HelpAge International Job Vacancy: Regional Programme Adviser - Disaster Risk Reduction and Humanitarian Response, Chiang Mai - Thailand

Job Purpose
The Asia Regional Office is based in Chiang Mai Thailand, where there is a team of Regional Programme Advisers, providing technical leadership in a specific sector.

The Regional Programme Advisers have 8 key functions:
  • Providing cross-country technical support to country offices and network members;
  • Project management, as defined thematically or geographically;
  • Network development in their thematic area of geographic area of responsibility;
  • Regional advocacy and representation in their technical field and their geographical area of responsibility;
  • Resource development in their technical field, in collaboration with Regional Resource Development Manager;
  • Knowledge management in their technical field;
  • Team based support for other sectorial work of the regional or global offices;
New initiatives and contribution to other areas of work in the scope of multifunctional approaches.

The Regional Programme Adviser – DRR and Humanitarian Response specifically will be responsible for regional leadership of HelpAge’s emergency preparedness and humanitarian responses, and provide global leadership to the Disaster Risk Reduction portfolio. This includes offering high quality technical advice, training, capacity building and engagement in national, regional and global advocacy and policy work. A core element of the role will be to oversee the initial phases of regional humanitarian responses. The post-holder will be based in Chiang Mai. He/she will be required to spend at least 30-40% of the time providing hands-on support to HelpAge and network partner staff in the region.

Key Responsibilities
  • Providing technical advice in inclusive and integrated Humanitarian Response, DRR and Resilience to HelpAge, network members and implementing partner staff;
  • Lead regional emergency preparedness implementation and initial phase of humanitarian responses.
  • Developing and delivering a regional advocacy and policy influencing strategy promoting inclusive and integrated programmes and representation of the HelpAge network in national, regional and global forums
  • Supporting programme and project design and delivery, particularly of training and capacity building for community based organisations, HelpAge and network partners’ staff, implementing partners and third-party organisations;
  • Supporting project and programme monitoring, evaluation and learning in collaboration with country staff;
  • Facilitate HelpAge’s global working group on DRR and Resilience
Essential skills, knowledge and experience
  • Understanding of international development and disaster risk management, climate change, and humanitarian interventions;
  • At least 10 years of experience in project management in the field of DRR and humanitarian responses, preferably in Asia;
  • Strong technical knowledge in community based organisations, disaster risk reduction and disaster risk management at grassroots levels;
  • Essential work experience and proven knowledge of DRR/humanitarian issues and challenges in context of countries within Asia region;
  • Capacity to design project concepts, draft project outlines, proposals and budgets;
  • Proven ability to influence others to advance towards successful outcomes, including government, UN agencies and donors through successful advocacy;
  • Experience and capacity in developing research and learning work
  • Experience in strategic planning and reporting;
  • Fluent in English with strong writing and organisation skills;
  • Ability to work in multi-cultural, multi-ethnic teams;
  • Ability to travel extensively at short notice. 
  • Knowledge and experience working with older people’s issue;
  • Experience working international network, globally or in the context of Asia. 
Closing date: 26 May 2017

Interview week: 29 May – 2 Jun, 2017

Start date: as soon as possible

To apply for a job at HelpAge – Asia Pacific Regional Office, please submit the following documents:
  • A covering letter (which should refer the person specification for the job).
  • Your current curriculum vitae (3 pages maximum).
  • Three referees, including your most recent employer.
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HelpAge International is an equal opportunities employer.

HelpAge International is committed to providing our staff with continuous professional development, flexible working and opportunities to thrive within an inclusive and diverse environment. As part of our commitment to promoting gender diversity, we are a member of the Business in the Community gender campaign.