Senior Disaster Risk Reduction Programme Officer

Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 1304
Date Posted:Jul 13, 2020
Closing Date:Jul 24, 2020
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Project Management,Monitoring and Evaluation,General
Salary Range:As per company salary scale
Years of Experience:3 - 5 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Fixed-term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About IFRC:

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 192-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.

The Afghanistan country office supports Afghanistan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) capacity building and programme implementation guided by the ARCS established strategic plan in the areas of health, disaster risk management, food security and livelihoods, social outreach, organizational development, and COVID-19 pandemic operations.

With a view to further developing longer term, disaster and climate resilience initiatives led by ARCS, IFRC Country Office and Japanese Red Cross has engaged in a partnership for a 5-year pilot initiative combining disaster risk reduction and livelihoods support to targeted communities in 2 provinces. This approach towards more integrated programming is meant to be mainstreamed in the years to come.

Job Summary:

Under the direct supervision of the Disaster Risk Management Coordinator, the successful candidate will be responsible to and provide technical assistance in design and implementation of the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) projects that are supported by the IFRC and implemented by Afghanistan Red Crescent Society. This will include working with IFRC Country Office team, the ARCS Disaster Management staff in Headquarter (Kabul), IFRC regional DRR coordinator as well as Japanese Red Cross and other project partners. It will also include extensive travels to field locations to provide technical assistance and guidance to all aspects of field-level DRR operations. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

Senior Disaster Risk Reduction Programme Officer will include but not limited to the followings.

  • Provide technical contribution in capacity building of ARCS Disaster Management (DM) staff in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) programming. This includes: design of training needs assessment; capacity building strategy and approaches; and operation tools to materialize the capacity building plans.
  • Provide strong technical contribution in design and development of new DRR and CCA projects. This includes: contribute in designing the need assessment tools; conduct field-based needs assessments; analyse the collected data and develop quality narrative reports for the needs assessments conducted; provide inputs in developing project proposals and project logical frameworks; and represent the DRR programme of IFRC within the movement and in external coordination bodies (e.g. UN-led technical clusters).
  • Provide effective technical supports to implementation of the active DRR and CCA grants. This will include strong technical contribution in the following areas: design of operations manual and tools (e.g. standard operating procedures, term of references, scope of works, beneficiary verification tools, project databases, etc.); trainings and orientations to project teams; designing effective community mobilization strategy and approaches; conducting comprehensive community-based Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment; developing community-based disaster risk management plans and mechanisms; design and implementation of capacity building packages to community-based disaster risk reduction committees; implementation of collective livelihoods projects that lead to community resilience and social cohesion building; and procurements and administrative works associated with the DRR programme.
  • Provide technical contribution in implementation of PMER (planning, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting) component of the DRR and CCA programme. This includes: support the design of monitoring tools for DRR and CCA activities, support in establishment of community engagement and accountability systems, review and provide inputs in post distribution monitoring tools, support the design of Community Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment; draft and submit donor narrative reports to Head of Disaster Risk Management unit; support in data collection and design of case studies and success stories; and conduct regular process monitoring missions to the implementation provinces.
  • In collaboration with the Head of Disaster Risk Management unit, represent IFRC’s DRR and CCA programming within the movement and in external coordination bodies (governmental and/or non-governmental technical set-ups – working groups and clusters).
  • Provide technical supports to ARCS DM team in implementing climate resilient economic development and sustainable livelihoods activities, especially for vulnerable populations – the poor, women, and indigenous peoples. IFRC and ARCS provides assistance to community-led efforts on climate change risk management in the context of food security, livelihoods, and climate change-related disaster risks.
  • Provide technical supports to ARCS DM team in development of climate information and Early Warning Systems (EWS) across provinces, districts, and communities, where the project(s) is being implemented, in order to help them respond to both short-term/rapid onset climatic hazards (e.g. floods and storms), as well as long-term/slow onset hazards (e.g. drought and long-term climate change).

Duties applicable to all staff

  1. Actively work towards the achievement of the Federation Secretariat’s goals
  2. Abide by and work in accordance with the Red Cross and Red Crescent principles
  3. Perform any other work-related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the line manager

Job Requirement:


  • At least Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, civil engineering, geology, disaster risk management, or any relevant field to disaster risk reduction or climate change; Master’s would be an asset.


  • At least, 5 years of experience in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaption programming with (inter)national organizations.
  • Experience of project team management.
  • Experience of donor report writing (narratives).
  • Red Cross/Red Crescent experience (Preferred).


Knowledge and Skills

  • Self-sustaining in Microsoft Office Software (MS. Word, MS. Excel, MS. PowerPoint)
  • Confidential approach when dealing with people’s information


  • Fluently spoken and written command in English as well as local language (Dari or Pushto)



  1. Core competencies: Communications, Collaboration & Teamwork, Judgement & Decision, National Society & Customer Relations, Creativity & Innovation, Building Trust.
  2. Managerial competencies: Managing Performance, Managing Staff Development.
  3. Functional competencies: Strategic Orientation, Building Alliances, Leadership, Empowering Others.
  4. Values: Respect for Diversity, Integrity, Professionalism, Accountability.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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