Humanitarian Manager

Save the Children
  • Location
    Cote D'ivoire
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 07

Position description

Insecurity in the Sahel has progressively extended to the bordering areas of north Côte d'Ivoire. Several waves of refugees have arrived from Burkina and the insecurity has also affected local populations in the areas, who were already in precarious living conditions with limited access to basic social services. Save the Children Cote d'Ivoire country office has been providing a humanitarian response to refugees and host communities in the north of Côte d'Ivoire since June 2022, and would like to scale-up its preparedness capacity and activities in order to be able to face any unwanted spike of refugees in the nord or any new development in the humanitarian situation in the country in general.

As a member of SCI CIV operations teams, the Humanitarian Manager will lead on the strategic direction of the response to the humanitarian crises in Cote d'Ivoire and will be accountable for ensuring that the responses reach out to as many children in need as safety and resources will allow, in a cost effective manner with high quality programmes. S/he will ensure that this is achieved through a well managed team of experienced managers, support staff and technical advisers and will seek the required funding support through high level lobbying and advocacy with Save the Children members, all strategic coordination bodies within Cote d'Ivoire and all potential donors.


Humanitarian Vision and Strategy:

  • To lead on the production of the country humanitarian strategic documents (humanitarian Strategy, humanitarian contingency plans, etc.) and that these documents are reviewed on an annual basis and documented each year
  • Ensure that the annual humanitarian strategic plan is informed by the 3 pillars of Save the Children's Global and Country Strategy plans which aim to ensure that all children will survive, be protected and have access to a quality education.
  • Indicate within the annual strategy intentions for geographical targeting and reach and thus numbers of children to be reached.
  • Define within the plan a clear strategy for different approaches to work that may be adopted separately or severally whether through partners, direct implementation or through advocacy.
  • Engagement with stratageic level coordination groups for the humanitarian response within Areas of intervention
  • Ensuring on-going analysis of humanitarian trends in CIV to develop early warning signals for a proactive rather than a reactive humanitarian programming.
  • Advise the SMT/CD on the CO approaches to the country humanitarian context, trends and action required on an ongoing basis.
  • Lead the country humanitarian preparedness process (EPP) and ensure the state of preparedness of the CO is up to standards to enable effective humanitarian responses

Humanitarian programme delivery:

  • Continually guide the humanitarian response team on assessments, programming and changes in plans that will affect the annual strategic plan
  • Work with the SMT members to ensure that CIV CO has the necessary capacity to meet the management, logistical and technical requirements of any humanitarian programme undertaken and to ensure effective coordination of the programme acrivities with key stakeholders at state and national levels.
  • Collaborate with relevant departments at the CO to ensure timely decisions are made regarding opportunities for delivery of concept notes and project proposals to allow the humanitarian work to reach more children
  • Coordinate with the PDQ to ensure compliance with SCI's MEAL framework and in particular to ensure that adequate controls and training is in place to SCI's policies and approaches to child safeguarding
  • Develop initiatives for continuous learning, pilots and innovation
  • Ensure the humantiarin programme delivery is principled and is based on SCI global standards where applicable and on other global minimum standards, such as SPHERE.
  • Lead all humanitarian crises' alerts and categorisations in CIV and advise way forward/funding ask accordingly
  • Lead all humanitarian reporting processes as per SCI humanitarian reporting framework.


  • Provide feedback to CO, RO, SC Members for global messaging and engagements with international coordination fora, an provide update on humanitarian issues
  • Coordinate with the PDQ team to facilitate funding and non-funding partnership (within the SCI global partnership framework) to increase participation and design of quality capacity building plans for partners. Including NGO partners (local and international) , networks, alliances, institutions, UN, Government of CIV, etc.
  • Support the team to ensure programme learning and innovation are documented and shared at appropriate national, regional and international l level
  • Ensure active and effective collaboration with the advocacy and campaigns team at CO and RO levels

Team Management, Coaching and Capacity Building:

  • Human resource management in compliance with SCI policies, procedures and guidelines and in consultation and coordination with the Human Resource team the CO.
  • Promote a continuous learning environment within the humanitarian response programme and country programme through dissemination of up-to-date thinking on humanitarian issues




  • Minimum 5 years experience in the field leading humanitarian and/or preparedness programs

  • Knowledge and experience of emergency and development issues; deep understanding of

causes of emergencies, emergency programming and links with policy

  • Proven experience of building and leading teams and evidence of strong people

management skills

  • Proven programme & project cycle management skills - proposal and report writing skills;

monitoring and evaluation skills and experience

  • Proven Representation skills at senior coordination and strategic levels
  • Knowledge and experience of promoting gender equity, and an active commitment to

promoting the interests of marginalized people in all aspects of SCI's work

  • Ability to work with others to develop vision into strategy and communicating and

influencing this to a wider audience

  • Proven knowledge of computerized system; high degree of computer literacy and word processing and spreadsheet skills essential
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritises well and meet deadlines
  • Ability to travel extensively, especially to remote disaster prone/affected areas
  • Commitment to the aims and objectives of SCI's Child Safeguarding policy and SCI code ofconduct
  • Strong understanding of humanitarian principles and standards and how it is applied in
  • emergency contexts.
  • Credibility to lobby, influence and represent Save the Children at all levels

Contract length: 1-year renewable (subject to performance and funding)

Position level and remuneration:

This position is opened both nationally and internationally.

The setting of the remuneration will be based on the level of responsibility of the position, the candiddate's experience and internal equity.


We employ around 25,000 people worldwide and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises or those in need of better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest level, to realize children's rights and to make their voices heard

We are working on three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday

  • All children have a quality basic education and that,

  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We understand that great people make a great organization and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, as well as a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity and integrity are highly valued

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