Head of Emergencies, Surge and Technical Advisory

British Red Cross, London, United Kingdom
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Head of Emergencies, Surge and Technical Advisory (ESTA)

Location: Moorgate, London
Full time, 35 hours per week
Contract type: Fixed term (12 month contract)
Salary: GBP 58,000 pa inclusive of ILW

About the role
The Head of Emergencies, Surge and Technical Advice (ESTA) is an exciting role which leads the British Red Cross emergency response work globally. This is a unique opportunity to help shape the strategic, high quality and consistent BRC approach to emergency response in varying contexts, with and through the Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) Movement. As part of the International Directorate's Management team you will also play a key part in shaping the priorities and direction of British Red Cross' work internationally.

We are looking for strong leader and manager who will act as role model for the team and the International Directorate, inspiring and empowering staff to deliver and to work effectively in a matrix model with other parts of the organisation and Movement.

You will represent the BRC at key fora including but not limited to; the DEC, DFID and RCRC Movement Disaster Management strategic discussions and working groups.

  • The work is varied and interesting and some of the tasks include;
  •  leading on strategic and the tactical implementation of the International Directorate strategy and the Disaster Management Area of Focus,
  •  playing an active role on the International Management Team to identify and capitalise on opportunities as well as maintaining an overview of existing and emerging humanitarian needs, risks, actors and opportunities globally.
  • actively seek out and manage internal and external relationships and partnerships, navigating the environment effectively with tact and diplomacy.
  • influencing and networking to lead and deliver on the International Directorate strategy and cement BRC's position within the international humanitarian system or transform the international humanitarian system both in the UK and more broadly.

About the team
You will lead and manage a diverse, experienced team made up of; Emergency Response team, Global Surge team and our Technical advisory team (Health, WASH, Food Security & Livelihoods, Disaster Risk Reduction) with direct line management of the Global Response Manager, Senior Global Surge Manager and Head of Technical Advisory. These teams work to ensure that British Red Cross is able to effectively and efficiently respond to disasters and conflict around the world, support and lead on priority projects and initiatives within the RCRC Movement and the broader sector, and work with our partner national societies to provide surge, technical and disaster management advice, support and capacity building.

About the person
We are looking for a dynamic leader who has considerable experience working on Emergency response and disaster management within the humanitarian sector. You will need to understand the intricacies of the Red Cross Movement and help to navigate a path to ensure we can add value to any emergency at any time.

We need someone who can calmly lead a team to surge into complex, fast paced emergency situations, who can act quickly and decisively but also plan and prepare for the future.

You will need the ability to build and foster strong working relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders and donors and represent the BRC and the RCRC Movement at the highest levels. You will have the proven ability to think strategically and drive forward strategic deliverables within complex organisations.

Closing date for applications is (23:59) UK time, Monday 11th November. Interviews will take place on week commencing 19th November.

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You must have the automatic right to work in the UK to apply for this position.

For questions on this role please email us at quoting reference REQ0000027KN

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Diversity is something we celebrate and we want you to be able to bring your authentic-self to the Red Cross. We want you to feel that you are in an inclusive environment, and a great position to help us spread the power of kindness.

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