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Resilience & Preparedness Adviser - Deployments

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

Resilience & Preparedness Adviser's for consultancy contracts within the Humanitarian & Operations Team for deployments and to work at Whitehall, Westminster.

What is the Humanitarian and Stabilisation Operations Team?

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

Humanitarian Database

The 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 International Ltd 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.

Resilience and Preparedness Advisers are competent humanitarian professionals who can work strategically and operationally in humanitarian preparedness through support to country offices considered at extreme or high risk of disasters. The Advisers are able to support DFID in embedding disaster resilience in all its country offices and regional programmes according to strategy and priority.
Advisers will have strong interpersonal skills and be able to network effectively. They will be able to work in collaboration with a range of partners and disciplines across Whitehall (with CHASE Advisers) and with agencies and relevant stakeholders at country and or regional level.

Objective/Main Purpose
To support DFID in embedding disaster resilience in all its country offices and regional programmes according to strategy and priority.
Support DFID humanitarian preparedness through support to country offices considered at extreme or high risk of disasters.
Support DFID humanitarian preparedness in countries or regions without DFID permanent presence but considered at extreme risk of disasters.


Resilience advice and support
  • Provide advice and support to DFID country and regional offices and national partners to integrate disaster resilience across humanitarian and development thinking, planning and programmes. This will include providing support in:
  • Developing and updating national and localised disaster risk assessments.
  • Designing disaster resilience strategies for country and regional programmes.
  • Reviewing existing country and regional programmes and identifying opportunities to learn lessons, improve and further embed disaster resilience.
  • Developing new programmes specifically supporting disaster resilience and helping to ensure disaster resilience is integrated into the design of new development and humanitarian programmes.
  • Developing business cases and integrating disaster resilience in Operational Plans.
  • Designing and rolling out monitoring and evaluation systems related to disaster resilience.
  • Provision of analysis, and identification of lessons learned, best practice and innovation, to enhance and update DFID guidance and advice on disaster resilience.
  • Support development of networks, partnerships and alliance with key and prioritised international, regional, national and UK partners to contribute to a better and shared understanding of resilience. Undertake external representation.
  • Support to develop a database of disaster resilience experts according to resources.
  • Other tasks relating to disaster resilience as requested, including advice to Humanitarian Advisors on resilience programming in emergencies as appropriate.

Preparedness advice and support

  • Identification, design and advice on humanitarian preparedness materials and tools used by DFID.
  • Provide direct preparedness support to prioritised country offices in areas considered at extreme or high risk of humanitarian disasters including, a) review and improvement of existing Emergency Response Plans with key stakeholders, b) support to training of DFID and other relevant HMG staff, c) liaison with potential partners and donors at national and regional level in collaboration with key Country Office stakeholders, d) liaison with relevant HMG departments.
  • Provide direct preparedness support to CHASE and/or relevant geographical departments in prioritised geographical areas at extreme risk of humanitarian disasters but without DFID permanent presence, mainly through support to the development of emergency preparedness plans (ensuring appropriate DFID ownership) and liaison with appropriate departments within HMG.
  • Identification, design and advice on emergency response strategy and implementation of projects and programmes in countries affected by large scale sudden onset humanitarian disasters.
  • Any other duties as appropriate to the position, as requested.


Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience Required
  • Disaster Resilience and Preparedness Advisers are required to have a minimum of a Master's degree or equivalent level of academic and professional experience in a subject area clearly related to humanitarian or development work.
  • In exceptional circumstances substantial experience will be accepted in lieu of higher degrees.
  • At least 10 years field experience working on programmes related to disaster resilience in developing countries and/or in fragile and conflict affected environments, is required.
  • It is critical that the Adviser has demonstrable experience in both development and humanitarian programming and is able to think across both types of assistance.
  • Disaster Resilience and Preparedness Advisers are required to demonstrate knowledge and experience of technical competencies alongside the core DFID competencies.
  • Strong programme management skills.
  • Excellent networking and representational skills at all levels, including Government, UN, RC Movement and NGOs.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of disaster resilience and humanitarian theory, practice and architecture, humanitarian risk assessment and planning and managing humanitarian responses.
  • Exceptional organisational and prioritisation, and ability to deal with a varied, demanding, often conflicting and rapidly changing workload.
Technical Competencies Required
  • Disaster risks assessment and analysis.
  • Planning and managing development and humanitarian programmes.
  • Humanitarian theory, practice and architecture.
  • Disaster resilience theory, practice and architecture.
  • Practical experience of running disaster risk management programmes.
  • Knowledge of the development effectiveness agenda, the international development system, and institutional and organisational knowledge.