Regional Emergency Programme Manager Vacancy

  • Full Time
  • Nairobi

HelpAge International

Regional Emergency Programme Manager
Open to Kenyan Nationals only
Location; Nairobi with frequent travel to the field
HelpAge International is the secretariat to the HelpAge Global Network, which brings together a wide range of organisations and individuals working to promote the rights and meet the needs of older women and men, nationally and/or internationally.

Our long-term vision is to establish a global movement of strong connected age focused and older people led platforms in every country in the world. Only by collaborating together can we achieve a world in which all older people can lead dignified, active, healthy and secure lives. We aim to extend the reach and influence of the HelpAge Global Network to all those in a position to help bring about our vision for older people – including Governments, regional institutions, policy makers, development partners, the private sector, UN organisations and academic institutions.

As a dual mandated organisation, in the Africa region we will deliver this through a combination of programme, policy and communications work focused on our core themes of social protection, health and care in both development and humanitarian context.

HelpAge International, Africa Region seeks to recruit a Regional Emergency Programme Manager. The post-holder will offer strategic leadership in humanitarian response, provide technical support to country offices and network members on disaster prevention and emergency response, lead in the development of new programmes and develop strategic partnerships on programming, advocacy, research and fundraising.

The ideal candidate will have regional experience in humanitarian work, have a strong understanding of key technical issues in one or more areas of humanitarian protection, emergency cash transfers, livelihoods and food security, nutrition and Health, resilience, disaster preparedness and recovery. Understanding of and commitment to international humanitarian principles and codes of conduct that govern humanitarian work and experience and building the capacity of local actors is essential.

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JOB DESCRIPTION
Job Title: Regional Emergency Programme Manager
Job Grade: National – open to Kenya Nationals only
Contract Length: One year contract
Responsible to: Technical Team Leader
Responsible For: Emergency programme team members as assigned by the Technical Team Leader
Key relationships: Regional Director, Head of Programmes, Country Directors, Country Representatives, Regional Programme Managers, Country Humanitarian Managers/ teams, London Humanitarian Team and Technical leads, and Network partner staff
Background
HelpAge International is the secretariat to the HelpAge Global Network, which brings together a wide range of organisations and individuals working to promote the rights and meet the needs of older women and men, nationally and/or internationally.
Our long-term vision is to establish a global movement of strong connected age focused and older people led platforms in every country in the world. Only by collaborating together we can achieve a world in which all older people lead dignified, active, healthy and secure lives. We aim to extend the reach and influence of the HelpAge Global Network to all those in a position to help bring about our vision for older people – including Governments, regional institutions, policy makers, development partners, the private sector, UN organisations and academic institutions.
As a dual mandated organisation, in the Africa region we will deliver this through a combination of programme, policy and communications work focused on our core themes of social protection, health and care in both development and humanitarian context.
Job Impact
The role of the Regional Emergency Programme Manager is expected to impact and influence in the following critical areas.

Offer high quality technical support on emergency work to country offices and network
Lead in the development and management of emergency programs
Lead in organisational preparedness efforts for the region, country teams & network members
Develop strategic partnerships aiming programming, advocacy, research & fundraising
Represent HelpAge in relevant regional and global technical forums
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SPECIFIC JOB RESPONSIBILITIES AND KEY TASKS

Strategic leadership on Emergencies
 Lead in the development and implementation of the humanitarian strategy (emergency preparedness, response and recovery) and Programme Offer for the Africa region, and in line with the HelpAge global Emergency Response Framework
 High-level technical advice to the senior management team on emerging critical issues for quick decision-making purposes to enable timely and relevant responses to emergencies.
 Lead in the development of an emergency response team encompassing both HelpAge International and Network partner organisations. Support the development of a consultant and staff Emergency Response Team in the region (in coordination with HelpAge global emergency roster) for quick and easy deployment in the event of an emergency response
 Facilitate for capacity building of HelpAge and the network on emergency preparedness and response.
 Ensure there is adequate organisational preparedness within the region, country teams and network members across Africa, especially countries that are considered prone to disasters
 Coordinate research and evaluations on various issues of older persons in emergencies and resilience work.
 Assist the Head of Program and London Humanitarian team in identifying and deploying staff in responding to rapid onset emergencies in the Africa and other regions

Technical support to country teams and network members
 Provide needs based technical support to country teams and network members in preparing and responding to emergencies. This include in developing ALERT system (emergency preparedness), developing response plans, multi-sector assessments, initial phase of response, staff and partner capacity development capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, and etc.
 Lead in the development and implementation of technical standards and HelpAge guidelines on Emergencies to improve the quality, effectiveness, relevance and timeliness of responses. Identify and share good practices and updated research findings on the same within the teams.
 Provide linkages between countries and major regional players (UN, INGO and donors) and where possible coordinate development of multi-country programmes.

Program Development and Management
 Support and coordinate multi-sector emergency needs assessments in affected areas, initiate programmes with the relevant partners, identifying sources of funding and developing a solid programme of work.
 Keep abreast of best practice developments in the humanitarian sector and ensure their dissemination through emergency response and resilience programmes.
 Support countries in developing quality emergency programmes (Concept notes and proposals) for fundraising purposes.
 Develop ideas and form consortiums with other international organisations within the region focussed on emergency and resilience programmes, research issues, joint capacity building plans etc.
 Manage Strategic Regional Emergency programmes in accordance with the donor requirements and HelpAge internal procedures and contract management guidelines.
 Provide short term Emergency Program management in countries especially at the onset of emergencies.

Advocacy, Lobbying and Representation
 In close collaboration with the Programme manager – Research, Evidence and Learning, analyse and write policy briefs and research papers – Identify specific issues, undertake analysis and develop policy briefs targeting key stakeholders on older people in emergency and recovery settings
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 Represent HelpAge in local, regional and international forums, including the media to highlight needs, rights and capacities of older people in emergencies.
 Advocate and influence governments and humanitarian organisations in Africa to include the needs of older people, including the development of collaborative operations with HelpAge’s key target implementing agencies.
 Network and meet with donors, Governments, I/NGOs and other stakeholders regularly to collect information and share HelpAge’s perspectives in emergences

Person Specifications
Regional Programme Management
– Substantial experience in working at a regional level and management of regional emergency programmes
– Extremely strong communication, negotiation and representational skills and ability to work at a regional level
– Past experience of developing collaborative partnerships with other organisations, research/ academic institutions etc
– Proven ability for ‘horizon scanning’ on issues of natural disasters and conflict and establish contacts to gather information
Technical/ Programmatic
– A strong understanding of key technical issues in one or more areas of humanitarian protection, emergency cash transfers, livelihoods and food security, nutrition and Health, resilience, disaster preparedness and recovery.
– An understanding of work in conflict areas, and the concepts of conflict sensitivity, conflict reduction and conflict resolution at community level.
– A strong understanding of and commitment to international humanitarian principles, standards and instruments, frameworks and codes of conduct that govern humanitarian work.
– Experience of developing and/or implementing donor and beneficiary accountability frameworks.
– Experience of proposal development, compiling and managing substantial multi-donor budgets in adherence to value for money principles.
– Experience in Humanitarian Advocacy
– Strong understanding of age and disability inclusion as a programme approaches
– Experience of work in an advisory capacity, in training and capacity development
– An advanced degree in Social Studies or Conflict Management/ DRR or any other related field

Behavioural Competencies
– Results Orientation towards own and team’s role in line with organisational priorities, decisive, passion and drive for high quality work
– Working with others, in a team environment, receiving and providing feedback, contributing to the team’s success, and managing conflicts if it occurs
– Leading Others by defining organisational and team’s vision, supporting development of team members
Others
– Ability to engage, seek and provide clarity and deliver on issues that are not always clear
– Previous experience working on issue of older persons a strong advantage
– Willingness and interest to work with a network focussed approach, engaging with, supporting and maximising on potential of network members
– The ability to travel at very short notice and for extended periods to difficult environments,

To apply, send your CV and cover letter detailing how you meet the criteria for this position to [email protected]

To apply for this job please visit helpage-international.org.