Technical Adviser – Crisis Anticipation and Risk Financing At Save the Children UK


£45,100 – £55,100 pa
Full time (flexible working options available)
Permanent
Farringdon, London / Home-based
Ref 6614

Save the Children UK has an exciting opportunity for a collaborative and influential individual with Statistical Analysis, Catastrophe Modelling or actuarial skills and experience to join us as our Crisis Anticipation and Risk Financing Technical Adviser working with our Humanitarian team to support the development of the Start Network’s Anticipation and Risk Financing work through the development, testing and provision of scientific hazard data and models which are used to monitor risks and trigger financing and early humanitarian action.

About Us

Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.

The Start Network was incubated by SCUK over the last 10-years and became an independent entity comprised of multiple humanitarian agencies and an operational team referred to as the Start Platform, in May 2019. The Start Network is made up of more than 40 aid agencies, of which Save the Children is one, working across five continents, ranging from large international organisations to national NGOs. The aim of the Start Network is to deliver more effective emergency aid, harnessing the power and knowledge of the network to make faster and better decisions to help people affected by crises. It advocates for radical change to the system so that the world can better deal with the humanitarian challenges of today and in the future.

The Start Platform maintains a strong relationship with Save the Children as the grant custodian of many of the Start Network’s programmes. The Start Crisis Anticipation and Risk Financing Team is a newly formed team which builds off the work of two former teams over the last 3-years. It is managed within Save the Children’s Humanitarian Business Transformation Team but sits with the wider Start Programmes team (SCUK dedicated grant custodian team) and works closely with colleagues in the Start Platform

About the role

As the Technical Adviser (Crisis Anticipation and Risk Financing), you will support the development of the Start Network Anticipation and Risk Financing work through the development, testing and provision of scientific hazard data and models which are used to monitor risks and trigger financing and early humanitarian action.

You will also work on quantitative risk financing tools, utilising statistical approaches supporting the development of Start Ready, which combines global finance principles to deliver efficient disaster risk financing. The role will support the Technical Lead role through analytical processes, report writing, designing and implementing innovative operational systems to monitor and quantify risk, set thresholds and manage uncertainty.

You will work with stakeholders of the Start Network including, global risk pools, scientists and academics, risk modelling companies and insurers, humanitarian donors and UN counterparts, as well as front line humanitarian agencies on the ground.

In this role, you will:

  • Lead on tasks related to the development, identification and analysis of scientific risk data, statistical modelling and operational decision making within anticipation and risk finance systems and draw consultations on the utilisation of different data sets, decision-making approaches and tools to manage financial risks.
  • Be responsible for leading on tendering for analytical services to build out models and data tools, and (co) managing projects with external providers
  • Work with the Technical Lead and other key stakeholders to improve and expand the Start Ready mechanics and technical designs, including using risk and capital modelling software, considering correlations, mathematical approaches to fitting historical experience data Support in interactions with the reinsurance community for Start Ready reinsurance coverage.
  • Work with other CARF team colleagues to help Start Network members at country-level to identify their risk information needs, including connecting them to local and international risk information providers where available.
  • Support the advancement of the technical learning framework, developing materials, tools and techniques for building quality country DRF systems.
  • Support the Technical Lead with overall system design recommendation reports and the development of technical system build plans.
  • Undertake and review sensitivity, skill and robustness testing of models used for anticipation and disaster risk finance and/or work with scientific organisations to complete these tests.

About you

To be successful, it is important that you have:

  • Experience in developing or testing hazard models and forecasting models.
  • Statistical Analysis, Catastrophe Modelling or actuarial skills.
  • Experience of skill, sensitivity and robustness testing of models and data sets.
  • Interest and understanding of some of the challenges in the application of scientific data in decision making in humanitarian efforts and the desire to work in the application of hazard science to humanitarian and disaster risk financing field.
  • Strong English writing skills and report writing and experience of translating scientific concepts into simple everyday language.
  • Demonstrable experience of collaboration, including forging and maintaining effective new relationships and partnerships, often across organisational boundaries.
  • Academic qualification in natural hazard/climate science or mathematics and data and statistical analytics
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s vision, mission and values.

To learn more about the position, please review the Job Description in the attached Documents on the website.

What we offer you:

Working for a charity provides one of the best benefits there is – a sense of purpose and reward for helping others. However, we understand the importance of giving back to our employees to ensure a happy and healthy working environment and work/life balance.

  • We focus on flexibility, inclusion, collaboration, health and wellbeing both in and outside of work.
  • We provide a wide range of benefits which will reward your hard work, motivate you, and inspire you to work to improve the lives of children every day. You can read more about our benefits here.

Closing date: 19/02/2024

Please note: To avoid disappointment, you are advised to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close the vacancy early if a high volume of applications are received. This is to ensure that we can manage application levels whilst maintaining a positive candidate experience. Unfortunately once a vacancy has closed, we are unable to consider further applications.

Ways of Working:

The majority of our roles can be performed remotely in the UK, but there are likely to be times when you will be required to come to your contracted office (up to 2-4 days per month or 6-8 days per quarter). This will be agreed with your Line Manager and team and is intended to be time spent on collaborating with colleagues and relationship building.

Please note: travel costs to your contracted office will be at your own expense.

Flexible Working – We are happy to discuss flexible working options at interview**.**

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

Save the Children UK believes in a world that is fair, inclusive and equitable where all children have the opportunity to change their world. We apply this to our workforce and we are committed to developing and supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organisation where all employees have a sense of belonging and feel that they can be “Free to Be Me”. We are not looking for just one type of person – we want to recruit people who can add fresh perspectives, innovative ideas or challenge that disrupts the risk of group think.

We are especially interested in people whose childhood experiences – of life on a low income, of migration, of being in a racialised community, of the care system, of being LGBT+ or in an LGBT+ family or living with (or with someone with) a disability – help us to see things we might otherwise miss. Whatever your story is we want to hear it because we know that different voices, ideas, perspectives and knowledge, working together will enable us to better the lives of children around the world. This is the reason why we are all here.

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