Humanitarian Access Manager

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The role

The Humanitarian Access Manager will provide high-quality strategic guidance and technical advice, support and capacity-strengthening to Save the Children (SCI) Country Office’s (COs) and Local/National Partner Organizations in the Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and DRC. S/he will lead on planning and operationalizing of strategies and approaches that will increase the reach, acceptance and efficacy of SCI programmes, particularly in difficult-to-access areas of operations, via contributions in humanitarian negotiations, access coordination and analysis, civil-military coordination, and armed non-state actors’ engagement.

Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Access Advisor will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Rove between emergency response contexts across target countries, to support response teams and Partner organizations on humanitarian access related issues (e.g., through development/drafting and roll-out of context-specific guidance, engagement, access or community acceptance plans/strategies, and/or capacity building)
  • Remote or direct support to relevant response teams or CO SMT in their engagement with authorities, armed actors or communities around particular access challenges and/or other principled engagements. This could involve Crisis Team support, engagement planning, or direct support.
  • Monitoring and analysis of access constraints and programme contexts, including bureaucratic access impediments (BAI) and aid diversion incidents, to inform SCI and partners operational and strategic decisions and accountability with regards to operations in hard-to-reach areas.
  • Training of SCI and partner staff on civil-military coordination, humanitarian negotiations, reporting of violations, conflict sensitive approaches to relations with armed actors, humanitarian principles, and other relevant thematic areas.
  • Support SCI field colleagues and partner practitioners in sharing experiences and lessons internally and externally, as well as participate in/facilitate regional and global coordination, learning and networking through relevant internal and external platforms/webinars/meetings/workshops related to access, humanitarian negotiations, civil-military relations, safety and security etc.
  • Ensuring that lessons learnt is fed into annual country and strategy planning in order to improve quality of programming.
  • Mapping and monitoring of, and capacity building support to, relevant SCI’s national and local partner NGOs current capacity and ability to maintain and expand high-quality access in areas of operations and hard-to-reach areas.
  • On request, support the CAAC Africa programmes’ and CO’s objectives on institutionalizing child protection training for Troop and Police Contributing Countries (T/PCCs) within the African Union Peace and Security Architecture.

Reports to:  regional PDQ Director- and matrix reporting to the Thematic Specialist Relations with Armed Actors (based in Nairobi) and regional Head of Humanitarian (based in Dakar).

Qualifications and experience

University degree in Social Sciences with a focus on humanitarian protection and access in armed conflict and emergencies. Postgraduate courses on Conflict and/or Security Studies, International Humanitarian Law, Civil-Military Relations.


  • Minimum 6 years international humanitarian field experience in conflict and restricted access environments.
  • Minimum 3 years of Protection or similar/relevant humanitarian programming, including on CAAC, humanitarian access, and Civil-Military coordination and ANSA relations.
  • Solid understanding of humanitarian principles, humanitarian access, humanitarian negotiations, and conflict sensitivity.
  • Demonstrated experience of capacity building of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Good understanding of the African Union Peace and Security Architecture, and Peace Support Operations in general.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Able to work well under pressure and deadlines.
  • Demonstrated capability to make decisions with creativity and independent judgment.
  • Demonstrated experience in influencing to obtain the cooperation of others.
  • Excellent listening, inter-personal, communication and networking skills; proven experience and effectiveness working across functional teams and in a complex matrixed structure; highly developed cultural awareness and an ability to work with diverse populations.
  • High level of self-awareness and willingness to take feedback for growth and self-development.
  • Proven experience in designing Terms of Reference and ability to design and review evaluation tools and approaches.
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of children’s issues, rights-based program approaches, and child safeguarding principles.
  • Strong skills and proven experience in program management processes; also from the knowledge and learning perspective


  • Exemplary level of spoken and written French and English is a requirement.

Location:  Country-based in WCA (any country) or Regional Office (Dakar)

Contract length:  1 year

The Organisation  We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as contrary to the values and practices of our organization.

Female and National applications are strongly encouraged!

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