Operations Advisor (4948)

  • Division:
    Global Programmes
  • Department:
  • Team:
    START Network
  • Location:
    Farringdon, London
  • Contract Type:
    Permanent Contract
  • Full / Part Time:
  • Closing Date:
    1 March 2020
  • Salary:
    £31,960 - £37,600
  • Hours Per Week:
    35 Hours

Do you want to play a key role in an organisation which stands up for children? Join us as Operations Advisor for the Start Network and provide operational advice and support to colleagues in the successful planning, implementation and ongoing delivery of the Anticipation and Risk Financing and portfolio. 

In our Humanitarian department, we fight for children every single day. We integrate emergency and development work, through our country programmes. We increase our capacity to meet the assistance and protection needs of children and their families affected by crises. We go the extra mile - and we don't rest until the work is done.

The Start Network is made up of more than 40 aid agencies, and it aims to deliver more effective emergency aid, harnessing the power and knowledge of the network to make faster and better decisions to help people affected by crises. It advocates for radical change to the system so that the world can better deal with the humanitarian challenges of today and in the future.

As Operations Advisor you will contribute to the development of the Anticipation and Risk Financing portfolio of work, cooperating with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the effective delivery of identified pilot projects.  You will support the Operations Lead in the establishment of effective and agile ways of working within the team, helping to recruit the talent needed to deliver on team objectives. You will contribute to the mobilisation of funds for Start Network initiatives by building strong relationships with relevant donor counterparts, as well as developing proposals and budgets to submit to donor targets for funding. In addition you will:

  • Support the Operations Lead with financial management of the Anticipation and Risk Finance portfolio, ensuring compliance with donor and SCUK protocols
  • Manage the operational requirements of current and future initiatives to identify, source and manage external advice as required (legal, risk, compliance)
  • Support the development of a strong team identity and culture, developing effective ways of working with colleagues in other teams (Start Programmes and Start Network)
  • Support the development and implementation of a strategy for nationally and regionally led network growth relating to crisis anticipation, early warning and risk financing.

To be successful you will be a strong analytical thinker and creative problem-solver with substantial experience in setting up and managing operational projects. This will include demonstrating capacity to design, plan, manage and report on multi-donor, multi-country projects.  You will need excellent interpersonal skills and a good ability to manage and build effective partnerships, with significant experience in procurement in financial management. You will ideally have worked in disaster-prone countries and be familiar with the operational challenges involved. Additionally, you will have:

  • Substantial experience in humanitarian context, knowledge of the sector and current approaches to financing
  • Experience in partnership development and/or networks, with a track record of brokering and/or cultivating successful relationships.
  • Competency in a second language (specifically French, Spanish or Arabic)
  • A good knowledge of the humanitarian financing policy arena and/or business development (desirable).

At Save the Children we are committed to the safeguarding and protection of children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work with children are recruited to work for us. This post is subject to a range of vetting checks including a criminal records disclosure.

If you share our belief in the power of children, join the fight. It takes relentless determination, creativity and a real commitment to real change. Because every child should be able to make their mark on their world, and help to build a better future. We look forward to hearing from you.

Closing date: 1st March 2020

We particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, LGBT+ and from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds, as these are underrepresented at Save the Children UK.

Jobs are positioned within the salary structure on the basis of evaluation. New employees would normally be appointed at the bottom of the grade, however the appointed salary may also take into account the relevant experience a candidate brings to a role. Save the Children is committed to paying staff in a fair and equitable way and will benchmark all salary offers in line with the pay of existing staff.

Save the Children UK is committed to creating an inclusive working environment, promoting and providing equal opportunities in employment. To see our full statement please visit this link:

Save the Children UK has a comprehensive benefits package. To see our full offer please visit this link:


Interview expenses: Candidates should note that unfortunately it is not our policy to reimburse expenses accrued when attending interviews at Save the Children UK unless you are requested to attend an interview in an alternative location to where the role is based.


Pre-employment Checks: Any Employment with Save the Children UK will be subject to the following checks prior to your start date:


  • a satisfactory police record check to include a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and/or an International Criminal Record Check (If applicable)
  • receipt of satisfactory references
  • proof of eligibility to work in the national location for this role


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