Flood Resilience Alliance Consultant

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Geneva, Switzerland
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 190 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.

Organizational Context

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 191-member National Societies. The IFRC acts before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. The IFRC has a decentralized structure: five regional offices (each with several country cluster offices and country offices reporting to it) covering the globe and responsible for frontline service delivery through National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, backed by the secretariat based in Geneva. The IFRC’s secretariat focuses on setting norms, standards and guidance, ensuring consistency, coordination and accountability for performance, knowledge sharing, and influential representation with global level partners. It is organized in three Divisions: Programmes and Operations, Partnerships and Management.

Job Purpose

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is a partner in the Flood Resilience Alliance (FRA), a multi-sectoral and multi-country partnership that aims at developing a model for delivering effective community flood resilience programs at scale and contributing to shaping the flood resilience agenda of policy makers and donors. The other FRA partners are Zurich Insurance, Mercy Corps, Plan International, Concern, Practical Action, Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET), International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA), and the London School of Economics (LSE). Over the course of five years (2018-2023), the program’s key aim is to use practical field level experiences and research capabilities to influence a global change in approaches to community flood resilience. The ultimate vision is that, despite increasing frequency and severity of floods and the impacts of climate change, communities and businesses can flourish. This means reducing losses, both financially and in terms of lives; reducing disruption, for example to children’s education, which has a long-term effects; enhancing livelihood opportunities, for example changing farming methods, or adopting alternative incomes during flood season. It will also include efforts to increase protection – better evacuation; better natural flood defences and the use of smarter insurance solutions.

The nine partners have selected three strategic objectives:

1. Increased and more effective financial investments in flood resilience;
2. Improved global and national policy for increased ex-ante action to flood resilience;
3. Improved practice in flood resilience by stakeholders.

The IFRC, as one of the Alliance’s implementing partners, supports Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies and their community resilience programs in five partner countries - Albania, Indonesia, Mexico, Montenegro, and the Philippines - and Disaster Law programs in four partner countries - Costa Rica, Honduras, Nepal, and New Zealand.
The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre is a partner of the RCRC FRA programs to ensure that climate change will become an integral consideration in flood resilience programming. The Climate Centre’s contribution to the FRA is based on the IFRC’s vision for communities across the world to be more resilient and better prepared for climate change impacts now and in the future and includes support to country teams in climate smart programming.

Alignment to the IFRC’s objectives and strategy:

The IFRC’s FRA program contributes actively to the strategic aim 1 of the IFRC Strategy 2020; ‘save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disasters and crises’ by enhancing capacities to recover from flood crises. While aiming at strengthening the flood resilience of communities it also directly relates to the aim 2 ‘to enable healthy and safe living’, and the enabling action 1 to ‘build strong National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’. Finally, innovative partnership model contributes to a more effective way of working with partners, such as the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, and therefore relates to the enabling action 2 ‘function effectively as the IFRC’.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Knowledge Management

  • Coordinate the analysis, design and development an IFRC knowledge strategy – in close collaboration with Geneva-based and regional knowledge and learning focal points. This includes, amongst other things, a detailed plan for webinars, workshops, writeshops, peer-to-peer knowledge exchanges and the production of case studies on interventions developed and implemented at community level.
  • Produce an overarching IFRC knowledge workplan for the period from July 2019 to June 2020 and co-develop individual knowledge plans with the nine FRA partner country teams.
  • Digital information sharing strategy design and development and onboarding of nine RCRC country teams
  • Represent the IFRC and RCRC country teams in the Alliance knowledge management workstream (monthly calls, face-to-face meetings, update reports, tracking knowledge outputs etc.)

RCRC Climate Centre Collaboration

  • Identify ways to operationalize and systematize RCRC Climate Centre short/medium term forecasts and the IFRC Framework for Climate Action into Alliance operations
  • Work closely with the RCRC Climate Centre in organizing knowledge exchanges among community program countries and in making strategic linkages with other leading global resilience programmes (e.g. PfR, BRACED etc.)

Capacity Building

    • Support the organization and implementation of a global Training of Trainers (ToT) on the Flood Resilience Measurement for Communities
    • Support the organization and implementation of one, potentially two regional workshops on climate change adaptation, mitigation and climate smart programming, for participants from a broader range of interested National Societies
    • Support the Climate Centre in the organization and implementation of a peer-to-peer learning exchange between FRA country program
    • Organize a 3-4 days global FRA meeting of the nine RCRC country teams and IFRC regional and country focal points. The purpose of this meeting is 1) knowledge and learning exchange; 2) development of a RCRC strategic approach with regard to the FRA; 3) development of a joint workplan; 4) Internal (RCRC) and external (FRA) alignment of program objectives.
    • Technical support missions to FRA country programs as necessary

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Lead on the operationalization of the FRA Monitoring, Reporting and Learning Framework within the IFRC and RCRC country programs.

Consultancy outputs

  • IFRC FRA knowledge management strategy (global and regional)
  • Individual knowledge plans for the nine country teams (Albania, Indonesia, Mexico, Montenegro, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nepal and New Zealand)
  • Knowledge products, in collaboration with country teams

                   - Coordination of FRA webinar series - anticipating 6-8 until the end of 2019

                   - Community-based case studies (4)

  • Community-based analysis methodology and parsing exercise for practitioners


  • Preferred Master’s Degree in International Development or similar


  • Experience in designing and leading knowledge management initiatives
  • Experience in working in an international or cross-cultural environment
  • Experience of working with the IFRC or RCRC National Societies
  • Experience working in multi-sectoral partnerships (private sector preferred)
  • Experience in global coordination
  • Experience working with Monitoring and Evaluation systems (e.g. Salesforce system)

Knowledge, skills and languages

  • Knowledge of the RCRC Movement
  • Knowledge of community resilience
  • Proven skills in facilitating workshops
  • Proven good judgment and ability to work with complete integrity and confidentiality
  • Ability to work in a multicultural, multilingual, multidisciplinary environment.
  • Fluently spoken and written in English