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Posted on Thu 25th Apr, 2019 - --- (0 comments)

Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) is the world’s leading international development organization whose vision is “A World without poverty”. Our approach to fighting poverty is through the lasting power of volunteering. VSO currently works in 24 countries across Africa, Asia and The Pacific.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Volunteer, Disaster Risk Reduction & Resilence Specialist

Reference number: JOB0117479
Location: Abuja with frequent travel to other states in Nigeria
Duration: 12 months (possibly starting June 2019)

Job purpose   
  • This national volunteer role will contribute to the Rural Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategy, analysis, documentation/ knowledge management, coordination, reporting, liaison and networking.
  • The NV-DRR/RS will work closely with VSO projects and ensure that all VSO projects are integrating resilience concept.
  • S/he is also responsible for providing technical support on DRR, coordination, networking, and liaison with VSO projects and partners, government, and other stakeholders.
  • S/he will support Vulnerability Capacity Assessment (VCA), Disaster Risk Management Plan (MDRMP) and contingency plan of Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) formulation process especially on the EUAV project.
Technical Support:
  • Support stakeholder mapping of humanitarian and resilience stakeholders.
  • Conduct risk assessments and community disaster risk preparedness and management plans
  • Support the country office to prepare a disaster preparedness and management plans
  • Assist in developing a training module on resilience and humanitarian aid disaster preparedness for the country team
  • Oversee and provide technical input to the design Resilience /DRR systems, procedures, framework, tools and guidelines as needed for the Project
  • Provide technical support to VSO projects on integration of resilience in alignment to VSO core approaches, strategies and guidelines and in compatible with the context analysis
Knowledge management:
  • Support resilience teams including the VSO Project in collection and or publication of good practices, success stories, project outcome documents, etc. in resilience work with Communication, Learning to develop knowledge products, communication materials and other IEC materials to promote awareness raising about Resilience and DRR
Capacity Building:
  • Support in building the capacity of VSO team, partners and external stakeholders on resilience frameworks and toolkits including on Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS)
  • Disseminate information to resilience Programme on national policies, plans, instruments and standards related to DRR, resilience and humanitarian response including; Sendai Framework of Action, DRR Policies and strategy  in Cambodia
  • Provide training, support and coaching to partner staff on development of Disaster Risk Management Plan and Community Disaster Risk Management Plan and tools such as Participatory Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments (PVCA) to develop risk management plans
Monitoring and reporting:
  • Set agreed indicators and milestones based on the result framework developed
  • Provide feedback to the programme team based on the field monitoring visits
  • Support the project team in developing high quality project/ programme reports regarding resilience perspective
  • Liaise with VSO colleagues and some project partners to ensure timely submission of contributions.
Networking and Project Logistics Support:
  • Coordinate and build relationship with EUAV global team, VSO project/program, government, CSOs, partners and private sectors.
  • Support in arranging venue, resources, and stationery for projects workshops and trainings
  • Facilitate the organization partner meetings and field risk assessment processes.
Key Performance Indicators
  • Most vulnerable areas and causes of vulnerability identified
  • Disaster risk preparedness and management plans developed.
  • Training module on resilience and humanitarian aid and disaster preparedness developed
  • Workshops/ training / coaching on disaster risk preparedness and management conducted
Note: The final objectives will be confirmed in a three way discussion between the volunteer, employer and VSO in the first three months of the placement.

Skill, knowledge & experience
Professional skills and qualifications needed for the position:
  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in Resilience/ DRR or any relevant field, with relevant work experience in the design and implementation of disaster risk reduction or other related areas in the Rural/Urban context.
  • Practical experience and knowledge on global and national DRR related policies and practices, core humanitarian standard, rights based approach, gender and social inclusion
  • Experience in conducting study on shocks and stresses assessment in the field level
  • Knowledge on resilience interventions, especially in Nigeria
  • Experience in developing training module and disaster risk preparedness and management plans
  • Experience working in livelihood programs targeting marginalised communities
  • Excellent communication skills in both English and Hausa language
  • Excellent coordination, networking and facilitation skills
  • Good knowledge in project cycle management
  • Excellent attention to detail for providing accurate DRR capacity gap analysis, documentation and data.
Personal qualifications needed for the position:
  • Committed to rights based and gender sensitivity work, pro-poor policy, committed and strong civil society organizations and social mobilization.
  •  Able, willing and committed to work with people from different backgrounds
  • Contribute constructively to a working environment based on mutual respect, trust and commitment
  • Able to cope with stress and work under any challenging circumstances.
Building and Sustaining working relationships:
  • The social skills to build and actively maintain working relationships that foster teamwork and collaboration with others for the benefit of a common goal.
Open Minded and Respectful:
  • A non-judgemental approach that values other people and culture.
Seeking and Sharing Knowledge:
  • Recognition that learning is a two-way and continuous process.
Facilitating Positive Change:
  • The ability to analyse problems and develop lasting solutions in line with VSO approaches.
  • A flexible approach and the ability to adapt behaviour to different situations.
  • The self-confidence to work with a variety of situations, diverse people and ambiguity.
Application Closing Date
8th May, 2019.

Interview Date

15th May, 2019.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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