Plan International Regional Disaster Risk Management Specialist Job in Kenya

Vacant Position: Regional Disaster Risk Management Specialist
Plan International is an independent non-profit organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. 
Working in building powerful partnerships for children for over 75 years and present on 70 countries, Plan International strives for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children while working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners. 

Plan International Regional Office for East and Southern Africa (RESA), is seeking for qualified and experienced candidates for the position of Regional Disaster Risk Management Specialist based in Nairobi with extensive travel across the region.

Purpose of the Position:  The position of Regional Disaster Risk Management Specialist (RDRMS) will provide support to Country Offices in emergency preparedness planning, surge capacity building and large scale emergency response management. 
The above includes but is not limited to supporting Country Office Disaster Risk Management (DRM) capacity assessments during non-response times, humanitarian preparedness and response capacity assessments at the onset of emergencies, supporting DRM capacity building initiatives, identifying and documenting good practices and ensuring humanitarian learning across the region, and providing leadership to the regions DRM knowledge management. 

Key Responsibilities:
  • Monitor and provide timely reports / updates on emerging crises / hotspots in the region. 
  • Ensure Plan International Country Offices (COs) are proactively using early warning information to prepare both the organisation and supported communities for effective responses. This includes facilitating CO contingency planning. 
  • Facilitate annual CO disaster preparedness planning processes. 
  • Ensure that Plan’s Child-Centered Community Development (CCCD) approach is reflected I CO disaster preparedness and responses. 
  • Actively participate in DRM project designs in COs to ensure these projects have in-build resilience building enablers. 
  • Facilitate regional surge capacity development initiatives including the training of CO Emergency Response Teams (ERTs). 
  • Is responsible for maintaining the regional surge deployment roster. 
  • Support CO response capacity assessment at the onset of a humanitarian response. 
  • Facilitate DRM research, evaluations, reflection events, and documentation of good practices for both internal and external sharing. 
  • Represent Plan International at key regional humanitarian and DRM platforms. 
  • Support COs with targeted external engagement. 
  • Where required, deploy to CO, regional and global responses. 
  • Carry out any other duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 
Must have: 
  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in a related field of study. 
  • Requires at least 7 years work experience in emergency response programming. 
  • Good knowledge of the Horn of Africa and Southern Africa humanitarian landscape. 
  • Strong working knowledge of the humanitarian industry including the core humanitarian standard, humanitarian law, and ability to mainstream key cross-cutting themes. 
  • Great oral and written communications skills. 
  • Commendable experience in proposal writing. 
  • Ability to facilitate real time evaluations and reflection events. 
  • Proven record for integrated program designs in large scale responses. 
  • Work experience in a fragile context. 
  • Outstanding information management, coordination and networking skills. 
  • Requires cross-cultural experience, understanding and sensitivity. 
  • Strong commitment to Plan’s child centred and gender sensitive disaster risk management approaches. 
  • Experience in developing DRM training modules and managing capacity building initiatives.
Work Environment / Travel: The position holder must have readiness to travel at very short notice (within 24hours), and should be ready to travel to travel up to 40% of their worktime.

How to Apply:
Closing Date: August 31, 2016
This position is open to Kenyan Nationals only.

Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted. 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
The position title should be the subject of your email application. 
Applications should be sent to:

References will be taken and background and anti-terrorism checks will be carried out in conformity with Plans Child Protection Policy. Plan operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all persons meeting the skills and experience required.

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