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Regional humanitarian manager

Save the Children International (SCI)


Save the Children spends USD 1.4 billion annually delivering key programmes (health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights) across the world. Save the Children also responds to dozens of emergencies and achieve real and lasting change to the lives of 100 million children. With 29 national members and a presence in 120 countries, Save the Children aims to deliver the greatest possible impact for children. Save the Children International has been formed to take on the international programmes of its members, thereby creating synergies and saving costs and in turn delivering more for children

Role purpose

As a member of the LAC regional team, you will take shared responsibility for the transformation of the region to a new operating model whilst delivering Save the Children’s strategy within the region.

You will ensure and enable that Country Offices in the region

• Meet operating standards for preparedness
• Grow their humanitarian programme portfolio and programming capacity
• Respond effectively and efficiently to humanitarian crises
• Access surge capacity, humanitarian management and DRR expertise from Members

You will support and enable the LAC Regional Office to

• Meet back office requirements for all humanitarian crises
• Maintain appropriate regional emergency preparedness
• Engage with regional humanitarian partners

Key areas of accountability

• Being the trusted partner of the Regional Programme Director and the regional team on all humanitarian matters
• Working closely with the SCI Humanitarian Director and the global team, contributing to the development and deployment of emergency preparedness and response strategies, policies and tools
• Maintaining a close and positive engagement with Member humanitarian departments and staff for both DRR, preparedness and response
• Taking a shared responsibility for ensuring that dual mandate requirements are mainstreamed across the LAC region including in all systems, structures, policies and procedures
• Emergency preparedness and Disaster Risk Reduction
• Early warning and humanitarian crisis information
• Humanitarian response oversight and support

Qualifications and experience

• Emergency management track record including humanitarian field operations experience in both complex and rapid onset emergencies
• Knowledge of international humanitarian systems, institutions and donors, and of procedures, accountability frameworks and best practices in emergency management
• Experience of emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction frameworks and approaches
• Good knowledge of one or several of Save the Children’s core emergency sectors (health, nutrition, food security and livelihoods, child protection, education, shelter, water/sanitation/hygiene)
• Project management and advisory skills
• Training, facilitation, and team building skills
• Commitment to Save the Children values
• Desire to build a professional career in humanitarian work with Save the Children
• Able and willing to undertake new functions and responsibilities and dramatically change work practices and hours, including working with incoming teams, in the event of a humanitarian crisis
• Willingness to travel at short notice and for extended periods of time


• A qualification in disaster management or related area
• Experience of working in a range of countries in the LAC region
• Fluency in English and Spanish, French desirable

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  • Additional location info Panama
  • Closing Date 6 Mar 2012

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