Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
Reports to: People Management and HR Thematic Lead
Responsible for: Not applicable
Job Purpose: To co-ordinate all activities, monitoring and reporting on the Core Humanitarian Competency Framework (CHCF). The post will continually advocate good practice and promote the work of the CHS Alliance through the use of the CHCF and other standards of quality and accountability of Humanitarian Aid.
Formed in 2015 by the merger of HAP International and People In Aid, the CHS Alliance brings together more than two decades of experience supporting the sector in applying standards and good practices.
The Alliance aims at improving the effectiveness and impact of assistance to crisis-affected and vulnerable people, by working with humanitarian and development actors on quality, accountability and people management initiatives.
The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS), which sets out Nine Commitments that the humanitarian sector can use to improve the quality and effectiveness of their assistance, is at the heart of the CHS Alliance’s mission. The CHS Alliance leads and facilitates the development, promotion and maintenance of the CHS. This includes provision of training and capacity building to its 240+ members and the wider sector. It provides support to organisations and their staff to embed the CHS in their organisational systems, management practices and activities.
CHS Alliance has a mandate to review and promote the Core Humanitarian Competencies Framework (CHCF), first developed in 2011 by representatives from a cross-section of humanitarian organisations under the auspices of the Consortium of British Humanitarian Agencies (now the Start Network). It was the first ever-generic set of guidelines for competencies development in the humanitarian sector. The CHCF remains a key tool for commitment eight of the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) on Quality and Accountability: ‘Communities and people affected by crisis receive the assistance they require from competent and well-managed staff and volunteers’
The CHS Alliance completed the review of the CHCF in 2016. The main purpose of the review was to gather feedback from a wide range of stakeholders on the relevance and practical use of the CHCF in humanitarian organisations, and recommend any suitable revisions or improvements based on these stakeholder consultations. The review affirmed that a majority of the stakeholders in the consultation process found that the CHCF is fit for purpose, adds value and is highly relevant for staff development and humanitarian efforts in general. The review also indicated that the use of the framework is making a positive difference, especially among humanitarian agencies that use it. Moreover, stakeholders acknowledge the CHCF as a pioneering, generic competency framework in the humanitarian sector that serves as a useful reference point for them. They affirm that its origins as a product of inter-agency consensus and consultation add to its practical relevance as a broad guidance tool.
This new position will support the promotion, dissemination and further development of the CHCF, including the development of quality assessment tools. It will also provide support with linking other initiatives that seek to develop the use of competencies within the humanitarian sector.
People and Organisational Development team (POD team):
The Project Co-ordinator is part of the POD team which is currently composed of the People Management and HR Thematic Lead, the Senior Project Manager and the Events and Projects Officer. The team members are based London or are working remotely. This role will be based in the London office.
Networking and liaison:
All CHS Alliance employees are expected to:
Internal: Senior Project Manager, POD, Fundraising, Finance colleagues,
External: Members, partners in collaborations.
Terms and conditions:
HOW TO APPLY:
How to apply for this position:
Interested candidates should submit their applications by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications shall include a CV and a letter, outlining your suitability for the role. Please mention your name and the vacancy reference in the subject line.
Deadline for applications: 12 January, 2017