The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 192 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.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with a network of 192-member National Societies.
The overall aim of the IFRC is to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.
The IFRC works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises.
The IFRC is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Movement), together with its member National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The work of the IFRC is guided by the following fundamental principles : humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.
The IFRC is led by its Secretary General, and has its Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Headquarters are organized into three main Divisions : (i) National Society Development and Operations Coordination;
ii) Global Relations, Humanitarian Diplomacy and Digitalization; and (iii) Management Policy, Strategy and Corporate Services.
The IFRC has five regional offices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The IFRC also has country cluster delegation and country delegations throughout the world.
Together, the Geneva Headquarters and the field structure (regional, cluster and country) comprise the IFRC Secretariat.
As part of the International Federation's disaster management system, the Disaster Climate and Crisis : prevention, response and recovery Department contributes to the achievement of the overall objective defined as set out in the Houston Commitment : Disaster Climate and Crisis : prevention, response, and recovery Department (DCCPRR) recognizing that the components of disaster risk management, as well as all phases of disaster and crisis response operate at the same time, in overlapping connections.
The DCCPRR ensures the quality, relevance, and effectiveness of Red Cross services provided to communities and people affected by disasters and crises and supporting the resilience-building process of disadvantaged groups.
This covers actions reaching all levels of intervention from local to global- in a way that fosters the effective integration of the seven areas of focus , as well as timely assistance to ensure that Red Cross-National Societies consistently deliver through their volunteers and staff- relevant country-wide services to vulnerable people, sustained for as long as needed.
Based in Panama, he / she will report to the Head of DCCPR unit and holds a technical line to the Climate, Migration and Resilience Manager. Job Purpose
The incumbent will strengthen the promotion of a holistic and integrated approach to disaster and crisis risk management approach of the department, supporting resilience, Disaster preparedness, Climate Change, and humanitarian diplomacy efforts.
It is the role of the Community Resilience Coordinator to provide leadership, technical support, and quality assurance in the significant and important change process of working with National Societies, other IFRC departments / units and movement members to adopting an integrated programmatic approach to address the risks and vulnerabilities through building resilience in the communities with whom they work.
It is also needed to guide the adaption and building back green, resilient, and inclusively. This role must lead the investment of IFRC resources to mobilize the power of National Societies in the region as a key element of our climate actions.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
He / she will manage an interdisciplinary team dedicated to ensuring the following support services
Lead The Implementation Framework for Community Resilience in the Americas, which is the roadmap for National Societies to assess their capacity and improve their programming aimed at community resilience.
This initiative seeks to put into operation and guide the direct implementation of the One Billion Coalition for Community Resilience in the Americas.
Lead The Regional Roadmap on Climate Change for Latin America and the Caribbean , which is the three year-plan developed by the Americas Regional Office in consultation with the National Societies of the Americas as well as key focal points to guide the strategic actions focused on addressing mainly climate change and the climate crisis
Strengthening of National Societies : strengthening of the NSs, both in terms of resilience is a primary function developed and coordinated within this team.
Institutional support to National Societies is considered an integral element of the Community Resilience in the Americas framework as well as of Americas DM renewal process started in Toluca n 2015.
This team is therefore key as by its approach ensures linkage between disaster and crisis management system, community resilience and DRR.
Regionally, we’ve identified three main courses or pillars for action to fulfil our Strategy 2030 and contribute to urgent actions regarding Climate Change : Knowledge and Advocacy;
undergoing an internal Green Transformation and Generating Community Resilience. This component seeks to strengthen National Societies to reduce risk and generate community resilience and better recover.
It also facilitates the improvement of NS programmes and operations through technical support which enables them to adapt their approaches toward integrated sustainable programming and quality national disaster management system.
Select, orient, and manage the team members under his / her direct responsibility.
Ensure that the technical team under his / her responsibility has well defined results-based priority plans and maintain updated capacities to provide sectorial technical support to response operations and programs at any time.
Prepare accurate and timely reports in accordance with Secretariat requirements, formats, and standards.
To ensure that each thematic area is defined in a 2-year ARO strategic approach with prioritized strategic lines, clear objectives and concrete products.
This strategy shall be reflected in accurate and realistic annual PoA.
To motivate, performance manage and develop team members in line with broader operational objectives to support a culture of continuous improvement and high-quality service delivery to NS
To manage and monitor available resources (people, budgets etc.) to deliver agreed activities for the service area
Ensure that the planning of the DRR area of focus is respected and implemented
Ensure that when required the ARO DOP is adapted based on SMT recommendations
Together with the head of DCC, ensure through programs developed with CCST, ARO projects and agreements with donors the sustainability of community resilience and DRR unit.
To support regionally developed DRR and community resilience strategies
DRR, Climate Change and Community Resilience
In line with S2023 and The Implementation Framework for Community Resilience in the Americas, lead to scale up investment on strengthening community resilience through ambitious and integrated longer-term plans, in cooperation with NSs and other key partners.
Lead the process to put into operation and guide the direct implementation of the One Billion Coalition for Community Resilience in the Americas
Green Transformation Green the Red Establishing the reduction of our own carbon footprint as part of our organizational culture and promoting it with and through our National Societies and their branches
Knowledge, Education & Advocacy.Increasing knowledge and understanding of the humanitarian consequences of extreme climatic events, to support action mobilization at all levels (local community, national and regional levels) from community members to private and public sectors and including our National Societies’ volunteers and staff.
Increasing our alliances and partnerships at local, national, and regional level, since this is a marathon that we cannot win on our own.
Ensure strategy development and implementation and the roadmap to resilience through its programmes and technical support to priority areas that aim to reduce vulnerability and create resilient communities, placing NSs at the center of the action.
In coordination with DCCPRR dpt. s Humanitarian Access and auxiliary roles team and in conjunction with regional / country representatives / coordinators and based on well-defined thematic position papers, support National Societies to actively engage with their governments to pursue policies that address the key trends and the reduction of associated risks and vulnerabilities.
Work with regional / country clusters, Geneva based staff and other ARO units to provide leadership in orienting National Societies on strategies for adopting an integrated approach to programme delivery including training and advise on changes to organizational structures
Provide technical support to regional / country clusters in the preparedness of country long term planning frameworks as they pertain to relevant programming, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
Work with regional / country clusters, Geneva based staff and other ARO units / teams in carrying out relevant research, sharing of knowledge and best practices with the aim to increase programming quality and impact
Lateral relations and general tasks
To represent the federation in the DRR, Climate Change and community resilience with national authorities, international / national organizations, embassies, donor governments and international / national media and develop good relationships to promote the work of the IFRC
To encourage others to deliver good practice, continuous learning and knowledge sharing between teams within DRR
Establish and ensure effective working relationships with the other programmatic and service departments, with HR, Learning and Innovation, Strategic Relationships and Cooperation, as well as with the IFRC country and regional offices.
Ensure an effective working relationship with the ARO Finance Unit, Logistics and PMER Unit.
When requested, represent the DCCPRR Department in meetings, task forces or trainings.
University degree in management and / or social sciences or related fields.
Basic Training Course : successful completion and selection.
Environmental Sciences, Sustainable Development Master graduate degree or related field.
Clear and demonstrated knowledge of urban risk and community resilience issues.
10 years’ experience of working for a humanitarian organization in a developing country in disaster management and development in which at least 5 years have been spent in the Americas.
10 years’ experience analyzing, planning, and managing development programmes and resources
10 years of experience of managing and supporting staff
Experience of working with Red Cross / Red Crescent
Demonstrated success in project / programme planning, budgeting, management, reporting and evaluation
Knowledge, skills and languages
Self-supported in computing systems
Ability to work in a team, excellent communication, and management skills
Ability to work in a cross-functional environment
Available to travel to other countries
Availability to work extended days (overtime), weekends and / or holidays / national
holidays as per requested
Valid international driving licence (manual gears)
Political and cultural sensitivity
Skills in training and developing staff
Ability to adapt leadership style according to the situation
Fluently spoken and written English and Spanish
Good command of another IFRC official languages
Competencies and values
VALUES : Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability.
CORE COMPETENCIES : Communication; Collaboration and Teamwork; Judgement and Decision Making; National Societies and Customer Relations;
Creativity and Innovation; Building Trust.
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Applicants will need to send their applications together with a letter of motivation no later than the closing date.
Please note that the selected candidate will be hired through a National contract;
The incumbent is responsible to abide by Federation policies, procedures, plans and applicable international labor law;
Only those candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified.
The position will be based in Panama.
The Federation is an equal opportunity employer.