Emergency Response Director Charity Jobs – Save the Children International

Organization: Save the
Children International
Duty Station: Kampala, West
Nile and Western Region, Uganda
Reports to: Country Director
About US:
Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for
children and has program presence in over 120 countries in the world and has
been implementing programs for over 90 years. Save the Children envisions a
Uganda in which every child attains the right to survival, protection,
development and participation. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the
way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in
their lives. We strive to create impact for children by delivering our
Programmes through partnerships, by being innovative, by acting as the voice
for and of children, and by achieving results at scale.  In Uganda, we implement programmes in six
thematic programme areas of Child Protection, Child Rights Governance,
Education, Livelihoods & Food Security, Health, Nutrition and HIV/AIDS in
development and emergency contexts. Save the Children delivers programs in over
36 districts in the North, Rwenzori, North-Eastern and Central regions of
Uganda, Currently, Save the Children has a staff complement of over 200
persons. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil
their potential. In 2014, we reached over 143 million children through our work
around 52m directly and 91 million indirectly around the world.
Job Summary: The Emergency
Response Director (ERD) assumes overall oversight and management of the SC
Uganda (SCUG) Cat 2 emergency response to the South Sudanese refugee influx as
well as the emergency response to the Congolese refugee population, in
collaboration with the Country Director and Senior Management Team (SMT). The
ERD leads the development/revision of an effective resource mobilization
strategy – including donor engagement – to ensure the response programme is
funded and backstopped adequately.
Key Duties and
  • Take lead in the planning and management
    of the refugee response as per guidance of Country Office senior
  • Keep country level strategic planning for
    the humanitarian response up to date to ensure an effective and timely
    emergency response. Lead on implementation and update of fundraising
    strategy, and liaise with members and donors to leverage continued funding
    for the Refugee Response.
  • Keep master budget and flexible response
    budgets up to date and aligned with the response strategy objectives. Take
    overall leadership on the implementation of the response, on the timely
    expenditure of budgets, while keeping relevant stakeholders informed and
    ensuring corrective actions are taken where required.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Field
    Manager / Regional Area Manager (RAM) for Emergency Response, design and
    recommend operations delivery mechanisms. Ensure effective and timely set
    up of response offices and infrastructure in new settlements when
  • Work in liaison with Field Manager / RAM
    develop Detailed Implementation Plans and Phased Budgets for the response
  • Supervise/manage the West Nile Area
    Manager (RAM) and Western Area equivalent (TBC), ensuring he/she is
    adequately overseeing the field team and operations.
  • Lead on national procurement of supplies
    and services to ensure timely and quality implementation.
  • Support the HR department by planning,
    identifying and resourcing appropriate and effective structure &
    staffing needs for the response, as approved by the CD/SMT.
  • Assume direct responsibility for the
    implementation and donor reporting of country wide (West Nile/SS and
    West/DRC response) projects. Delegate project management and donor
    reporting of area specific projects to the Field Managers, while
    maintaining overall accountability.
  • Ensure that the relevant project
    monitoring plans and systems are established and implemented.
  • Ensure adequate stakeholder coordination
    and engagement at national and international levels, in close
    collaboration with the SMT and CD.
  • Ensure optimal safety and security
    management procedures and practices are in place in collaboration with
    Emergency Director and Field Manager. 
  • Actively participate in country level SMT.
    Share weekly/monthly updates with CD/SMT on progress, deviations,
    corrective actions and any other relevant issues.
  • Lead on compliance with the organizational
    standards and requirements applying to the two categorized response: South
    Sudanese Refugee Response (Cat 2) and Congolese Refugee Response (Cat 3).
  • Ensure strict compliance of programme
    activities with relevant donor regulations and agreements, SPHERE
    guidelines and the NGO code of conduct.
Capacity Building: Build capacity of SCUG SMT and Field Team
Leaders / RAM in Emergency Response Management. Ensure SCUG captures lessons
learnt and that recommendations followed up.
Representation & Advocacy & Communications:
  • In close collaboration with the Head of
    Advocacy and Communications, design and implement an adequate
    communication strategy that enhances the refugee response work and ensure
    that information is shared timely and adequately, i.e. members, donors,
    government officials, staff, etc.
  • Where/when required, represent SCUG
    emergency response on a national, regional and international level to
    donors, the media and members of the humanitarian community.
  • Where/when required undertake high level representation
    and advocacy with Government partners and officials as well as donor
General: Comply with Save the Children policies and practice
with respect to child safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, equal
opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the Save the
    Children International Emergency Response Director career placement should preferably hold a
    Master’s Degree or higher or equivalent field experience
  • Extensive experience of working within a
    senior management role and within a complex country programme in an
    emergency response or fragile state setting; and/or extensive experience
    of setting up responses in out of area contexts (either where no SC
    presence or CO presence); and/or extensive experience of working in high
    income contexts
  • Previous experience of managing programme
    teams in large-scale/complex, first phase emergency response is essential
  • Possess senior management experience of
    leading a diverse, multi-function and/or multi-sector team at a Country
    Director or other relevant SMT level.
  • Significant experience of managing
    multi-donor, multi-site programmes (including ECHO, DFID and OFDA) of GBP
    5m+ in a first phase response at regional or country level
  • Multi-site security management in insecure
  • Experience of international level
    representation with key stakeholders, and co-ordination with other NGOs/UN
  • Previous experience of international media
    representation and advocacy
  • Experience of M&E and beneficiary
    accountability systems in large complex programmes
  • Experience of developing and negotiating
    successful partnerships with institutional donors
  • Demonstrated ability to influence change
    at an operational and strategic level
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with
    qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high level of written and spoken English
  • The capacity and willingness to be
    extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure
    working circumstances.
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of
    SC. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus
    and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support
Personal Competencies:
  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions,
    managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the
    Children values.
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to
    deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in
    the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve
    performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not
  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for
    themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal
    development and encourages others to do the same.
  • Widely shares their personal vision for
    Save the Children, engages and motivates others.
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically.
  • Builds and maintains effective
    relationships with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners
    and supporters.
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of
    competitive strength.
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk
  • Develops and encourages new and innovative
  • Willing to take disciplined risks.
Integrity: Honest, encourages openness and transparency.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online at the
web link below.
Deadline: 19th April,

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