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Humanitarian Advisers

Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office

Job Grade

Grade 7

Advertised Salary


Type of Role

Other (See Full Job Details)

Closing Date

13. maj 2024

Job Description from Civil Service Jobs

The successful candidate will:

Assessment and analysis:    

Maintain situational awareness through regular assessment and analysis of needs and corresponding response.     
Communicate this well to colleagues, senior officials and Ministers within FCDO and HMG in order to effectively influence the necessary evolution or changes of policy and programme priorities.   


Position the UK at the forefront of humanitarian policy engagement through developing policy, contributing to advocacy strategies and directly advocating for UK humanitarian policy objectives through various senior forums within HMG or externally at country, regional or global level .
Engage effectively with senior officials and also directly with Ministers as necessary. 
Develop close engagement with HQ humanitarian policy and research teams to ensure that the policy work in this role is informing and learning from UK humanitarian policy as it develops.

Provide technical oversight and lead technical advice into the design, delivery, monitoring, evaluation and learning of FCDO humanitarian projects and programmes.
In some contexts, humanitarian advisers will also provide overall Senior Responsible Owner programme leadership functions, including ensuring compliance with internal programming rules and engaging other staff effectively as necessary etc.   

Relationships and networks:    

Establish constructive relationships with key individuals and organisations, including representing FCDO with relevant partners and in relevant forums (e.g., donor coordination, Humanitarian Country Teams etc.). This will be dependent on the role but could include for example:    
Internally within FCDO and HMG: working across FCDO teams and with other government departments.
Externally: with host or donor governments including at senior levels, with the private sector, civil society, research organisations, academia, but also with international bilateral and multilateral aid agencies and foundations, in-country, at headquarters, regionally and/or internationally – as needed.
People and building capability:    

Maintain cutting edge understanding of and application of evidence and work to build the capability of others.
Humanitarian Advisers may sometimes be required to also effectively line manage a number of other technical advisers or indeed whole humanitarian/ crisis teams.
All Humanitarian Advisers are required to provide up to 10% of their time (equivalent to 22 days per year) to support FCDO’s wider humanitarian objectives. This might entail support to another country programme such as contributing to an annual review, developing an evidence product or the design and delivery of training for other cadre members or HMG officials.

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