Position Description

Humanitarian Advisor - Global Initiatives
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The Humanitarian Advisor supports the Senior Humanitarian Adviser (SHA) in providing expert input on creating coherence and impact across all aspects of the lnternews Humanitarian Communication Projects portfolio and advocacy mission. In 2019 this will include field assessments, project design, providing inputs to proposals and budgets, provision of technical support to field offices, liaison with humanitarian organizations, representation, evaluation, learning and advocacy.


  •    Provide technical input into program design for humanitarian communication proposals and budgets.
  •    Provide humanitarian technical support to field missions by remote or travel to site as needed. 
  • Conduct training and mentoring of Internews HQ and field staff and make a proactive contribution to activities and materials that improve the organizations understanding and practice of Humanitarian Communication approaches, design and program implementation.
  •    Provide inputs to team discussions and decision-making on opportunities for new work, including assessments, training, rapid response, preparedness and disaster risk reduction. 
  •    In case of breaking humanitarian crisis in which a response is decided upon, work closely with the SHA to mobilize emergency assessments and/or other responses in the most efficient and relevant manner, including deploying to site and/or providing remote technical expertise.
  •    In cases of emergency response, assist the SHA in coordinating with Regional Directors, Country Directors and other field staff to ensure that in-country capacity is leveraged effectively during humanitarian operations, ensuring coordination and complementarity of in-country operations. 
  •    Produce and/or contribute to the production of assessment reports, working with a designer, country teams, the communications department and others as appropriate for timely and well-coordinated release of assessment findings. 
  • Meet with donors in the field and at HQ level to represent Internews Humanitarian Communications work.
  • Attend seminars and public events to represent Internews Humanitarian Communications work. Play an active part in cultivating and fostering new partnerships with CwC actors, tech partners, humanitarian organizations and the UN to keep advancing lnternews agenda within the humanitarian policy arena. 
  • Understanding of and demonstrated commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values.




  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Spanish.
  • Very good working knowledge of the mandates and modalities of the international humanitarian sector including the UN cluster system.
  • Extensive experience working in relief operations in challenging environments.
  • Significant experience using media and communications in humanitarian emergency responses. 
  • Demonstrable understanding of the current global Humanitarian Agenda, the “Grand Bargain”, the need for citizen participation in humanitarian response and the significance of “Accountability to Affected Populations”.
  • Demonstrable understanding of an experience in: program design and implementation for “Communicating with Communities”, engagement with Common Platform mechanisms.
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills and the ability to liaise authoritatively with figures from the humanitarian community, local media, local government and army, and other relevant actors, when required.
  • Interest in and familiarity with new media and new digital applications for citizen journalism and information access.
  • Excellent communication and reporting skills, both written and oral.
  • Willingness to work in demanding, stressful, and, at times, dangerous situations under difficult living conditions with respect for basic security rules.
  • An understanding of the vision/mission, core values and objectives of Internews.
  • Psychological resilience and a sense of humor.
  • Relevant university degree.


  • Fluency in at least one other language used widely in emergency situations (i.e. Arabic, Bahasa, French, Kiswahili, Pashto, Portuguese, Russian, Urdu).
  • Knowledge of citizen journalism and familiarity with ways to leverage social media will be an asset, as will knowledge and experience of mapping and crowd-sourcing and mobile technology software.


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