Program Officer

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Job Description

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 Secretariat of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is organized into four Business groups in Geneva and five Business Groups in the field, namely
the Regional Offices for Africa, Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The Africa Regional Business Group is organized through cluster offices covering the National Societies in Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, West Coast, Sahel and Central Africa as well as country offices in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Republic of South Sudan, Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red
Crescent Societies, in its commitment to build strong National Societies and to support scaling up of National Societies’ services to the most vulnerable populations, is established in Nigeria since 2013. The NS/IFRC carried out several needs and capacity assessment in the last months. As a result of the deteriorating situation, an EPOA was done. This EPoA would target a total more than 300.000 people most in need of urgent assistance, specially IDPs and returnees in® the NE States of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe to be assisted with food, water, sanitation and
hygiene, education, resilience building, community health services (primary health), psychosocial support (PSS), livelihoods as well as cash transfers. This plan of action is expected to be implemented until the end of 2018.

Job Purpose
Under the supervision of the IFRC West Coast Health Delegate the Programs Officer will provide support in Health and Care and Disaster Management preparedness, response, mitigation and resilience activities of National Societies. The staff member will work in building national, regional and institutional (including secretariat) capacities to enable them to initiate, manage, and evaluate all Health and Care, Disaster risk Management programmes adhering to Federation policies, strategy 2020, technical guidelines and sphere standards.
These programmes should feature measurable elements and target the most vulnerable. The staff member will assures ongoing collaboration with all relevant partners in the region in the
field of Health and Care and Disaster Risk Management and will also work on the further development of these relationships. The staff member contributes to the quality improvement of Health and Care and Disaster Risk Management programs of NS throughout the region. When necessary: The staff member could be deployed to provide surge capacity and to respond to emergencies in the region.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support National Societies in providing technical advice on all health and disaster risk management
  • Assure effective coordination of all health and disaster risk management activities on regional representation level in relation to the action plan defined by the West Coast Cluster office.
  • Work in close cooperation with the health and disaster risk management teams in the Africa
  • Region to reach the Federation’s objectives for the countries/regions.
  • Increase co-ordination mechanisms, sharing knowledge and best practices with co-operating
  • Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies acting bilaterally in the region.
  • Liaise with international humanitarian agencies and organisations when appropriate and participate in Inter Agency coordination and other NGO meetings, task forces on Health and
  • Care and Disaster Risk Management where appropriate and beyond the formal coordination meetings.
  • Develop and maintain coordination with the different agencies involved in health and disaster risk management on regional level and assist the NS to assure the same cooperation on country level.
  • Provide, when necessary and requested, additional surge capacity to aid in the international response of the Federation.
  • Assist NS and regional representation to develop and implement health and disaster risk
  • management oriented These programmes include basic community care, water/sanitation, health components of Disaster preparedness (DP) and DM, first aid (FA) including community based first aid (CBFA), control of communicable diseases and epidemics and psychological support programmes (PSP), Urban DRR and reflect regional and national realities which target the major health problems amongst the most vulnerable in the community.
  • Ensure all aspects of community resilience programming are managed and implemented in accordance with Federation’s strategic programme framework, signatory codes of conduct and agreed standards including Red Cross Red Crescent Code of Conduct, Sphere Standards and Humanitarian Accountability Partnership.
  • Assist the NS to develop high quality projects by identifying potential funding sources taking in account NS priorities and writing proposals for such.
  • Stimulate and create the right level of working relationship between the NS and its government, especially in Health and Disaster Risk Management related ministries; ensuring NS knowledge about Global fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM), its country coordination mechanism (CCM), inter agency coordination committee (ICC) and that the NS is well represented where ever possible as a national partner.
  • Give timely and effective technical support on Regional and Country level and assist the NS’s in the implementation and follow up of health and disaster risk management
  • Analyse training needs for NS and assure support for the NS through trainings in health and disaster risk management related areas.
  • Develop partnerships and assure that potential donors are approached for support to health and care and disaster risk management programs.
Job Requirements
Minimum years of experience


Other Requirements


  • Relevant University Degree in Health and Care or Disaster Risk Management or Programs management or equivalent
  • Masters degree in community Health/public Health (Msc, MPH, etc)


  • Experience of working for the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
  • 5 years of experience in Health and Care/ Disaster Risk Management, including experience in the field
  • At least 2 years of working for a humanitarian aid organisation/emergency health
  • Experience of setting up, managing and coordinating Health and Disaster Risk
  • Management response and long-term community resilience programming
  • Experience in conducting trainings
  • Experience of report writing, planning and finance and budgeting

Knowledge, skills and languages

  • Strong and highly developed technical skills in health/DRM international practices
  • Self-supporting in computers (word processing, spreadsheets, internet and web based searching etc.)
  • Solid and tested analytical and decision-making skills
  • Operational management and reporting skills
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and networking skills
  • Fluently spoken and written French
  • Fluently spoken and written English

Competencies and values

  • Accountability
  • National Society Relations
  • Teamwork-interpersonal skills
  • Integrity and personal conduct
  • Professionalism
  • Communication Managerial effectiveness
  • Initiative and direction
  • Flexibility, Patience and adaptability-sensitivity to diversity

The Federation is an equal opportunity employer.

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About The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian network that reaches 150 million people in 190 National Societies through the work of over 13,7 million volunteers.Together, we act before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. We do so without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.Guided by Strategy 2020 – our co...
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Job Summary
July 13, 2018
Offer Type
Full time
Minimum of 5years
Abuja Federal Capital Territory
July 25, 2018
NGO / Community Services
NGO / Non-Profit / International Agencies
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