Humanitarian Adviser

Palladium International, United Kingdom

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
15th November, 2019

Job Description

Company Overview

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

  • The Humanitarian and Stabilisation Operations Team, contracted by Palladium International Ltd, provides the Department for International Development (DFID) with humanitarian services and the UK Government's Stabilisation Unit with stabilisation support. HSOT works with DFID to lead the UK Government's response to humanitarian disasters in co-operation with the United Nations, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, non-governmental organisations and governments of disaster-affected countries.
  • As part of the Humanitarian Emergency Response team, this role joins a team of Humanitarian Advisors who provide generalist humanitarian expertise in rapid onset emergencies and protracted crisis alongside and for DFID. This HA also maintains the portfolio to drive the delivery of the HEROS contract commitment on preparedness, resilience and capacity building. The role works in close collaboration across all HSOT functions, including humanitarian advisory, early warning and surveillance, operations support, HR and procurement and logistics.


  • Primary Responsibilities
  • Provide humanitarian analysis and advice to help design and implement humanitarian response strategies for DFID in rapid onset emergencies and protracted crisis
  • Contribute to HSOT activities in response to DFID humanitarian policy requirements, including for example attending meetings in the UK and overseas, and preparing and delivering presentations and training sessions for colleagues.
  • Participate in Ready to Respond teams through preparedness, exercises and when needed rapid response team deployment, managing small teams as required, either in the UK or overseas.
  • Working across various DFID departments and representing to DFID to external and Government partners.
  • Bring knowledge of international response architecture and humanitarian response operations to bear on programming advice to civil service colleagues in DFID and SU.
  • Survey and monitor key information networks, proactively communicating, advising and assisting CHASE's disaster response capability as required.
  • Assist CHASE with briefings to Private Office, responding to Parliamentary Questions, MPs' letters and enquiries from the general public as appropriate.
  • Maintain contacts among humanitarian policy and practice professionals, NGOs, the Red Cross family and multilaterals.

Portfolio -Shelter

  • Assist in working through discrete shelter sector tasks which may include reviewing documentation, reviewing DFID's NFI inventory (range, type and quantities), helping to produce guidance for generalist humanitarian advisers on identifying and selecting good technical programmes, deal with public enquiries to DFID and respond to research, or technical proposals with critical and informed advice.
  • Produce and give presentations to technical forums on behalf of DFID.
  • Attend technical meetings and produce meeting records as required.
  • Appraise partner shelter programme proposals and provide technical advice to generalist humanitarian advisers.
  • Work closely with DFID partners in areas of joint sectoral and technical interest to develop policies, positions and advocacy points for the enhancement and improvement of humanitarian relief and transitional shelter response.



  • Degree level or equivalent qualification in a related subject.
  • Significant relevant senior humanitarian work experience in emergency settings.
  • Proven knowledge and technical skills on management and measurement of performance, results, monitoring & evaluation, and accountability to affected population.
  • Experience in the development of humanitarian training's and tools, as well as facilitation experience.
  • Experience of carrying out evaluations including impact assessments and/or creating frameworks for monitoring results.
  • Demonstrable understanding of system-wide arrangements and schemes that underpin humanitarian response.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high quality reports and analysis.
  • Willingness to deploy in support of DFID's work in a humanitarian emergency.
  • A strategic mindset and the ability to influence internal processes, whilst at the same time have a demonstrated ability to design and implement practical programmes on the ground.
  • Native fluency in English is required. Advanced French is highly desirable. Working knowledge of Arabic, Portuguese or Spanish would be an asset.
  • This is a UK based role. We will not be able to provide sponsorship


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