International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Vacancy for Disaster Management Delegate – Surge

IFRCThe 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.

Organizational Context

The West Coast Africa region comprises of Benin, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo. These countries all remain at risk of recurring hazards and conflict leading millions of people to vicious cycle of vulnerability. The efforts of the humanitarian actors including the Red Cross Movement are falling short of meeting the growing humanitarian needs. The effects of climate change undermine people coping capacity and limit sustainability of investment in risk reduction. The region experiences frequent events of floods, environmental degradation, and cross border population movement. Unplanned settlement by deforestation is proved to be counterproductive. Torrential rain in the region leave many people displaced and homeless. The temperature rise threatens traditional livelihoods, water resources for millions of people of food security in the seven countries of the West Coast cluster. The crisis is made worse by rising food prices and increasing influx of displaced persons, which exerts pressure on limited natural resources available for farming and other. While National Societies in the region are responding to protracted armed conflict, the humanitarian context deteriorates during major elections leaving many people displaced in countries particularly in Nigeria. In 2015 presidential elections in Nigeria, 1.5 million people were at risk of violence and at least 100 people had been killed and 300 people injured. In 2011 presidential elections, around 37,000 people were reported to have been displaced. On both occasions, violence protest caused large scale damages to properties and belongings. In 1st Quarter of 2019, elections will be held again in Nigeria High level of displacement due to communal clashes, armed conflict groups and in search of better life continue in the region, especially in the Lake Chad Regional, Manor River basin, between Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia. In the Lake Chad Region, about the proliferation of armed opposition groups, including ethnic militias, that lead to the current politically induced conflicts and escalation of violence in 2014, resulted in mass displacement. As of July 2017, an estimated 1.8 million individuals were displaced, most them located in Borno State of Nigeria. The region is informed from assessment evolving humanitarian context, multiple lessons learned and evaluations, to identify priorities areas of focus in community based resilience programming, institutional disaster preparedness, community based early warning and coordination with Movement and non-Movement partners in emergency response operation.

Job Purpose

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.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

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

Knowledge, skills and languages

  • 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)

Competencies and values

  • Accountability
  • National Society Relations
  • Teamwork
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Communication


Closing date (Geneva time zone):19-06-2018

The Federation is an equal opportunity employer.