IFRC recruits 01 Sub Regional Senior Officer, National Societies Development (NSD)
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Sub Regional Senior Officer, National Societies Development (NSD)
Closing date (Geneva time zone):03-02-2021 Duty station:Yaounde -CameroonCountry:CAMEROONDuty station status: N/AAccompanied status: N/ADuration:10 monthsCategory of Staff: National StaffGrade: Not applicableVacancy No:IFRC04805
Background 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.
Organizational Context The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC or “the Federation”) is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network. The Federation is a membership organisation established by and comprised of its member National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (NS). Along with National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Federation is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. 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.” It works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises. The Federation is served by a Secretariat based in Geneva, with regional and country offices throughout the world. The Secretariat is led by the IFRC Secretary General and provides the central capacity of the International Federation to serve, connect, and represent National Societies. The Secretariat’s focus includes providing support to the IFRC governance mechanisms; setting norms and standards; providing guidance; ensuring consistency, coordination, and accountability for performance; knowledge sharing; promoting collaboration within and respect for the RCRC Movement; and expanding engagement with partners. The Secretariat’s headquarters is organized in three main business groups: (i) Partnerships, including Movement and Membership; (ii) Programmes and Operations; and (iii) Management Services.
Job Purpose Under the supervision of the Head of delegation Central Africa, the Senior Officer for National Society Development is responsible for ensuring National Societies are equipped to deal with emergencies through a risk informed and holistic approach to NS disaster and crisis preparedness in close collaboration with Regional Office and National Societies. The position ensures a continuum approach to National Society Development that supports and strengthens NS in financial sustainability, Auxiliary roles of the National Society, and NS preparedness, response, recovery, and resilience: – provision of support in strengthening the quality of Central Africa NS Capacity Development coordination and management; – support of Central Africa NS preparedness for response capacity, in line with common standards, guidance and tools with priority within Central Africa – representation and information management across the regional network; as well as – active contribution to an effective, high quality IFRC team, including the availability to deploy to Country Offices, or operations to provide support and integrate NS preparedness for Response capacity strengthening in times of emergencies as necessary
Job Duties and Responsibilities Provide support in strengthening the quality of NS Development, coordination, and management in Central Africa.,
Provide thought leadership, innovation, and strategic direction in National Societies development, especially around: Financial Sustainability, capacity to respond to small and medium scale disasters (e.g., DREF); risk management framework, governing board.Support the mobilisation of programme resources in support of the National Societies Preparedness actions and ensure it is fully integrated with the development of the National Society Strategic direction;Ensure quality and accountability in the domain of National Societies development.Promote and support innovation and knowledge management in approaches to National Societies development;Support National Societies preparedness as a contribution to the strategy of Implementation 1 -Strengthen NS- across and within National Societies and the Secretariat.Collaborate with DCPRR, health and care, logistics, and thematic programmes for harmonizing the IFRC’s efforts for National Societies’ capacity enhancement.Leverage the resources for promoting Red Ready Initiative and the Pan African InitiativesCapitalize the opportunity to promote Capacity Development through emergency response operations and recovery programmes Work closely together with the NS to strengthen its branches, youth, and volunteer engagements.Assure quality of new IFRC and other tools, and their alignment with the 2013 National Society development Framework, Africa Agenda for renewal, PAC 9 commitments, strategy 2030, and Director`s Game plan for success. the four PAN Africa InitiativesSet and Support NS Development capacity, tools, and standards
Support National Society within Central Africa to strengthen NS capacities in assessing, planning, implementing, and monitoring their response capacity, ensuring a more cohesive and harmonized approach in the sub-region.Promote appropriate NS preparedness for response standards that are in line with the Principles and Rules for Humanitarian assistance and support disseminating these standards.Collaborate towards strengthening Movement Coordination and Cooperation through the further alignment of preparedness strategies in the region through ADMAG and Sub-regional DM networks.Identify capacity building/training needs and work closely with relevant teams in developing appropriate solutions in strengthening NS capacities. Map the practices, capacities, and needs of Central African NS in preparedness, and support the regions to update or develop the required tools, working modalities, or capacity-building strategies.Identify NS’s needs to develop and/ or update relevant National Societies Preparedness for response guidance and tools and share it with a global team to be disseminated and used in other regions, especially around DREF.. Guide and coordinate knowledge exchange and learning on National Societies Development practices and approaches across regions through documentation, analysis, validation, and dissemination of results and lessons
Work closely with the head of head of Cluster to ensure representation and information management of Central African NS capacities Development across the regional and global networks
Represent the International Federation Secretariat on Institutional Capacity Development issues in RC/RC Movement and external fora in Central Africa and establish effective working relationships with key humanitarian organizations, academic and research organizations including UN agencies (OCHA, UNESCO, UNICEF, WMO, UNDP, etc..) CADRI, IASC, and international NGOs.Provide briefings on NS Capacity Development initiatives to visitors and representatives of other organizations, including Permanent Missions, corporate donors, UN, media, and visiting National Societies in the region.Collaborate with relevant colleagues to facilitate and strengthen NS Capacity Development and knowledge sharing in Central Africa.
Work closely with responsible Programme Managers to ensure accountability for the management and administration of IFRC supported projects
Provide financial management, monitoring, and coordination of project activities and the delivery to timely, budget,and agreed on quality standards of project outputs with related reporting and representation.Ensure the integrity of financial and administrative procedures and the consistent application of IFRC rules and procedures related to project activities.Provide progress reports on results against objectives and risk analyses as required.Contribute to the overall planning, budgeting, and reporting of the team and the department. Contribute to an effective, high-quality IFRC team:
Accommodate flexible working practices, including working as part of time-limited, task-oriented teams to enable the IFRC to respond to new scenarios, operational needs, or requests from Governance or the wider membership.
Contribute to a client-oriented approach that values proactivity, continuous improvement, innovation, high performance, and cost effectiveness.Foster a collaborative working environment with colleagues in the Secretariat, Regions, National Societies, and external partners.Be available to deploy to Country Offices or Operations to provide support, as necessary.
Required University degree in relevant area or equivalent experience required
Technical training in NSD, disaster preparedness; disaster Risk management or relevant areas of expertise
Required Minimum of 3-year experience in NSD, disaster preparedness, Disaster Management, Disaster Risk Management, organizational capacity strengthening,
Field experience in coordinating and managing disaster preparedness programs / projects.Experience in project cycle management including proposal development, budgeting and reporting, monitoring and evaluationExperience in working within the RC/RC MovementExperience in strategy development, developing tools and guidance, providing technical assistance and in establishing and maintaining networks
Knowledge, skills and languages
Required Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and independent decision-making capacity
Results oriented and demand driven individual, entrepreneurial, ability to lead in unprecedented and/or ambiguous situations.Excellent communication and inter-personal skills with the ability to represent the International Federation and to negotiate and influence people’s opinionsKnowledge of technical aspects of disaster preparedness, relief and recovery and of key donor and partner organisationsAbility to lead a complex or major disaster operation if required – PreferredFlexible and adaptable to work effectively in a multicultural environment and ability to travel at short noticeComputer knowledge as a user – self-supporting in MS Word, Excel and PowerPointFluently spoken and written French and English
Preferred Knowledge of minimum standards for disaster relief and performance and accountability frameworks – Preferred
Competencies and valuesRespect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability
The Federation is an equal opportunity employer. POSTULER