Project Co-ordinator CHCF

CHS Alliance, London, United Kingdom

Skill Required:, HR and AdminProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th January, 2017

Job Description

Location:** London

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.

Key responsibilities:

Project activities:

  • Co-ordinate project activities aimed at promotion and dissemination of the CHCF to key stakeholder groups
  • Develop and monitor the project plan, report on funded project activities and manage related budgets
  • In collaboration with the Fundraising Manager and Finance Manager, ensure the timely and accurate submission of reports to donors, including impact measurement and organisational learning.
  • Co-ordinate activities aimed at developing the CHCF ‘how to’ guide and briefing package
  • Support communication and launch of the revised CHCF and alongside the CHS Alliance communications team.
  • Co-ordinate other activities aimed at pilot testing of the CHCF
  • Support the design of a training package for HR Managers and line managers
  • Co-ordinate a mapping exercise of competency frameworks across the sector

Project management:

  • Engage and work alongside consultants who are specifically working on the project and in line with CHS Alliance procedures.
  • Liaise and network with all relevant stakeholders engaging with them via the website, blogs and email on the use of the CHCF.

Networking and liaison:

  • Act as an ambassador for the Alliance in order to raise the profile of the organisation and advocate good practice within the aid and humanitarian sector as well as within wider forums.
  • Liaise with all stakeholders in relation to the CHCF

All CHS Alliance employees are expected to:

  • Manage a portfolio of members.
  • Support and participate in a centre of excellence, network or community of practice.
  • Support communications colleagues with written updates of their work.

Key Contacts:

Internal: Senior Project Manager, POD, Fundraising, Finance colleagues,

External: Members, partners in collaborations.

Person Specification


  • Completed training in the use of competency frameworks and the principles of adult learning
  • A qualification or completed module in Human Resources (HR) management either as a HR professional or as a line manager (an asset)


  • At least 5 years working experience within the humanitarian sector
  • Experience of the use of competency frameworks and competency based approaches
  • As a line manager – previous experience and responsibility for managing and developing teams and individuals
  • Experience in design and delivery of learning and development programmes
  • Experience of working with and engaging with consultants


  • Knowledge of how the humanitarian sector operates
  • Knowledge of the effective use of competency frameworks
  • A good understanding of staffing issues related to humanitarian response (desirable)
  • Background knowledge of the START network projects (desirable)


  • Able to effectively network and build working relationships
  • Highly organised – ability to manage multiple priorities, budgets and to work under pressure and/or to tight deadlines
  • A good team player, but also able to work effectively alone
  • Able to work fluently in written and spoken English
  • Ability to work in other languages is desirable

Terms and conditions:

  • Salary: Competitive
  • Location: London, UK
  • Contract type: Fixed-term initially for 12 months and part time – 2.5 to 3 days per week
  • Start date: as soon as possible. Offer subject to approval of funding.


How to apply for this position:

Interested candidates should submit their applications by email to:

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

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