CAFOD Senior Emergency Response Officer - Jobs in Kenya

CAFOD Senior Emergency Response Officer - Jobs in Kenya

Job Profile

The Senior Emergency Response Officer (SERO) is part of CAFOD's Emergency Response Team (ERT) providing surge capacity, usually in the form of short term leadership, management, coordination or support, to a wide range of new and ongoing humanitarian crises.

Working in partnership is central to CAFOD’s humanitarian response so a large proportion of deployments may be to CAFOD sister agencies or partner organisations.

The nature of surge deployments is varied and terms of reference may request management and coordination or focus on specific areas such as assessments, response options analysis, proposal development, project design, implementation or evaluations.

This position requires technical knowledge of emergency food security, livelihoods and cash transfer programming.

The position wil oversee staff with expertise in WASH and Protection Mainstreaming. Inherent in the SERO role is the need for flexibility and an ability to travel at short notice to potentially insecure and remote locations.

Job Scope

CAFOD’s humanitarian response comes before during and after emergencies. Our three core approaches are:

  • Capacity strengthening which covers all areas of the project management cycle, emergency preparedness and specific thematic areas as appropriate.
  • Accompaniment working alongside partners to help ensure the delivery of a programme - our most common way of working.
  • Implementation where CAFOD takes on a more direct implementation role in the delivery of a programme to support local partners which lack the capacity to scale up rapidly.
  • The SERO will work as a member of the ERT and in close cooperation with colleagues from across the Emergency Response Group (ERG) and with sister agencies from the Caritas network and partner organisations.


    The post holder is line managed by the Head of Humanitarian Technical and Partner Support (HHTPS).

    During specific deployments task management may come from other managers within CAFOD or its partner organisations.

    This post line manages up to three members of the Emergency Response Team, including the option of shared management with a country office of an Emergency Response Officer (ERO) based in the in Nairobi or Harare.

    The role has no permanent budget responsibilities. These line management and budget arrangements may change during specific deployments.

    Key Responsibilities

  • This role will be required to undertake frequent travel worldwide.
  • This could be for up to twelve weeks at a time, for up to six months per year (possibly more in exceptional circumstances), sometimes at very short notice and to insecure environments.
  • Any travel exceeding six months per year will be mutually agreed by post holder and line manager.

    Emergency response and technical support (65%)

  • Support the delivery of high quality humanitarian programming by providing surge capacity, training and technical expertise to CAFOD programme staff and partners.
  • Provide technical support to CAFOD’s food security and livelihoods programmes.
  • Support managers in developing systems and staff for cash transfer programming and market assessments.
  • Ensure all Terms of Reference (TORs) are carried out in line with CAFOD’s values and working principles, sectoral standards and in accordance with agreed plans.
  • Work with the HHTPS to coordinate and assign deployments to surge staff; analyse deployment data and trends to support the development of new CAFOD surge models.
  • Work with the HHTPS, Heads of Humanitarian Programmes (HHPs) or Country Representatives to define deployment requests and ToRs; review completed deployments and support implementation of recommendations.
  • Where required, function as the budget holder for projects, ensuring expenditures are appropriately authorised and allocated.

    Programme quality, systems and standards (10%)

  • Support the development and implementation of CAFOD guidance and policies for ensuring good practice and meeting sectoral standards.
  • Ensure that key cross-cutting themes such as protection, accountability and gender are appropriately incorporated into our humanitarian responses.
  • Support accountability obligations through accompanying staff and partners, undertaking monitoring visits, and contributing to donor reporting and management responsibilities.

    Representation and communication (5%)

  • Represent CAFOD at interagency fora and strengthen relationships with Caritas Internationalis sister agencies to promote and aid
    coordinated humanitarian.
  • Develop supporter communications in conjunction with CAFOD External Comms.

    People Management (10%)

  • Manage assigned staff in accordance with CAFOD’s people framework, and support their continual learning to ensure CAFOD can respond effectively to emergencies.

    Other responsibilities (10%):

  • Remote support to CAFOD offices or partner organisations.
  • Leading or supporting project work to support ERG strategic priorities.
  • Conducting research/analysis and participating in working groups, learning reviews and evaluations; support dissemination and follow-up of findings and recommendations.
  • Support the recruitment, selection of appropriately skilled staff for the ERT.
  • This list of duties and responsibilities is by no means exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake other relevant and appropriate duties as required.
  • This job description is subject to regular review and appropriate modification.

    Person Specification

    Technical skills and experience:

  • University Degree in a relevant subject area (or equivalent professional experience).
  • At least five years of experience of international humanitarian response.
  • At least ten years of professional experience demonstrating the ability to make sound decisions under pressure, plan and implement complex projects, report and communicate effectively, and work as a team.
  • Knowledge and experience of relief response and resilience building strategies, particularly in protracted crisis and fragile and conflict affected contexts, through the various stages of emergency programming; able to provide technical support on resilient and sustainable food and livelihood strategies, market systems approaches cash transfer programming.
  • Experience of participatory assessment, design, implementation, monitoring, accountability, evaluation and learning in humanitarian and/or development contexts.
  • Extensive knowledge of proposal-writing, budgeting and financial management.
  • Proven successes in working with community based organisations and local partners in the delivery of humanitarian programmes and capacity building.

    Humanitarian Leadership and Coordination:

  • High-level interpersonal and communications with the ability to effectively influence and liaise with key stakeholders on behalf of and in line with CAFOD’s principles.
  • The ability to work autonomously, be proactive and proven ability to work creatively, innovatively and effectively to make decisions with limited direct supervision.
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

    Operating safely in a pressured and changing environment:

  • Proven experience in implementing security policy/protocols and ability to provide appropriate direction and support to team members in the event of a critical incident.
  • Demonstrated ability at being flexible and adaptable to changing situations.
  • The ability to remain calm while dealing with conflicting priorities and working under pressure.

    People Management:

  • Experience in managing and leading a team, coaching and holding staff to account for high performance.


  • Understanding Catholic identity: supports CAFOD’s vision, mission and values and what we aim to achieve.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and a second language, preferably French.
  • Financial and budget management skills.
  • Highly organised with the ability to manage multiple tasks and implementing systems and procedures.

    Safeguarding for Children and Vulnerable Adults

    CAFOD recognises the personal dignity and rights of children and vulnerable adults, towards whom it has a special responsibility and a duty of care and respect.

    CAFOD, and all its staff and volunteers, undertake to do all in our power to create a safe environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults and to prevent their physical, sexual or emotional abuse.

    CAFOD is committed to acting at all times in the best interests of children and vulnerable adults, seeing these interests as paramount.

    How to Apply

  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 19th May 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; CAFOD Senior Emergency Response Officer - Jobs in Kenya

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