Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction Senior Officer

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Geneva, Switzerland

IFRC has five regional offices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and the Americas.  IFRC also has country cluster delegations and country delegations throughout the world. Together, the Geneva Headquarters and the field structure (regional, cluster and country) comprise the IFRC Secretariat.

IFRC has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment and other forms of harassment, abuse of authority, discrimination, and lack of integrity (including but not limited to financial misconduct). IFRC also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. 

The Senior Officer will be part of the Climate, Environment and Resilience Unit in the Disasters, Climate and Crises Department.
Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and climate action, with special attention to urban contexts, are central elements of IFRC’s Strategy 2030 and Plan & Budget 2021-2025, which stress the urgency to massively scale up climate-smart DRR in view of increasing climate change, rapid and unplanned urbanization and environmental risks and how these are impacting vulnerable people and the humanitarian sector. Disaster risk reduction has been one of IFRC’s key focus areas over the past three decades, with increased focus on DRR in urban contexts. Today, the IFRC network is one of the biggest DRR actors in the world.
The Senior Officer, Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) is responsible for leading and coordinating the IFRC’s substantive work on DRR and resilience, with a focus on climate-smart, community-based DRR, that is adapted to both rural and urban contexts. S/he does so by ensuring quality technical advice to support effective CBDRR, developing and enhancing approaches and tools to support the delivery of effective programmes at the national and local level through the translation of global policy and standards, and supporting knowledge management and capacity strengthening of IFRC delegations and National Societies. The Senior Officer advances the position of IFRC on CBDRR globally and enables increased engagement of the IFRC network on this topic, supports the design of projects, development of proposals and access to partnerships and funding, brokers and strengthens strategic partnerships, and supports effective coordination related to DRR.
The Senior Officer works closely with the various units of the IFRC Secretariat working on programmes and operations, as well as with regional colleagues with DRR-related responsibilities. S/he also works closely with partner National Societies supporting DRR efforts globally to ensure maximum contribution to IFRC strategic aims and deliverables.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Ensure quality technical advice to support effective programming:
  • Provide advice to IFRC Regional Offices and National Societies on climate-smart, community-based DRR;
  • Take a lead on advocating for and demonstrating participatory methodologies to foster community ownership of CBDRR;
  • Collaborate substantively with regional offices, cluster and country delegations to achieve strategic goals and plans, and support relevant regional initiatives;
  • Contribute to the mainstreaming of DRR across all areas of work, with a focus on integrating DRR more effectively in Preparedness for Effective Response (PER), response and recovery programmes and operations – in close cooperation with similar efforts related to climate, environment and urban resilience mainstreaming;
  • Identify gaps and needs related to CBDRR knowledge in the IFRC network;
  • Support project implementation of CBDRR-related global grants.
Promote and enhance guidance, tools and approaches:
  • Promote and support National Societies to assess community risk and resilience and develop risk-informed community action plans based on the Roadmap to Community Resilience process;
  • Ensure existing DRR and resilience related guidance, tools and training – including related to the Enhanced Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (EVCA) and Roadmap to Community Resilience – are kept updated and relevant;
  • Promote existing guidance, tools and training related to DRR and resilience, ensuring a coherent and overarching approach and alignment with sector-specific materials as well as climate, environment and urban files;
  • Work closely with National Societies, IFRC Regional Offices and relevant thematic functions to define gaps and needs and enhance or develop new guidance, tools and training as needed, for example related to DRR in fragility, conflict and violence settings;
  • Engage in relevant research, monitoring and evaluation of approaches, guidance and tools.
Strengthen capacity and knowledge management related to CBDRR:
  • Identify National Society needs and perceived gaps related to CBDRR capacity;
  • Support the roll-out of existing guidance, tools and training, ensuring a coherent and overarching approach for DRR and resilience related material and alignment with climate, environment and urban efforts, and maintain an overview of roll-out and uptake by National Societies;
  • Work with Regional Offices and relevant partners to develop capacity building activities for IFRC and National Societies as well as knowledge-sharing workshops, ensuring a coherent and comprehensive approach aligned with related technical sectors and themes/areas (e.g. locally led adaptation, early warning and anticipatory action, nature-based solutions and urban resilience);
  • Identify and share/make available scalable and replicable National Society initiatives related to CBDRR, in collaboration with regional offices;
  • Support the development of knowledge products related to CBDRR, including mapping and identification of best practices and lessons learned.
Advance the position of the IFRC network on CBDRR globally:
  • Maintain an overview of the IFRC network’s engagement in CBDRR globally;
  • Contribute to the development of strategies and plans and internal policy related to DRR, in close coordination with relevant colleagues;
  • Contribute to global level planning and positioning efforts for the IFRC Secretariat on DRR, in particularly through providing inputs into IFRC multi-year and yearly operational planning, supporting coordination with other relevant teams, and pursuing opportunities within IFRC governance and the Movement’s statutory meeting processes;
  • The Senior Officer, Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) is responsible for leading and coordinating the IFRC’s substantive work on DRR and resilience, with a focus on climate-smart, community-based DRR, that is adapted to both rural and urban contexts.
  • S/he does so by ensuring quality technical advice to support effective CBDRR, developing and enhancing approaches and tools to support the delivery of effective programmes at the national and local level through the translation of global policy and standards, and supporting knowledge management and capacity strengthening of IFRC delegations and National Societies.
  • The Senior Officer advances the position of IFRC on CBDRR globally and enables increased engagement of the IFRC network on this topic, supports the design of projects, development of proposals and access to partnerships and funding, brokers and strengthens strategic partnerships, and supports effective coordination related to DRR.
Education Preferred :
  • Advanced university degree (master’s or equivalent)or professional qualification in DRR or related field.
Experience Required:
  • At least 5-7 years of experience in the humanitarian or development sector, with a focus on DRR.
  • Experience working in a membership organization in roles that include member capacity development, the development of organizational approaches and tools, and technical level representation.
  • Professional credibility in the sector and experience working in an international or cross-cultural environment.
Preferred:
  • 2 years of community programming, participatory methodologies and/or field-based implementation.
  • Experience of working for the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement in particular working with National Societies or IFRC.
Knowledge, Skills and Languages:
Required:
  • Fluent in written and spoken English. 
  • Strong analytical skills and capacity to translate analysis into strategy and planning.
  • Good track record of networking, influencing and negotiating and building relationships effectively.
  • Results oriented and demand driven individual, entrepreneurial, ability to lead in unprecedented and/or ambiguous situations. 
  • Coordination and partner relationship building skills, including the ability to work within a matrix management structure and utilise talent and experience of team members in a productive way. 
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills with the ability to represent the International Federation and to coach, mentor and influence people.
  • Skills in facilitating processes, event and trainings. 
  • Skills in training and developing staff capacity.
  • Effective communicator and writer. 
Preferred:
  • Good command of another IFRC official language (French, Spanish or Arabic).
  • Knowledge of Red Cross Red Crescent Movement financial and project management tools.