Christian Aid is partnering with others to end poverty in Africa. At the heart of this vision is transformation of the lives of people who live in poverty, empowering them to have a brighter future and saving lives during emergencies.
In 20 countries across the continent, we manage a wide range of Humanitarian and development programs that have a positive impact on the lives of millions. And while we’ve achieved some incredible results, there’s still a lot we can do.
This is why we are looking for a dynamic, highly skilled and motivated individual to lead and drive forward our Humanitarian work in West Africa.
Regional Emergency manager -West Africa (0889)
About the role
As the Regional Emergency Manager for West Africa, you will develop, lead and manage Christian Aid’s humanitarian, resilience and disaster risk reduction programmes in West Africa including the current Ebola response in Sierra Leone. You will play a key role in improving the capacity of Christian Aid staff and partners to prepare for, militate against the impact of and respond to natural and man-made disasters ensuring best practice in our humanitarian programmes.
You will support the country programs to develop and manage an effective portfolio of humanitarian programs in Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Sierra Leone. Specifically, you will assist program staff in humanitarian program design, implementation, fundraising and partnership development. You will also provide surge capacity for emergency response in West Africa.
You will support broader thinking and strategy development across the Humanitarian division and CA relating to innovative humanitarian and resilience programs ensuring good program practice.
Lastly, you will have an external facing element, helping CA engage in the right networks, increasing the profile of CA humanitarian and resilience work with donors and other stakeholders, ensuring we are influenced by current good practise and opening up opportunities for new productive humanitarian collaborations in West Africa.
To help make this happen, you will have considerable experience working internationally and an excellent understanding of and experience in humanitarian programmes in West Africa including the larger northern Nigeria, Sahel region and Sierra Leone. You will have a passion about downward accountability and putting affected populations at the centre of our work.
You will have a good knowledge of emergency relief, rehabilitation and development issues including capacity building tools and techniques, understanding of participatory vulnerability and capacity assessments, understanding of the partnership approach to emergency work. You will be an excellent communicator with the ability to develop cross-organisational relationships and be confident in engaging with external networks and actors. You will have experience in supporting learning and development, have experience of working with local partners and understand linkages between humanitarian work and resilient livelihoods.
EVIDENCE OF COMPETENCY
As part of your application you will be asked to demonstrate your suitability by giving answers to the following questions:
Please tell us about a time when you took a decision or made recommendations in a complex Humanitarian emergency situation which was difficult or ambiguous? What was the context? What made the situation either difficult or ambiguous? What was your task or responsibility? What actions did you take to clarify the difficulty/ambiguity? Why did you decide what you decided? What were the results? Was the outcome successful? How did you know?
Give us an example of a time when you had to influence other people and persuade them to work in a collaborative way when there were different personal or organisational agendas. What was the context? Who had to be influenced or persuaded? What was your task? What action(s) did you take? Why? how? What was the outcome(s)? If you were successful, how did you know?
Strive for improvement
Please tell us about a time when you demonstrated your openness to new and radical ideas to address humanitarian assistance or development programing. What was the situation? What was the issue or problem? What was your task or responsibility? What action(s) did you take to seek or respond to new ideas? Why? What was the outcome(s)? What did you learn from this?
This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the country where this position is based. The post is offered on local terms and conditions of contract and does not attract expatriate benefits.
Please note that this is a Re-advertisement. If you had previously applied for this role earlier, you don't need to reapply.
We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in its workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.
You can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits, including flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.
Interested and qualified? Go to Christian Aid career website on jobs.christianaid.org.uk to apply