Project Manager position (PROG.202101) – Closing the Accountability Gap to Better Protect Survivors/Victims of SEAH

13 April 2021

Are you passionate about improving systems and processes to better protect people receiving humanitarian aid? Do you have excellent project coordination and networking skills? Are you able to synthesize complex issues from a broad range of perspectives into clear communications about the issues at stake? Can you bring people together to tackle existing challenges in new ways?  Are you passionate about improving humanitarian accountability? If you want to join a small and dynamic team working towards delivering better humanitarian aid for affected people, we would love to hear from you.

The Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) articulates the commitment by organisations to be accountable to crisis-affected people with whom – and for whom – they work. Enormous challenges still exist when putting that commitment into practice, particularly when it comes to the sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment (SEAH) of individuals affected by crises by aid workers. The link between accountability and protection from SEAH (PSEAH) is core to the work of the CHS Alliance.

The CHS Alliance is undertaking a three-year project with Erasmus University/International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) Rotterdam and the Government of The Netherlands on Closing the Accountability Gap to Better Protect Survivors/Victims of SEAH. By working with humanitarian actors and looking at opportunities outside the sector, the project will pilot context-specific approaches in three countries to inform how we can improve.

A project manager is being recruited to oversee coordination and management of the project, while ensuring links with the CHS Alliance’s broader accountability and PSEAH work. The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Excellent project management skills;
  • Proven ability of engaging with a range of stakeholders to deliver results on time and within budget;
  • Experience of building and managing relationships across different levels of seniority and with actors from various sectors in tackling complex challenges;
  • Solid experience of working on accountability to affected populations;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills to engage people in the project and to share the findings and results of the work so as to influence wider changes across the humanitarian sector.


What we expect from you
As the Project Manager, you will work closely with a wide range of stakeholders, including the other two partners in this project – The Netherlands government and ISS/Erasmus University – as well as colleagues in the CHS Alliance working on accountability and PSEAH and partners in the three countries. Your tasks will be diverse, but your focus will be to:

  • Ensure overall management of the project and its deliverables;
  • Engage a range of stakeholders in inclusive processes using your diplomatic skills;
  • Build networks and relationships with partner organizations, donors, and relevant stakeholders;
  • Bring thought leadership, encourage critical thinking, and ensure broad engagement in the discussions around piloting innovative approaches to improve accountability in the pilot contexts and in global inter-agency discussions;
  • Provide regular and on-going support for CHS Alliance members and other organisations/entities involved in the pilot contexts.

As part of the CHS Alliance team, you commit to the CHS Alliance vision, mission, and values and commit to be personally and collectively responsible for upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct.  This includes respecting the CHS Alliance’s Code of Conduct and the dignity of those whom the Alliance pledges to assist and with whom they have contact.

You will find the full job description here.

Terms and Conditions
Reports to:  Executive Director
Location:  London or Geneva. Other locations considered if the candidate is legally registered as a consultant
Time commitment: 80 – 100 %
Salary: grade 3 (London: GBP39’150-47’250 /  Geneva: CHF80’000-110’000 – based on relevant experience, skills and qualifications)
Start Date:  September 2021

Important notice:
The CHS Alliance has a zero-tolerance policy towards the abuse of power, exploitation, bullying, harassment and discrimination and towards fraud and corruption.
As representatives of the CHS Alliance, staff behaviour must be seen to be of the highest standard and in keeping with the CHS Alliance vision, mission and aims. Therefore, all offers of employment are subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks. As part of these checks, the CHS Alliance is participating in the Inter-Agency Scheme for the Disclosure of Safeguarding-related Misconduct in Recruitment Process within the Humanitarian and Development Sector. The participation in this Scheme requires the CHS Alliance to seek information about candidate’s misconduct (including sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment) with any previous employers for at least the past five years.

How to apply
You shall submit your application by email to:
Applications shall include a CV and a motivation letter (no longer than 2 pages each). Please mention your name and the vacancy reference in the subject line.
Vacancy reference: PROG.202101

Deadline for applications: 6 July 2021
Please expect the interviews to take place the week of 12 July 2021.