The Canadian Red Cross is Canada’s leading Humanitarian Organization whose mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization with 191 member-National Societies globally. The CRC is housed within the IFRC Americas Regional Office (ARO) and is committed to ensure its actions are non-discriminatory towards people of all ages and backgrounds, and to promote gender equality and respect for diversity, and integrate prevention and response to gender based violence across operations.
The Canadian Red Cross (CRC), with the support of Global Affairs Canada (GAC), and the IFRC are implementing the Community Resilience Building Project which aims to strengthen community resilience in the Caribbean. The project supports the institutional development and capacity building of three RC National Societies in Belize, Suriname and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Multiple stakeholders include the Red Cross Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Reference Center (CADRIM), National Disaster Offices, and local Gender Ministries or special interest groups. The project also supports community led interventions and enhanced collaboration among all stakeholders in order to achieve its aims. These combined efforts will result in communities being prepared for and therefore more resilient to hazards and risks associated with disasters and climate change.
The Community Resilience Building (CRB) Project is aligned with GAC’s Feminist International Assistance Policy. As such the project draws on the CRC’s policies, commitments and expertise in the PGIE focus area to apply a gender-responsive and ecosystem-based approach to community disaster risk management and climate change adaptation (CCA). The CRC views gender equality as inseparable from all other forms of intersecting identity markers and recognises their underlying effect on protection concerns. This means that the project staff and volunteers must use our CEA framework to bring in diverse community members in all DRR and CCA activities.
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the CRC’s Regional Representative for the Americas, based in Panama, the PGIE Advisor will support the gender responsive implementation of the CRB project. As a key member of the CRB team, the advisor will be responsible for assisting the partner NS’s to plan, manage, implement, monitor and report on the PGIE elements defined in their country plans and budgets, integrating IFRC and international humanitarian standards of gender equality, protection, quality and accountability in emergency preparedness and response.
In addition to the above-mentioned roles the PGIE advisor will ensure that the PGIE focus area is prioritised and mainstreamed throughout the CRB project. The PGIE Advisor will collaborate with key Red Cross Movement partners, including the NSs, the CRC Americas team, the IFRC Americas Regional Office, the ICRC where possible, and CADRIM to increase the technical effectiveness of the initiatives of the National Societies. In addition, the Advisor will consult closely with the CRC’s PGIE Global Advisors.
The Regional Advisor for PGIE will be contracted by the IFRC’s Secretariat Regional Office in the Americas but will work under the direction of the Canadian Red Cross’s Program Coordination Office in Panama.
The Advisor will serve as both the GE consultant for St. Vincent and the Grenadines and as regional PGIE advisor that will coordinate the other two GE consultants from Belize and Suriname. The Advisor will convene or conduct visits to the National Societies where the project is being implemented to support them in their ongoing activities and planning process to integrate cross-cutting themes and provide technical support.
The Advisor will collaborate with the Global PGIE advisors, PMER advisors and DM advisors to ensure PGIE is mainstreamed throughout all aspects of the project. The Advisor will participate in the coordination meetings required and agreed by the partners, National Societies and CRC.
Remote support and technical guidance to the National Societies participating in the CRB project.
Review and track all PGIE related activities in the project in a work plan for duration of contract
Quarterly narrative reports to CRC’s Regional Representative, Americas. Mission reports after each visit to the National Societies.
Prepare and conduct PGIE awareness training Modules for NS and Communities and support GE consultants to replicate the trainings in their respective countries.
Review of and coordinate the consolidation of a toolkit to mainstream gender into DRR projects
The scheduled term for the consultancy will not exceed 35 hours/week for a period of 12 months.
Recommended Presentation of Proposal:
Monthly payment upon submission of monthly report and validation of CRC’s Administrative and Financial Coordinator and CRC Representative Americas approval in the amount of USD$ 3,885 per month.
 CADRIM is a resource of the Secretariat of the IFRC designed to support Caribbean Red Cross National Societies to build more resilient communities through a focus on risk reduction.
 Following the IFRC Strategic Framework on Gender and Diversity 2013-2020 and the 2015 International Conference Resolution “Sexual and gender-based violence: joint action on prevention and response”, the CRC has internal gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) commitments, a Code of Conduct, policies on violence prevention and the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA), a Community Engagement and Accountability (CEA) and an Indigenous Peoples Framework that all compliment the IFRC Minimum standards commitments (MSCs) for Protection, Gender equality and Social Inclusion in emergencies.
 The project uses the IUCN definition of EbA which is a people-centric concept, that acknowledges that human resilience depends critically on the integrity of ecosystems and the promotion of human rights under changing climate conditions https://www.iucn.org/theme/ecosystem-management/our-work/ecosystem-based-approaches-climate-change-adaptation