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Job Title: Senior Officer, Emergency Response and Disaster Risk Reduction
Reports to: Consortium Programme Manager
Direct Reports: None
Job Location: Nairobi with frequent travel to Concern Programmes field locations (Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Kenya at the time of application – National Position)
Contract Details: Fixed Term, 11 (Eleven) Months, subject to availability of funds and performance
The Senior Officer, Emergency Response and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) supports Concern Kenya programmes to meet its humanitarian obligations both operationally and strategically.
He/She will support emergency responses and DRR through implementation, coordination, planning, and reporting on all emergency response and DRR projects in close consultation with the line manager. Specifically, the officer will facilitate inter programmes and inter departmental coordination, external emergency and DRR coordination, supporting program implementation and compiling reports. The Senior Officer, Emergency Response and DRR will monitor, analyse and report on information related to emergencies, early warning and early action related to national and county specific emergencies. The position will be domiciled in the Livelihoods department, reporting to the Consortium Programme Manager/ Senior Manager, Livelihoods.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
- Acts as the Concern Kenya emergency response and Disaster Risk Reduction focal point.
- Regular monitoring of humanitarian situations and developments in the country and regional situations with a potential spill over effect to the region; and sharing a report to inform decision making.
- Effective follow up and collection of available data regarding the evolving emergency situation and its implications on the food and nutrition security.
- Supports constant flow of information and communication crucial for the planning and implementation of emergencies responses;
- Undertakes support field staff support to ensure the emergency response is in line with the core humanitarian standards and other relevant standards such as SPHERE.
- Participate in emergency coordination meetings by developing briefing notes, undertaking note taking, keeping action trackers and regular dissemination and follow up of recommendations.
- Participates in the review and quality assurance of various humanitarian documents.
- Assists the Kenya program to assess local emergency and security situation.
- Assists with the assessment of the validity of the emergency preparedness plan and ability of the Kenya program vis-à-vis the current crisis as well as immediate and additional needs.
- Participates in reviewing, implementing and monitoring the emergency preparedness and response plan as necessary. Follows up with the timely delivery of assistance and procurement of supplies, and monitors the appropriate and effective use of Concern resources. Identifies problems and constraints in project delivery. Sends daily or as required situation reports.
- Collects and analyses lessons learnt from Concern’s emergency operations experience and contributes towards adoption of the best practices and standards for longer-term emergency interventions. Assists in identifying longer-term requirements of the emergency intervention/operations.
- Adhere to and promote the standards outlined in the Concern Code of Conduct and associated policies to their team, beneficiaries, and be committed to providing a safe working environment.
- Participating and contributing towards Concern’s emergency response, as and when necessary.
- Take all possible measure to meet Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS).
- Any other duties as assigned by the Line Manager.
Education, Qualifications & Experience Required
- Bachelor’s degree in development studies, social sciences or relevant disciplines.
- 5 years’ relevant work experience in a similar role, with focus on project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
Skills and behaviours
- Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills; Fluency in English is a must with an understanding of Swahili for communication and cross translation..
- Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners and donors, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels.
- Proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment.
- Field experience in a humanitarian operation also highly desirable.
- Systematically develops plans, makes clear, informed and timely decisions.
- Acts to inspire others, supports them to achieve excellent results.
- Engages with others inside and outside the organisation, gathers and shares a wider knowledge of issues relevant to Concern’s work
- Focused on continual improvement; seeks out, develops and successfully implements new ideas
Safeguarding at Concern: Code of Conduct and its Associated Policies
Concern has an organisational Code of Conduct (CCoC) with three Associated Policies; the Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4), the Child Safeguarding Policy and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy. These have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a consultancy opportunity with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Concern Code of Conduct and Associated Policies as an appendix to their consultancy contract. By signing the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the content of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the Associated Policies and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these policies. Additionally, Concern is committed to the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults and children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to do consultancy work or volunteer with vulnerable adults and children are recruited by us for such roles. Subsequently, being hired as a consultant with Concern is subject to a range of vetting checks, including criminal background checking.
Concern’ is the trading name of ‘Concern Worldwide’, a company limited by guarantee, registered number 39647; registered charity number CHY 5745, registered in Ireland, registered address is 52-55 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. Follow Concern online: www.concern.net
How to apply
Interested candidates, who meet the above requirements, should send a detailed CV with three referees and Cover Letter Only to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject of the email as “Senior Officer, Emergency Response and Disaster Risk Reduction ’’ on or before Monday, 27th June 2022 “. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.
Concern Worldwide is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a fee at any stage of recruitment process (for application, written test, interview, training, medical examination etc.) nor act through recruitment agents. This is applicable for all opportunities including staff and interns.
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