Flood Resilience Alliance Consultant

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

Geneva, , CH


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.

Organizational Context

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is a partner in the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance (ZFRA), a multi-sectoral and multi-country partnership focused on 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 ZFRA partners are Zurich Insurance, Mercy Corps, Plan International, Concern Worldwide, Practical Action, the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET), the 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, or adopting alternative incomes during flood season. It will also include efforts to increase protection – better evacuation and better use of natural flood defence 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 National Societies and their community resilience programs in four partner countries: Albania, Mexico, Montenegro, and the Philippines. Additionally, we support disaster law programs in four partner countries: Costa Rica, Honduras, Nepal, and New Zealand.

The Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) Climate Centre is a partner of the ZFRA programs to ensure that climate change is integrated into flood resilience programming. The Climate Centre’s contribution to the ZFRA 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.

Job Purpose

The position will be attached to the department of Disaster & Crisis in Geneva, in the Risk and Vulnerability team, and will directly report to the Senior Officer, Flood Resilience. Close coordination is expected with the IFRC regional and country offices, and key departments in Geneva (in particular Policy, Strategy and Knowledge) as well as with the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. 

The role of the Flood Resilience Consultant is to support the operationalization of the ZFRA activities. The consultant will assist the Senior Officer in coordination and supporting ZFRA partners as well as IFRC and Red Cross Red Crescent National Society country teams, with a focus on knowledge management and monitoring and evaluation.

The position works under the umbrella of the IFRC Strategy 2020 and the ZFRA Theory of Change 2023.       

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Key Areas of Responsibilities

Knowledge Management

  • Coordinate the evolution of the 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.
  • Coordinate the operationalization of the IFRC’s global knowledge strategy for the period January 2020 to June 2023.
  • Support the realisation of Red Cross country-level knowledge strategies and plans and provide technical support as necessary.
  • Represent the IFRC and Red Cross country teams in the Alliance knowledge management workstream (monthly calls, face-to-face meetings, update reports, tracking knowledge outputs etc.). 

RCRC Climate Centre Collaboration

  • Lead coordination with Red Cross Climate Centre in developing minimum standards and training modules for climate-smart risk informed programming.
  • Support the RCCC Climate Centre in the organization and implementation of a peer-to-peer learning exchange between ZFRA country programs.
  • Co-coordinate the organization and realisation of potential regional trainings for country teams on diverse innovative Climate Centre tools related to climate risk management, climate-related policy dialogues etc.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Lead on the operationalisation of the ZFRA Monitoring, Reporting and Learning Framework within the IFRC and Red Cross country programs.
  • Provide the necessary technical training to Red Cross country teams to ensure timely reporting on a 6-monthly basis.
  • Manage reporting quality control measures for Red Cross country teams.
  • Support the development of specific monitoring and evaluation frameworks for country level interventions in partnership with relevant regional and in-country stakeholders.


  • Monthly update calls with Red Cross country teams.
  • Technical support missions to ZFRA country teams and regional offices as necessary.


Consultancy outputs

  • IFRC ZFRA knowledge management strategy global 
  • Individual knowledge plans for the 4 community programming country teams (Albania, Mexico, Montenegro, and the Philippines)
  • Knowledge products, in collaboration with country teams and IFRC Regional Offices
  • Coordination of FRA webinar series (anticipating 2 to 4 from March to June 2020)
  • Community-based case studies (4 in total, one per country team)
  • Individual intervention Monitoring and Evaluation plans for the 4 community programming country teams



  • Master’s degree or equivalent knowledge in social sciences, development or a related field 




  • Minimum of two years’ work experience in the humanitarian and/or development field
  • Relevant experience in knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience in coordination and with working in partnerships. 


  • Relevant work experience in long-term development, disaster risk reduction, resilience and/or climate change adaptation programming.
  • Experience in working with Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies. 

Knowledge, skills and languages


  • Sound understanding of knowledge management principles and approaches
  • Development and implementation of Monitoring & Evaluation frameworks and plans
  • Excellent coordination, collaboration and partnership building skills
  • Self-reliant, independent and reliable working style
  • Self-supporting in computers (Windows, spreadsheets, word-processing, email, etc.)
  • Fluently spoken and written English


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