Disaster Preparedness Manager

The Kenya Red Cross Society, which is a leading humanitarian organization, has aligned its organizational structure with its strategic direction.

It endeavours to deliver excellent quality service of preventing and alleviating Human Suffering.

In this light the Society is strengthening the capacity of its workforce and therefore invites suitably qualified candidates to fill the following position.

Position Title:

Disaster Preparedness Manager

Reporting to:

Head of Disaster Management

Job Location:


Overall Purpose

Responsible to the Head of Disaster Management for the

  • effective design,
  • development,
  • implementation and evaluation of disaster preparedness programmes aimed at building capacity and strengthening the community’s resilience to prevent and effectively cope with emergencies,
  • hazards and natural disasters such as drought, famine, flood, landslides, explosions, fire, major road accidents and other calamities capable of interrupting the development process and wiping out major assets, in addition to causing loss of life, injury and great human suffering.

    Duties & Responsibilities

  • Coordinate with Branches, Regions and other stakeholders to develop community based disaster preparedness contingency plans as well as strategies and budgets aimed at risk reduction
  • Coordinate the mapping of disaster risk areas and vulnerability capacity assessment (VCA) in order to develop strategies for strengthen communities to effectively prepare and respond to natural and man-made disasters
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of community based early warning systems (EWS) utilizing the latest technology, contingency plans as well strategies and tactics as well as traditional knowledge management systems
  • Coordinate the establishment, development and the training of Response Teams at the community, Branch, Regional and National Level
  • Participate in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a national training curriculum and capacity building programmes aimed at equipping and strengthening staff, volunteers and communities with capacity to prepare for disasters and large-scale emergencies
  • Coordinate preparation of funding proposals, DREFs, appeals for material assistance in line with the strategic plan by ensuring adherence to donor requirements
  • Coordinate with supply chain function to ensure stockpiling is carried out through pre-positioning of emergency relief items at various warehouses for distribution to the affected communities and ensure replenishment of such stocks
  • Prepare inception reports, concept papers, periodic progress reports and annual reports showing achievements against planned targets as well as providing justification for performance variances and areas of improvement

    Minimum Qualifications

  • Relevant post-graduate qualification such as MSc in Disaster Management or equivalent qualifications
  • Over five (5) years experience in planning, implementing and evaluating disaster management implementing programmes in emergency/relief context

    Key Competencies

  • Knowledge of humanitarian relief issues, trends and goals at national, regional and international levels aimed at preventing and alleviating human suffering
  • Strong communication and presentation skills in both English and Kiswahili, including ability to develop reports and prepare relevant publications
  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills including the ability to build collaborative relationships with sensitivity to cultural, ethnic and political issues
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, data-base, email and utilization of the internet

    Applications must contain;

  • Letter of application,
  • curriculum vitae,
  • copies of relevant certificates,
  • address and contacts of two referees one of whom should be former employer personal contacts such as telephone e-mail and address.

    Application Deadline; Friday, 23rd October.

    All applications should be sent to:

    The Secretary General

    Kenya Red Cross Society

    P. O. Box 40712-00100


    For More Information and Application, Please Visit;Kenya Red Cross Society Website

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