Development of an Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction Toolkit for National Societies

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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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 or “the Federation”) is the world’s largest humanitarian network. The Federation is a membership organisation established by and comprised of its 192 member National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Along with National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Federation is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent (RCRC) Movement. The overall aim of the IFRC is “to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.” It works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises.

The Federation is served by a Secretariat based in Geneva, with regional and country offices throughout the world. The Secretariat is led by the IFRC Secretary General and provides the central capacity of the International Federation to serve, connect, and represent National Societies. The Secretariat’s focus includes providing support to the IFRC governance mechanisms; setting norms and standards; providing guidance; ensuring consistency, coordination, and accountability for performance; knowledge sharing; promoting collaboration within and respect for the RCRC Movement; influential representation with global level partners; and expanding engagement with partners. The Secretariat’s headquarters is organized under three divisions, including National Society Development and Operations Coordination (NSDOC). The NSDOC Division is in turn organised in three Departments, each of them led by a Director. The Disasters, Climate and Crises (Prevention, Response & Recovery) Department consists of four teams, of which Climate & Resilience is one.

Addressing the climate and environmental crises is the first Strategic Priority of IFRC’s Strategy 2030, which stresses the urgency to massively scale-up climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in view of increasing disasters and climate-related impacts on vulnerable people.

The consultancy is part of the “Greening Red Cross and Red Crescent Disaster Risk Reduction: Saving Lives through Working with Nature” project funded by USAID and led by IFRC’s Climate and Resilience team.

Job Purpose

Disaster risk reduction has been one of IFRC’s key focus areas over the past three decades. Today, IFRC is one of the biggest DRR actors in the world. In 2018, the IFRC network invested 207 million Swiss francs on community-based DRR and climate adaptation projects, reaching 52 million people in 160 countries. Nature-based solutions[1] (NbS) are increasingly being recognized as one of the most effective means to reduce disaster risks and build community resilience. While RCRC National Societies around the world are implementing NbS, we believe it should become a more integral part of our network’s DRR and climate adaptation work. Scaling up NbS and notably ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction[2] (DRR) was identified as one of the transformative priorities of the IFRC Secretariat for 2020 and has been included as one of the flagship targets for the IFRC Plan & Budget 2021-2025. The aim is for a majority of RCRC National Societies to implement NbS by 2025. This is seen as a key contributor to operationalizing IFRC’s vision to scale up our climate action as reflected in Strategy 2030, the Movement Ambitions to address the Climate Crisis and our pledge at the 33rd International Conference in 2019.

With the support of USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, IFRC will implement a three-year project (2020-2023), titled “Greening Red Cross and Red Crescent Disaster Risk Reduction: Saving Lives through Working with Nature”, to increase the resilience of communities facing natural hazards through the implementation of NbS.

The objectives of the project are to:

1) enable National Societies and communities to design and implement DRR projects incorporating NbS in diverse settings;

2) update existing IFRC tools/methodologies and develop new guidance for National Societies on ecosystem-based DRR;

3) promote NbS and disseminate lessons learned within and beyond the RCRC network.


The objective of this consultancy is to update existing IFRC tools/methodologies and develop a new Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction Toolkit for staff and volunteers of Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Key tasks and deliverables

- Review relevant IFRC DRR tools/guidelines (e.g. Enhanced Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment, Roadmap to Community Resilience, Small and Simple Actions to Adapt to Climate Change, Climate-smart programming guide) and propose adaptations, where appropriate/needed, to adequately reflect eco-DRR.

-Develop an Eco-DRR toolkit for National Societies, including a practical eco-DRR guidance for staff and volunteers of National Societies (building on work already done), a position paper on the scope and role of the RCRC in NbS for advocacy at the local level, a set of recommendations for the integration of NbS in programming across IFRC’s areas of work and a set of recommendations for the integration of NbS in IFRC emergency response and recovery efforts.

-Develop training material on the eco-DRR guidance/toolkit.

-Facilitation of Training of Trainers.

Specific deliverables will include the following:

1. Detailed workplan and proposed work schedule for the consultancy

2. Document outlining any gaps in existing IFRC DRR tools/guidance and recommendations to address them

3. Final version of the eco-DRR guidance

4. Position paper on the scope and role of the RCRC in NbS

5. Document outlining a set of recommendations for the integration of NbS in programming across IFRC’s areas of work

6. Document outlining a set of recommendations for the integration of NbS in emergency response and recovery efforts

7. Training material on the eco-DRR guidance/toolkit (e.g. presentations for ToT, curriculum, associated tools, templates, facilitator guide)

8. Facilitation of Training of Trainers for IFRC staff and select National Societies on the guidance/toolkit

Depending on the time available, and findings of the consultancy, further products may be agreed between IFRC and the consultant and content/direction of the aforementioned deliverables may be adapted.

For full details and the ToR, including the application process, please click here


• University degree in disaster risk management or climate change adaptation (or relevant area) or equivalent experience (required)



• Minimum of 5 years’ experience in ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction


• Experience working with a humanitarian or development organisation in a disaster risk reduction function

• Experience working within the RC/RC Movement

Knowledge, skills and languages

• Knowledge of RC/RC and UN global disaster risk management tools and systems (preferred)

• Excellent writing and communication skills

• Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to represent the IFRC

• Ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment

• Ability to work and coordinate with various stakeholders

• Proactive, self-starter that can work with minimal oversight


• Fluently spoken and written English

Competencies and values

-Values: Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability

-Core competencies: Communication; Collaboration and teamwork; Judgement and decision making; National society and customer relations; Creativity and innovation; Building trust

-Functional competencies: Strategic orientation; Building alliances; Leadership; Empowering others

-Managerial competencies: Managing staff performance, Managing staff development