Disaster Risk Management Officer for Central America Country Cluster


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 five country cluster representations are covering the following group of countries: Central America; the Andean region the Southern Cone and Brazil; the Anglophone Caribbean; and the Latin Caribbean.The Disaster Risk Management (Central America) Senior Officer position lies within Central America CCST but technically respond to Disaster and Crisis prevention, Response and Recovery Unit (DCPRR) to the Disaster Risk Management Programme Coordinator to ensures the quality, relevance, and effectiveness of Red Cross services provided to communities and people affected by disasters and crises, and supports the resilience-building process of disadvantaged groups. This covers actions reaching all levels of intervention –from local to global- in a way that fosters the effective integration of six areas of focus , as well as timely assistance to ensure that Red Cross National Societies consistently deliver –through their volunteers and staff- relevant country-wide services to vulnerable people, sustained for as long as needed.

Job Purpose

The Disaster Risk Management Officer provides both technical support and coordination services to the DCPRR Unit in relation to the IFRC Disaster Risk Management (DRM) programmatic and community resilience related activities as part of the IFRC areas of focus Disaster Risk Reduction, provide  support on the implementation of the roadmap to resilience through programs and technical support to priority areas that aim to reduce vulnerability and create resilient communities, placing NSs at the center of the action.

Strengthening NS for community resilience is also a major function in this team for Central America CCST. This position provides technical support to the implementation of DRR Strategy for Americas in collaboration with ARO DRM programme Coordinator for ARO base in Panama.

The multi-disciplinary DRM programme includes elements of:

  • Community based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation,
  • Disaster preparedness for response at community level
  • Application of the Community tools and the Road map to community resilience.
  • Food security and livelihoods.

The DRM programme is delivered through an integrated programming approach in identified communities across the Central America, The DRM Office as a member of the IFRC CCST, assumes IFRC accountability in supporting the National Society (NS) and s/he will work in close contact with NS counterparts. S/he will bring a global perspective to framing activities and initiatives in the broadest context, e.g. linking Central America RCS’s activities with IFRC’s contributions to implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction; as well as aligning the programme with key IFRC strategies and guidance, e.g. IFRC Strategy 2020, the IFRC Framework for Community Resilience, IFRC Americas Disaster Risk Reduction and Community Resilience Strategy.

This position is the Disaster Risk Reduction focal point in Central America based in one of the countries of the countries with IFRC legal status in Central America and depending of Central America CCST.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Disaster Risk Management Officer

  • Ensure implementation of the roadmap to resilience through developing new programs and providing technical support to priority areas aiming to reduce vulnerability and create resilient communities.
  • Responsible of the Implementation of the Disaster Risk Reduction & Resilience activities under the Country Cluster portfolio.
  • Ensure implementation of the roadmap to resilience through developing new programs and providing technical support to priority areas aiming to reduce vulnerability and create resilient communities.
  • To act as focal point within the Central American Region to ensure the provision of technical support and advice to National Society and IFRC teams to enable the development, implementation and management of effective programmes within the DRR area of focus.
  • To implement procedures, processes and guidelines so that work is carried out in an effective, compliant and coordinated way, in line with set objectives and unit targets.
  • To review procedures and work practices and seek out feedback from internal customers and service users in order to contribute to the continuous improvement and learning of the team and related functions.
  • To support capacity building in National Societies and IFRC programmes/projects within the Disaster Risk Management & Climate change area of focus.
  • To build relationships and networks within the Disaster Risk Reduction area of focus with key internal and external partners in order to share learning and service improvements.
  • To monitor, evaluate and report on the impact of activities to meet needs, build capacity and ensure learning is disseminated and used to improve performance.
  • To provide support, advice and guidance on specific technical and specialist issues within the Disaster Risk reduction area of focus to ensure that activities and projects adopt best practice principles and are compliant with necessary regulation, legislation and IFRC policy.
  • To train and provide technical guidance to less experienced staff in order to help improve capability and the service that the team provides.
  • To manage projects and resources effectively so that deliverables are achieved within set budgets, timelines and
  • In coordination with DCPRR Unit, Humanitarian Access and auxiliary roles team and in conjunction with regional/country representatives/coordinators and based on well-defined thematic position papers, support National Societies to actively engage with their governments to pursue policies that address the key trends and the reduction of associated risks and vulnerabilities.
  • To works with reference centers, country clusters, the OD team, and other units to ensure adequate implementation of DRR strategy
  • To connect with other regions to ensure that knowledge management, operational experience, lessons learned and tools are shared and adequately used.
  • Provide support to the Central America CCST to develop proposals and support the implementation of the Plan of the region.
  • To support ARO review and develop guidelines, procedure and adapt relevant polities to provide clarity and standards to others within the DRR and ensure that team members are able to deliver in ways that improve services for the NS.
  • Support ARO Disaster Risk Management activities at regional level and representation when the support its need it.


  • University degree or higher in development or similar field


  • 3-5 years professional experience in program management in DRR and community resilience
  • Experience of Budgeting Management
  • Experience of management and supervision of staff
  • Experience dealing with stressful situations, environments
  • 3 years work experience and understanding operational procedures with funding partners e.g. ECHO, PNS, UNISDR, preferred
  • Experience of proposal and report-writing, developing and managing a budget, preferred
  • 3 years’ experience of working for the Red Cross/Red Crescent, preferred

Knowledge, skills and languages

  • Self-supporting in computers
  • Skills in training and developing staff capacity
  • Excellent skills in networking with other agencies and organisations
  • Able to adapt and resolve problems due to changing situations


  • Fluently spoken and written English and Spanish


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.



Applicants will need to send their applications together with a letter of motivation no later than the closing date. In order to assure a proper comparative evaluation of your application for this vacancy and to enable us to consider your profile against other similar current and future vacancies, we ask that you submit your application taking into account the following:

Important Note:

  • Please note that the selected candidate will be hired through a national contract; therefore, only nationals of Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica or Panama(depending of the selected candidate) or foreigners holding a valid work permit will be considered.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by Federation policies, procedures, plans and applicable national laws.
  • The closing date is midnight Geneva time
  • Only those candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified
  • The position will be based in Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica or Panama.

Please apply thru this link:  https://www.ifrc.org/en/who-we-are/working-with-us/current-vacancies/job-description/?id=34822