Climate Change Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Officer

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

, , PA


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

In the last ten years, over 80% of recorded natural hazards were climate-related, affecting 1.9 billion people. Climate change is a key driver of risk, bringing with it ever-more intense weather and increased unpredictability. This is likely to lead to a surge in demand for Red Cross Red Crescent humanitarian action unless we can do more to scale up climate action and reduce risks. The Disaster and Crises Unit under theAoF1 – Disaster Risk Reduction has develop a Disaster Risk Management programmes and its strategy related to Climate Smart strategy for the Americas aiming Increase National Societies Capacity and Build new approaches take active action to reduce the humanitarian impact of climate change and increase resilience of communities in Americas.

Job Purpose

The Climate Change Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Officer will work closely with Disaster Risk Management Programme Coordinator to inform the development of an overarching Climate Change Framework adequately includes DRR and climate action components. The Climate Change Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Officer will guarantee that DRR and climate action are given sufficient consideration in the long-term programmes and emergency response and recovery and adequately mainstreamed in assessment, planning and programming.

Support the implementation of the IFRC Framework for Community Resilience that support a multi-sectorial approach for safer and more resilient communities in Americas.

Provide both technical support and coordination services to the DCPRR Unit, Country Clusters, and NS’ in relation to the IFRC Disaster Risk Management (DRM) programmatic and community resilience related activities under the Climate Change thematic area. The multi-disciplinary DRM programme includes elements of:

  • Knowledge of environmental impact
  • IRM
  • community based disaster risk reduction
  • climate change adaptation
  • environmental components
  • disaster preparedness for response at community and Institutional level
  • food security and livelihoods (as required)
  • DRR & Climate Change in Recovery Plans of NS
  • Green response and green recovery
  • Environmental education

Job Duties and Responsibilities

DRR & Climate Action

  • Identify current and emerging risk factors, their underlying causes and actions that could help reduce the impacts of future hazards.
  • Assess existing data and plans and liaise with humanitarian, development and climate partners (both within the Movement and external) to confirm DRR and climate action priorities and identify any gaps in the planned interventions to guide operational decision-making and planning.
  • Ensure DRR and climate action elements are part of the programmes and emergency / recovery assessment.  
  • Support the Appeal and Plan of Action revision processes ensuring DRR and climate action are appropriately addressed, including being mainstreamed into sectoral interventions, and ensuring that 10% of the appeal budget is set aside for DRR, as requested by the 2011 IFRC General Assembly decision.
  • In coordination with DRM Coordinator and programmatic focal points, identify the opportunities and challenges to support communities to build community resilience, including building back better during the recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction phases.
  • Prepare guidelines related to the management of DRR & Climate Action in sectorial local branches
  • Elaborate capacity development plan and facilitate training sessions to introduce the climate change topic
  • Coordinate the implementation of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change activities DRR & CC, working closely with the National Societies to ensure that the objectives and impact of ARO DRR strategy and
  • Encourage National Society and Participating National Societies to use the tools developed in the Americas and the Caribbean region to guide the process of elaborating actions plans and decision-making, in order to improve standards and the quality of their service delivery.
  • Propose and prepare a community mobilization plan by engaging local decision makers and civil society organizations to insure their involvement in all phases of DRR planning
  • Ensure follow up of the implementation of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change plan of Action, ensuring integration of gender and social inclusion best practices
  • Support the Preparation of the communication and awareness material regarding community mobilization on Disaster Risk Reduction and climate action along with the Communication Department.
  • Preparation of concept notes for workshops/missions in close collaboration with multiple stakeholder such as UNDRR; UNDP; OCHA; UNICEF and different stakeholders and Partners at regional level.
  • Revision of expert deliverables regarding DRR planning and risk evaluation;
  • Reporting of activities of DRR and Climate Action
  • Preparation of communication material regarding programme activities and results
  • Ensure the link with the climate change, Gender, diversity and Organizational Development within DRR actions
  • Stablish the implementation of the Road Map to Community resilience and link DRR resilience to Health & PGI; Migration.
  • Support the implementation of the IFRC Framework for Community Resilience, standards, tools at National Society level.
  • Support and guide the implementation of IFRC resilience commitments and guidelines, such as the Framework for Community Resilience.
  • Support the Implementation of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate change Strategies in Americas Region
  • Support the development of a long-term program way forward based on the Disaster Risk management experience and Plan of action.
  • Disseminate and Promote the Roadmap to community resilience& climate action framework within the National Societies plan of action, as well as the global mandates on DRR & Climate Change


Coordination, Cooperation, Networking and Partnership:

  • Support effective coordination, collaboration and networking within IFRC and the Movement system on all technical issues related to Disaster Risk Reduction and community resilience, including Climate Change.
  • Support coordination with other relevant humanitarian, development and climate partners on the assessment, planning and implementation of DRR and climate action.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities for cooperation and partnerships for DRR and climate action with non-RCRC partners, drawing upon existing NS and Federations partnerships.
  • Support development of project proposals for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Action toward to increase the Resilience of communities. and establish appropriate planning, monitoring and reporting procedures.

1.  Advise on climate funding mechanisms, including proactive identification of funding opportunities for the RCRC components.

  • In collaboration with the Federation Communications and PMER teams, produce regular, accurate and timely reports for the Federation and donors as well as documenting inspirational practices, case studies, lessons learned and web stories.
  • Undertake any other task as required by the Head of Disaster and Crises Unit.


  • Advanced university degree (master’s or equivalent) in disaster risk reduction, Environmental, humanitarian or development related field
  • Basic Delegated Training Course or IMPACT.


  • 3 -5 years’ experience in a NS, in the RC/RC Movement Experience in designing and implementing DRR and climate programmes Experience with climate financing mechanisms
  • Exposure to community mobilization and, social development linked to health and disaster preparedness programs
  • Experience in training and use of participatory methodologies
  • Experience in conducting and analysing baseline/end line survey and commitment to participatory approaches at all stages of the project cycle Awareness of gender issues and ability to facilitate the development of practical strategies
  • Experience of working in an international organization
  • Experience of working in both emergencies and developmental context

Knowledge, skills and languages

  • Committed to the Red Cross Red Crescent vision and principles
  • Skills in networking with other agencies and international organizations
  • Skills in training of staff and developing team building spirit
  • Self-supporting in Computer (Microsoft Office, E-Mail Internet technologies, Social Media)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Committed to the Red Cross Red Crescent vision and principles


  • Fluent spoken and written English
  • Good command of another IFRC official language (Spanish, French, and/or Creole), or any other language relevant to the region, neighbouring affected countries, as applicable.

Competencies and values

VALUES: Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability

CORE COMPETENCIES: Movement context, principles and values, Coordination, Assessment, Programme management &Reporting, Environmental sustainability, Safety and security, Collaboration and teamwork, Conflict management, Communication, Cultural awareness, Judgement and decision making, Motivation, Personal resilience, Integrity.

MANAGERIAL COMPETENCIES: Managing Staff Performance; Managing Staff Development; Strategic Orientation FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES: Strategic Orientation; Leadership; Empowering Others


Applicants are required to submit a motivation letter along with their applications 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:

  • Please note that the selected candidate will be hired through a national contract of Panama; therefore only nationals of this country or those holding a valid work permit or legal status will be considered for the post;
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by Federation policies, procedures, plans and applicable national laws;
  • The closing date is midnight Geneva time.
  • Only those candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified.
  • The position will be based in Panama, Republic of Panama.





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