The post holder shall lead, manage and coordinate the strategic development of Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) programs and humanitarian response activities. S/he shall take the lead in DRRM–related and emergency response grants acquisition initiatives and in the integration of DRR into the regular programs. He/She will coordinate relief and response efforts. The post holder is responsible for maintaining a positive relationship with local partners, donors, other international agencies, local government and other stakeholders in the context of emergency preparedness and response.
The position is open to Filipino nationals only.
- Represent ChildFund in DRR networks.
- Operate as a key strategic leader within the Philippines program team, actively developing links with other related areas, such as climate change adaptation programs, education, child protection and nutrition in emergencies (EiE, CPiE and NiE) while contributing to the development of the strategic direction of the organization.
- Ensure all humanitarian response projects contribute to measurable impacts and are in line with ChildFund’s country strategies, including grant-based humanitarian programs.
- Provide technical support in the implementation of grant projects that are DRR and humanitarian response related.
- Identify funding opportunities and provide technical assistance in proposal development in the context of DRR/Emergency Response (ER).
- Lead the integration of DRR into the regular programs. This involves conducting relevant extensive training as well as monitoring all DRR activities at the local partners’ level.
- When necessary, assume overall management of the emergency response at the country level and take the lead in emergency response efforts that include rapid assessments, determination of response strategy, technical support to response, etc.
- Supervise humanitarian program budget, ensuring timely and accurate budget development and spending reviews, and that internal control and financial procedures are consistently applied across the humanitarian programs.
- Recommend on the content and staffing of the emergency response, and for defining and requesting the support needed.
- Together with the technical team, ensure that rapid emergency assessments are undertaken as required with changing situation and that revisions to program plans are adapted appropriately in line with overall response capacity.
- Together with the technical team, evaluate, monitor and review program quality and effectiveness to ensure the strict compliance of humanitarian program activities with ChildFund’s national and global policies and procedures, with relevant donor regulations and agreements, and minimum humanitarian guidelines (eg. SPHERE).
- Lead the development of organizational contingency and preparedness plans. Maintain within the team a monitoring and analysis capacity that can directly improve the organization’s ability to plan effective programs and to respond to emergency if necessary. This will include periodic review of security procedures and protocols, and the analysis and discussion of key developments in the political and humanitarian situation in the Philippines.
- Facilitate and train staff of ChildFund as well as of local partners on disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness and response in order to develop staff and local partners’ capacity.
- Produce high quality, analytical reports and supply regular situation reports (sitrep) relating to the response.
- Develop relationship and alliances with non-governmental partner organizations, government agencies, bilateral and multi-lateral institutions and other international NGOs.
- Increase ChildFund’s visibility and influence through the development of a comprehensive communication strategy using various medium.
- Perform such other tasks that may be assigned by the Program Director/National Director.
- Required Skills
- In-depth understanding of project management.
- Cross-cutting program familiarity is essential.
- Understanding of child protection in emergency is a must.
- High level ability in working and adapting in diversified cultures and background. Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy.
- Excellent communication in English both verbal and in writing.
- Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports.
- The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
- Commitment to the mission and values of ChildFund as a child development and protection organization.
- Required Experience
- Minimum 5+ years progressive work experience in international agencies in implementing and managing humanitarian responses including building local capacity to assess, design and manage programs.
- Previous experience of managing program teams in medium to large-scale first phase emergency response is essential.
- Proven track record in overseas deployment relating to emergency response.