• Save The Children
  • Dec 20, 2017 - Dec 29, 2017
Full time Project Management

Job Description

Role Purpose:

  • Provide a professional administration support service to the (remote) Global Migration and Displacement Initiative (MDI) team, with specific focused support to the Director.
  • Oversee the day to day running and improvements of the MDI's Resource Centre (Hub) and provide research support to Research Adviser
  • Provide (primarily desk based) programme support to relevant MDI activities in East and Southern Africa
  • Deliver high quality note taking and meeting management skills (essential)


  • Minimum 4 years' experience in a development agency or similar, including
  • Minimum of 2 years' administrative experience, including designing and overseeing spreadsheets and accounts.
  • Minimum of 2 years programmatic (humanitarian or development) or research related experience
  • Experience of planning and organizing meetings and events, with a strong attention to detail
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Graduate level (or higher) qualification in a subject of relevance to the MDI and/or sufficient relevant experience in research coordination and support functions
  • Sound judgement and an ability to effectively prioritize multiple tasks in a constantly changing environment
  • Ability to adopt a pro-active approach and offer solutions as appropriate
  • Willingness to learn new skills and engage in other elements of the MDI's mandate as requested
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, fluent in English, with an eye for detail
  • Ability to liaise and communicate effectively with a broad range of people at all levels, across different cultures and to act with credibility, discretion, tact and diplomacy both within and without the organisation.
  • Experience in supporting contract/project management; familiarity with packages (e.g., MS Project) would be an advantage
  • Website design, maintenance, and usage monitoring would be a plus.
  • Some development/humanitarian programme knowledge and first-hand experience is essential
  • Interest/knowledge in migration and displacement issues/debate is desirable
  • Experience in the coding, interpretation and analysis of research data is desirable.
  • Maintain a calm disposition and positive outlook particularly when working under pressure
  • Self- motivated with ability to work autonomously. MDI team members work remotely and the Director is consistently travelling, so there is limited face-to-face time with colleagues/line manager.
  • Commitment to the mission, vision and values of Save the Children