DFID Technical Adviser - Inclusive Humanitarian Action

Location: DFID London Whitehall Secondment

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract

Closing Date: 08 March 2020

Salary: Competitive

Specific Hours: Standard Hours of Work

DFID Technical Adviser - Inclusive Humanitarian Action

Sightsavers’ programming in disability inclusion is growing and included in our portfolio are a number of DFID-funded consortia delivering programmes committed to disability inclusion and the Leave No One Behind Agenda. As a result of this collaboration we seek an experienced humanitarian adviser to be seconded into DFID’s Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department (CHASE) to support DFID’s delivery of the Disability Inclusion Strategy and wider commitments on inclusive humanitarian action, including the Strategic Vision for Gender Equality, World Humanitarian Summit commitments and UK Humanitarian Reform Policy.

Job Location:   Department for International Development (DFID) London and Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Contract:          12-month fixed term contract with the possibility of extension

Salary:               Competitive

DFID has committed to promote a fully inclusive humanitarian response, within DFID and across the broader system, which is evidence-based, equitable, inclusive in design, and founded on the principles of dignity, safety, empowerment and protection.

Job Purpose:

This post would focus on supporting delivery of DFID commitments on inclusive humanitarian action, drawing together sectoral commitments on disability inclusion, violence against women and girls and gender equality. 

The purpose of this role is to provide high quality advice and support to DFID’s humanitarian teams and to enhance DFID’s programming, and policy development, related to putting people back at the centre of humanitarian action. Full details may be found in the accompanying job description. The post-holder will report to CHASE and be responsible for a specific set of objectives and deliverables.

Objectives of the role will include:

  • Operationalising policy; Supporting DFID to deliver on existing commitments on inclusive humanitarian action by:
    • Supporting DFID to strengthen prioritised needs assessments within the humanitarian system to ensure they can capture the distinct needs of all groups, including people with disabilities, women and girls.
    • Supporting DFID to drive a transformative change in accountability to affected populations in humanitarian response
    • Identifying opportunities to roll-out, and ensure adherence to, specific guidelines on inclusive humanitarian action, including the IASC guidelines on GBV and inclusion of persons with disabilities.
  • Programming Work
    • Providing support to CHASE and priority DFID teams to implement inclusive humanitarian through specialist technical support
    • Shaping and supporting delivery of more effective inclusive humanitarian action through centrally managed humanitarian programmes
    • Supporting priority DFID country offices to implement commitments on inclusive humanitarian action.
  •  Partnerships
    • Providing technical advice on inclusive humanitarian action to support DFID’s institutional partnerships with key humanitarian actors, including, for example, on specific issues such as data disaggregation (by sex, disability status and age).


About you:

We are seeking applicants who have:

  •  A postgraduate qualification or equivalent practical experience in a relevant field (social work/social inclusion; gender studies, disability studies, public health, international development etc.)
  • Knowledge of current issues and best practice in social inclusion, disability inclusion, gender equality, violence against women and girls and humanitarian action.
  • A solid track record of working in acute and protracted emergency contexts on inclusion related issues.
  • Experience in collating, synthesising and disseminating best practice guidance, research and programme learning.
  • Good knowledge of the key international actors for social inclusion in humanitarian settings, and experience building effective relationships with stakeholders.
  • Experience working strategically and the ability to influence internal and international processes.
  • Understanding of the humanitarian architecture, including the mandates and roles of UN agencies, the Red Cross Movement, and key non-governmental organisations (NGOs) related to social inclusion across the humanitarian system as well as relevant entry points for influence.
  • Working knowledge of social inclusion from both protection and empowerment perspectives
  • Demonstrable expertise using inclusion tools, such as the IASC GBV Guidelines, IASC guidelines on inclusion of persons with disabilities IASC Gender with Age Marker, and/or the Washington Group of Questions

This is an exciting and involved role so please read the full job description for further details. This would be an initial 12-month post with the possibility for extension.

The post-holder would be based in DFID Whitehall for the majority of their time – but may also work periodically from the headquarters of Sightsavers, in Haywards Heath.

The assignment might require limited travel to DFID country offices to review specific programming and provide technical advice and expertise. 

We anticipate that interviews will take place mid-March 2020 at our offices in Haywards Heath and a pre-interview written task may form part of the assessment.

Closing date: 8 March 2020



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