Do you want to contribute to our strategic goal to be an operational leader in the field of Emergency Preparedness (EP) in the West Africa Region? As Regional Emergency Coordinator (REC) you can do this through supporting and empowering our teams in Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Chad, Nigeria, and Cameroon to respond to emergencies through an intentional and continual investment into, and advancement of their level of emergency preparedness. Additionally, as emergency responses are launched you will have the opportunity to provide remote or in-country technical support.
Are you highly motivated to work on the following with us?
Planning and Monitoring
- Facilitate the Emergency Preparedness Planning (EPP) process of country teams, supporting the country program with the finalization, feedback process, approval and recurring review processes of the EPP documents as well as follow-up on progress against the execution of the associated Preparedness Action Plan. This also includes the facilitation of EPP development or update workshop.
- Support the regularly monitoring early warning indicators and emergency drivers and generating a regional trigger monitoring dashboard.
- Develop a regional emergency preparedness perspective through analyzing the regional EPPs and identifying hazards and threats that could affect neighboring countries. Lead on the development and maintenance of a regional emergency-risk monitoring and preparedness tool. Where required, you will also advance a regional approach to risk reduction and/or resilience and enable the streamlining and/or implementation of that approach in existing country operations and programs.
- Support the completion of Emergency Preparedness Rating (EPR) surveys. You will actively follow up on the results with country teams and provide support to high-risk country programs to achieve and/or maintain either to Good or Great EP Standards.
- Support the conduct of Real-Time Evaluations (RTE) for country-led responses and ensure that lessons learned from the RTE are actively fed back into the preparedness process.
Strengthen Capacity of Staff
- Advise and support IRC country teams in identifying and selecting appropriate and motivated staff for their Country Emergency Teams (CET).
- Support the continuous assessment of emergency response capacity and competency needs of CET staff and assist in the corresponding development of training tools and resources necessary for setting up effective and efficient emergency response teams
- Administrate, support and facilitate the delivery of emergency response capacity strengthening and technical training workshops to CET staff and assist IRC country teams in the development of efficient and effective CETs.
- Support and mentor country program CETs in the development of emergency related capacity strengthening plans and support and monitor the implementation of these plans.
- Provide input to the Emergency Unit’s Senior Emergency Preparedness Coordinator into the process of further development and improvement of capacity and competency development resources across the organization.
Our global strategy places emphasis on establishing and strengthening partnerships with local actors. In this, we are moving away from primarily sub-contracting out elements of program implementation to a partnership model that centers on investing in local partners to help them strengthen their own emergency response capacities. It will be your task to build partnerships around common objectives and vision - rather than just focusing on project and partners’ performance.
- Support country teams in evaluating and selecting potential CSO partners in high risk countries and support the establishing, developing and maintaining of these partnerships with a particular focus on partnering in emergencies.
- When needed, provide coordination and co-operation assistance to country teams and local partners during an emergency response.
- Provide input into further development of training tools and resources and lead the delivery of such trainings to IRC partner organizations in partnership with the country team.
- In collaboration with the IRC country teams, support established CSO partners with ongoing, tailored, targeted support to help ensure effective application of emergency response skills.
- In the event that we begin working in countries where the IRC does not have a presence but has established partner organizations, you will be asked to be the lead in supporting partners in their emergency preparedness and response activities.
Support Emergency Responses
Working closely with regional leadership, you will deliver technical support as country teams launch emergency responses. You will, for the most part, provide remote support to CETs. In a small number of instances, you will provide in-country, hands on support and leadership in the setting up of a response.
The advisory support may include, but is not limited to the following components:
- Advise country programs with collating the required data to request an emergency classification and provide follow up with the Emergency Unit if necessary.
- Support the speedy setup of an emergency response through reviewing proposals for funding requests from the Crisis Response Fund (CRF) or other IRC emergency funding mechanisms.
- Support the timely development of response strategies and advise on the activation of specific emergency protocols.
- Help country programs in the deployment of their CET.
- Assist country teams in liaising with the Emergency Unit on specific support for country-led emergency responses.
- Upon request, advise and assist local partners in starting up emergency responses.
IRC and IRC staff must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
Key working relationships
Reporting to the West Africa Deputy Regional Director, you will have a technical reporting line to the Deputy Director for Emergency Preparedness. To assure highly integrated work, we are expecting you to collaborate closely with colleagues from the Regional Support Team, the Emergency PreparednessTeam, the network of other RECs.
- Prior hands-on field experience and proven track record in:
- strengthening humanitarian staff competency and capacity
- leading emergency preparedness planning and programs
- establishing and developing partnerships with local actors
- organizing and facilitating training / capacity strengthening workshops
- emergency response and emergency coordination
- a University degree in human resources, international development or related field. Master’s degree is preferred, equivalent work experience will be considered.
- validated abilities in developing and implementing new structures and processes. This includes building support and consensus across departments and delivering on timelines.
- excellent oral and written communications skills in French and English.
- previous experience in international humanitarian aid or development, particularly within the region.
- Be able and willing to undertake significant (up to 65% of time) travel and to potentially insecure environments