IFRC Senior Disaster Risk Reduction Program Officer Jobs

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 190 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 Senior Disaster Risk Management Officer (SDRM) works as part of the Somalia country office team and works closely with regional and cluster technical teams with the aim of contributing to the improvement of appeals and other response operations. The SDRM is accountable, under the direction and guidance of the Head of Country Office, for managing the IFRC operations support to the National Society and formulate strategic interventions and approaches in areas of disaster risk management and resilience.

Also ensuring that key project management functions (including contract management) for operations are delivered and providing support in the administrative and financial management functions of the Country Office

Duties and Responsibilities

Technical Support

  • Provide technical support and guidance to both Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) and Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) to implement capacity building activities in DRM and Resilience, including training, contingency planning, preparedness and response activities.
  • Provide technical support to Kenya Red Cross in identified areas of the project and other relevant initiatives.
  • Support the Country Office and SRCS planning, budgeting and reporting in a timely and appropriate fashion in accordance with IFRC requirements, formats and standards.
  • Lead and support integrated community resilience planning, involving movement partners, and with a multi sectoral perspective (Health, WatSan Nutrition, Food Security /Livelihoods). All this should be done within a DRR/DRM framework that fosters community resilience building.
  • Coordinate Somalia country office activities in DRM programme, including emergency operations.
  • Work with the Africa Region DCPRR unit and the DM departments of SRCS to establish and improve systems of surveillance, monitoring and early warning on possible disaster occurrence and analysis of food security, hazards, vulnerability and capacity.
  • Support to administrative and financial management functions of the Country Office.
  • Provide technical support to the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) in developing post-drought response resilience interventions.


  • Assist SRCS to formulate and implement community based risk reduction, climate change and resilience activities based on the VCA and DM plan of action.
  • Support the SRCS in development of the DM strategy in coordination with the relevant partners.
  • Support the documentation of best practice and lessons learnt in resilience and livelihoods and, promote learning and knowledge sharing between the SRCS and Movement partners.
  • Lead in formulation and operationalisation of movement wide working group on resilience and disaster risk management

    Budget control and approvals

  • Manage budget for projects that are under disaster risk management and resilience portfolio including Hunger resilience, Swedish DRR project and forthcoming projects. The current amount handled is above 1 Million CHF.
  • Review all the expenditures submitted by SRCS staff to ensure conformity with the project budget lines
  • Prepare budget forecasts and approve transfer of funds to SRCS for project implementation

    Capacity Building

  • Organise disaster risk management, resilience and other relevant trainings to improve quality of services and internal and external operational
  • Lead in supporting development of the community resilience plan for communities in collaboration with SRCS and other partners
  • Strengthen IFRC and SRCS capacities in disaster risk management and resilience work

    Program Development, Implementation and Monitoring

  • Lead the IFRC Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Resilience support to the national society.
  • Lead development of DOP under disaster risk management and resilience themes
  • Manage and monitor the implementation of the emergency response as well as resilience projects in Somalia.
  • Monitor emerging/new partnerships and resource opportunities in support of community resilience building and livelihood programming.
  • Support monitoring of the emergency operation through use of IFRC tools.
  • Support the development of a functional information management system in support of the Somalia Country DM programme.
  • Assist with planning and development of DREF and Emergency APPEALs processes.

    Resource Mobilization

  • Lead planning and development of proposals in DRM and resilience and contribute to DREFs and Emergency APPEALs processes, as required.
  • In coordination with the head of country office organise Partners/donors briefing meetings to update them on operational progress and gaps needing immediate support.
  • Together with SRCS and country Office develop innovative DM proposals and submission to partners for funding consideration.
  • Engage with partners like UN agencies to develop joint proposal in areas of community resilience and disaster risk management

    Building Partnerships

  • Liaise with international agencies and organisations in Somalia and be the focal point for the Food Security Cluster, and other Inter Agency coordination Forums/Task Forces on Disaster Risk Management and Resilience in Somalia.
  • Assist the IFRC Head of Somalia Country Office to establish linkages between the branch level & community based DM/DRR, Climate Change and Resilience work, and wider OD & development initiatives.
  • Represent the Somalia Country Office in technical working group meetings in Nairobi and in the field.


  • Collect data and information from emergency response operations and provide overview using existing tools and by supporting the development of new management and planning tools.
  • Lead formulation of relevant reports, both narrative and financial on a timely basis for project under Disaster Risk Management and Resilience portfolio
  • Preparations for operations meetings, note taking.


  • Relevant University degree level qualification
  • Relevant professional training in Disaster Management
  • Post Graduate qualification is an added advantage
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant experience
    Management and coordination in the field and in a regional office.
  • Experience of planning and managing finances and budgets
  • Experience of project planning and implementation
  • Experience of writing comprehensive narrative and financial reports
  • Experience of working in a post-conflict situation

    How to apply

    Interested candidates should apply online by 6th May, 2018

    For more information and job application details, see; IFRC Senior Disaster Risk Reduction Program Officer Jobs

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