) is a small and dynamic volunteer-based charity using geospatial technologies to support international humanitarian response coordination and operational effectiveness for humanitarian responders.

This role leads MapAction’s operational strategy ensuring the organisation has an exceptional operational offer for highly dynamic humanitarian situations and that it is evolving its operational capability to deliver on all aspects.

Person specification

This role will allow you the variety to combine strategic leadership, operational management and some hands-on activity.

As a leader with proven operational management experience, you will understand the importance of maintaining optimum levels of readiness for an organisation which has an emergency response capacity.  This means, the skills and confidence you have will help you drive and navigate MapAction through the changes it will need, to implement its new strategy.  An excellent communicator with great interpersonal skills, you can motivate staff and volunteers alike, to exceed expectations whilst maintaining and developing agreed standards and practices. MapAction’s exceptional volunteer membership will benefit from your support and guidance to build upon their tradition of outstanding humanitarian service. Having either a good understanding of information management in humanitarian contexts or extensive knowledge of practical applications of geospatial technologies will make you an excellent candidate for the role.

Main Responsibilities

You’ll be responsible for developing the organisation’s operational strategy and delivering all aspects of the organisation’s operational capability. Having responsibility for an exceptionally motivated team made up of both regular and stand-by staff and highly trained volunteers, you will ensure that all team members are appropriately trained and prepared to deliver both emergency response and training services. By working closely with MapAction’s Technical Team, you will ensure the technologies used are appropriate and effective.

Functional capability

  • Lead the development and implementation of operational strategies and plans in support of MapAction’s five-year strategic objectives.
  • Ensure the development of a monitoring and evaluation framework and maintain full operations oversight, ensuring user needs are met through this framework.
  • Ensure health, safety and security needs for field deployments are coordinated and be responsible for security management of deployments with the support of operations staff.
  • Ensure mobilisation and field work is coordinated and, when required, deploy into the field - leading the team in short emergency and planned operations.
  • Work closely with the Technical function and internal working groups to ensure MapAction makes optimum use of latest technologies where appropriate, including those outside the areas which MapAction currently focuses on.
  • Ensure that suitable tools, processes, procedures and training are in place to support field operations.
Region: London and the southeast
Location: Chinnor

Application notes

How to apply

Please send an expression of interest for this role to [email protected] by 14th June 2019.  Please forward

  • a cv
  • covering letter identifying how you meet the essential and desirable competencies
  • a statement of up to 500 words, that demonstrates your experience in one or more of the following: good understanding of information management in humanitarian contexts or extensive knowledge of practical applications of geospatial technologies.

A recruitment panel will review all applications and interviews will take place on 3rd July 2019 in Chinnor, Oxon.

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