Humanitarian Adviser – Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

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The Humanitarian and Stabilisation Operations Team (HSOT), contracted by Palladium International Ltd as part of the HEROS contract, provides the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) with humanitarian services and the UK Government’s Stabilisation Unit (SU) with stabilisation support.

HSOT provides support to FCDO in the UK Government’s response to humanitarian disasters and protracted crises in co-operation with the United Nations, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, non-governmental organisations and governments of disaster-affected countries.

The role forms a part of the Humanitarian Emergency Response Team and will be reporting to Adaptation and Innovation Team Leader. This role will provide quality advice on humanitarian monitoring, evaluation and learning, promote sustained focus and facilitate evidence to deliver on learning and application of learning, and support knowledge on innovation, adaptation and evidenced improvement in humanitarian response for FCDO.

Primary Responsibilities

The role is split across two workstreams

Specialist portfolio: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Support FCDO CHASE humanitarian lessons learning through design and conduct of systematic learning reviews of all rapid onset responses in which CHASE is engaged. ,.

Support FCDO teams and departments with humanitarian operational lessons from a range of responses to emergencies and protracted crisis learning through commissioning, managing, leading and participating in reviews of FCDO humanitarian operations, promoting the integration of these policy and practice.

Provide technical support for design and quality assurance of MEL approaches, including third party monitoring, partner monitoring and reporting and accountability mechanisms with affected populations, to strengthen FCDO humanitarian responses and programmes through generating and using evidence for accountability and adaptive learning, drawing on FCDO learning and reference to global best practice.

Contribute to the design of FCDO systems for monitoring UK Aid funded partner performance, including for rapid onset emergencies, and provide general advice on design and use of monitoring and oversight systems. Working in conjunction and maintaining ng working relationships within CHASE and across FCDO teams, and cross Whitehall departments where appropriate,

Provide technical guidance, inputs and support to HSOT during engagement with the external evaluation of the HEROS Evaluation (2021-2024), helping HSOT to maximise engagement with the independent evaluation team in support of assessment of HSOT performance and learning about the HEROS contract.

Engage with, in support of knowledge for FCDO areas of interest in humanitarian MEL, at relevant thematic UK and global working groups and forums for partners and donors.

Generalist HA

Work with senior management on workplan outlining the the aims, objectives and priorities for humanitarian advice to FCDO on humanitarian MEL, and set clear expectations for quality, accuracy, timeliness through the annual performance review cycle;

Fulfil role of Duty Officer on rotation, providing week-long out of hours surveillance of emergencies.

Deployable as generalist humanitarian advisor in support of initial UK rapid response to global emergencies.

Participate in all Palladium HR processes, and team meetings.

Contribute to HEROS contract monthly, quarterly, annual contractual reporting on specialist portfolio, and provide support as requested to team in support of results-based reporting,

Broader engagement with Palladium EMEA regional team forum and initiatives


Knowledge and experience of working in developing countries and/or in fragile and conflict affected environments. Field based experience of working with UN, NGO’s and INGO’s is highly desirable.

Experience of working in humanitarian MEL, ideally in both a head office and field environment; specifically design and management of one or more of the following: donor evaluation management and conduct; partner monitoring systems, including third party monitoring; monitoring information systems and databases; accountability and beneficiary feedback systems; organisational learning methods.

Demonstrable knowledge and experience of humanitarian theory, practice and architecture, humanitarian risk assessment and planning and managing humanitarian responses.

Demonstrable success in internal advocacy and consultancy, and an understanding of organizational culture and change in large, public sector organisations.

Strong experience developing and critiquing partner log frames, monitoring and reporting systems;

Exceptional research and analysis skills, and proven ability to produce high quality, evidence-based, quantitative and qualitative reports

Experience of managing internal lessons learning processes within organizations

Excellent command of spoken and written English; fluency/working knowledge of another language desirable;

The closing date for the advert is 15th October 2021. Please apply if you have the right to work in the UK as Palladium does not sponsor work visas.

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