Emergency Programme Officer - Africa

Emergency Programme Officer - Africa


United Kingdom

Job Profile

The post holder will be predominantly responsible for supporting the Head of Humanitarian Programmes for Africa (HHP) in managing CAFODs humanitarian involvement in Africa. A member of a team of four, s/he will contribute to ensuring that humanitarian and emergency programme quality (MEAL), systems (including Cash Transfer Programming) and standards (CHS and Protection Mainstreaming) are maintained through working with and alongside CAFOD overseas offices in providing support, expertise and building long-term capacity. The geographic scope of the position focuses on Sudan, particularly Darfur, and on French speaking countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo. S/he will also have a grant management support role and will be expected to liaise with Caritas Internationalis (CI) members. S/he may be asked to support the team in providing support to other CAFOD country offices according to current emergencies and priorities.

Key Responsibilities

Programme delivery, quality and standards (50%)

  • S/he supports the planning, development and implementation of humanitarian programmes, including those funded by CAFOD, DEC, START or Caritas appeals or donor grants, in accordance with CAFOD's policies and procedures, and ensures professional programme management and appropriate, effective and high-quality programmes;
  • S/he provides technical support and guidance to CAFOD country offices and partner organisations on the delivery of high quality assistance including through the identification and provision of internal technical support;
  • S/he administers and monitors humanitarian project budgets and financial reports for CAFOD and or partners in accordance with CAFOD financial systems and procedures;
  • S/he supports the humanitarian Africa team in developing and following humanitarian best practice in project implementation, including compliance to the Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) and Protection Mainstreaming (PM);
  • S/he supports the HHP Africa with regard to incorporating best practice aspects of humanitarian work in the development of proposals and concept notes;
  • S/he manages the Darfur Programme’s (DP) operational relationships for CAFOD and the partnership with Norwegian Church Aid by supporting the delivery of the DP’s strategy, reviewing Appeals and reports and ensuring the DP is compliant with CAFOD and Caritas Internationalis’ humanitarian and corporate policies;
  • S/he is the day-to-day point of contact for humanitarian programmes and CAFOD country offices in some specific African countries and monitors the humanitarian situation in relevant countries.

Organisational systems and change Management (10%)

  • S/he promotes and implements CAFOD’s humanitarian strategy across the organisation including CAFOD overseas offices;
  • S/he provides support to the HHP Africa in the development of cross organisational systems and processes, especially around Cash Transfer Programming (CTP).

Representation and Communication (10%)

  • S/he represents CAFOD at interagency, and other fora for the purposes of coordination of response and sectoral policy development;
  • S/he ensures collaboration and communication within CAFOD and especially with the International Development Group (IDG), the Advocacy and Education Group (AEG), the Finance and Communications teams;
  • S/he is a focal point for CAFOD and Caritas within the Darfur programme, represents the NCA Darfur programme to Caritas agencies, and supports NCA in raising support for the programme;
  • S/he may be asked to support the development and implementation of communications and policy strategies at country and regional level.

Emergency Response (30% - deployments up to four months per year)

  • S/he provides expertise and capacity to respond to new and ongoing humanitarian crises and responses within the region;
  • S/he supports the HHP Africa to address other CAFOD acute humanitarian responses;
  • When required, s/he provides field level operational support during humanitarian emergencies, including needs assessment, technical support on monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning to CAFOD country offices, partner organisations and inter-agency teams responding to humanitarian crises, if necessary at very short notice, sometimes in insecure environments, and for extended periods of time.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Understanding our context

  • Understanding Catholic identity: Works comfortably with secular and Church partners;
  • Understanding CAFOD;
  • Understanding international development: Sound understanding of humanitarian best practice and international humanitarian policy debates; Understanding of working and liaising with international bodies and consortium; understanding of the localisation agenda and of the Charter for Change.

Working together

  • Managing ourselves: Able to make sound independent decisions in complex circumstances where information may be unclear; displays flexibility to cope with continuous change and uncertainty; able to support others in coping with change and other stresses;
  • Working with others: Demonstrated facilitation, coaching/ capacity building & training skills, including the ability to influence teams; able to work successfully within networks and with other organisations;
  • Communicating: Proven diplomacy skills; can communicate complex ideas simply; ensures understanding of what has been discussed; communicates corporate messages;
  • Looking outwards: experience of working with secular, church and other faith based organisations, and working in networks; contributes to policy strategy development.

Making change happen

  • Managing resources: understanding and application of good management standards; strong budget management skills;
  • Achieving results: Ability to provide humanitarian skills and support within a changing context; Delivers work within the context of an agreed programme framework even in challenging circumstances, uses programme cycle management tools effectively; Good understanding of financial management;
  • Managing our performance: Understanding of approaches to ensure accountability in humanitarian work towards intended beneficiary communities and commitment to HAP;
  • Taking the lead: demonstrated ability to think strategically and contributing to strategy development, planning processes and contingency planning.

Job-specific competencies

  • Proven experience of working with community based organisations and partners in the delivery of humanitarian programmes and capacity building in Africa;
  • Experience of developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks and data collection and analysis tools;
  • Experience of working with, and/or a commitment to humanitarian standards e.g. CHS, SPHERE, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Code of Conduct
  • Experience of designing and delivering Cash Transfer Programming;
  • Fluency in English and in French;
  • Experience of remote management;
  • Able and willing to travel for 4 months annually, sometimes at very short notice and to insecure and difficult environments (minimum twice per year in Darfur).

Desirable Criteria

  • Knowledge and experience of Sudan and DRC;
  • Ability to design and facilitate participatory training courses;
  • Specific technical skills in an area of interest to CAFOD’s humanitarian work, for example, livelihoods, WASH, protection, DRR;
  • Experience of working in hostile and insecure environments.

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