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Regional Disaster Management Officer Job Vacancy - Kenya Red Cross

Kenya Red Cross Society is one of the largest humanitarian organisations in Kenya.

Its vision is to be the most effective, trusted and self-sustaining humanitarian organisation in Kenya.

The Society is looking for a qualified person to fill the following position:
Position Title: Regional Disaster Management Officer
2 Positions
Reporting to: Assistant Secretary General
Job Location: West Kenya & Lower Eastern

Overall Purpose
Responsible to the Assistant Secretary General for effective planning, budgeting, implementing and evaluating disaster management programmes that respond to natural disasters such as drought, famine, flood, fire, major accidents and other calamities within the Region. 

Specific responsibilities include mapping and minimising vulnerabilities and disaster risks by building the capacity of communities to effectively prepare and respondto the adverse impact of hazards and disasters, restoration of family links as well asputting in place systems for environmental conservation and development.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Coordinate implementation of disaster management programmes to respond to drought, famine, flood, landslides, explosions, fire, major accidents and other calamities with potential to cause loss of life, injury and great human suffering.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of community based early warning systems (EWS) utilizing the latest technology, contingency plans as well strategies and tactics as well as traditional knowledge management systems
  • Participate in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a national training curriculum and capacity building programmes aimed at equipping and strengthening staff, volunteers and communities with capacity to prepare for disasters and large-scale emergencies
  • Develop strategies for strengthening collaborative partnerships and networks with stakeholders, donors, government agencies, the private sector and other players to ensure implementation of programmes that enhance organizational effectiveness
  • Prepare inception reports, concept papers, periodic progress reports and annual reports showing achievements against planned targets as well as providing justification for performance variances and areas of improvement
Minimum Qualifications
  • Relevant post-graduate qualification such as BSc in Disaster Management or equivalent qualifications
  • Over three (3) years experience in planning, implementing and evaluating disaster management implementing programmes in emergency/relief context
Key Competencies
  • Knowledge of humanitarian relief issues, trends and goals at national, regional and international levels aimed at preventing and alleviating human suffering
  • Strong leadership, team building, conflict resolution and ability to deliver the Society’s strategic objectives
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in strategic management, project planning and budgeting as well as programme monitoring and evaluation
  • Ability to develop and implement accountability and performance management systems to support professional development efforts linked to strategic objectives
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, data-base, email and utilization of the internet
Applications must contain: Letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of relevant certificates, address and contacts of two referees.
All applications should be sent to:
The Secretary General
Kenya Red Cross Society
P. O. Box 40712-00100,
So as to reach him not later than Friday, 14th December 2012.

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