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 Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) ( is a hosted programme of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and is a voluntary association of governments, businesses and civil society organisations. Both the IFRC and GRSP are headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The aim of the GRSP’s work is to reduce death and serious injuries as a result of road crashes in low- and middle-income countries. According to the World Health Organization, road traffic injuries claim more than 1.3 million lives each year and result in approximately 50 million injuries. Low and middle-income countries are disproportionately negatively affected. Globally, road traffic deaths are the leading cause of death among young people and can cost governments between 3 and 5% of GDP. Road traffic injuries and deaths represent a manmade humanitarian crisis and GRSP/IFRC are committed to evidence-based interventions to address this global epidemic. GRSP’s work includes: • running a variety of member and non-member funded road safety projects throughout the world but focussed primarily in Africa, Asia and Latin America; • managing a Road Safety Grants Programme that supports civil society and Red Cross National Societies to strengthen legislation and policies that impact on road safety; • undertaking projects in low- and middle- income countries to reduce road crash deaths and serious injuries funded through the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) • running road policing capacity building programmes including as part of the BIGRS • running the Botnar Child Road Safety Challenge, which operates in six countries and supported by the Swiss based Fondation Botnar; • in conjunction with John Hopkins University, running a range of Global Road Safety Leadership Programmes supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Job Purpose

The primary role of the Senior Officer is to serve as the GRSP lead on road safety policy advocacy, and capacity building in a designated portfolio of low- and middle-income countries selected from Africa, Asia and/or Latin America. The appointee will be expected to coordinate the implementation of GRSP policy objectives and strategies in key priority countries, identify opportunities to further advance GRSP’s country-based objectives and strategies, and work closely with GRSP road policing programme staff to ensure complementary approaches and activities

Job Duties and Responsibilities

• Serve as the primary coordinator of the implementation of GRSP’s road safety advocacy related activities under the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety in a designated set of countries
• Develop, in consultation with the relevant GRSP managers and other technical staff, country-based policy objectives and policy advocacy strategies to achieve the objectives in the designated set of countries
• Support the implementation of country-based policy strategies, including coordinating the work of GRSP grantee organizations and other relevant partners in the designated set of countries
• Provide guidance, support and advice to individual organizations to enable them to deliver effective advocacy for evidence-based road safety policies within the low- and middle-income country context
• Identify opportunities for programmatic advancement within the country portfolio and develop strategies including realignment of strategies, if needed, to exploit those opportunities, in relation to work undertaken as part of the GRSP Road Safety Grants Programme
• Facilitate identifying international and intraregional cross-programmatic opportunities to advance GRSP goals and objectives by sharing information on a regular basis between relevant GRSP staff members working in specific geographic regions
• Develop, implement, and monitor road safety capacity building plans for GRSP grantee organizations
• Support the development of country-specific strategic plans through assessment of road safety policy and legislative gaps, existing political context, current opportunities for policy and legislative changes and analysis of civil society organizations and government agencies and their potential to advocate for stronger road safety law
• Provide on-going guidance, support and technical assistance to ensure the delivery of effective policy advocacy campaigns, which adapt to changes in the political context, respond effectively to oppositions and achieve road safety-related policy change and implementation
• Support strategy workshops with grantee organizations as and when required during advocacy campaigns to modify existing strategies and/or develop new strategies in response to changing policy environments
• Contribute to the development of advocacy and road safety-related training materials for use by GRSP Programme teams
• Manage a portfolio of grants in the designated set of countries through the following activities:

  • Contribute to the process of identifying grantees through the two annual rounds of grant making under the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety

 • Negotiate grants with successful applicants
 • Monitor implementation of grants and provide regular feedback and road safety-related technical assistance to grantees
 • Review periodical and final reports submitted by grantees on the progress of the implementation of grants
 • Identify need for modification/expansion of grants and complete relevant grants management activities to allow for such within the designated country portfolio

• Work collaboratively with all GRSP teams and other BIGRS partners
• Develop and maintain effective relationships with local advocacy and road safety-related organizations and regularly update knowledge of local civil society and road safety policy landscapes the country portfolio
• Represent GRSP at relevant events, meetings and conferences, as requested by Manager
• Contribute to GRSP regional seminars and other GRSP events by providing inputs to the agenda and working with the team to prepare and deliver sessions
• Complete regular monthly, six-monthly and annual reporting of country -based activities
• Contribute to GRSP’s Global Road Safety Leadership Courses by identifying possible participants from countries and conducting advocacy related session as needed.



  • University degree in a relevant area (road safety, public policy, advocacy, public health)

  • Preferred:

  • Advanced education or professional/technical training (or equivalent experience) in a relevant area



  • Minimum 7 years of professional experience including at least 5 years in the area of road safety, policy advocacy and/or grants management

  • Experience in undertaking policy mapping and situation assessments

  • Experience in working with NGOs having a focus on policy advocacy

  • Experience in writing reports for different audiences


  • Experience in providing technical input on road safety topics

  • Experience in developing or supporting the development and implementation of advocacy tools and advocacy plans

  • Experience of working for the Red Cross / Red Crescent or other humanitarian organizations

  • Experience of working at the global level and in cross-cultural settings

Knowledge, skills and languages


  • Ability to provide clear advice to NGOs and National Red Cross Society to effect policy change and implementation

  • Ability to assess current and changing political situation to use the best advocacy tools to impact on policy change

  • Knowledge of political processes and where in the process efforts should be made to strengthen policies that protect road users

  • Ability to coordinate across a diverse set of stakeholders with sensitivity to the political and policy dynamics

  • Ability to take up extensive international travel

  • Strong communication skills

  • Strong writing skills, including the ability to clearly explain complicated issues for non-native English speakers

  • Fluency in spoken and written English


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

Competencies and 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.

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