Your purpose as the Regional Emergency Manager (REM) is to lead emergency response, including providing technical support, capacity building and advise to EAY country teams on multi-disciplinary Emergency Response in East Africa and Yemen (EAY).

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Technical backstopping emergency assessments and facilitate the development of relevant integrated Emergency Response Plans; effective and quality implementation; and robust exit strategies;
  2. Coordinate regional situation reports and support minimum preparedness plans, emergency response planning, and related management tools for multi-country emergencies. Develop tools and guidance in collaboration with the global emergency response section.
  3. Support fundraising for emergencies, focusing on regional and cross-border opportunities.
  4. Build capacity and awareness of NRC emergency standards, guidance and tools and develop and roll-out high quality emergency operations SOPs and other technical guidance documents when necessary
  5. Based on regional lessons learned, develop standardized guidance for warehousing, procurement and distributions in collaboration with Support functions to improve management of in-kind emergency distributions
  6. Collaborate with Cash & Markets Advisor to support the consolidation, enhancement and institutionalization of cash-based interventions and market-based approaches within Emergency Responses in the region
  7. Collaborate with SIP advisor and CO teams to ensure safe programming routines are adhered to, and complaints and feedback mechanisms are functional;
  8. Represents NRC at regional forums related to emergency response
  9. Facilitate mainstreaming of contingency planning in all CC Strategies, and develop the necessary capacity among programme and implementation teams as well as the regional office
  10. Develop regional guidance for supporting local partners/CSOs to involve them in emergency preparedness and response
  11. Ensure emergency activities are carried out in accordance with the Sphere Minimum Standards and Humanitarian Charter in disaster response, NRC values and the Red Cross Code of Conduct;
  12. Establish and maintain constructive working relationships with other NGOs, UN agencies, host government, bilateral and multilateral donors, and other principle stakeholders as relevant for emergency intervention;
  13. Support and facilitate in-country workshops to define our emergency response, how different teams will move into action for an emergency response and what the parameters for scale and timing are. Develop and initial “What is an emergency response” induction to be used as the first session in the CO workshops.
  14. Support the set up and roll out of EAY emergency response roster
  15. Analyze the NRC global activation thresholds and use this to create a template decision tree for COs on activation

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Generic Professional Competencies

  • Advanced University Degree / Master’s Degree in a humanitarian science or its equivalent in a relevant social science field;
  • Qualification and experience in three or more of NRC’s Core Competencies is required (WASH, Shelter, Education, Protection, ICLA and Livelihoods & Food Security);
  • At least six years’ previous experience in rapid response or a similar role and context;
  • Good knowledge on emergency donors and developments/debates in the humanitarian sector;
  • Experience in designing and implementing assessments and setting up tools for data collection and analysis e.g. GIS Mapping and similar tools;
  • Training in access negotiation and/or personal safety and security in insecure contexts is desirable;
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal. Competencies in Arabic language is preferred;
  • Knowledge/awareness of own leadership skills/profile, with a high level of emotional intelligence;

Context / Specific Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Flexible, reliable, culturally sensitive, positive attitude, ability to work under pressure, and a feel for the way NRC operates and our target groups;
  • Commitment to continuous learning and willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the disaster management field;
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, communication and persuasion skills;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team; and able to travel and/or live and/or work in isolated remote areas;
  • Ability to create opportunities and value additions;
  • Familiarity with the context of Yemen or similar emergency contexts;
  • Safety and security awareness training, highly desirable;
  • Excellent knowledge of computer application software.

What We Offer

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to join our work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility: At NRC, we think outside the box. We encourage ideas and give responsibility to all employees at all levels, to help solve the complex issues that we face. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative

  • This vacancy is open to citizens of Kenya
  • 12 months fixed term contract in a family duty station
  • Mid-management grade 9 in NRC’s grade structure
  • An opportunity to match your career to a compelling cause
  • A chance to meet and work with people who are the best in their fields