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Director Preparedness & Standards

Job Description

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

The Director, Disaster Preparedness and Standards has been established in recognition of the increasing frequency and intensity of disasters and the ensuring need to anticipate, plan for and reduce disaster risk in order to more effectively protect persons and communities. This role will also promote the WV way through overseeing the development, rolling out, implementation, reporting and revision of Disaster Management (DM)Standards.

The Director, Disaster Preparedness and Standards will provide strategic leadership in the following areas:

  • Build World Vision’ organizational capability and strengthen national/local capacities and systems to be prepared for and to respond effectively to disasters and crises.

  • Build a functional global Early Warning System that is accompanied by appropriate mechanisms for dialogue and agile decision making at multiple levels of the organisation.

  • Champion and mobilise World Vision to consistently implement its internal disaster management standards for response to disasters and crises.

  • Ensure partnership processes appropriately incorporate DRR, Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Resilience building into core Global Center (GC) mandated processes, such as LEAP .

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead efforts to forecast and prepare to respond effectively and quickly to disasters.

  • National and community early warning tools and approaches are aligned and used in NOs to trigger early action to impending crises.

  • National Offices are prepared to respond to disasters according to their risk profile.

  • Advocate for formalized agreements.

  • With the met services, and support them in outlining climate risk and climate forecast information.

  • Lead the development and ensure utilization of the global Early Warning Early Action System.

  • Build organizational consensus for appropriate early warning indicators and the thresholds for action.

  • Ensure alignment of the internal global EWEA system and mechanisms to industry systems (e.g. OCHA outlook and IASC) and best practice, gather actionable intelligence.

  • Lead the tracking of disaster trends and patterns at a global level e.g. nature and human driven.

  • Collaborate with thought leaders in forecasting and modelling disaster trajectories and to strengthen predictive early warning.

  • Define the process for contingency planning and work with SOs; NOs to establish appropriate funding mechanisms.

  • Guide the organisation in conducting scenario and contingency planning for significant events e.g. multi-country disasters.

  • Develop clear communication and dissemination systems tailored to key stakeholders – i.e. senior management and partners.

  • Oversee adherence to the DM Standards

  • Establish and lead the Disaster Management Standards setting process, ensuring that good practice is identified and process optimization applied where appropriate.

  • Roll-out and monitor the application of the Disaster Management Standards.

  • Support proper interpretation and implementation of Disaster Management Standards.

  • Provide global strategic leadership for disaster risk reduction.

  • Lead the DRR interest group to ensure coherency of tools, resources and learning.

  • Lead development of policies, strategies, standards & tools for the implementation & mainstreaming of CR DRR in all WV programming.

  • Support at risk NOs to strengthen their community preparedness and risk reduction practices and programming.

  • Position WV as a contributor to the Sendai Framework.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • MA Degree in international development, disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, humanitarian assistance, organization development or related field required.

  • Proficiency in and extensive experience with incorporation of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategies into disaster preparedness and response activities required.

  • Understanding of the humanitarian charter, laws and standards including SPHERE, Red Cross Code of Conduct, People in Aid, Child Rights and in DRR & CCA including Sendai Framework for DRR.

  • 8-10 years overall experience in humanitarian assistance.

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills essential.

  • Strong skills in negotiation, coordination, project management, communication, and reporting.

  • Solid experience collaborating with multiple stakeholders.

  • Ability to communicate well in a variety of settings and to function in a diverse workforce.

  • Management of multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, including virtual teams.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Proficiency in and extensive experience with incorporation of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategies into disaster preparedness and response activities required.

  • Understanding of the humanitarian charter, laws and standards including SPHERE, Red Cross Code of Conduct, People in Aid, Child Rights and in DRR & CCA including Sendai Framework for DRR.

  • Excellent writing and training skills.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel internationally potentially to insecure environments or disaster sites, and possibly on short notice up to 40% of the time.