Kenya: Regional Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

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Organization: International Rescue Committee
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 19 Jan 2018

Requisition ID: req855

Job Title: Regional Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Sector: Emergency Response

Employment Category: Regular

Location: Kenya-Nairobi

Job Description The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC is supporting people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities which support them, as well as those who remain within their homes and communities. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

The IRCs Emergency Unit The IRCs Emergency Unit leads or oversees IRCs global emergency preparedness and response activities. The mission of the Emergency Unit is to help meet the immediate survival needs and reduce suffering in conflict or disaster affected populations during the acute phase of an emergency. The Emergency Unit also works in protracted emergencies, where the risk to life may be reduced but the population is still subjected to rights abuses and a lack of basic services.

The Emergency Unit is also charged with enhancing the IRCs global and country level emergency preparedness capacity. We do this by supporting the development and training of IRC Country Emergency Teams (CET), assisting in the development of emergency focused partnerships with local civil society organizations, supporting the IRC country teams in emergency preparedness planning, maintaining regional and global capacity to rapidly identify and deploy qualified emergency response personnel and supporting country-level contingency planning.

SCOPE OF WORK The Regional Emergency Preparedness Coordinator (REPC) will work within IRC's East Africa region to support the Emergency Unit's preparedness work to enhance the organization's preparedness to respond to emergencies in seven countries – Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda, Yemen, and Zimbabwe. S/he will support IRC country teams to respond better to small and medium sized crises through the development and training of Country Emergency Teams (CET). S/he will also support the development of partnerships for emergencies with national Civil Society Organizations (CSO) in the countries of the Region. The REPC has a key role in the planning and delivery of capacity and competency development activities for IRC CET staff and staff of CSO partner organizations that will also promote common approaches and standards across emergency responses. And finally s/he will supporting the process of increasing IRC country program emergency readiness through the development and regular updating of country emergency preparedness plans and supporting the various preparedness activities identified in these plans.

The REPC will be situated in IRC's East Africa Region and work closely with the Emergency Unit and with country teams, regional staff as well as other IRC departments, including Human Resources and Technical and Operations Units. S/he will report to the East Africa Deputy Regional Director and will work closely with the Emergency Unit's Deputy Director for Emergency Preparedness, the Senior Coordinator for Emergency Preparedness Systems, the Senior Coordinator for Emergency Preparedness Capacity Strengthening, Emergency Preparedness Program Manager and the REPCs in other regions to assure a highly integrated work.

RESPONSIBILITIES Emergency Preparedness Planning on Country Level

  • Support and facilitate the Emergency Preparedness Planning (EPP) process of IRC country teams in East Africa's high-risk countries, 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 of the country team against the emergence preparedness action points identified in the EPP.
  • Support and facilitate the process of monitoring emergency triggers and drivers and generating a regional trigger monitoring dashboard.
  • Develop a regional emergency preparedness perspective through analyzing the EPPs from within the region and identifying hazards and threats that could affect neighboring countries and supporting the development and maintenance of a regional emergency-risk monitoring and preparedness tool.
  • Support Emergency Preparedness Rating (EPR) surveys and actively follow up on the results with the East Africa Region country teams. Support Watchlist country teams in the Region to achieve an EPR score of 3.0 or higher.
  • Support IRC country teams in East Africa to conduct Real-Time Evaluations (RTE) for country-led emergency responses and ensure that lessons learned from the RTE are proactively fed back into the preparedness process.

Capacity Building of Staff on Emergency Preparedness and Response

  • Advise and support IRC country teams in the process and procedure to identify and select appropriate and motivated staff for the 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 capacity and competency building tools and training resources necessary for setting up effective and efficient emergency response teams
  • Administer and support the delivery of emergency response competency and capacity strengthening workshops to CET staff and assist IRC country teams in the development of efficient and effective CETs.
  • Provide input to the Emergency Unit's Senior Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for further development and improvement of capacity and competency development tools and resources across the organization.

Partnership Development The IRC's strategy emphasizes the establishment and development of partnerships with CSOs. In this, the IRC will move away from sub-contracting out elements of program implementation to a partnership model that centers on investing in CSO partners to help them strengthen their own emergency response capacities. The REPC will be instrumental in building relationships around shared objectives and vision, not just focusing on project and partners' performance.

  • Support the IRC country teams in the process of 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 / collaboration in emergencies.
  • When needed, provide coordination and co-operation support to country teams and CSO partners during an emergency response.
  • Provide input to the Emergency Unit's Senior Emergency Preparedness Coordinator into the process of emergency response training tools and resources and manage the delivery of such trainings to IRC partner organizations in collaboration with the country team.
  • In collaboration with the IRC country teams and Partnership Unit, support established CSO partners with on-going, tailored, targeted support to help ensure effective application of emergency response skills.
  • Manage and support the process in the East Africa Region to establish, develop and maintain partnerships in high-risk countries where the IRC has no presence.

KEY WORKING RELATIONSHIPS Position Reports to: Deputy Regional Director, East Africa Position directly supervises: n/a Indirect Reporting: Deputy Director, Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Unit


  • Prior hands-on field experience and proven track record in:

  • humanitarian staff competency and capacity strengthening

  • emergency preparedness planning and programs

  • establishing and developing partnerships with local civil society organizations based on shared objectives and visions and through investing into CSO partners' capacity strengthening

  • organizing and facilitating training / capacity strengthening workshops.

  • University degree in human resources, international development or related field, Masters degree preferred, equivalent work experience will be considered

  • Proven abilities in developing and implementing new structures and processes including building support and consensus across departments and delivering on timelines

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in English

  • Previous experience in international humanitarian aid or development required

  • Able and willing to undertake significant travel within the East Africa Region to potentially insecure environments.

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