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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Disaster Response Coordinator - London-based - Fluent in English and French - Researcher & Spokesperson

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: iguacu
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Closing date: 30 Jun 2017

Contract Type: 18-months renewable
Contract Hours: Full Time
Location: London, SE11
Salary: £28,000 - £30,000 with pension

Date: To start as soon as possible, interviewing suitable candidates as they apply

Summary: We seek a confident professional researcher drawn to iguacu’s mission, with recent disaster response field experience, excellent communication and network building skills, English and French fluency, Masters degree, personal resilience and initiative, and right to work in the UK, for a full-time research role at iguacu in London, coordinating iguacu’s disaster response. Whilst the role is desk-based, the Coordinator needs to be willing to deploy at short notice, for a short period, to major natural disasters affecting those countries with low resilience.

iguacu’s mission is to serve the public who wish to act and donate effectively to support the people caught up in the world’s most severe humanitarian crises. For many, where to donate at times of humanitarian crisis can be confusing. iguacu’s rigorous research, worldwide intelligence network and world class research team bring clarity, and identify genuinely effective charities on the ground addressing one or more of the key humanitarian challenges.

The iguacu team is a hardworking team of passionate individuals who enjoy working in a collaborative, fast changing and innovative environment. This is not however a field office. The office is in Vauxhall, London and your colleagues will be expert researchers and communications professionals. Candidates will need both recent field experience in a disaster zone as well as experience in a desk-based role, as well as the desire to be London-based and not in the field as field visits will be rare and brief.

The work of the iguacu research team is the cornerstone of iguacu’s service. Only highly qualified researchers are recruited, capable of the relentless pursuit of rigor, and with the personal resilience and the capacity to uphold and protect iguacu’s reputation as a trusted, balanced, independent and authoritative service.

We seek a forward-thinking individual who will bring their proven expertise in qualitative research methods, network building, and experience in humanitarian emergencies. You’ll be conducting rigorous in-depth research in disaster response and building an extensive network within disaster response. You will also need to be a skilled communicator at ease writing a blog and speaking to camera.

You will be willing and ready to deploy at short notice to a major disaster and at ease in the knowledge that that may well be a rare occurrence.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Clearly mapping the global humanitarian disaster response network, and undertaking strategic research into the world’s less resilient countries most vulnerable to natural disaster

  • Significantly expanding and deepening iguacu’s network of disaster response professionals

  • Conducting in-depth research on issues and topics related to disaster response

  • Covering the research, network liaison & monitoring duties of selected humanitarian emergencies as needed, as part of the iguacu team coverage of crises, including taking lead responsibility for the coverage of one or more countries as needed

  • Protecting & promoting the iguacu brand and brand values and adhering to iguacu’s governing principles

  • Producing research outputs including blogs and video scripts to build awareness about iguacu’s work, generate interest, grow donations and promote loyalty and advocacy

  • Speaking to video camera to update our community, and media liaison

  • Managing and developing your own timelines for written research content for the use in traditional and social media

  • Identifying and developing in-depth knowledge of humanitarian issues and humanitarian response

  • Ensuring all research and records are well-organised, accurate and up-to-date and effectively and clearly categorised, labelled and accessible for the long-term iguacu knowledge store

  • Some travel is expected but likely to be rare to the location of a major natural disaster

To be considered for this role you will have:

  • Professional experience in a desk-based researcher role and the proven use of various qualitative methods with demonstrable impact.

  • Professional experience in the field in the response to a natural disaster.

  • Excellent communication, networking and presentation skills, and fluency in English and French.

  • Master’s degree from a top tier university with training in qualitative methodologies, or equivalent experience.

  • Solid experience of research within a humanitarian field.

  • A demonstrable ability to analyse and synthesise large amounts of complex data effectively and efficiently.

  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with tact and discretion

  • Broad understanding of the not-for-profit sector and disaster response

  • Capacity to distance from biases

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Capacity to write in a concise and compelling style for online content generation

  • Experience speaking to camera with the capacity to engage your audience

  • Personal resilience and integrity

  • Responsible attitude to risk and policies affecting safety and security on deployment

  • Some exposure to speaking with media sources authoritatively (desirable)

  • Right to work in the UK

Those who strive at iguacu are genuinely drawn to the purpose and vision of what we do, are positive people who are at ease with openness and the pace of change, and understand the central importance of rigor in building a trusted brand. Attention to detail is a critical attribute all team members share. We are also a creative collaborative team and share the personal resilience to contribute constructively, brainstorm freely, learn continuously, and at speed. We also value a healthy work-life balance and support in fun ways the team’s health and wellness.

How to apply:

If this role sounds like you, and has you inspired, we would love to hear from you! Get in touch with us via email with Disaster Response Coordinator in the subject line. Email, attaching a CV, and cover letter explaining: your suitability; why you’re drawn to this role; and why iguacu. Applications will be assessed as they arrive. References are an important part of the iguacu recruitment process and recent professional referees will be contacted.

The full-time role is offered as an 18 month contract (renewable) with a contributory pension. Unfortunately, due to the size of our team and the number of responses we typically receive, we can only reply to shortlisted applicants.

iguacu is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.