Self Help Africa Humanitarian Manager Job in Dublin or Nairobi or London

Self Help Africa Is an international NGO dedicated to the vision of an economically thriving and resilient rural Africa.

We have 50 years of experience working with smallholder farmers, farmer associations, cooperatives and agribusinesses across Africa to help farmers grow and sell more food, improve diets, diversify incomes and make their livelihoods more sustainable and resilient to external shocks.

SHA has been working In Kenya since 2005 implementing rural development, sustainable food and livelihood security programs.

Self Help Africa Kenya seeks to recruit a suitable candidate to fill the position of:

Job Title: Humanitarian Manager

Department: Programmes Department

Location: Dublin or Nairobi or London

Contract Type: Three-year fixed term

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Reports to: Programmes Director

Travel: 30%

Job Purpose: Grow the humanitarian function in what has been a development focused organisation. Increase SHA’s profile as a humanitarian actor, grow humanitarian funding and support the country offices to develop humanitarian expertise.

Key Responsibilities:

The Humanitarian Manager is responsible for all aspects of Self Help Africa’s humanitarian work.

These responsibilities include:

  • Developing and implementing a three-year humanitarian plan
  • Generating humanitarian income
  • Mapping of humanitarian space and identifying potential partners for collaboration
  • Assess capacity gaps in humanitarian response at head office and county office (CO) level and working to develop skills in relevant areas such as cash programming, the development of refugee livelihoods, etc.
  • Working with the Compliance and Finance Manager to ensure the appropriate policies and procedures, including to safeguarding, are in place, complied with and regularly reviewed against best practice
  • Working with SHA’s technical team of advisors in agriculture, nutrition, gender and inclusion, M&E and enterprise to develop appropriate programme methodologies for humanitarian contexts
  • Advising SHA’s Management Team (MT) on trends, pending crises, humanitarian standards, and sectoral coherence/opportunities with SHA’s current work

Finance: supporting finance in programming and annual budget process

Security: advising the MT and country on security and ensuring that humanitarian and other related staff are adequately trained on security

Risk: supporting the MT and COs on managing risks associated with humanitarian work, updating the Humanitarian Risk Register and integrating it into SHA’s Risk Register

Donors & networking

  • Networking with humanitarian donors particularly Irish Aid, as well as key INGOs, etc.
  • Represent SHA in the Irish Emergency Alliance (IEA) and in Dóchas Humanitarian Working Group

Emergency Response

  • Taking the lead in the organisation for emergency response

Ensuring prompt responses to chronic or sudden onset humanitarian emergencies

  • Developing processes and procedures for emergency response Overseeing prompt responses to chronic or sudden onset humanitarian emergencies in country programmes
  • Supporting needs assessments and response planning
  • Building SHA’s capacity to implement crisis response with partners

Standards & Compliance

  • Ensuring emergency response planning and implementation is in line with SHA’s standards, including donor compliance and accountability to beneficiaries, donors and other stakeholders
  • Ensuring that SHA meets with global standards such as Sphere
  • Developing as necessary SHA’s own humanitarian standards

Training, development & capacity building

  • Providing technical guidance on humanitarian programme approaches, undertaking as required research and development of internal policy and guidelines
  • Set up internal Humanitarian Working Group to discuss new developments, share best practice, etc.
  • Build capacity and train staff to enable first phase response

Key Relationships:

  • Internal – MT, Programmes team, technical team, country programmes
  • External – donors, humanitarian networks, partner INGOs

Qualifications,Knowledge and Experience:


  • Five year’s overseas experience in implementing humanitarian programmes, with at least three years of senior management experience
  • Notable experience of deployment in response to rapid and slow onset emergencies, including in a programme lead role
  • Experience supporting strategic programme development including successful proposal development for humanitarian donors
  • Experience in developing security protocols and in contingency planning
  • Strong evidence of good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Budgetary and financial management skills
  • Highly flexible and organised, able to manage multiple, simultaneous demands and willing to take on new tasks on an ad hoc basis
  • Ability to work both on own initiative and as part of a team in a high-pressure environment while adhering to deadlines
  • Strong theoretical understanding of the localisation agenda and experience of engaging and working with local partners, ideally including the development of partnership strategies for emergency response
  • Experience of engaging with cluster coordination systems and key international humanitarian networks
  • Experience working with stakeholder feedback and complaints and response mechanisms

Written and spoken French would be an advantage

Application Requirements

Please submit a completed Application Form, C.V and Cover Letter outlining your suitability for the role to by 5pm (IST) on Monday 13 May 2019.

Make it clear which position you are applying for by writing the position in the subject line of your e-mail [+ Your name]”. Please note incomplete applications will not be considered for shortlisting.

Please click the link to download the Job Description

All candidates offered a job with Self Help Africa will be expected to sign Self Help Africa’s Safeguarding Policies and Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents. Specific roles may require Police/DBS/Garda vetting.

Self Help Africa is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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Updated: April 25, 2019 — 5:23 am