SOS Children’s Villages International is the umbrella organisation for the global federation of SOS Children’s Villages. As a non-governmental social development organisation we support children without parental care and families in difficult living conditions through services in care, education, health and emergency relief, and we advocate for the rights of children and young people, in alliance with a great diversity of partners. We work in more than 130 countries and territories, reaching over one million children, young people, families and caregivers each year. To support us with this important responsibility the International Office CEE/CIS/ME is looking for a committed:
Humanitarian Action and CPiHA Advisor (f/m/d)
Location: Vienna/Austria, Tallinn/ Estonia, Amman/Jordan Skopje/ North Macedonia, and Almaty/Kazakhstan
Purpose of the position:
The Humanitarian Action and CPiHA Advisor plays a key role in supporting the Member Associations (MAs) to be prepared for emergency response and humanitarian action. He/ she is the central interface for all emergency related issues in the region and takes a leading role in preparing and overseeing Humanitarian Action programs. As the main counterpart of the Regional ER Advisor, National Emergency programmes staff, the Humanitarian Action and CPiHA Advisor builds capacity and provides technical expertise to national teams, on Humanitarian Action and Child Protection programs in a collaboration with the national and regional management teams, and in close coordination with Global Emergency Response (GER) in the International Office. The HA and CPiHA Advisor guides MAs before and during Humanitarian Crises in: emergency preparation, making needs assessments, planning Humanitarian Action activities, preparing emergency appeals, setting up, monitoring and reporting on Humanitarain projects in close cooperation with the Regional ER Advisor.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
- Build capacity and working practices in regional and national structures to deliver timely, relevant and quality Humanitarian Action (HA) programmes
- In emergencies as assigned by the Line Management (LM), lead on emergency/ humanitarian preparation, supporting needs assessments, planning humanitarian activities, preparing emergency appeals, setting up and monitoring Humanitarian action projects. Provide direction in medium-high-level or complex / cross-country humanitarian operations, where MA capacity is limited and General Secretariat (GSC) support is needed (case-based)
- Monitor quality and compliance of HA programmes carried out by national SOS organisations either through monitoring visits or through assigning internal/external monitors/evaluators
- Coordinate internal information management on emergency operations in close cooperation with other stakeholders in the region. Feed information and collect lessons learnt and best practices in HA in order to set SOP (standard operational procedures) for each emergency setting
- Liaise with regional Finance team to ensure efficient fund transfer and financial administrative procedures (budget, cash flow plan, and request for transfers, accounting financial reporting).
- Contribute own experience and expertise to the development and implementation of SOS’ international internal standards, guidelines and policies.
- Development of program concepts, proposal, budgets and other program related document
- Supporting of the Recruitment phase of HA projects
- Play an technical expert role in regional Institutional Partnership Development (IPD) networks, with a view to taking a lead in discussions when funding opportunities arise (i.e. calls for proposals; grant submissions, etc.). Strengthen internal humanitarian/ emergency communications through interviews and articles posted online (and where relevant, for use externally)
- Take a leading role in the capacity development of CPiHA within MAs, the Regional Office and the Global Emergency Response Team. Provide trainings, coordinated with relevant stakeholder internal and external, support in the development of relevant tools and internal Standards.
- Travel to humanitarian locations, including conflict zones. Willingness to work high additional hours and travel at short notice during an emergency response.
- External representation including representing SOS in Emergency Working groups in-country, liaising with emergency actors including UN and other INGOs, taking part in external media events.
- Responsible within own area of work to raise awareness of the SOS Child Protection Policy principles and to prevent and protect children from all forms of abuse, abandonment, exploitation, violence and discrimination
- Responsible to report any Child Safeguarding suspicion, concern, allegation or incident immediately following Child Safeguarding reporting procedures. CS report should be made to the CS focal person and/or to respective line manager.
- Master Degree in, Humanitarian Action, Disaster Management, International Development or related field or equivalent experience
- Minimum 5 years in the humanitarian field including 2 years of operational experience in emergency response/relief with some exposure to conflict zones; focus on conflict sensitivity, post-conflict development and displacement, with a focus on Child Protection in Humanitarian Action
- Experience in countries of the East Europe, Central Asia or the Middle East Region
- Experience in project management including project planning, budgeting, monitoring and reporting with an NGO or UN agency.
- Demonstrable expertise in the use of humanitarian standards and principles (Sphere, Child Protection Minimum Standards, CHS, LEGS..)
- An understanding of technical aspects and different sectors of Humanitarian Action activities (CVA, CP, MHPSS…).
- Experience in planning, management and evaluation of emergency response programmes, particularly child-focused programmes
- Willingness and ability for international travel in emergency countries within the region at short notice. Readiness to travel at least 30% of the working time
- Must have excellent knowledge of (written and spoken) English. Arabic or Russian languages desirable but not essential
- Good communication and diplomacy skills with a strong ability to persuade and influence client and stakeholder relationships.
- Experience in capacity building and working with independent Member Associations
- Competent in organizing, planning and problem solving
- Ability to establish strong working relationships with local and international stakeholders.
- Ability to work in a multicultural environment
- Motivated self-starter with flexibility and enthusiasm and with highest level of integrity in dealing with employees
- A strong team-player work ethic
- Working for a meaningful cause
- The opportunity to work in one of the largest International Non-Profit Organisations on Child Care, in a position with a varied scope of tasks and responsibilities directly impacting on the development of the organisation in achieving its strategic goals
- Opportunities for learning and development
- Opportunities to shape process, develop new HA structures and internal Standards
- A committed and innovative team and management culture
What We Stand For: **
SOS Children’s Villages is committed to creating and maintaining a caring and protective environment, which promotes its core values, and prevents and addresses child abuse and exploitation. We strongly condemn all forms of child abuse and exploitation, be it within or outside of our organisation, and always respond to any case of proven, alleged or attempted abuse within our sphere of influence according to its nature. Efforts ensure that mechanisms are in place to raise awareness, aid prevention, encourage reporting, and ease response. The organisation prohibits harassment, exploitation and abuses by or of any employee, supervisor, manager, child, young people, community, contractor, applicant, or other individual with whom SOS Children’s Villages employees come into contact by virtue of their work. All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our prevention and protection against Sexual Harassment, Exploitation, and Abuse policy. In addition, SOS Children’s Villages apply a zero-tolerance concerning any fraud situation.
We also provide equal employment opportunities to all employees & qualified applicants without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or class. SOS Children´s Villages complies with all applicable laws governing non-discrimination in employment.
This position involves working with an INGO committed to children and human rights and is subject to strict safer recruitment checks. The successful candidate will be required to complete safer recruitment checks including police and reference checks to help verify their suitability to work for SOS CV. In addition to candidate’s ability to perform the duties of the post, in the selection process will be also explored the motivation and approach of the candidate to safeguarding.
How to apply:
If you are interested in this position, please apply by the latest date 31 May 2023.
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