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Disaster Risk Reduction Officer (short-term)

Disaster Risk Reduction Officer (short-term)

Organization : International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Country Cluster Support Team (CCST) Bangkok seeks to appoint a:


Title:                Disaster Risk Reduction Officer

Reports to:       Programme Coordinator

Location:         Based in Bangkok, Thailand

Duration:         Short-term until 31 December 2020


Organizational background:

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian network, reaching 150 million people each year through its 192 member National Societies. The IFRC acts before, during and after disasters, crises 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), policies 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 IFRC Secretariat has a decentralized structure: five regional offices (each with several Country Cluster Support Team and country offices reporting to it) covering the globe and responsible for frontline delivery through National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, backed by the Secretariat HQ based in Geneva.


IFRC/Asia Pacific region has developed the Operational plan for 2016 in line with the overall strategic direction of the IFRC’s 8 Areas of Focus and 4 Strategies for Implementation of the plan and Budget 2016 – 2020. In addition, IFRC Asia Pacific and the IFRC Country Cluster Support Team in Bangkok have been working together in enhancing the cooperation and coordination in Asia Pacific.


The Disaster Risk Reduction Officer is one of key positions of Bangkok Country Cluster Support Team’s Community Safety and Resilience Unit to support National Society in order to implement Disaster Risk Reduction programme effectively. The position is responsible to act as focal person for Thai Red Cross Society, but this position is also equally responsible to support other National Societies of Cambodia, Laos, and Viet Nam when needed.


Job Purpose:

The Disaster Risk Reduction officer assists and supports the Programme Coordinator in implementation of the regional strategic objectives aim at enhancing national societies’ disaster risk reduction initiatives to strengthen community safety and resilience focusing on Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction programming. Act as a Liaison with the Thai Red Cross Society with regards to programs supported by the IFRC. 


Job duties and responsibilities

Technical Support

  • Advise the national society technical teams to ensure alignment in all the technical areas related to Disaster Management/Disaster Risk Reduction programs;
  • Promote the cross sectorial and integrated programming approach, linking Disaster Risk Reduction with Health and Care, Disaster Management, Shelter, Migration, Food security & livelihoods and National Society Development programs;
  • Support national societies with the development of their human resources involved with disaster management, through tailor made trainings, National Society personnel exchange, appropriate material development and in organizing and undertaking training of Red Cross staff and volunteers, both within country and where appropriate, at a regional/or sub-regional level;
  • Support the organization of appropriate training/s for national society staff to develop and maintain proper mechanisms, organization, management, structures and systems for managing emergencies (e.g.  Contingency plans, reporting mechanisms, awareness rising about the integration of disaster management and health into community safety and resilience etc.);
  • Assist the Country Cluster Support Team in expanding and strengthening of regional and human resources by supporting national societies to establish/develop their own national and branch level disaster response teams such as National Disaster Response Team and Provincial Disaster Response Team;
  • Together with the Country Cluster Support Team assist in carrying out trainings and facilitation exercises at regional and national levels aimed at enhancing knowledge and understanding on defined areas related but not limited to Community Safety and Resilience Integration, Contingency Planning; transitions from Relief to Recovery; Disaster Risk Reduction, School Safety Initiatives and Climate Change Adaptation;
  • Support the national societies in implementing disaster response operations (Emergency Appeal, Disaster Relief Emergency Fund and other localized disaster operations);
  • Support National Society in assessments and project proposal development related to resilience building activities;  
  • Be part of the Community Safety and Resilience Unit in providing support to the National Society in the Country Cluster Support Team in their long-term programming efforts under the guidance of the Disaster Risk Reduction programme;
  • Work in cooperation with the Organizational Development and Communication ensuring integration in Community Safety and Resilience Unit planning.


Policy and planning

  • Support national societies in preparation of their disaster response, preparedness and disaster risk reduction policies, in line with the Federation’s policies and with government policy framework (where they exist);
  • Support national societies in formulating hazard specific contingency plans;
  • Support Disaster Relief Emergency Fund/Emergency Appeals and other forms of emergency response application processes.


Reporting, lessons learnt and knowledge sharing

  • Ensure accurate and timely Disaster Management Information System (DMIS) report are posted on the IFRC’s webpages by assisting the national society DMIS focal persons in their submission, or as required, posting information on their behalf;
  • Ensure all reporting requirements are met with regards to specific Disaster Risk Reduction project/s as assigned by the Programme Coordinator;
  • Draft information bulletins, emergency appeals, operation updates and program updates;
  • Participate in and contribute to the IFRC’s disaster risk reduction networking and knowledge sharing mechanisms.
  • Develop various Disaster Risk Reduction project proposals, ensure timely and effective project monitoring including monitoring of the budgets and establish and maintain donor relationship.


  • Coordinate regularly with the National Societies relevant departments in program implementation for resource and knowledge sharing;  
  • Contribute to development of Case Studies, Web Stories, Newsletters and other Disaster Risk Reduction related   documents.

Qualifications, experience, and skills required:


  • Relevant university degree or equivalent



  • Experience of working for the Red Cross/Red Crescent in emergency response operations
  • 3 years’ experience working in disaster management in Asia Pacific
  • Experience of planning and managing finances and budgets


Knowledge, skills and languages

  • Relevant training in Disaster Risk Reduction related subjects
  • Good knowledge of disasters, disaster response and preparedness
  • Strong knowledge of Federation disaster management policies, standards and systems
  • Facilitation, communication and co-ordination skills (in relation to mobilization of technical support to National Societies)
  • Self-supporting in computers (Windows, spreadsheets, word-processing)
  • Valid international driving license (manual gears)
  • Strong skills in general administration, oral and written communication
  • Fluently spoken and written English Berlitz level 8


  • International applicant, should hold a valid work permit or residence permit to live and work in Thailand


Interested candidates, please submit your application through IFRC's website and find the link for job application below.


Attachment request:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae with 3 referees


Application material are non-returnable, and we thank you in advance for understanding that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the next step in the application process.


Closing date:    8 July 2020

More information about IFRC, please visit

Contact : 02-661 8201 - HR

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