Islamic Relief Manager Job (Regional Disaster Preparedness & Response)

Regional Disaster Preparedness & Response Manager (DPRM) Job, NGO Jobs in Kenya 2021,

East Africa

Closing date: July 23, 2021


Regional Disaster Preparedness and Response Manager (DPRM), East Africa


Islamic Relief Worldwide is an International NGO with headquarters in Birmingham, United Kingdom. We are registered with the UK Charity Commission, and we work in over 40 countries to reduce the impact of conflicts and natural disasters on the world’s poorest population and empower them regardless of race, religion or gender. We are a member of the British NGO for Overseas Development, Disasters Emergency Committee and have global cooperation with many international organisations including UNHCR, WFP, UNICEF, UNFPA, and NGOs.

In East Africa, we work in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan with a programme that aims at reducing the impact of conflicts and natural disasters and empowering communities to help themselves and get of the cycle of marginalisation and chronic vulnerability. The programme straddles humanitarian interventions, WASH, Education, and Health, Food security and Livelihoods and peacebuilding.

The East Africa Regional Office provides support to the country offices in order to improve the quality of our programmes, consolidate our learning to ensure lasting benefits for the communities we serve, and strengthen relations with the humanitarian actors, donors, governments, and civil society organisations.

The Islamic Relief East Africa in its pursuit to support and strengthen its operations, seeks to employ motivated, hardworking and pro-active individuals to fill in the following position;

JOB READVERTISEMENT: Regional Disaster preparedness and Response Manager

(DPRM), East Africa

BASE LOCATION: Nairobi- Kenya with frequent travel to Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan and South


REPORTING TO: Regional Director- East Africa

LINE MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES: Matrix Management of Lead Persons in Ethiopia,

Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: One year renewable, full time


Reporting to the Regional Director, the jobholder will provide strategic and technical guidance for Islamic Relief’ humanitarian programme in the East Africa region. The role involves contribution to policy development, leading disaster preparedness and response, capacity building for countries emergency response teams, and resource mobilization and ensuring that IR humanitarian programme are inclusive, relevant, and timely**


· Has regular contact with the Regional Director, Regional Finance Manager, Regional Desk Coordinators, Country Directors, Country Emergency Coordinators/Managers, and Disaster Risk Management Department of the International office.

Communicates effectively and systematically across the organisation and wider IR family/partner offices in North America & Europe

· Engages and networks with the wider international humanitarian community by attending and representing Islamic Relief and meaningfully engaging with institutional donor agencies, IRW Partners, peer organisations, networks and other key stakeholders in East Africa countries


Develop and roll out Regional humanitarian strategy including a disaster risk reduction

Support the country offices to develop Disaster Preparedness Plans (DPP) that provide frameworks for responding to the humanitarian needs of the people affected by disasters

Support the country teams to integrate DRR into strategic planning and programme formulation.

Work with IR regional offices and partners to advocate/strengthen/develop national and sub-national level policies, and plans with particular focus on ensuring the delivery of an effective, efficient, timely humanitarian response to natural and man-made disasters; and work with national government on preparedness initiatives that influence their social protection framework (such as safety nets).

Ensure quality, transparent, inclusive and accountable programming

** to beneficiaries, Governments, Donors and IR, with established mechanisms for complaints and feedback.

Contribute to IRW’s global surge capacity


· Oversee the implementation of the humanitarian/emergency response projects in in East Africa countries, ensuring that they are delivered according to the Core Humanitarian Standards and Sphere guidelines

· Lead disaster response team in the absence Country Humanitarian Manager ensuring that IR delivers the humanitarian assistance to the affected populations.

· Lead regional response interventions. This include developing, reviewing high quality proposals, and monitoring budgets

· Assure full compliance of operations with IRW’s principles, rules, regulations and policies, operational

strategies and relevant reference documents and policies (Sphere, Do no harm).


· Undertake need assessments, baseline surveys, feasibility studies ensuring that sound methodologies are employed and that the findings inform the formulation of winning grant applications.

· Conduct real-time evaluation, post distribution monitoring and impact assessment in relation to humanitarian response in conjunction with the Country Programme M&E Coordinators and Global Monitoring and Evaluation, Accountability and Learning unit

· Produce monthly and periodical regional humanitarian updates

· Introduce innovations in the field climate change adaptations including introducing technologies and new ways of working in order to deliver lasting impact on the people the organisation serves.

· Ensure that IR humanitarian response fully complies with the CHS and other pertinent principles and regulations

· Create a culture of cross-learning among the country offices and with peer organisations


· Actively participate in the Humanitarian Response Planning process and the cluster system

· ensure excellent relations with traditional and non-traditional donors are developed and maintained and that the teams meet all donor compliance requirements.

· Represent IR to regional and global relevant networks, high level meetings and working groups

· Ensure excellent internal and external communication, coordination and collaboration.

· Work with Regional Director to manage the formulation, organisation and delivery of high-level lobbying, and advocacy as part of the programme

· Contribute to research, policy development and advocacy at a regional and global level


· Provide leadership, coaching and mentoring to staff under indirect management, ensuring that they have clear objectives and receive meaningful feedback on their performance and development.

· Develop skills and capacity of IR staff thereby establishing a team of competent disaster response personnel

· Develop and maintain a regional surge roster

To be successful in this role you will have strong specific technical/professional knowledge from formal training and/or work experience in managing complex emergencies. You should have an in-depth understanding of DRR and Climate Change Adaptation, and knowledge of cash and market related methods of delivering assistance to disaster affected people. You will need to demonstrate ability to work creatively, innovatively and effectively. Good communication skills and demonstrated skills in training and mentoring others are a must for this position. Experience as a team worker and demonstrable inter- personal skills are highly valued for this position,


  • Masters degree in Disaster Management, Environment, Agricultural economics
  • A minimum of 5 years hands-on experience in similar roles at Regional and country level managing complex humanitarian emergencies. Knowledge of cash-based interventions highly preferred
  • In-depth understanding of climate change frameworks, theory of change and logical frameworks/intervention logic of some of the major institutional donors and foundations
  • Proven skills in survey tools, hazard and vulnerability mapping, and previous experience of conducting needs assessment and baseline surveys
  • Robust training skills and capacity development for the disaster response team
  • Proven resource mobilization and proposal writing skills
  • Experience in working in the humanitarian cluster system at senior level contributing to the country Humanitarian Response Planning process
  • Proven program & project cycle management skills – proposal and report writing skills; monitoring and evaluation skills and experience
  • Commitment to ICRC Code of conduct, Sphere Standards, CHS, Child Protection and Safeguarding


  • Knowledge of the national language spoken in Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia would be an asset
  • Interpersonal skills and team player

How to Apply

Please send us your cover letter and detailed CV, including your qualifications, experience, names and addresses of three referees, a working e-mail address and daytime telephone contacts. The forwarding e-mail and cover letter must clearly indicate the position title on the subject line. Send your application to by Friday 23rd July, 2021.

Please note,if you applied for the role previously, you do not have to apply again, we will consider the application previously submitted.

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