Job Advert Number: 1/2020
Position: Project Field Officer: Disaster Risk Reduction
Location: Chipinge and Chimanimani districts
Report To: Program Coordinator
Contract Duration: 24 months (Starting May 2020)
International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) has over 95 years of experience in empowering communities to overcome poverty as a global development entity through empowering the rural poor in Africa and Asia. Our strategy is delivered through innovative approaches that are integrated, people-centred and sustainable in the areas of resilient livelihoods and education. IIRR is registered in the USA with Headquarters in the Philippines. We have strong anti-poverty programs in eight (8) countries in Eastern and Southern Africa in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, South Sudan and Zimbabwe and Southeast Asia; the Philippines, Cambodia and Myanmar. IIRR has started operating in Zimbabwe since 2012. Our current programs focus on food security and resilient livelihoods, education for poor marginalized communities and applied learning, which include community managed disaster risk reduction. IIRR in partnership with Terre des hommes Italia (TDH), Childline Zimbabwe and the technical partner Translate Into Meaning (TRIM) will implement a project titled Empowering school communities for disaster preparedness and risk reduction through the formal education system (PRE-EDUCATE) in Chipinge and Chimanimani. The project aims to increase the capacity of schools, teachers and pupils in disaster preparedness at the same time minimizing education disruption due to humanitarian crisis in the most vulnerable school communities of Chimanimani and Chipinge districts in Zimbabwe. The project also aims to strengthen education services through recovery and building the capacity and agility of schools and their surrounding communities in disaster preparedness and early action.
IIRR is seeking an experienced and competent Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) Field Officer to support the project consortium to organize communities around schools for disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness and vulnerability reduction. The incumbent will also help to improve Education in Emergencies response capacities for schools, responsible authorities and communities.
Duties and responsibilities
- Participate in the preparation and development of the baseline survey
- Mobilization of the project targeted groups for CMDRR training
- Raising awareness of disaster reduction, climate change and improving disaster preparedness in schools through trainings in DRR including community early warning systems.
- Raise community awareness of hazards and disaster risks through Risks identification, assessment and monitoring closely the early warning systems.
- Promote understanding of hazards and communities’ vulnerabilities;
- Help communities enhance their capacities to address their vulnerabilities.
- Support relevant government departments and other key stakeholders to use CMDRR knowledge, innovation and education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels.
- Facilitate regular awareness raising campaigns in the communities on hazards through community meetings organized by other development partners, information and education material and through mobile out-reach teams.
- Activate and strengthen community mobile communication platforms like WhatsApp for information dissemination and follow up preparedness messages to the community.
At school level, facilitate the following:
- Undertaking participatory vulnerability analysis (PVA) with children, teachers, parents and the wider community;
- Tracking changes linked to climate changes
- Raising awareness in wider communities – outreach from schools, capacity building with School Management Committees
- Supporting community mobilization and advocacy (campaign, rally and follow-up trainings);
- Documenting processes / experiences
- Production of Community friendly learning and advocacy materials outlining key messages.
- Support trained teachers to establish school DRR clubs in targeted schools.
- Support teachers, children and youth to work with their communities in
- developing risk maps,
- designing school and community emergency plans,
- setting up early warning systems and implementing response, mitigation and risk reduction plans, among other activities
- Provide on-going monitoring of program activities and make recommendations for improvement where appropriate.
- Produce progress reports and monthly plans against activities.
- Ensure compliance to Donor and IIRR requirements /guidelines.
Coordination and lateral relations
- Maintain regular contact with school heads, trained teachers, community leaders, community groups, DRR clubs in the selected schools and communities as well as essential stakeholders for advocacy purposes.
- Collaborates and ensures good relationship with the central government through the District Development Coordinator’s office and other key partners.
- Develop and maintain an effective operational partnership with District and ward council authority and other local stakeholders as necessary
- Ensures smooth coordination and sharing of information with project consortium organizations and other partners at district and area council level.
- Build effective partnerships with key stakeholders such as communities, leaders and provincial government.
Qualifications and experience required
- Degree in Social Sciences, Geography and Environmental Studies, Development Studies, Community Development, Disaster Management or any relevant qualification.
- Three (3) years’ experience in project implementation. Have an experience in Community Based activity in Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRM) and/or environment will be an asset.
- Knowledge of Disaster Management and Disaster Risk Reduction are key requirements.
- A full understanding of the national Disaster Management structures is mandatory.
- Training and workshop organizational skills on DRRM matters.
- Strong reporting skills.
- Stays open to internal and external feedback
- Ability to work under minimum supervision and under severe pressure.
If you are interested and qualify for this job, please send your application and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.
NB: Shortlisting will be done as applications are received. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Deadline: 29 April 2020
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