Relief International (RI) is hiring a Global Humanitarian Director: Apply Now!!!

We are currently recruiting a Global Humanitarian Director to join our Programs team.

This is a remote, 18 weeks fixed term position, open to candidates based in RI countries of operation.

At Relief International, we are committed to building a representative, inclusive and authentic workplace. We strongly encourage applications from candidates from minoritized backgrounds those who bring lived experience of the contexts in which we work.

We are proud to be a global recruiter, hiring people from around the world. We offer competitive salaries and benefit packages for all staff, that are applied fairly and transparently. This means we are unable to advertise the salary as it is dependent on the local job market of the staff member, we will inform shortlisted candidates of the salary range as part of the selection process.

Note you must have the right to work in your home-based location and that national terms and conditions will apply.

This role is classified as requiring advanced pre-employment checks.

About Relief International.

Relief International (RI) works in 15 countries globally to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises, and chronic poverty.

About the Opportunity.

The Global Humanitarian Director plays a crucial role in Relief International’s response to humanitarian emergencies. Responsible for keeping RI’s standards for humanitarian response up to date – these standards, associated tools, and trainings are used to carry out high quality humanitarian responses in both emergency and protracted crisis settings.

Your responsibilities will be

  • Humanitarian Standards and Best Practices: Build agency capacity in line with industry humanitarian standards and best practices.
  • Emergency preparedness and capacity building: Support regional and country teams in the development of emergency preparedness plans adhering to humanitarian standards and best practices.
  • Humanitarian Representation: Internally and externally, represent RI’s humanitarian positioning and efforts.
  • Emergency Response: Lead the coordination of RI responses to large-scale emergencies.
  • Security and Humanitarian Access: Provide oversight and support to the Global Security and Access Director in the development of Relief International’s security strategy.
  • Advocacy & Fundraising: Support Program Development, Communications and Philanthropy departments to expand RI’s donor base through advocacy with existing donors and by seeking new non-traditional partners.
  • Culture of safety and security: Work with the Global Security and Access Director to embed risk management and security planning as a key element of all the work we do across the organization.

About You.

You will bring the following experience and skills.

  • Proven experience in emergency preparedness planning. Excellent organizational, coordination and training skills.
  • Strong knowledge and experience of funding agencies and international organizations (including ECHO, FCDO and BHA/USAID) for humanitarian and development/reconstruction programs.
  • Sound knowledge of international humanitarian standards, systems and context.
  • Experience of managing operations in high risks contexts and managing security and access risks and incidents. Sound experience and skills in financial planning, budgeting and management.
  • Ability to skilfully influence and advocate internally and externally in service of RI’s mission. Proven track record of moving strategic priorities forward, through a collaborative and iterative process.
  • Extensive management experience in international organizations, both in humanitarian response and long-term development in emergency or fragile contexts. Proven ability managing large, diverse, multi-country and multi-sectoral teams in high-stress environments, in a start-up phase.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to work with, all departments of an INGO, including finance, business development, communications, operations, risk, and compliance;
  • Experience in fragile settings that have conflict, post-conflict, or transitional state environments essential.
  • Ability to travel up to 40% in international settings, often with short notice and in hostile or insecure environments.
  • Strong spoken and written English language skills essential.
  • Additional languages desirable e.g. Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, Dari etc.

Research shows that women and people of colour are less likely to apply to jobs, unless they meet every single requirement. If you’re excited about this role, but your experience doesn’t align with every criteria described, we encourage you to apply anyway, you could be exactly what we need!

How to apply


Closing date: Please apply immediately we will be reviewing applicants on a rolling basis, therefore we may withdraw the position from the jobs board before the closing date.

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