The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with 190 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.
To provide continuous technical support and guidance to national societies in West Africa in developing disaster management programme strategies in undertaking operational, institutional capacity building activities and disaster risk reduction programmes. This position will support national societies in establishing regional, national and community based response tools, preparedness and response plans. The position will ensure will ensure that the disaster response tools, strategies, standards, approaches, protocols, etc. are widely understood and practiced in national societies own context. In addition to technical role, the disaster management delegate will profile RC work by strengthening coordination with national societies, relevant government stakeholders and other humanitarian agencies.
Coordination of and support to national societies in the region
- Conducting a multi-sector needs assessment towards a long-term community resilience programme to address protracted food crisis, risk of recurrent hazards and establish community and household level disaster preparedness
- Strengthening national societies’ disaster preparedness capacity through enhanced contingency planning, prepositioning of response stocks and regional/sub-regional surge capacity;
- Strong collaboration with relevant government agencies and other non-Movement actors including UN to inform a coordinated response strategy;
- Support national societies establish “local DREF“ mechanism to tackle small and moderate scale disaster or crisis which do not meet thresholds for DREF or Emergency Appeal
- Facilitate RC Movement wide pre-disaster or crisis meeting to plan and undertake response activities
Strategy and programme support
- Facilitate creation of pool of national and state/branch level tools i.e. Regional Disaster Response Team(RDRT), National Disaster Response Team (NDRT), Branch Disaster Response Team (BDRT) and thematic tool in assessment, relief, shelter, livelihood, cash transfer programming (CTP), etc.
- Better integration of cross-cutting approaches such as community engagement and accountability (CEA) to motivate community participation, ownership of the operation and sustainability after exiting the project;
- Support and promote Cash Transfer Programming(CTP) guidelines and SoPs to national societies context
- Support prepositioning of preparedness stock at strategic locations across the country;
- Support developing logistics and warehouse capacities to ensure timely delivery of assistance;
- Support NRCS implement DREF, Emergency Appeal operation and community based DRR programmes
- Participate and contribute to the work of the coordination mechanism and other relevant meetings i.e. humanitarian Clusters, regional and national level coordination platforms to promote the RCRC position;
- Establish a calendar of regional disaster and crisis related events and participate to meetings, forums, conferences, and workshops as deemed relevant to promote the RCRC position and ensure adequate communication and coordination with other stakeholders.
- Support on programmatic aspects of the transition from relief to recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction
- Promote Federation-wide reporting system that considers bilateral, multilateral contributions as well as ICRC delivery role.
Organization of events/workshops
- Conduct/support training for NS’ technical staff on disaster response tools such as Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF), EPoA (Emergency Plan of Action), ERU (Emergency Relief Unit), FACT(Field Assessment and Coordination Team), HEoPS (Head of Emergency Operations), RDRT(Regional Disaster Response Team), NDRT(National Disaster Response Team), HES (Household Economic Security), VCA (Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment), Humanitarian Cluster approach, SPHERE minimum standards, IFRC minimum standards commitment to gender and diversity in emergency response, etc.
- Conduct/support training on joint/coordinated needs assessment to inform operational strategies
- Prepare necessary reports and follow-up on recommendations
Communication / Advocacy
- Work closely with shared leadership groups, including Africa Disaster Management Working Group (ADMAG) to advocate global policies/strategies and have disaster preparedness priorities reflected on its plan
- Facilitate cross country/regional exchange of knowledge and best practices in disaster preparedness and disaster response
- Organize events on early warning for strengthening cross regional cooperation to foster lead time early warning services
Reporting, monitoring and evaluation
- Develop plans as well as budgets based on expected year-end outputs, ensuring close monitoring of activities and disbursements;
- Prepare and submit regular reports, updates and other relevant project documents to keep track of the progress made in the implementation of the activities;
- Work closely with IFRC regional counterparts to ensure effective communication and reporting mechanisms;
- Ensure optimum efficiency of donor funds, effective budgeting and financial controls, transfers and maintenance of compliance.
- Conduct/support national societies in monitoring, mid-term review, community satisfaction survey, end of operation evaluation
- Relevant University degree
- 5 years of experience in disaster management, including experience in institutional disaster preparedness and DRR
- Experience of working for the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement
- Experience of conducting trainings
- Solid and tested operational management skills
- Analytical decision-making capacity
- Fluently spoken and written English
- Good command of another IFRC official language (French, Spanish or Arabic)
- National Society Relations
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