Switzerland: H2H Strategic Partnership Advisor – short-term 637 views6 applications

Organization: Danish Refugee Council
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 01 Nov 2019

Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is looking for a short-term humanitarian advisor who will support the work of the H2H Network and the newly established funding platform for network members.

The H2H Network, which stands for ‘humanitarian-to-humanitarian’ network, consists of approximately 50 organisations that provide high-quality and integrated services to support other humanitarian responders. Network members address cross-cutting issues to help the overall response be more effective, of higher quality, and more efficient. Services on offer include data gathering, analysis and information management, community engagement, standard setting, capacity building, research and learning as well as security, logistics and stand by capacities.

The H2H Network is supported by UK aid from the UK government and provides its members with tools, support and funding, through the H2H Fund, to help them quickly activate in an emergency.

The network was established informally in 2016. In 2019 a core project team was brought in following the funding from DFID. The first six months of 2019 constituted the project’s build phase, with a focus on setting up the new funding mechanism, governance structures for both the network and the fund and initiating support activities for members.

More information on the H2H Network can be found on: https://www.h2hworks.org/.

About the job

This short-term position has been created to cover a period of maternity leave within the team. It does not replace an existing position but will support the team and lead on specific pieces of work that fit with the priority areas set out below.

The position will be based in Geneva, Switzerland. The post holder will work closely with the H2H Network Coordinator and H2H Finance Officer to develop and implement the longer-term strategy of the network and to position the network on the establishment of the funding platform, jointly with a team, consisting of a finance officer, programme adviser.

This position will report to the H2H Network Coordinator who is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

The first 9 months of the project (from January 2019) have focused on setting up the funding mechanism, key network structures and governance, as well as managing two fund activations. Moving out of this build phase, the project team’s focus will shift to several priority areas. As the H2H Strategic Partnership Advisor, you will be responsible for leading on several of these, as agreed with the Network Coordinator and depending on the skills of the successful candidate. The priority areas include:

  • Positioning and partnership building: establishing the network as a key part of humanitarian response and forging links with other organisations and networks that could help us meet our goals. Developing strategic documents that provide direction on this.
  • Building member services: The first year of the project has focused on setting up the funding mechanism and network structures. The coming months will focus on how we add value for members, regardless of their eligibility for funding. This will include learning opportunities, facilitating collaboration, exploring options for shared services and deployment support.
  • Sustainability/donor engagement: We plan to expand the fund from its current focus on sudden onset emergencies or peaks in more protracted crises so that we can support a broader range of members and working on a sustainability strategy so the network and fund can continue to operate once DFID funding is over in May 2021. This includes developing a longer-term fund-raising strategy, refining the network’s theory of change and exploring options with other donors to complement the fund in the longer term
  • Formalising a methodology for decision making: The project team is constantly monitoring new and existing crises to see whether a fund activation is appropriate. It is a balancing act to provide support where it is needed and where the network can add value, while ensuring funds are being spent at an appropriate rate. Putting in place a methodology for comparing crises would facilitate decision making and help ensure a consistent approach.
  • Awareness raising – of the network, the fund and member services. This includes a redesign of the website and production of communications materials but also proactive engagement at key events, membership of relevant bodies etc.

Other duties and responsibilities include:

  • Strengthening synergies and areas of interoperability between network members
  • Promoting and managing the expansion of the network’s membership
  • Strengthening the link between network members and service-users
  • Supporting fund activations, including assessing needs, reviewing applications, contributing to funding decision making as part of a grant panel and supporting joint deployments by H2H organisations
  • Potential travel to the field following a fund activation, to raise awareness of the network and support funded agencies.
  • Contributing to the development and implementation of a MEAL strategy for the network
  • Other duties as requested and agreed by the network coordinator

About you

To be successful in this role we expect you to have the relevant experience as outlined below, be an energetic team player who will provide direction to the team and secure timely coordination of the H2H platform activities.

Moreover, we expect the following:

Required experience

  • At least 10 years’ experience in the humanitarian sector both at field and HQ levels
  • Substantial experience with organisational development and partnership building
  • Extensive experience in building sustainability, developing funding strategies, donor representation and demonstrated ability to fundraise
  • Experience of network development and maintenance
  • Experience developing and implementing MEAL strategies, particularly demonstrating impact

Required knowledge and skills

  • Knowledge of the H2H Network
  • In depth understating of how the humanitarian sector works, its architecture and key mechanisms.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Grand Bargain and the humanitarian reform agenda.
  • Outstanding coordination, communication, representation and inter-personal skills, including proven capacity to persuade and influence others.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to organize multiple, simultaneous tasks, and deliver results within a specified period.
  • Ability to work under pressure and with limited supervision.
  • Flexibility and ability to work closely with a small team
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills and results oriented approach.
  • Attention to detail.

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:

Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.

Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.

Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.

Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.

Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values.

We offer

Contract length: 6 months

Start date: end November 2019

DRC does not provide additional housing or schooling or any other allowances.

The selected candidate will be offered a short-term contract with a gross salary between 7,690 CHF and 9,560 CHF (as per DRC Geneva’s salary scale, band G, management level) according to experience and. Following Swiss regulations DRC offers accident and travel insurance for all Geneva based staff. All staff have to pay tax, social security and pension contributions according to Swiss law. All staff are obliged by Swiss law to have a valid Swiss health insurance (not covered by DRC).

How to apply:

Application process

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English HERE:


Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: 01.11.2019

Need further information?

For more details on this position please contact: [email protected]

Please note that applications sent directly to [email protected] will not be considered.

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website www.drc.ngo

DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process. Visit drc.ngo to read more about what we do to secure robust safeguarding mechanisms.

Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels.

Equal opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, colour, race, marital status or other protected characteristics. As we are bound to follow Swiss regulations, people eligible for a Swiss work-permit will have an advantage.

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    DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process. Visit drc.ngo to read more about what we do to secure robust safeguarding mechanisms.

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