Senior Social Protection Programme Officer
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization. Our vision is to inspire, encourage, facilitate and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering, and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world. The IFRC carries out relief operations to assist people affected by disasters and crises, and combines this with development work to strengthen the capacities of its member National Societies. The IFRC's work focuses on four core areas: promoting humanitarian values, disaster response, disaster preparedness, and health and community care. Positions in the IFRC may be based in the main office in Geneva (Switzerland) or in field offices around the world. A career in the IFRC will involve working alongside colleagues from National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, supporting, coordinating and facilitating the humanitarian work we undertake. The role of the secretariat in Geneva is to coordinate and mobilize relief assistance for international emergencies, promote cooperation between National Societies, and represent these National Societies in the international field. The role of the secretariat in the field delegations is to assist and advise National Societies with relief operations, advise on development programmes, and encourage regional cooperation. In response to significant humanitarian needs following the earthquake in Nepal, the IFRC has launched a 33.4 million Swiss franc emergency appeal to provide vital services including food, shelter and water and sanitation assistance for 75,000 vulnerable people. The appeal was launched following an initial Disaster Relief Emergency Fund allocation of 500,000 Swiss francs, which was activated to ensure resources are available immediately.
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Organizational context (where the job is located in the Organization)
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with a network of 192-member Nationa Societies. The overall aim of the IFRC is “to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.” The IFRC works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises.
The IFRC is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Movement), together with its member National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The work of the IFRC is guided by the following fundamental principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.
The IFRC is led by its Secretary General, and has its Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Headquarters are organized into three main Divisions: (i) National Society Development and Operations Coordination; (ii) Global Relations, Humanitarian Diplomacy and Digitalization; and (iii) Management Policy, Strategy and Corporate Services.
The IFRC has five regional offices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The IFRC also has country cluster delegation and country delegations throughout the world. Together, the Geneva Headquarters and the field structure (regional, cluster and country) comprise the IFRC Secretariat.
The Senior Social Protection (SP) Programme Officer will work in the Nepal country consortium office based in Kathmandu. The country consortium members (American RC, British RC, Canadian RC, Danish RC) have had a longstanding partnership with the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) having worked closely with them for several years, during the April 2015 earthquake response and recovery, as well as in the delivery of disaster risk reduction, health and community preparedness programs. This role is based in country with regular field visits to programme areas. It will specifically focus on the ECHO-funded project “Forecast-based Action and Shock Responsive Social Protection in Provinces 5 and Sudhur Paschim, Nepal (FbA-SRSP)” implemented by NRCS in Bardiya and Kailali districts, led by Danish Red Cross, in partnership with Humanity and Inclusion and technical support by the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Center and UNICEF.
The Senior SP Programme Officer will also collaborate with other members of the Programme and PMEAL team of the Country consortium and coordinate whenever required with the finance, administration and logistics team members.
The Senior SP Programme Officer will report to the ECHO Programme Manager with dotted-line reporting to the SRSP Advisor. This position will closely coordinate with the project counterparts for this project in the NRCS Disaster Management department.
The overall purpose of this position is to support NRCS HQ and field teams (staff and volunteers), as well as government personnel supported through the “Forecast-based Action and Shock Responsive Social Protection” project, to identify possible adaptations of the Social Protection system (especially the Social Security Allowance scheme) to become shock responsive, that is to be able to act in anticipation of a disaster and to continue functioning during and after a disaster (business continuity); so it can deliver timely and relevant support to the affected populations. The Senior SP Programme Officer will also contribute to the quality of the implementation, capacity building and a process of learning and documentation of evidence and best practices.
In addition, the Senior SP Programme Officer will support ad-hoc disaster operations – if occurring; to ensure the approaches s/he supports in the project overall can also be applied in such circumstances.
Job duties and responsibilities
Partnership and Coordination
Duties applicable to all staff
|1||Work towards the achievement of the IFRC/Country consortium goals through effective managerial and bilateral relationship and teamwork |
|2||Produce timely reports based on defined templates and indicators|
|3||Abide by and work in accordance with the Red Cross/Red Crescent principles|
|4||Perform other work-related duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the line manager.|
|Master’s degree in development studies, disaster management, social science, political science or related degree and/or demonstrable experience||X|
|Bachelor’s degree in related field||X|
|Demonstrated experience of working on Social Protection programmes, shock responsive social protection policy and programming; humanitarian cash programming, humanitarian systems, and linkages with social protection systems (understanding of political economy of linking humanitarian cash with social protection)||X|
|Proven substantial experience in designing and facilitating trainings and in delivering capacity building interventions for a variety of stakeholders||X|
|Demonstrated experience in programme implementation, as well as project formulation, design, planning, monitoring and narrative reporting||X|
|Experience of working in partnership with National NGOs and in establishing contacts and liaising with partner organisations/companies||X|
|Experience of conducting assessments, lessons learned exercises, research and synthesizing findings||X|
|Experience in humanitarian relief and emergency response setting||X|
|Demonstrated experience in using community-based and participatory approaches||X|
|Experience working with vulnerable and marginalised groups||X|
|Experience of working for the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement||X|
|Knowledge and Skills||Required||Preferred|
|Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and achieve results through collaboration||X|
|Knowledge on Core Humanitarian Standards||X|
|Demonstrated knowledge of integrating gender equality, social inclusion and protection into programming||X|
|Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills||X|
|Demonstrated ability to adapt and work effectively in dynamic and demanding operational environments and sometimes under pressure||X|
|Excellent analytical, team working and communication skills||X|
|Able to communicate and negotiate clearly, effectively and appropriately with internal and external stakeholders||X|
|Ability to work independently and with minimum guidance||X|
|Ability to work in an organised and systematic manner||X|
|Excellent written/verbal communication skills||X|
|Flexibility, motivation, honest, reliable and cultural awareness||X|
|Excellent facilitation skills||X|
|Excellent computer skills, particularly in MS Office||X|
|Excellent oral and written English and Nepali||X|
|Other relevant language||X|