Position : Senior Preparedness Officer
Number of position : 01 (One)
Duration of the contract
: (Up to June 2020, Possibility to extend the contract )
Based in : Cox’s Bazar 
Reporting to : Senior Community Resilience Manager

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.

Job Purpose:
The Senior Preparedness Officer works as part of the IFRC Population Movement Operation (PMO) team and will coordinate with Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), PNS and RCRC sector leads to respond the emergencies.

The Senior Preparedness Officer will work closely with the Operation Manager, Senior Response Officer and BDRCS team with two main areas of responsibility: Review and adapt IFRC’s approach to cash preparedness; and Coordinate and provide direct support on cash and preparedness in operations.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Representation and Program Development:

  • Ensure that the emergency preparedness measures strategy is in place to quickly move to cash in emergencies even if preparedness was not done.
  • Undertake regulatory mapping in high risk areas to establish cash feasibility.
  • Provide guidance and support to BDRCS staff and volunteer during the emergency phase to activate preparedness measures.
  • Establish coordination beforehand the disaster with the BDRCS and PNSs and ensure movement wide coordination of the preparedness approach.
  • Support full integration preparedness plan into PMO contingency plans in selected operations and participate in relevant preparedness missions conducted by the BDRCS and IFRC.
  • Arrange feasibility assessments in vulnerable communities and camp with BDRCS project team.

Planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the project activities

  • Review approach towards cash and preparedness and contingency planning and develop innovative approaches for the future.
  • Develop relevant processes for cash and preparedness and ensure existing guidance and tools reflect cash and preparedness and contingency planning.
  • Ensure BDRCS relevant training packages include cash and preparedness and conduct training of staff and partners
  • Explore effective way for cash assistance for Camp people and host communities, in collaboration with BDRCS where possible.
  • Work closely with Senior Response Officer and Operations Manager to ensure a strategy for moving to cash in emergencies regardless of preparedness was done.
  • Work closely with and Logistics Sector and other sectors to explore preparedness measures.
  • Collect and consolidate real-time reviews of cash and preparedness measures, ensure programming is adjusted accordingly and keep up to date information.
  • Mentor and support staff’s professional development and foster a positive team spirit to encourage innovative and quality programming.
  • Review all cases files on monthly basis, and ensure that all forms are completed and filed accurately
  • Ensure that all staff prepares weekly and monthly data and narrative reports.

Staff Management

  • Directly works with Operation Manager and Senior Preparedness Officer and support as needed; ensure all direct reports are oriented on program strategies, expectation, and own roles and responsibilities.
  • Supervise and coach BDRCS staff and promote a learning environment
  • Be mindful of BDRCS staff wellness and induce a culture of transparency, problem solving, and teamwork.
  • Identify and select appropriate skills development opportunities that would enhance staff capacity

Education Requirements:

  • Postgraduate degree preferably from a reputable accredited university in Social Science, Disaster Management, Environmental Protection and/or relevant field is required.
  • Master’s Degree is preferred.

Experience:

  • At least 4 years’ experience working as a professional in the Disaster Management Field particularly community resiliency and community based DRR.
  • 5 years plus experience with program design and project management; ability to design and manage all stages of disaster risk mitigation, preparedness, recovery and livelihood projects.
  • Demonstrated success in proposal writing and securing funding and analytical report writing.
  • Experience identifying and establishing institutional capacity building initiatives, particularly for local partner organizations.
  • Experience collaborating with government agencies, international organizations and working with local implementing partners.
  • Good level of understanding about organizational change.
  • Excellent skills in budgeting and financial management, problem solving, conflict resolution, advocacy, and stakeholder coordination.
  • Experience in donor/partners relationship management.
  • Proven field work experience in disaster response operations or similar contexts

Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and able to work effectively in a team.
  • High degree of integrity, discretion, and personal conduct.
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing working conditions.
  • Willing and able to travel for work purposes, including international travel.
  • Self-motivated and proactive, with good judgment and initiative.
  • Able to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Good Analytical thinking skills.
  • Proven skills in mentoring and coaching of staff.
  • Good computers skills (Windows, Spreadsheets, Word Processing.

Languages: Fluency in English and Bangla

Salary Range: Negotiable

Other Benefits

  • Festival Bonus
  • Life & Medical Insurance
  • Provident fund & Gratuity
  • Medical reimbursement for staff and immediate family of up to 70000 BDT per annum.

How to Apply:
Interested candidates are requested to through online by 18th July 2019.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

About Us:
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation. The IFRC Country Office in Bangladesh has worked alongside the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) for more than 30 years in humanitarian fields including disaster management, with a focus on the cyclone early warning and response programme in the coastal belt, and disaster preparedness and response during natural disasters.

American Red Cross is working in Bangladesh as an integrated partner of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) and IFRC to support the humanitarian efforts of BDRCS.

The IFRC is an equal opportunity employer