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Do you have significant experience of designing and delivering structured innovation processes? Can you bring sensitive, technical expertise in delivering programmes concerned with improving outcomes, ideally in one of our strategic themes: GBV, WASH or inclusion? Do you have the skills to manage a high performing team?  

Elrha is looking for an experienced Senior Innovation Manager to apply their skills in Elrha’s fast-paced and creative Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF). This is not a fundraising role; the HIF aims to improve outcomes for people affected by humanitarian crises by identifying more effective and scalable innovative solutions. 

This role line manages a team of Innovation Managers who are passionate about identifying the most pressing humanitarian problems, analysing opportunities for innovation, working with sector experts to investigate solutions and designing funding calls to address them. The role holder will also manage their own innovation focus area.  

We are looking for exceptional candidates with a good mix of skills and experience across three areas: innovation, sensitive programme management, and people management. 


  1. Innovation: You will bring significant experience of developing innovation journeys and bringing ideas from conception to completion. Candidates will need a firm strategic, theoretical and practical grasp of key innovation concepts, tools and approaches, and demonstrate the ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with diverse stakeholders and audiences. The role will allow you to deepen your knowledge and contribute to the global conversation on innovation in humanitarian response.
  2. Programme management: It is essential that you have experience of managing sensitive and complex projects in an ethical and thoughtful way.  Ideally you will demonstrate technical knowledge within at least one of our strategic themes of Gender Based Violence (GBV), Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), inclusion and protection of vulnerable or marginalised groups. The role presents the opportunity to develop this expertise further and act as a key influencer for Elrha in this area.
  3. People management: You will show ability to manage, motivate and develop a team, building shared objectives and delivering impact in line with organisational priorities. The role will enable you to hone your management and leadership skills, and support others to achieve their aims. 


Please demonstrate clearly in your application how your experience is different from standard programming or delivery experience. For example, how have you drawn on innovation tools and approaches to identify and solve priority problems? Please note that the interview will test your theoretical understanding and practical application of innovation concepts. 

Please also note that we will assess your communication skills on the quality of your personal statement and CV as well as any presented achievements. 

Please ensure you read the full job description and complete the Personal Statement as requested in the application process. We look forward to hearing from you. 


Closing date: 3 April 2022 Interviews: w/c 11 April 2022 


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About Elrha 

Elrha is a global charity that finds solutions to complex humanitarian problems through research and innovation. We fund and support projects that go on to shape the way in which people across the world are supported during a crisis. We are based in the UK, but our roles have a global reach. We’re an established and respected part of the humanitarian community, working closely and meaningfully with our fellow networks and actors to make change happen. 

Remote Working 

Elrha employees are currently working remotely within the UK in line with UK Government guidance. In Spring 2022 we will transition to flexible and hybrid ways of working (i.e. a mixture of remote/home and office-based working) as social distancing restrictions ease. 

We are happy to discuss flexible working options at interview. 

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion 

Elrha is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBTQ+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. 

Salaries and benefits 

Jobs are positioned within the salary structure on the basis of evaluation. New employees will usually be appointed at the bottom of the grade, however the appointed salary may also take into account the relevant experience a candidate brings to a role. Elrha is committed to paying staff in a fair and equitable way and will benchmark all salary offers in line with the pay of existing staff. 

Elrha also has a comprehensive benefits package including 25 days holiday entitlement which increases year on year, 5% employer pension contribution (3% employee contribution) and life cover. 

Pre-employment Checks 

Any employment with Elrha will be subject to the following checks prior to your start date: 

  • a satisfactory police record check to include a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and/or an International Criminal Record Check (If applicable) 
  • receipt of satisfactory references 
  • proof of eligibility to work in the national location for this role 

Elrha is a wholly owned subsidiary of Save the Children. We are able to benefit from a range of support services provided by Save the Children UK, including recruitment systems. For this reason you will be directed to Save the Children UK’s job portal upon clicking ‘apply’. 

We are committed to the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable people in our work. This post is subject to a range of vetting checks including a criminal records disclosure.

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