Rapid Deployment Team Leader

Location: International
Position Location: Global


Position: Rapid Deployment Team Leader

Location: TBD with extensive travel globally (Roving)

Duration: 12 months

Reports to: SVP International Programs


About RI:

Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 16 countries countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

Position Summary:     

The Team Leader is the head of RI’s dynamic rapid deployment team, deployed from his or her home base, typically for 1-4 months.  The assignment may be to set up a new program, a new country office, or filling a gap between two long-term managers. S/he will play a strategic role in the mobilization and effective scale up and management of RI programs. S/he is typically responsible for identifying needs and resources and elaborating program recommendations. S/he will develop and manage country support functions and negotiate and network at an international level. S/he will ensure that all relevant RI policies and procedures with respect to HR, safety and security, code of conduct, equal opportunities and other relevant policies are in place.  When not on assignment, s/he will support country offices, revise policies and proposals, assist with strategic initiatives, similar to the role of other headquarters-based staff.

Position Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Mobilize donor resources to allow start-up of a RI Country Program, based on ongoing needs consistent with the RI global strategy.

  • Assume overall management and oversight, including scaling the programmatic response, establishing strong partnerships and networks.

  • Ensure registration process and lead coordination with key government partners.

  • Coordinate or lead, as required, needs assessments and intervention design consistent with the RI global strategy, government and donor priorities.

  • Represent RI on a national, regional and international level to donors, partners, relevant government bodies, the media and members of the humanitarian community.

  • Regularly undertake high level representation and advocacy with Government partners and officials as well as donor representatives. Establish systems for communication with local Government partners, relevant line departments and community representatives in the project area(s).

  • Exercise oversight and development of budgets, keeping relevant stakeholders informed and ensuring any corrective actions are taken.

  • Monitor the implementation of the programs and ensure that they are carried out in the true spirit of the agreed objectives and results.

  • Lead the Rapid Deployment team to effectively set-up all aspects of operational implementation, including office set up, security, human resource planning and policies, workforce development, financial systems, internet access and other communications capacity, and supply chain management. Set up and oversee effective logistics systems to procure, store and distribute stock, supplies and services.

  • Conduct oversight of grants ensuring strict compliance with RI national and global policies and procedures and with relevant donor regulations and agreements, SPHERE guidelines and the ICRC/NGO code of conduct.

  • In coordination with field programs staff ensure the preparation of timely program and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal RI requirements and any relevant donor requirements.

  • Conducts routine visits to all impact areas of operation to track progress and resolve challenges.

  • Ensure optimal safety and security management procedures and practices are in place and continually monitor the safety and security situation, adapting staff safety and security procedures accordingly in collaboration and cooperation with any relevant security staff.

  • Oversee the implementation of RI’s policies and procedures with respect to sexual exploitation and abuse, child protection and safeguarding, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies.


Qualifications & requirements: 

This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding, fast paced and often insecure environment.

  • Extensive experience (over 7 years) of working within a senior management role within a complex country program in an emergency response or fragile setting. 

  • Previous experience of managing program teams in a country start-up phase is essential.

  • Education: Master’s or Bachelor’s Degree level (or equivalent field experience)

  • Senior management experience of multi-national, multi-sector teams at a Country Director level.

  • Experience  mobilizing and managing multi-donor, multi-sector programs (including ECHO, DFID and OFDA / USAID) in a first phase response

  • Experience of managing and working with local partners.

  • Excellent organizational and coordination skills

  • Strong report writing skills and experience

  • Budget and financial management experience

  • Capacity building experience

  • Excellent English language skills.

  • Demonstrated project cycle management skills, inclusive of work plan/timeline/deliverables/and budget tracking and course correction.

  • Experience of international level representation with key stakeholders, and coordination with other NGOs/UN

  • Experience of M&E and beneficiary accountability systems in large complex programs

  • Experience of developing and negotiating successful partnerships with institutional donors

  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy

  • Stamina

  • Good habits of self-care to function well in stressful environments

  • Commitment to the aims and principles of Relief International. In particular, a good understanding of how to work in the nexus of humanitarian and development programming.


Relief International's Values:

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and operational independence.  We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.

We value:


Transparency and accountability

Agility and innovation




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