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Humanitarian Affairs Officer - Deployments

Company Overview

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

Humanitarian Affairs Officers for consultancy contracts within the Humanitarian & Stabilisation Operations Team for deployments and to work at Whitehall, Wesminster.

What is the Humanitarian and Stabilisation Operations Team?
The Humanitarian and Stabilisation Operations Team (HSOT), contracted by Palladium International Ltd, provides the Department for International Development (DFID) with humanitarian services and the UK Government's Stabilisation Unit (SU) with stabilisation support.

Humanitarian Database
The Humanitarian and Stabilisation Operations Team (HSOT) maintains a database of humanitarian experts to provide skilled consultants to DFID.
The database comprises highly competent humanitarian professionals who can network effectively and work across a range of humanitarian disciplines and in collaboration with UK Government Departments, other humanitarian agencies, governments and authorities at country level.

Consultants are contracted by Palladium International Ltd to work alongside Civil Servants and to represent the UK Government when required.
HSOT will match assignment terms of reference to consultants' profiles. Matched consultants are contacted to verify interest and availability. Consultants may be selected in consultation with DFID colleagues.


Humanitarian Affairs Officers are experienced humanitarians who provide high-level analysis, knowledge, and support to DFID's humanitarian response with oversight from Humanitarian Advisers.
HAOs will have strong disaster assessment and monitoring skills combined with robust programme management and coordination skills in support of humanitarian responses.

Objective/Main Purpose
Provide humanitarian advice, analysis, information management services and support to Humanitarian Advisers in order to guide a Department for International Development (DFID) humanitarian response.

  • Assessments/Risk Monitoring and Information Management
  • Gather and triangulate relevant information on humanitarian situations;
  • Provide analysis of humanitarian needs and track emerging trends to inform response priorities;
  • Support DFID and/or DFID partner disaster impact and needs assessments as required;
  • Contribute to humanitarian reports and analysis; and
  • Liaise with DFID staff including field teams (as required), Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials, United Nations (UN), Red Cross/Crescent and NGO personnel as required.

Programming/Results Monitoring

  • Assist the Humanitarian Advisers in recommending programme priorities, strategies and appropriate delivery methods;
  • Support the Humanitarian Advisers in reviewing partner programme concept notes and project proposals;
  • Support the in-country Humanitarian Advisers in liaising with NGOs, Government, ICRC and UN bodies;
  • Assist the Humanitarian Advisers with the provision of humanitarian and technical advice as appropriate and as required;
  • Assist the Humanitarian Advisers in identifying partners institutional strengths and weaknesses and advise remedial actions;
  • Aid the Humanitarian Advisers in quality assurance, field monitoring and reporting on the performance of international agencies and DFIDs partners; and
  • Support establishing a system for tracking results attributable to DFID for the response.


  • Represent DFID to international forums, overseas governments and authorities;
  • Attend and support international coordination mechanisms as required; and
  • Lead meetings with DFID partners where requested.

DFID Business Support

  • Provide input and, as requested, lead on developing draft submissions, information notes, briefings, and parliamentary correspondence for DFID and HMG;
  • In collaboration with the Humanitarian Advisers, assist with the development of DFID business cases for response interventions; and
  • Contribute to DFIDs internal lessons learning processes.


Essential Qualifications, skills and experience required
o Substantial experience supporting a response to a rapid onset disaster/complex emergency;
o Experience working in developing countries and/or in fragile and conflict affected environments;
o Strong programme management skills;
o Substantial demonstrable, practical, experience working in humanitarian operational environments, ideally in both a head office and field environment;
o Excellent networking and representational skills at all levels, which may include Government, UN, RC Movement and NGOS;
o Demonstrable knowledge and experience of humanitarian theory, practice and architecture, humanitarian risk assessment and planning and managing humanitarian responses;
o Exceptional organisational and prioritisation, and ability to deal with a varied, demanding, often conflicting and rapidly changing workload;
o Degree level education in a relevant subject.
o Proven research and analytical skills;
o Proven experience of providing humanitarian information management and reporting during rapid onset humanitarian crises, including surveying and monitoring key information networks, developing and utilising multiple sources to provide information, and developing information products as appropriate to different audiences; and
o Expertise and ability to operate independently when necessary.

Technical competences required
o Ability to analyse, report on, monitor and manage complex data;
o Ability to support humanitarian risks assessments and analysis;
o Ability to support planning and managing humanitarian responses;
o Knowledge of humanitarian theory, practice and architecture;
o Knowledge of disaster resilience theory, practice and architecture; and
o Knowledge of the development effectiveness agenda, the international development system, and institutional and organisational knowledge.