Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
CARE International UK is one of the leading humanitarian agencies in the UK. CARE puts women and girls at the centre of its humanitarian action and is leading the agenda to promote women’s leadership in crises. We are a key partner for the UK Government in the delivery of humanitarian aid particularly in complex protracted emergencies, as well as a member of main UK humanitarian forums such as the Disasters Emergency Committee and the START Network. The main sectors of our work in emergencies include shelter, WASH, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and food security. As a dual-mandate organisation, we deliver development and social cohesion outcomes alongside our humanitarian work in most countries of operation, and the CIUK humanitarian team has an additional focus on supporting women and youth leadership in fragile contexts.
You will have significant experience of leading teams to deliver humanitarian programming, including overseas management experience, and will have a strong understanding of quality and accountability in humanitarian programming. You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to build strong relationships, with previous experience in representation roles at a high level. You will take a proactive approach to positioning CARE with key donors and contributing to the delivery of CARE’s Vision 2030. You will have a strong and proven ability to identify, mitigate and escalate pipeline, delivery and financial risk, deliver accurate financial forecasts, and manage budgets well. The ideal post holder will have worked in challenging / politically complex conflict-affected environments and will have experience of development and peacebuilding programming as well as humanitarian. It is essential to have a strong grasp of current trends, debates and commitments in the international development and humanitarian landscape, and to understand the requirements of CIUK’s main donors.
About the role
CIUK’s Head of Humanitarian is in charge of a global portfolio of over £100m of programmes funded by institutional donors. Over the next 6 months, the Head of Humanitarian’s work will be crucial in securing new partnerships with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) that help CARE to deliver our goal to support 50 million people around the world with humanitarian assistance over the next decade. The role-holder will lead a multi-functional team of ten people working with 60+ CARE country offices to design and implement humanitarian programmes, ranging from rapid-onset START Fund programming to multi-year resilience-focussed programming in protracted crises. The role-holder will also be CIUK’s main humanitarian representative in the UK, and work with peers in groups such as the FCDO-NGO humanitarian directors’ forums, the Disasters Emergency Committee and the START Fund Assembly to influence humanitarian policy and practice in the UK. The Head of Humanitarian also participates in CARE’s Humanitarian Working Group and will have a lead role in the implementation of CARE’s Core Humanitarian Standard Verification improvement plan.