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Save the Children Canada is a member of Save the Children International, a federation that works in more than 120 countries worldwide delivering programs focused on health and nutrition, education, child protection, child poverty, humanitarian response, and child rights governance. As the world’s leading independent organization for children, Save the Children’s vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development, and participation. As part of the International Programs team, the Humanitarian Advisor will provide support across Save the Children Canada’s humanitarian program work. The role will have oversight of specific humanitarian responses, issues and programs, with an emphasis on supporting the quality across a portfolio of projects. The position will work cross functionally to achieve thematic quality, business development and advocacy goals.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Provide high quality technical and operational support to program delivery teams, using best practices and approaches to support quality implementation.
  • Contribute to the development, dissemination, and monitoring of program quality tools including supporting program reviews and evaluations.
  • Serve as Save the Children Canada’s subject matter expert on specific technical humanitarian and context issues, in domestic and international forums, with government and donor officials and authorities.
  • Undertake periodic deployments to support humanitarian response efforts globally, as required.
  • Monitor crises and emerging situations, providing analysis and recommendations to inform SC Canada actions, project adaptation and to inform donor decisions.
  • In conjunction with Country Offices and Response teams, lead the technical design of humanitarian projects (including the development of logical frameworks), providing guidance to thematic advisors on humanitarian contextualization.
  • Engage with Global Affairs Canada’s humanitarian branch, and other Canadian donors, to generate new humanitarian funding opportunities in alignment to Save the Children Canada’s strategy and growth targets.
  • Support the Senior Humanitarian Manger to ensure consistent application of SOPs across SC Canada responses.
  • In coordination with the Senior Humanitarian Manger and the Head of Humanitarian Affairs, carry-out response procedures for new emergencies/crises following Save the Children Canada’s Humanitarian Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Qualifications & Competencies (include but are not limited to):

  • A minimum of 5 years field experience working with NGOs (or similar) in humanitarian and fragile contexts.
  • Relevant education, technical training or on-the-job training in a subject related to the humanitarian sector.
  • Previous experience designing and managing humanitarian programs/projects in complex environments. Preference given to candidates who also have experience in capacity building or advisory roles.
  • Technical expertise in one or more of Save the Children’s priority sectors: Nutrition, Health, Child Protection, Food Security & Livelihoods, Cash Transfer Programming, or Education.
  • Demonstrated experience in any of the following: gender equality in emergencies, child-safe programming, protection mainstreaming, resilience building, and conflict analysis.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of humanitarian theory, practice and architecture.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in successfully establishing and managing collaborative relationships and partnerships.
  • Exceptional organizational and prioritization skills.
  • A working knowledge of French, Arabic or Spanish would be an asset.
  • Ability to travel internationally, to complex environments, on occasional basis and potentially for extended periods of time.
  • Adhere to Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding policy and protocols.
  • Police check vulnerable sector screening.


  • If you are interested in this position, please e-mail your resume and cover letter to [email protected] by October 7, 2019, with subject heading Humanitarian Advisor. Applications will be reviewed on ongoing basis. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • To help us track our recruitment effort, please indicate in both  your e-mail  and cover letter where ( you saw this posting. 

SCC is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’). If you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources (416) 221-5501 ext. 262.

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