Rapid Deployment Team Leader

  • Contract
  • Job


Title: Rapid Deployment Team Leader

Department: Global Rapid Deployment Team

Location: Roving Position, with extensive travel globally

Reporting to: Global Humanitarian Director

Direct reports: As per each assignment

Budget responsibility: As per each assignment

ABOUT Relief International.

Relief International (RI) is a leading non-profit organization working in 16 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.

RI includes the four corporate members of the RI Alliance: RI-US, RI-UK, MRCA/RI-France and RI-Europe. Under our alliance agreement, we operate as a single, shared management structure.

RI is active in 16 countries around the world, including some of the most fragile: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen. Often, RI is the only organization providing assistance to highly vulnerable communities.

RI employs 7,000+ staff and auxiliary workers

97% of staff are local nationals

We only have some 90 ex-pat staff out of 7,000+

RI spent $150 million in 2019 on our programs

Often, RI is the only organization providing assistance to highly vulnerable communities.

RI invests in four broad program sectors: Economic Opportunity, Education, Health, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. We design our programs to incorporate The RI Way: local participation, integrated programming, the development of civic skills, and complementary partnerships including with local NGOs, governments, and the private sector. RI supports solutions that reinforce and improve upon existing in-country systems. Where such systems do not exist or are chronically underperforming, RI’s crisis response lays the foundation for long-term, sustainable change.

Position Summary.

As a member of the dynamic Rapid Deployment Team, you will be home based with availability to deploy at short notice to any of RI’s regions or countries, including remote and insecure locations, according to RI strategic priorities. The assignment may be to set up a new program, a new country office, or filling a gap between two long-term managers. Playing a strategic role in the mobilization and effective scale up and management of RI programs.

The Team Leader is responsible and accountable for developing, coordinating and leading emergency program assessment, mobilisation, and management. Also, the assurance of effective country programming through technical guidance and support, strategy development, capacity development, and representation. When not on assignment, The Team Leader assists the Global Support Office in country office support, policy and proposal development, and other strategic initiatives.

Key Responsibilities and Duties.

People and Program Management

  • Assume overall management and oversight of country programs, coordinate project implementation plans and budgets within the framework of the agreed emergency response programme, establishing strong partnerships and networks
  • Mobilize donor resources to allow start-up of a RI Country Program, based on ongoing needs consistent with the RI global strategy.
  • Work closely with the Humanitarian Department to support response in a timely and effective way to Humanitarian emergencies.
  • Represent RI as focal person on a national, regional and international level with external stakeholders, including humanitarian partners, donors, authorities, etc. Establish systems for communication with local Government partners, relevant line departments and community representatives in the project area(s).
  • Advise and ensure that programs meet stated objectives, are in line with RI’s philosophy and strategy, monitor programme objectives, outputs, indicators and activities.
  • Monitor and analyse, identify and address gaps and weaknesses so as to improve overall country program performance, efficiency, and effectiveness.
  • Work closely with GHD to develop guidelines and policies for preparedness and response operations when and where needed

Grant Management and Development

  • Deliver and monitor effective grants management, secure strategic funding opportunities and develop proposals based on identified gaps and needs in 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).

Financial Management

  • Oversee the financial health and management of the Country Office.
  • Through the Regional Finance Manager, support all audit processes across the region
  • Support the implementation of all relevant audit recommendations at regional and country level

Effective Operations Management

  • 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.

Risk and Security management

  • Work closely with Regional SMT on anticipating and mitigating programmatic and organizational risks, through introducing and ensuring constant improvement of country teams through systematic approaches, including but not limited to country risk registers, monthly country-level reporting, monthly portfolio review, incident management process, security planning and reporting, etc.
  • Prioritize building and improving security capacity and processes at country level, ensuring internal policies for security are followed. Lead the roll-out and follow up of compliance and due diligence policies and procedures in the country office, in coordination with regional team members.

Ethics and Compliance

  • Ensure efficient and effective compliance measures and prompt and successful resolution of audits and investigations of alleged noncompliance and/or ethical issues.
  • Oversee implementation of effective compliance communication and training programs for regional team and country teams as well as other efforts to promote an enterprise culture of integrity and compliance, both for new and existing employees.

Financial Management

  • Oversee the financial health and management of the Country Office.
  • Through the Regional Finance Manager, support all audit processes across the region
  • Support the implementation of all relevant audit recommendations at regional and country level

Incident Reporting and Management

  • Lead incident management at country level; ensuring investigations are correctly reported to Incident and Crisis Management Teams
  • In coordination with the Global Support Office Incident and Crisis Management Team, ensure incidents are reported to the appropriate donors and regulatory authorities, as appropriate


  • Uphold and promote RI’s commitment to ensuring the safeguarding and safety of the vulnerable communities we serve.
  • Consistent with RI’s safeguarding and protection policies, ensure all people who come into contact with Relief International are as safe as possible.
  • Support systems that create and maintain an environment that prevents sexual exploitation and abuse and promotes the implementation of the Code of Conduct and safeguarding policies.

Culture and leadership

  • You will ensure a positive and productive work environment which is free from harassment and bullying.
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity and understanding of diversity and cultural differences, gender issues and the commitment to equal opportunities

Experience and skills required for the role.

  • Track record of achievement in a previous, similar role. Proven field experience in team management, having served as Country Director or equivalent previously; finance and administration; donor relations; and inter/intra-agency communications in progressively senior roles
  • Demonstrated record in collaborating with local governments, rural communities, other NGOs U.N. Agencies and other international emergency response and development actors.
  • Experienced in representation on a national, regional and international level to donors, partners, relevant government bodies, the media and members of the humanitarian community.
  • Demonstrated project cycle management skills, inclusive of work plan/ timeline/ deliverables/ and budget tracking and course correction.
  • Willingness to travel, sometimes at short notice, as required for the successful implementation of the role.
  • Experience of M&E and beneficiary accountability systems in large complex programs
  • Ability to work and manage a highly complex security situation, emergency context, programs in remote and unstable environments.
  • Strong understanding and experience in risk management.
  • Strong preference given to candidates with prior experience in Africa and/or Asia.
  • Proficient English language writing and verbal skills are required.

RI Values.

Guided by the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence, as well as “Do No Harm,” Relief International Values:

We value:

  • Integrity
  • Adaptability
  • Collaboration
  • Inclusivity
  • Sustainability

How to apply.

  • To apply for this post, click on the “Apply” button in the job advert page
  • You will be asked to upload a CV and Cover Letter. The cover letter should be no more than 2 pages long and explain why you are interested in this post with Relief International and how your skills and experience make you a good fit.

Closing date. Please apply immediately we will be reviewing applicants on a rolling basis, therefore may withdraw the position for the job board closing date.

Please apply by uploading your cover letter and up-to-date CV on our website .

Due to limited resources, only short-listed candidates will be contacted

Relief International is committed to protecting our staff and the communities we work with from abuse and harm including sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and sexual harassment.

All staff are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct.

Recruitment to all roles in Relief International include a criminal records self-declaration, references and other pre-employment checks, which may include police and qualifications checks.

How to apply

Click the link below to apply:


To help us track our recruitment effort, please indicate in your email/cover letter where (unjobvacancies.com) you saw this job posting.