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IFRC: Disaster Response Coordinator, American Red Cross

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Country Cluster Support Team, Bangkok Office seeks to appoint a:

Title:              Disaster Response Coordinator, American Red Cross

Reports to:     Regional Director, American Red Cross

Location:        Based in Bangkok, Thailand

Organizational background:

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) and by Strategy 2020, which voices our collective vision and determination to move forward in tackling the major challenges that confront humanity in the present decade.

Under the umbrella of the IFRC Country Cluster Support Team, Bangkok Office, the American Red Cross provides support for Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) National Societies (NS) implementing programmes in the area of Disaster Management/Disaster Preparedness, Capacity Building, Community Health and other general support that arises between ARC and RCRC  through client services, and mutual relationship building between RCRC Societies. ARC is expanding its projects in the region and needs support to do this.

Job Purpose:

The International Services Department (ISD) of the American Red Cross (AmRC) seeks to prevent and alleviate human suffering around the world by responding to disasters, building safer, more resilient communities, and educating future humanitarians.  With programs and partners in 70 countries, the American Red Cross works to strengthen the global Red Cross Red Crescent Network in order to deliver critical assistance to some of the most vulnerable communities in the world, reaching 100 million people annually.

Although some disasters are highly visible events garnering significant media attention and generous contributions from the public, many responses are lower profile and, as a result, under-resourced.  Millions of people’s urgent humanitarian needs go unmet.  In other cases, the American Red Cross has potential to mobilize humanitarian actors in the countries affected by disaster by addressing operational or financial constraints. This position helps meet the needs of those impacted by “underfunded disasters,” those disasters that do not garner the necessary attention and resources as well as be more effective in the field for emergency response.

The Disaster Response Coordinator will be responsible for contributing to the ISD capacity to surge in support of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network response.  The position will be embedded in the response operation to support assessments, planning, implementation, operations, and reporting.  They would provide leadership and technical expertise to the operation with the intention to improve timely and appropriate service delivery.  Additionally, from their global work, the response specialist will be able to bring back lessons learned and best practices to the American Red Cross in further support of our response capacity and decision making processes.

The Disaster Response Coordinator will have significant technical disaster management experience and will be expected to deploy for extended periods of time primarily for underfunded operations or support that is needed to implement the response.

Job duties and responsibilities

Assist the national society, American Red Cross (AmRC) delegation, or IFRC delegation with:

  • Accessing US-based resources such as OFDA or Food for Peace
  • Operational issues in which US officials can influence positive outcomes in their daily work with national governments and other actors
  • Appeals, plans of action, assessment and other gaps as identified by Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) leadership in-country
  • Coordinate with existing AmRC entities such as regional offices, NHQ, and AmRC delegation leadership

In some cases, the Disaster Response Coordinator with deploy in a specific requested positions within the Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) structure such as:

  • Interim Country Representative
  • Operations Manager
  • Disaster Management Coordinator

Inherent in the role is the need for flexibility, the ability to travel, and willingness to work in multiple contexts with different stakeholders. The Disaster Response Coordinator must be able to deploy at a short notice for significant periods of time and up to 75% of the year traveling to remote and potentially unstable areas.

The position will report directly to the Regional Director in Asia. They will also work closely with the International Response Operations Manager and Operations Specialists in Washington, D.C.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Operational Support:

  • Fill emergency coordination and management positions in the field with the AmRC, IFRC, or to undertake specific projects or tasks, as defined by the IROC Manager.
  • Develop, support or manage projects at potentially any stage of the project cycle, including support or management of teams to assess, identify, design and implement appropriate response operation activities.
  • Identify potential financial resources from US government resources (OFDA, FFP, BPRM) to support RCRC Movement disaster response; write concept papers and proposals as appropriate.
  • Coordinate the development of a Federation emergency appeal or the Plan of Action against a Federation emergency appeal (or revised appeal) and budget. This may include leading or participating in needs assessments as well as program development.
  • Coordinate, as appropriate, with USG entities (USAID, US Embassy, US military) to enable the RCRC Movement operations
  • Maintain communication and coordination activities with key counterparts and ensure strong working relationships with the host National Society, partner National Societies, the ICRC and Federation representations.
  • Coordinate as required with other actors and stakeholders, depending on the position held at the time (e.g. this might mean Humanitarian Coordinator, cluster leads, UN agencies, NGOs and others, as well as national and local government authorities).
  • Participate, and where appropriate lead, in relevant internal and external coordination, ensuring strong sharing of information and development of consistent and/or complementary program approaches that seek to maximize value for money and impact.
  • Provide capacity-building support as required to national and, where appropriate, expatriate staff.
  • Ensure effective communication and reporting of program activities to relevant stakeholders, including AmRC donors if appropriate. 

Support Partnership Development, Institutional Learning and Development:

  • Maintain contacts at regional level with USG and other US-based potential partners with offices in region to enable coordination during emergencies.
  • During periods of non-deployment the position would contribute to organizational capacity by supporting institutional learning opportunities, reviews and evaluations of AmRC-implemented or supported activities and support the effective dissemination and follow-up of findings and recommendations.
  • Support AmRC accountability obligations and contribute to donor reporting and management responsibilities.
  • Undertake ad hoc projects to develop operational tools and procedures to support program implementation.
  • Facilitate or run AmRC or Federation training courses, or act as mentor to other AmRC delegates, roster members, and staff.

Qualifications, experience and skills required:

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree (prefer) in international development, public health or other development related area

Experience

  • 4-year degree in international development, disaster management, climate change adaptation, water and sanitation, environmental rehabilitation, organization development or related field required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum 7-years working in emergency humanitarian response, disaster relief and/or development environment with at least 2 years total in international disaster response in a variety of contexts.
  • Minimum 2-years of supervisory experience, particularly in a team setting with strong relational and strategic leadership competencies.
  • 5-years’ experience in geographic focus area Asia/Middle East
  • Prefer previous experience within the RC/RC movement

Knowledge and Skills

  • Proven ability to work successfully in the humanitarian field for periods of up to 6 months outside one’s home country.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of roles of USG entities in international disaster response, including experience working with grant mechanisms or operations of USAID, Department of State, or US military.
  • Strong preference for knowledge in supply chain, relief distributions, information management and reporting, logistics, shelter, cash transfer programming, telecommunications, assessment methodologies, and monitoring.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English

Other

  • Thai citizenship or foreigners holding a valid work and residence permit to live and work in Thailand only

Interested candidates should apply at online IFRCjobs from the link below:

http://www.ifrc.org/en/who-we-are/working-with-us/current-vacancies/job-description/?id=5287

Please click "Apply Online" with attachment of:

  • Covering Letter in Microsoft WORD
  • Curriculum Vitae with salary expectation in Microsoft WORD

Application material are non-returnable, and we thank you in advance for understanding that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the next step in the application process.

Closing date:   23 March 2018

More information about IFRC, please see www.ifrc.org.

Contact : anchalee.limpiponpaiboon@ifrc.org


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