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

Protection, Gender and Inclusion in Emergencies Officer (COVID-19)

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

Job Description

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 volunteer-based humanitarian network. The Federation is a membership organization established by and comprised of its 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 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 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; and expanding engagement with partners. On 31 December 2019, China reported cases in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, of unknown pneumonic disease. On 9 January 2020, the virus was identified to be a coronavirus – a virus from a broad family that can range from less severe cases similar to the common cold to more serious illnesses including Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). This virus is now known as Covid-19 and was declared a pandemic by WHO on 11 March 2020. IFRC is coordinating with all Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies - especially those with active cases – to support with monitoring, issuing advisories, supporting the pre-positioning of personal protective equipment for high-risk activities, scenario planning and analysing risk, and other actions. The Protection, Gender and Inclusion portfolio lies in the department of Policy, Strategy, Knowledge in the IFRC Secretariat Headquarters in Geneva. The file addresses IFRCs work on matters related to Violence, Exclusion or Discrimination, in our programs and operations, our advocacy and diplomacy efforts and in our institutional capacity. PGI in Emergencies is the section of the file that keeps focus on emergency programs and operations and has close linkages with the work of Community Engagement and Accountability (CEA), Psycho-social Support (PSS), Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting (PMER) and Operational Management. Job Purpose This role is mandated to specifically support the IFRC and its membership in ensuring PGI is considered in all aspects of the COVID-19 response globally and that National Societies and lead IFRC colleagues of sectors such as Health, WASH, Shelter and Livelihoods are supported in their efforts to mainstream PGI and especially the IFRC Minimum Standards for PGI in Emergencies. And, to support developing strategic direction and specialized measures at local and regional levels to prevent and respond to violence, discrimination, and exclusion as a result of the global pandemic. The officer will receive direct guidance, management and supervision by the Gender and Diversity Coordinator/PGI in Emergencies lead and work closely with and in support of the IFRC’s global Protection, Gender & Inclusion team, at global level and regional.  The officers main purpose is to support development of: capacity strengthening tools such as digital learning modules; resource and data management for improved accessibility for NSs; program implementation in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic such as Technical Support to digital responses to survivors of violence, and to aid the PGI team in mainstreaming, data collection, monitoring and reporting, ensuring accountability and evidence building inform programming and responses. Job Duties and Responsibilities In close collaboration with all PGI Technical Coordinators within the Inclusion, Protection and Engagement unit and under supervision of the Gender and Diversity (G&D) Coordinator, the PGI in Emergencies Officer Covid 19 will:
  • Ensure technical support to the PGI programming for IFRC (& National Society where applicable) in response to COVID-19.

  • Support the PGI Covid Coordinator to develop sector specific (shelter, livelihoods, health, etc.) and tailored mainstreaming of PGI within IFRC’s COVID response.

  • Provide support to regional offices in coordinating with NSs including collecting data & sharing best practices, monitoring, and reporting

  • Coordinate the gathering lessons learned from PGI efforts in COVID-19 interventions

  • Develop and rolling out advocacy outputs with collaboration of the G&D Coordinator and PGI Covid Coordinator

  • Systematize and coordinate online technical support to National Societies

  • Lead on the coordination of development of PGI e-modules. Make sure the e-models are appropriately targeted and consulted.

  • Integrate PGI elements and suggestions in Covid-19 Appeals, action plans, assessments, and reporting through application of PGI Minimum Standard Commitments (incl. gender, age, and disability marker)

  • Support the PGI team in the development of outputs, indicators, and monitoring tools and activities that can guide PGI efforts

  • Support National Societies and Regional Offices access to key PGI resources including Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), Psychosocial Support, education in emergencies, Child Protection, trafficking

  • Undertake any other tasks as needs arise in support of the PGI efforts in COVID-19 response

Education Required
  • A degree in social sciences, international development or similar area OR demonstrable equivalent knowledge gained through professional experience.

  • Higher (master’s) degree in social sciences, international development or similar area OR demonstrable equivalent knowledge gained through professional experience.

Experience Required
  • At least 3 years’ experience in working in a relevant role in a humanitarian context – e.g. protection, Gender and Diversity, PSS, violence prevention, trafficking prevention, etc.

  • Experience in developing and implementing operational frameworks on complex issues at a global level

  • Experience in developing monitoring and reporting systems

  • Demonstrated professional experience in an organization within the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, or in an international organization or NGO

  • Experience of working directly with case-management and/or referrals of vulnerable individuals affected by protection concerns e.g. survivors of violence, conflict or trauma

Knowledge, skills and languages Required
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to identify problems and propose solutions

  • Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results

  • Strong inter-personal skills

  • Ability to build trust, develop, and maintain effective work relationships with sensitivity and respect for diversity and inclusive participation

  • Highly organised and results focused

  • Fluently spoken and written English

  • Self-reliance, demand driven and able to test impact and results

  • Working relationships with networks of practitioners

  • Good command of another IFRC official language (French, Spanish or Arabic)

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