Humanitarian Operations Officer At Save the Children

The job of a Save the Children’s Humanitarian Operations Officer is wide-ranging and rewarding.

  • Are you looking to provide operational and strategic support to new and ongoing emergency responses around the world?
  • Are you looking for a role that enables you to get involved with Fundraising activities, Award Management and Donor Relations?
  • Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn’t just survive, but thrives, and can go on to change the world?

If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!

About Us Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.

Job Purpose

The primary focus of the Humanitarian Operations Officer will be to manage SCUK operational support to new and ongoing emergency responses through effective information and communication management. You will also be responsible for ensuring that sufficient resourcing is available for the responses; and funds are managed in an effective and donor compliant manner. In addition, you will:

  • Provide account management support to the wider SC movement by coordinating and regulating applications to Entities funding (Elrha). This will involve networking with a variety of different stakeholders and providing timely and accurate support and advise on the donor requirements.
  • Work with a wide range of stakeholders, including other SCUK teams, other members of the Save the Children movement, Save the Children International (SCI) headquarter country offices, regional offices, donors and other humanitarian agencies.
  • Provide Awards/grant management support to Save the Children’s Humanitarian Entities projects such as Elrha and the Start Network.
  • Support on the analysis and write up of a research project into entities support within SCUK. This will require reviewing and breaking down large amounts of qualitative data, summarising and writing up conclusions, with support from subject matter experts.

Person Profile:

To be successful you will have experience of working in a coordinator/support role in a complex country programme, emergency response or fragile state setting. Up-to-date knowledge on current humanitarian issues, such as application of humanitarian core principles and humanitarian quality frameworks (e.g. Sphere, CHS) is essential. You must have experience in award (grant/contract) management and experience of working with major institutional donors (such as DFID, ECHO, DEC etc).

In addition, you will have:

  • Knowledge of project design and management, including logical frameworks, M&E concepts and budget monitoring.
  • Excellent IT skills including use of spreadsheets, databases and the ability to develop and maintain office and information management systems and proven analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong team skills, with the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships and collaborate both within and outside the team.
  • Ability to work within a network of working groups and teams, and through a matrix management structure, both of which require very strong coordination and cooperation skills and behaviour.
  • Ability to manage a complex and varied workload, in order to organise and prioritise multiple tasks efficiently, manage reactive and proactive work, and deliver tasks to tight deadlines
  • A high degree of flexibility and adaptability in order to respond to changing needs and priorities


  • A demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and their practical application and integration in the work environment
  • A commitment to Save the Children UK’s aims and core values of accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity, and integrity

Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

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