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Duty Station
Panama City, Panama

Duty Station Status

4 Months

Accompanied Status

Organizational Context:

The Health, Disaster and Climate Crisis (HDCC) is the operations coordination structure. It comprises a Head of Department, a Continental Operations Coordinator and 2 Disaster Management Coordinators (DMCs) a.

It also works closely with all the Cluster Delegations and technical areas such as:

Health; Livelihoods; Shelter; Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (PMER); Communications; Information Management (IM); Surge; Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR); Partnerships & Resource Development (PRD); and International Disaster Response Law (IDRL).
Additionally, D&C has staff dedicated to service support, finances and HR.

The Unit is responsible of providing region-wide guidance, standard operation procedures and operational leadership... to every other unit in the Americas' regional office in times of emergency.

This function extends to institutional readiness and preparedness actions within the IFRC secretariat and National Societies in the region, aiming to work as one International Federation.
It also includes support to regional integration systems, national and regional disaster management offices and any other interested partners.

The Unit supports Cluster Coordination Support Teams and/or National Societies in areas such as disaster preparedness, and response.

In particular, it supports building resilience by integrating programmes on risk reduction and community-based health approaches focused on non-communicable diseases and epidemics.
The implementation of this programmes strive -from the initial assessment to the final evaluation
- aim to promote social inclusion, and advocate on the adoption of peace-building approaches to bridging the different perspectives that are to be expected in a diverse, complex world.

To accomplish its objectives and goals, HDCC acknowledges the importance of working in coordination and cooperation with other actors and stakeholders to support its membership of national societies.
HDCC participates in coordination meetings with CDEMA, CEPREDENAC, OCHA, REDLAC and other institutions operating in the same geographical area. In addition, there is constant communication and coordination with ICRC, Partner National Societies (PNSs) and other organizations.

The Consultant will report to the ARO Operations, Evolving Crisis and Disasters Manager and will support the coordination of emergency at Regional level and other strategic tasks related to the function.

Job Purpose:

Alignment to the Federation's Objectives and Strategy
• Ensuring effective international disaster management
• Strengthen National Societies
• Ensuring a strong IFRC

Key objectives
• Support Emergency Operations
• Strengthen Disaster-Management Capacity

Job Duties and Responsibilities:


1. Support Emergency Operations**:
• In case of an emergency category Orange or Red in the region, support the CCD and SN in the elaboration of an Emergency Appeal, Operational Strategy and Funding Requirements, as well as in the elaboration of Operation Update 1 and
• Travel for one month to a NS, to provide support and leadership during an emergency response operation.

2. Support the capacity building of CCDs and SNs.**:
• Organize and implement 4 sessions of dissemination of IFRC guidelines, with the DM Regional Coordination Group.
• Deliver 3 updated SOPs related to emergency response (Alert System, Emergency Operations Center, Emergency Appeal), based on IFRC Guidelines and Procedures. For this, the consultant must carry out validation meetings with the DMs of the CCD and technical sectors.
• Propose a new structure for the Regional Hurricane Season Contingency Plan, based on the new IFRC Contingency Plan Guidelines.

Timeframe and proposed agenda
The consultancy period is 4,5 months, starting from August 1, 2023 and ending December 31, 2023.

Reporting line
The consultant reports to the Operations, Evolving Crisis and Disasters Manager in the IFRC's Americas Regional Office (ARO).

The consultant will be contracted by the Federation and the standard contractual terms will apply.

The payment will be:
• 20% upon signing the contract.
• 30% upon delivery of the SOPs
• 20% upon travel to a NS to support an emergency response operation
• 10% upon delivery of new structure for the Regional Hurricane Season Contingency Plan
• 20% upon completion of the 4 sessions with the DM Regional Coordination Group.

Travel and accommodation
The consultant is expected to travel to in-person operations within the Americas Region.

Agreed travel expenses will be reimbursed at cost in accordance with the Federation's relevant regulations.
• *Job Duties and Responsibi
Panama City Panama


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