Humanitarian Health Adviser - HSOT
Company Overview
Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

What is the Humanitarian and Stabilisation Operations Team?

The Humanitarian and Stabilisation Operations Team (HSOT), contracted by Palladium provides the Department for International Development (DFID) with humanitarian services and the UK Government's Stabilisation Unit (SU) with stabilisation support.

The Humanitarian and Stabilisation Operations Team (HSOT) maintains a database of humanitarian experts to provide skilled consultants to DFID.

The database comprises highly competent humanitarian professionals who can network effectively and work across a range of humanitarian disciplines and in collaboration with UK Government Departments, other humanitarian agencies, governments and authorities at country level.


Consultants are contracted by Palladium to work alongside Civil Servants and to represent the UK Government when required. HSOT will match assignment terms of reference to consultants' profiles. Matched consultants are contacted to verify interest and availability. Consultants may be selected in consultation with DFID colleagues.

The majority of deployments support rapid onset disasters or complex emergency response. Deployments commonly last between two to twelve weeks. Occasionally assignments may last for six months or more.


Humanitarian Health Advisers provide technical support to guide the Department for International Development (DFID) in delivering targeted humanitarian response interventions. They provide specialist advice, analysis and disaster response support to UK Government officials, and oversee the management and evaluation of humanitarian programming on the ground advising on programme design, as well as management and evaluation


Humanitarian Analysis and Advice
  • In line with DFID's humanitarian policy, advance the case for principled humanitarian action in DFID's programming;
  • Based on needs assessment and data analysis and in consideration of relevant DFID humanitarian policy, provide technical advice on public health policy practise in humanitarian crises;
  • Provide programming guidance and/ or engage with country offices to assist with scaling up health responses, both for DFID and the broader in-country humanitarian community;
  • Where required, advise and provide guidance to DFID partners on the use of appropriate methodologies to ensure health issues and priorities are appropriately represented;
  • Provide guidance on the integration of health into other sectors as appropriate;
  • Support DFID and/or DFID partner impact and needs' assessments, focusing on public health and identifying response opportunities to maximise humanitarian outcomes;
  • Advise on DFIDs operational engagement with; the UK Emergency Medical Team (UK EMT) and International Health Partners including other international EMTs.
  • Provide support to Field Team Leaders with humanitarian public health advice as required.

Quality Assurance and Monitoring
  • Supervise and monitor the development of reporting systems for data collection, interpreting data with reference to the severity of the situation, potential causality and appropriate interventions.
  • Identify and support the establishment of accountability and feedback mechanisms and provide technical reviews of implementing partner reports against agreed aims;
  • Ensure health responses are working closely; strengthen local communities; national and district systems, resulting in more resilient healthcare systems post emergency;
  • Support the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation of DFID funded programmes to measure impact and build capacity of implementing partners;

Representation and Relationship Management
  • Liaise with relevant DFID departments as required, including field teams, other donors, MoH, WHO, UNICEF, UNOCHA, , Red Cross/Crescent and NGO personnel;
  • Represent DFID at international forums, and with overseas governments and authorities;
  • Strengthen collaboration between humanitarian and development health partners, ensure that short-term humanitarian interventions support longer term development goals,
  • Attend and support international coordination mechanisms, including the Health Cluster

DFID Business Support
  • Lead on developing draft submissions, information notes, briefings, and parliamentary correspondence for DFID and HMG; with particular reference to health aspects;
  • Contribute to DFID's internal lessons learning processes;
  • Establish a system for tracking results for the response, attributable to DFID


Skills, Experience and Qualifications
  • Ideally a Master's level qualification (or equivalent) in a related subject;
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English;
  • Substantial demonstrable experience working in an advisory capacity;
  • A solid understanding of International humanitarian law and principles, international humanitarian architecture, key humanitarian sectors and financing instruments;
  • Demonstrable understanding of epidemiology, communicable disease control, epidemic responses, disease surveillance, reproductive, maternal and child health, nutrition, behaviour change communication, chronic disease prevention and management;
  • Knowledge of health service delivery in developing countries; Practical experience of the cluster approach and multi-sector approaches to tackling health outcomes;
  • Proven knowledge and experience in the design, implementation, management and provision of Health programs in humanitarian settings and emergency interventions;
  • Significant field-based experience in rapid onset disaster/complex emergency settings working with UN, Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, INGOs and/or donors;
  • Experience working under harsh, unstable and highly pressurised conditions in developing countries and/or in fragile and conflict affected environments;
  • Experience monitoring and evaluating programmes and/or projects, using evidence to inform policy and decision making;
  • Experience in contingency, project planning and programme cycle management;
  • Prior experience in conducting humanitarian needs and risk assessments, analysing diverse information and developing recommendations for appropriate responses;
  • Computer literacy; proficiency in windows office suite;
  • Advanced information management and reporting skills

  • Setting Direction
  • Team work
  • Leadership
  • Responsibility
  • Decision making
  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Networking and Representation
  • Organisation and Prioritisation

London, United Kingdom
Closing date:
04 August 2019