Early Recovery Advisor

DATORE: Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), Sweden - gov - LUOGO: Various - SCADENZA BANDO: 31 Aug 2015

The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) is opening its field staff roster for Early Recovery Advisors (ERA) and Specialists, willing to be deployed at short notice to various parts of the world. As a member of our roster you will continuously receive interesting international job opportunities and invitations to stimulating and valuable trainings and exercises. Employed by the MSB on an international mission you will receive a monthly salary as well as a comprehensive allowances and benefits package, ranging from free home leave travel to access to psychosocial support. 

MSB highly values the well-being of our staff and whilst on mission you will have access to health and safety support from MSB 24 hours a day. MSB strives to apply gender equality in terms of recruitment to our Field Staff Roster. 


Early Recovery is a key component of humanitarian crisis response. Early Recovery addresses recovery needs during the humanitarian phase, using humanitarian mechanisms in accordance with development principles. It is an integrated, inclusive, and coordinated approach to gradually turn the dividends of humanitarian action into sustainable crisis recovery, resilience building and development opportunities. Emergency relief addresses peoples survival and basic well-being. Early Recovery restores peoples capacities and supports communities first steps to recover from the crisis. 

The Early Recovery Advisor (ERA) position is a strategic and/or advisory position and could form the function as a Team Leader of a regional team, with other secondees in country offices. The work will require diplomacy, tact, negotiation skills and coordination with local authorities and key stakeholders. 

The position will cover one or several of the following areas (in support to the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) / Resident Coordinator (RC), the Global Cluster for Early Recovery (GCER) or relevant agency): assist and advise in strategic planning and coordinating early recovery work; advise on the establishment and maintenance of appropriate coordination mechanisms for Early Recovery; coordination with national/local authorities, state institutions, local civil society and other relevant actors; information management; People Centered Approach (PCA); needs assessment and analysis; liaising with donors; linking humanitarian processes to the longer term recovery agenda; application of standards; monitoring and reporting; advocacy and resource mobilization and; training and capacity building. 

The work will be in high-medium risk areas. 

The duties below are a generic description of potential areas of responsibilities. The actual duties will be specified in a Terms of Reference (ToR) and will depend on the needs and situation in respective country or region. 

Generic Duties 

  • Advocate for the inclusion of early recovery and resilience building issues at the onset of humanitarian response and in humanitarian strategies and plans;

  • Ensure appropriate coordination with relevant humanitarian and development partners and establishing effective links between clusters / sectoral groups promoting Early Recovery planning;

  • Work closely with national counterparts, donors and other stakeholders to ensure that humanitarian activities support and link into recovery and sustainable development strategies, while ensuring that local capacity is utilized effectively and provides the platform for sustainable humanitarian results;

  • Coordinate and/or engage with information management and liaise with sector-specific information management focal points, to ensure visibility of early recovery as a mechanism across sectors;

  • Ensure effective and coherent sectoral needs assessment and analysis (e.g. MIRA/PDNA), involving relevant partners and stakeholders;

  • Raise awareness and promote the integration of agreed priority crosscutting issues (e.g. age, gender, and other specific diversity characteristics) in sectoral needs assessment and contribute to the development of appropriate strategies to address these issues (e.g. disability, HIV/AIDS, mental health, socio-economic status, religion, nationality, the environment, ethnic origin);

  • Advocate with donors on the importance of early recovery and how plans and projects contributes to longer term recovery and community resilience;

  • Identify strategic entry points and develop plans for building sustainable institutions and systems (capacity development, participation, risk reduction, etc.) and advising on transitioning coordination mechanisms to a nationally led system;

  • Provide guidance and support to the HC/RC on issues related to early recovery and the transition process from the outbreak to longer-term support structures and actors; and provide input and guidance to the design of HCT/UN strategic plans; OR provide guidance and support to the management of an agency (UN or other) on issues related to early recovery and the transition process from the outbreak to longer-term support structures and actors, including ensuring that early recovery programme commitments are included in relevant agency's sector plans;

  • Promote Early Recovery efforts to strengthen the capacity of the national authorities and civil society, including staff and cluster partners;

  • Identify and support capacity development needs and facilitate training workshops and simulation exercises on early recovery.



A minimum of 8 years experience within humanitarian coordination or a related field; experience both at the national level and international level in large organizations with dispersed operations; experience working within the UN system, preferably in an operational UN Agency or with OCHA; experience in humanitarian response and recovery programming (complex emergencies and/or natural disasters) is desirable; experience in management or team leading positions; the ability to develop and deliver trainings is beneficial. 

The work will require diplomacy, tact and negotiation skills. Therefore, the incumbent should ideally possess a comprehensive set of competencies: strategic, integrity, results oriented, teamwork, analytical and communication skills, flexibility, proactive engagement, innovation, risk management, gender and culturally sensitive, ability to work under pressure and demonstrates high tolerance for change, complexity and unpredictability. The work will be in high-medium risk areas, so experience from working in an insecure environment or similar context is required. 


Advanced University degree in one of the following fields: Disaster Management, Emergency Response, Humanitarian Assistance, Social Sciences, Public Administration, International Law, International Relations or other related disciplines, preferably a combination of management, administration, and the relevant technical field. A relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of a formal university degree. 


Fluency in English is essential, both verbal and written. Knowledge of French or any other official UN language is an asset. 

Other requirements 

Candidates must be physically capable and medically fit to work and travel and will be required to undergo a pre-employment medical examination by a licensed physician before being contracted. 


MSB is looking for men and women with a strong commitment towards humanitarian relief and development programming. It is of utmost priority that candidates understand, respect and act in the spirit of the mandate and core values of MSB. The candidate must possess a high level of professional and personal maturity together with an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, managers and external partners, such as the UN, NGOs, local governments and affected populations. Candidates must be able to interact with sensitivity and display respect for diversity and gender in multi-cultural environments. A capacity for working under pressure is essential, as the work tasks will be challenging and under demanding conditions. The candidate is expected to have excellent strategic and communicative skills, show initiative and take both a hands-on and an analytical approach to tasks and problems.

Contract type
All MSB operational personnel are registered on a roster which contains a wide range of professions and competencies. Individuals recruited to the field staff roster should undertake the MSB introduction course and any specialist training courses, as required. It is from the roster that MSB select personnel when deploying its experts. Working with MSB on an overseas operation means that personnel from the roster are temporarily employed by MSB. MSB pays wages, insurances, travel costs and subsistence allowance during the entire deployment. In addition, participants on introduction courses and relevant specialist training courses receive remuneration from MSB.

How to apply
Please apply online on the MSB website.

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