Humanitarian Experts for DFID Deployments - Resilience & Preparedness Adviser

Please note this is an advertisement to join the HSOT Humanitarian Specialist database. Successful recruitment to the database does not guarantee, but will make you eligible, for long and short term deployments.

What is the Humanitarian and Stabilisation Operations Team?

The Humanitarian and Stabilisation Operations Team (HSOT), contracted by Palladium International Ltd, provides the Department for International Development (DFID) with humanitarian services and the UK Government's Stabilisation Unit (SU) 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. HSOT activities include deploying humanitarian specialists to disaster sites to gather information and coordinate with others. The Team is able to operate on a standalone basis and may support the deployment of search and rescue teams. It maintains a stock of relief supplies which can be airlifted and distributed through partner organisations as required. The Team works closely with other UK Government Departments and the UK Military providing humanitarian advice and support as necessary. The Team works on a range of preparedness and resilience activities to deliver effective post-disaster relief and recovery.

The SU was established at the end of 2004 as a tri-departmental Unit of the Ministry of Defence, DFID and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. HSOT provides the SU with deployment and capability services supporting the recruitment, training and deployment of skilled personnel to conflict, post-conflict and fragile states. The Team procures, maintains and deploys expeditionary and life support equipment for SU operations.

The Team provides 24/7 365 emergency support and response cover and is equipped to support three rapid-onset responses simultaneously.

Humanitarian Database

The HSOT maintains a database of humanitarian experts to provide skilled consultants to DFID.

The database comprises highly competent humanitarian professionals who can network effectively and work across a range of humanitarian disciplines and in collaboration with UK Government Departments, other humanitarian agencies, governments and authorities at country level. They provide specialist advice, analysis and other disaster response support to UK Government officials to assist humanitarian and recovery strategy development, programme funding and contribute to Parliamentary and public briefings. Consultants may be deployed to support United Nations humanitarian operations on DFID's behalf.


Consultants are contracted by Palladium International Ltd to work alongside Civil Servants and to represent the UK Government when required.

HSOT will match assignment terms of reference to consultants' profiles. Matched consultants are contacted to verify interest and availability. Consultants may be selected in consultation with DFID colleagues.

The majority of deployments support rapid-onset disasters or complex emergency response.  Deployments commonly last between two and twelve weeks. Occasionally assignments may last for six months or more. Consultants may be UK based or deployed overseas. Overseas assignments may be based in UK Government Missions or alongside HSOT colleagues who have been deployed with their own life support, communications and transportation exclusively for humanitarian response.

Consultants are paid a productive day rate. The rate is established at the outset of consultancy contracts and assessed with reference to the post grade and the length of the contract.  Other allowances may apply depending on the location, living conditions and the deployment context.

Recruitment to the Database

HSOT are currently recruiting the following profiles to its database:

Humanitarian Adviser (Generalist)Humanitarian Affairs OfficerReporting OfficerLogisticianEmergency Nutrition AdviserHealth AdviserCash AdvisorHumanitarian Information ManagerChief of Staff/Humanitarian Operations ManagersCivMil AdviserProtection AdviserSecurity AdviserMonitoring Accountability & Learning AdviserShelter AdviserResilience & Preparedness AdviserThe Terms of Reference and Application Process for the Resilience & Preparedness Adviser are below. If you wish to apply for a different profile, please search for it on the website.Introduction/BackgroundResilience and Preparedness Advisers are competent humanitarian professionals who can work strategically and operationally in humanitarian preparedness through support to country offices considered at extreme or high risk of disasters. The Advisers are able to support DFID in embedding disaster resilience in all its country offices and regional programmes according to strategy and priority.Advisers will have strong interpersonal skills and be able to network effectively. They will be able to work in collaboration with a range of partners and disciplines across Whitehall (with CHASE Advisers) and with agencies and relevant stakeholders at country and or regional level. Objective/Main PurposeTo support DFID in embedding disaster resilience in all its country offices and regional programmes according to strategy and priority.Support DFID humanitarian preparedness through support to country offices considered at extreme or high risk of disasters. Support DFID humanitarian preparedness in countries or regions without DFID permanent presence but considered at extreme risk of disasters.Responsibilities Resilience advice and support

Provide advice and support to DFID country and regional offices and national partners to integrate disaster resilience across humanitarian and development thinking, planning and programmes. This will include providing support in:Developing and updating national and localised disaster risk assessments.Designing disaster resilience strategies for country and regional programmes. Reviewing existing country and regional programmes and identifying opportunities to learn lessons, improve and further embed disaster resilience.Developing new programmes specifically supporting disaster resilience and helping to ensure disaster resilience is integrated into the design of new development and humanitarian programmes.Developing business cases and integrating disaster resilience in Operational Plans.Designing and rolling out monitoring and evaluation systems related to disaster resilience.Provision of analysis, and identification of lessons learned, best practice and innovation, to enhance and update DFID guidance and advice on disaster resilience.Support development of networks, partnerships and alliance with key and prioritised international, regional, national and UK partners to contribute to a better and shared understanding of resilience. Undertake external representation.Support to develop a database of disaster resilience experts according to resources.Other tasks relating to disaster resilience as requested, including advice to Humanitarian Advisors on resilience programming in emergencies as appropriate.       Preparedness advice and support

Identification, design and advice on humanitarian preparedness materials and tools used by DFID. Provide direct preparedness support to prioritised country offices in areas considered at extreme or high risk of humanitarian disasters including, a) review and improvement of existing Emergency Response Plans with key stakeholders, b) support to training of DFID and other relevant HMG staff, c) liaison with potential partners and donors at national and regional level in collaboration with key Country Office stakeholders, d) liaison with relevant HMG departments.Provide direct preparedness support to CHASE and/or relevant geographical departments in prioritised geographical areas at extreme risk of humanitarian disasters but without DFID permanent presence, mainly through support to the development of emergency preparedness plans (ensuring appropriate DFID ownership) and liaison with appropriate departments within HMG.Identification, design and advice on emergency response strategy and implementation of projects and programmes in countries affected by large scale sudden onset humanitarian disasters. Any other duties as appropriate to the position, as requested.Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience Required

Disaster Resilience and Preparedness Advisers are required to have a minimum of a Master's degree or equivalent level of academic and professional experience in a subject area clearly related to humanitarian or development work. In exceptional circumstances substantial experience will be accepted in lieu of higher degrees.At least 10 years field experience working on programmes related to disaster resilience in developing countries and/or in fragile and conflict affected environments, is required.It is critical that the Adviser has demonstrable experience in both development and humanitarian programming and is able to think across both types of assistance. Disaster Resilience and Preparedness Advisers are required to demonstrate knowledge and experience of technical competencies alongside the core DFID competencies.Strong programme management skills. Excellent networking and representational skills at all levels, including Government, UN, RC Movement and NGOs. Demonstrable knowledge and experience of disaster resilience and humanitarian theory, practice and architecture, humanitarian risk assessment and planning and managing humanitarian responses. Exceptional organisational and prioritisation, and ability to deal with a varied, demanding, often conflicting and rapidly changing workload.Technical Competencies Required

Disaster risks assessment and analysis.Planning and managing development and humanitarian programmes.Humanitarian theory, practice and architecture.Disaster resilience theory, practice and architecture.Practical experience of running disaster risk management programmes.Knowledge of the development effectiveness agenda, the international development system, and institutional and organisational knowledge.Desirable Skills

Disaster Coordination and ManagementContingency Planning at Government LevelBriefing at Senior LevelInformation Management and ReportingResilience and Preparedness Advisory Capability (Technical)Training of StaffProgramme Management and CoordinationFinancial Management and AccountingFull Driving License
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