Humanitarian Access Advisor
Humanitarian crises are becoming longer and more complex and resulting in increased humanitarian needs in high-risk and hard-to-reach locations, challenging humanitarian actors’ abilities to reach people in need wherever they are. Faced with these challenges, the International Rescue Committee reaffirms its risk appetite, commitment to scale and reach and the guiding principles of humanity and impartiality: reaching the most vulnerable wherever they are.
In collaboration with Stichting Vluchteling, the IRC is increasing its ability to deliver impartial humanitarian action through operational and technical assistance in humanitarian access. As part of the IRC’s Emergencies and Humanitarian Action Unit and SV’s headquarters a new team will build on the IRC’s developing thought and operational leadership on humanitarian access and, with SV, develop a centre of expertise and shared operational capacity, reaching out from The Hague to key centres in Europe and globally.
The team will provide field-based and remote assistance to regional, country and emergency programs to obtain, sustain and improve humanitarian access to and for people in need, including through the provision of expertise and support on humanitarian negotiation, civil-military coordination and engagement with armed groups.
The Humanitarian Access Advisor provides field-based and remote assistance to programs and operations through the provision of timely and quality advice, facilitation, support, training and coaching on humanitarian access and related topics. This field-oriented role spends substantial and extended time in the field working with colleagues to design, develop and deliver strategies to reach people in need. When not deployed, the Humanitarian Access Advisor will support technical development and strategic projects as well as ongoing remote support and coaching to assigned field programs.
- Facilitate and support the analysis, development and delivery of strategies and plans to advance humanitarian access in assigned situations in close collaboration with regional, country or emergency colleagues
- Provide expert advice to regions, countries and emergency teams on humanitarian access strategy, planning and related disciplines including humanitarian negotiation, humanitarian civil-military coordination, engagement with armed groups and community engagement
- Provide training and ongoing coaching on humanitarian access strategy, planning and related disciplines including humanitarian negotiation, humanitarian civil-military coordination, engagement with armed groups and community engagement
- Develop and manage partnerships and networks to support humanitarian access for assigned situations in collaboration with field colleagues
- Support the development, roll-out, utilisation and flexible application of global technical and operational guidance and materials related to humanitarian access, negotiation and associated topics
- Share cross-context learning with field and management colleagues across the organisation and contribute to a community of practice and culture of learning for humanitarian access
- Contribute to reflection and analysis on humanitarian access practice and policy to support learning, debate and strategic decision-making
- Maintain currency with best, good and emerging practices in humanitarian access and related topics and disseminate and share learning and trends within IRC and SV
- Support the design, development and delivery of strategic and special projects in collaboration with colleagues when not deployed
Education: Master’s/post-graduate degree in humanitarian affairs or relevant field or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
Work experience: A minimum of five to seven years implementing and/or managing humanitarian assistance and/or protection in complex emergencies. Experience in strategy development, operational planning and working across sectors or disciplines is highly desired.
Demonstrated skills and competencies:
- Comprehensive knowledge and applied experience of humanitarian principles and international humanitarian law in strategic and operational planning
- Knowledge and applied experience of context and conflict analysis, humanitarian access strategies, humanitarian negotiation, humanitarian civil-military coordination, engagement with armed groups and/or community engagement
- Knowledge and experience of risk management, program criticality, remote management and/or complex supply chains a strong advantage
- Knowledge and experience in developing and delivering training programs and coaching support to individuals, teams and/or partners strongly preferred
- Excellent communication, negotiation, diplomatic and interpersonal skills
- Excellent analytical skills with the ability to summarise complex topics and information clearly and succinctly
Language skills: Fluency in English required; additional proficiency in French highly preferred; additional proficiency in Spanish and/or Arabic desirable.
Working environment: Up to 60% travel may be required, including extended field missions. This position will be based in The Hague.