Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Coordinator
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Venezuela, Venezuela, bolivarian republic of
hace 5 horas


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

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.

Organizational Context

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian network, reaching more than 150 million people each year through its 190-

member National Societies. The Organisation acts before, during and after disasters and health emergences in order to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people.

Our work is guided by seven fundamental principles (humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality) and by Strategy 2020, which voices our collective vision and determination to move forward in tackling the major challenges that confront humanity in the present decade.

The Secretariat of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies ( the IFRC ) works to a Business Model and has a Business Delivery Plan with key commitments that sharpen its focus, clarity, and efficiency and accountability results.

The Secretariat, headquartered in Geneva, has five decentralized regional offices : one of which is the Americas, guided by the Secretariat strategies for implementation and areas of focus that builds on the vision of strategy 2020.

  • The Americas’ region is organized in two main hemispheres : a group of service-based departments and geographical configurations of (i) Country Cluster Support Teams and (ii) Country Office(s), as well as the Deputy Regional Director, each of them led by the Regional Director;
  • and another hemisphere : six building blocks composed by (i) Partnerships and Resource Development, (ii) Policy, Strategy and Knowledge;
  • iii) Communication, (iv) Disaster and Crisis : Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, (v) Health and Water and Sanitation, (vi) Logistics, each of them led by the Deputy Regional Director.

    Venezuela has faced several changes in recent years with a continuous increase in demonstrations throughout the country.

    In 2019 there has been a series of events that increased the need for actions aimed at strengthening efforts to support national capacities to meet the demand for health care and other sectors such as water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, food safety and nutrition.

    In 2018, between 35,000 and 80,000 people were affected by severe floods caused by the overflow of rivers in several states, including in Amazonas, Bolívar and Delta Amacuro.

    In October 2018, the global El Niño analysis cell under the auspices of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee identified Venezuela as a country at high risk of adverse impacts from a possible El Niño episode in 2019.

    The position is primarily located in the Country Office in Caracas, Venezuela and reports directly to the Head of Country Office and to Regional Deputy Director-

    based in Panama. Also, holds a technical line to the Continental Operations Coordinator, based in the regional office in Panama, of the implementation of the Health Emergency Appeal in coordination with the Venezuela Red Cross Society and acting as budget holder.

    Job Purpose

    The delegate will establish the basis to start the Preparedness Effective Response common approach in the country integrating IFRC, ICRC and Donors initiatives in order to optimize resources, common understating and standardized information based in the PER process to support the Venezuela Red Cross response.

    Key to the position is to ensure the quality of operations based on timely response, effectiveness, efficiency and relevance according to adequate SoP, ensuring a proper inclusion of the PER common approach.

    The Delegate will be expected to develop and to facilitate the following capacities to assist the national society with :

  • Development of Emergency Appeals,
  • Emergency Plans of Actions
  • DREF
  • To serve as surge capacity any time
  • Job Duties and Responsibilities

    Disaster preparedness :

  • Develop the PER approach in the country, by collecting and updating the information related to the National Society to establish a mapping using the Go platform
  • In coordination with Partnerships and Resources Development Unit, promote and present funding proposals to internal and external donors to support the NS with the PER process
  • To identify potential financial resources from donors to support RC / RC Movement disaster preparedness and response actions;
  • write concept papers and proposals as appropriate for Venezuela

  • To support the creation of the Disaster Management structure for the Venezuela Red Cross Society
  • Support the NS to implement quick actions on disasters preparedness to continue increasing their capacity to response such as : response plan, emergency operations center, standard operational procedures, contingency plan and others as necessary
  • Disaster response :

  • Support the National Society in managing emergency operations (floods, earthquakes, population movements, epidemics and other disasters).
  • Ensure disaster response operations outcomes / deliverables are achieved in a timely fashion, within budgets and maintaining the minimum ratios of relief, early recovery and longer-
  • term development goals.

  • Support National Society in the managing of DREF and Emergency Appeals; writing, implementation, reporting, evaluation and resource mobilization.
  • Ensure that EPoA and budget for DREF and / or appeals presented to Panama meet the quality criteria and required guidance.
  • Ensure disaster and crisis response operations are appropriate and aligned with International Federation guidelines and policies (SPHERE, Code of Conduct, Principles and Rules for Humanitarian Assistance, Seville agreement, etc.

    and quality standards as defined by the Regional DM review process

  • Pre-deploy to crisis sites in coordination with the Venezuela Red Cross Society when levels of threat are high, accompanied by the adequate IFRC specialized delegates and the applicable security framework, if needed.
  • Ensure comprehensive high-quality assessments are carried out taking into consideration accountability to beneficiaries and in accordance with the affected population's needs.
  • Manage and lead a team of delegates, staff and volunteers, as appropriate during an emergency operation in coordination with the Head of Country Office in Venezuela
  • Participate, and where appropriate lead, in relevant internal and external coordination, ensuring strong sharing of information and development of consistent and / or complementary Program approaches that seek to maximize value for money and impact.
  • Produce the EA Operations update according to the IFRC reporting guidelines (Ops. Updates, six -months reports, one-year reports etc.)
  • Manage DREF and EA budgets as project manager, including monitoring and expenditures control to optimize the funding and implementation according to the conditions and timeframe included in each pledge
  • Support the NS to develop situation reports during disasters and crisis, ensuring a comprehensive communication flow between VRC, IFRC and ICRC
  • Lateral relations and general responsibilities

  • Establish and ensure effective working relationships with country team, National Society and with other programmatic and service departments / units at regional office
  • Ensure an effective working relationship with the Programs, Logistics and Finance
  • Ensure effective working relationships with the National Society
  • Ensure a good working relationship with the ICRC technical areas in conjunction with Programs and the Head of Country Office
  • Ensure the RC Principles and Rules for Humanitarian Assistance are in place and understood by all the Country Team, National Society and ICRC
  • Provide support to the DM Optimization process as defined in the new ARO road map


  • University Degree (Disaster Risk Management, Conflict Management, Development Planning, Disaster Risk Reduction, Humanitarian Affairs, etc.)
  • IMPACT (International Mobilization and Preparation for Action) Course or also known as BTC (Basic Training Course) or other related training such NDRD, FACT etc.
  • Experience

  • 3-year experience of capacity and vulnerability assessment, management, evaluation and monitoring of programs
  • 3-year experience of working for a humanitarian aid organization in a developing country
  • 3-year work experience with the Red Cross / Red Crescent Movement, and / or with a National Society supporting their capacities for disasters preparedness
  • Deployed at least once in the field to lead and manage an emergency operation as a FACT, ERU, RIT / RDR, or as an IFRC Disaster Manager or as an IFRC Head of
  • Delegation or as a PNS Emergency focal point
  • 2-year experience in managing relations with donors and partners. Work experience with other international organisations, large NGOs and / or
  • governmental development agencies
  • Experience developing contingency plans, response plans, Emergency Operations Center and Standards Operating procedures
  • Minimum 2-years of supervisory experience, particularly in a team setting with strong relational and strategic leadership competencies
  • Strong preference for knowledge in supply chain, relief distributions, information management and reporting, logistics, shelter, cash transfer programming, telecommunications, assessment methodologies, and monitoring
  • Proven ability to work successfully in the humanitarian field for periods of up to
  • 3 months outside one’s home country
  • 3-year experience in geographic focus area (Asia / Middle East or Latin America / Caribbean)
  • Managed at least once an IFRC Emergency Appeal or a DREF from the field (Country or Regional level) or from IFRC or PSN HQ
  • Acquired Early Recovery skills through operations
  • Knowledge, skills and languages


  • Ability to work in a diverse cultural context
  • Strong knowledge of information sharing tools, and the ability to implement them
  • Highly organised and able to work independently and proactively, with ability
  • to work in team

  • Overall understanding of budget and finance management
  • Demonstrated skill in analytical and strategic thinking
  • Skills in training and developing staff
  • Self-supporting in computers (Windows, spreadsheets, word-processing.
  • Proved capability to be self-organized and flexible
  • Excellent interpersonal and listening skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with current standards and guidelines for humanitarian emergency response
  • Knowledge of Fundamental Principles and RCRC Movement
  • Strong preference for knowledge in supply chain, relief distributions, information management and reporting, logistics, shelter, cash transfer programming, telecommunications, assessment methodologies, and monitoring.

  • Fluently spoken and written Spanish
  • Knowledge of spoken and written English
  • Good command of another IFRC official language (i.e., French) or any other language relevant in the region, neighbouring affected countries, or to the country of mission.
  • Competencies and values

    VALUES : Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability.

  • CORE COMPETENCIES : Communication; Collaboration and Teamwork; Judgement and Decision Making; National Societies and Customer Relations;
  • Creativity and Innovation; Building Trust.

    MANAGERIAL COMPETENCIES : Managing Staff Performance; Managing Staff Development; Strategic Orientation.

    FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES : Strategic Orientation; Leadership; Empowering Others, Building alliances.


    Applicants will need to send their applications together with a letter of motivation no later than the closing date. In order for us to assure a proper comparative evaluation of your application for this vacancy and to enable us to consider your profile against other similar current and future vacancies, we ask that you submit your application taking into account the following :

    Important Note :

  • Please note that the selected candidate will be hired through an international contract;
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by Federation policies, procedures, plans and applicable international labor law;
  • Only those candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified.

    The position will be based in Venezuela.

    The Federation is an equal opportunity employer.

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