Strategic Lead (Climate and Resilience)

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

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 🇲🇾

Jobnumber: S01427
Contract Type: Employee
Closing date: 09-May-2022
Posting Start Date: 26-Apr-2022
Location: MALAYSIA
Duty Station: Asia Pacific Regional Office, Kuala Lumpur
Duty Station Status: Family Duty Station
Duration: 24
Accompanied Status: Accompanied
Grade: E2

Job Purpose

Under supervision of the Head of Health, Disaster, Climate and Crisis (HoHDCC), the Thematic Lead, Climate and Resilience, is responsible to lead the formulation of the regional strategy of climate resilience/adaptation and coordinate its implementation across all IFRC Secretariat operations in the Asia Pacific region. They will oversee the design and execution of all related deliverables and coordinate delivery in this important area of work in relation to policy dialogue and capacity building activities.

The role supports the IFRC network in Asia Pacific to ensure high quality, coherent and well-coordinated scale-up of Climate Action and Community Resilience programming. The Thematic Lead, Climate and Resilience provides strategic leadership and direction on Climate and Anticipatory Action, DRR and Resilience, Disaster Law and Risk Governance, and relevant interlinkages. The Thematic Lead, Climate and Resilience oversees regional policy advocacy and application in these areas; ensures coordination and technical support for implementation of related regional roadmaps, frameworks and projects/programmes and supervises the adaptation and use of related guidance, standards and tools for use of the IFRC network in Asia Pacific. The Thematic Lead, Climate and Resilience has regional responsibility to influence and advise senior leadership in the organization as well as other strategic level discussions with external stakeholders on related areas of work, while positioning IFRC and the NS in the region as key actors in Climate and Anticipatory Action, DRR and Resilience, Disaster Law and Risk Governance. The Thematic Lead, Climate and Resilience provides overall coordination support and contributes to the achievement of IFRC’s commitments towards climate change mitigation and environmental sustainability.  

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Guided by Strategy 2030, lead the formulation of the regional strategy of climate resilience/adaptation and coordinate its implementation across all IFRC Secretariat progarmmes and operations in the Asia Pacific region.
  • Lead the development and application of methodologies and approaches to support climate adaptation investments, regulatory reform and activities across the AP region
  • Provide leadership on issues related to Climate and Anticipatory Action, DRR, Preparedness and Resilience Programming, Disaster Law and Risk Governance, and ensure coherence and clearly articulated integration between relevant policies, strategies, frameworks and tools.
  • Provide strategic direction to regional National Societies, technical and thematic leaders of the climate change, forecast-based financing/anticipatory action, disaster risk reduction, urban risk management, livelihoods and disaster law and risk governance for delivery against key regional results in high quality and accountable manner, including systematically support operationalizing climate and resilience approaches as part of strengthening National Society DRM capacities and enable them to fulfil their humanitarian mandates.
  • Actively collaborate with various stakholders on issues related to Climate and Anticipatory Action, DRR, preparedness and Resilience Programming, Disaster Law and Risk Governance.
  • Ensure continuous mapping of needs and practices of NS in the domains of Climate and Anticipatory Action, DRR and Resilience Programming, Disaster Law and Risk Governance; and close internal collaboration with the global team, the country and cluster delegations and relevant teams in jointly assessing trends and developing guidance and programmes to support National Societies.
  • Oversee the integration of climate risk management and environmental sustainability considerations across all programmes, operations and advocacy, and support capacity building of respective human resources in Asia Pacific, in collaboration with relevant technical and thematic teams.
  • Promote and engage in systematic monitoring and evaluation of Climate and Anticipatory Action, DRR and Resilience, Disaster Law and Risk Governance programmes and the identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned for organizational sharing and learning.
  • Actively participate in and support IFRC’s knowledge and peer-to-peer networks, promote the engagement and utilization of Red Cross Red Crescent reference centres and contribute to “shared leadership” initiatives for better utilization and optimization of technical capacities and resources.

Management:

  • Responsible and accountable for the overall day-to day management, administration and coordination of APRO’s Climate and Resilience programmatic functional area activities.
  • Accountable to the HoHDCC on achievement of results of the unit’s Operational Plan as a proactive manager and dynamic member of the HDCC management team.
  • Select, mentor and manage team members under the programmatic functional area, including ensuring that they have well-defined results-based priority plans and capacity to provide technical support to response operations at any time.
  • Promote a culture of continuous learning, individual and team accountability in the programmatic functional area by setting individual and team objectives, monitoring team performance and conducting timely performance reviews.
  • Ensure that the team prepares accurate and timely monthly operational highlights, quarterly updates on operations and annual updates on operations as well as deliver inputs for standard reports. 

Job Duties and Responsibilities (continued)

  • Ensure that the programmatic team works closely with the health, emergency operations and crosscutting thematic approaches functional areas of HDCC and coordinates other units within APRO, CDs, CCDs and Geneva as well as with ICRC, Partner National Societies, relevant IFRC Reference centres and key external stakeholders throughout the programming cycle.
  • Develop annual plans for the programmatic functional area in coordination with the HoHDCC to mobilize, manage and monitor the use of available financial resources and facilities by the team to ensure that delivery of agreed activities is in line with approved ceilings and finance procedures.
  • Oversee regionally implemented Climate and Anticipatory Action, DRR and Resilience, Disaster Law and Risk Governance projects/programmes, and the timely and quality delivery of all project outputs.
  • Identify risks and challenges to the ongoing projects/programmes, raise with regional and country-level counterparts, and provide advice as relevant to the HoHDCC and APRO Senior Management Team on mitigation strategies.
  • Support the HoHDCC in ensuring strategic coherence and alignment as well as programmatic and operational coordination between HDCC and other technical units. This may include being acting head of unit in the absence of the incumbent.

Coordination and networking:

  • Lead the design and execution of policy dialogue engagements to promote climate adaptation and resilience activities
  • Oversee coordination and partnerships related to Climate and Anticipatory Action, DRR and Resilience, Disaster Law and Risk Governance with relevant regional stakeholders with and outside the RCRC Movement.
  • Build and nurture solid relationships with key regional partners – including academia and the private sector – and promote climate and resilience thinking and strengthened emphasis on Climate and Anticipatory Action as well as on integration of DRR and Community Resilience in emergency operations.
  • Ensure technical-level engagement with relevant entities of sub-regional bodies such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) as essential stakeholders in attainment of global agenda targets including those of the Paris Agreement, Sendai Framework and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Ensures high quality preparation and participation of IFRC network in inter-agency and inter-governmental processes, such as those related to the the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 for example the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and other relevant regional platforms related to Climate and Anticipatory Action, DRR and Resilience, Disaster Law and Risk Governance
  • In collaboration with Geneva counterparts, pursue opportunities and explore partnerships for research as a base for evidence aimed at supporting advocacy on expanding investment in Climate and Anticipatory Action and longer-term DRR and Community Resilience strengthening.

Representation:

  • At the request of the HoHDCC and APRO Senior Management Team, represent IFRC – in regional inter-agency events on Climate and Anticipatory Action, DRR and Resilience, Disaster Law and Risk Governance – as a key actor, influencing regional policies, advocacy and agenda.
  • Responsible and accountable for ensuring that IFRC is represented in relevant inter-agency initiatives and events focusing on Climate and Anticipatory Action, DRR and Resilience, Disaster Law and Risk Governance.  

Education

Required

  • Relevant university education (in Disaster Management/DRR, Economics, Natural Resources Management, Environmental/ Climate Science) or an equivalent of qualifying experience
  • Relevant training and experiences in climate change, forecast-based financing, anticipatory action, urban risk management, disaster risk reduction, disaster risk governance, community resilience programming

Preferred

  • Basic Delegates Training Course (BTC), WORC, IMPACT or equivalent knowledge

Experience

Required

  • 10 years of progressive and relevant leadership/management/adviser experience in the humanitarian sector, climate adaptation or environmental science
  • Experience in drafting and encouraging change management through implementation of policy/strategic guidance, and developing practical tools and resources

Preferred

  • Experience working in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement

Knowledge, Skills and Language

Required

  • Communication and negotiation skills 
  • Outstanding networking and representation skills 
  • Proven good judgment and ability to work with complete integrity and confidentiality
  • Results oriented and demand-driven individual 
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills 
  • Ability to lead within a matrix management structure
  • Ability to lead multi-cultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary teams 
  • Management and supervisory experience in a multicultural environment 
  • Experience in managing teams and budgets 
  • Experience in coordinating with the authorities and other humanitarian/development actors 
  • Experience in narrative and financial reporting and proposal writing   

Preferred

  • Experience in the Asia Pacific region  

Language

Required

  • Fluently spoken and written English

Preferred

  • Good command of another IFRC official language (French, Spanish or Arabic)

POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED