DREF Senior Officer

  • Contract
  • Remote
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Salary: TBD

International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies

Job Purpose

“This is a national staff position open to nationals and others who are legally eligible to work in countries where IFRC has legal presence: Buenos Aires (Argentina), San José (Costa Rica), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), Guatemala City (Guatemala), Tegucigalpa (Honduras), Kingston (Jamaica), Managua (Nicaragua), Panama City (Panama), Lima (Peru), or Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago). Candidates must be able to provide proof of their eligibility to work in those countries during application phase”

The DREF Senior Officer for America, whose job focus will be on supporting IFRC Delegations and National Societies in the region, contributes to the understanding of the DREF mechanism and processes as well as to the quality and accountability of all DREF operations in America.

The DREF Senior Officer:

  • Provides dedicated technical support to America´s National Societies and IFRC delegations, including to increase their knowledge of the new DREF process.
  • Supports timely and effective DREF requests and ensures adherence to established eligibility criteria as per the DREF Procedures and guidelines.
  • Supports the monitoring and evaluation of DREF operations to ensure they achieve their objectives as laid out in the emergency plans of action.
  • Fosters compliance to DREF Procedures and Guidelines amongst National Societies and IFRC Delegations, making sure any non-compliant requests and a rationale for proceeding with any such requests are duly documented.
  • Supports the collection, analysis and consolidation of lessons captured during the implementation of DREF operations.
  • Ensures information on DREF operations are collected and analysed in a systematic way to assist in assessing and recording key lessons, hence strengthening preparedness for future disaster responses
  • Defining and monitoring the key performance indicators in terms of situations reports at GO platform, requests, revision, approval, implementation and closing

Job Duties and Responsibilities

A. Technical

  • Provides guidance to National Societies and IFRC Delegations in preparing DREF allocation requests, including the support to develop and use relevant resources to strengthen the understanding and use of the new DREF process.
  • Promotes timeliness and advises on the eligibility of the proposed activities and compliance with DREF Procedures, ensures initial operational calls between ARO and IFRC Delegations, attends joint task force calls and provides advice on the eligibility or not of the proposed requests, and advises on DREF grant or loan procedures according to the IFRC Emergency Response Framework (ERF).
  • Supports the DREF approval process by ensuring appropriate and timely technical input from regional technical teams (HDCC, logistics, OD, PMER and validation by finance; by liaising with DCC Dept. in Geneva for quality control and sign off).
  • Works with the DREF operation budget holders to maintain an overview of DREF expenditure, revision of operation plans where necessary and timely and transparent financial and narrative reporting on the use of DREF funds. This will be done in collaboration with relevant IFRC Delegations, Finance and PMER teams to ensure proper monitoring of operations.
  • Ensures the quality and accountability of DREF operations by promoting and assisting with the use of management tools at country level and by leading DREF evaluation initiatives together with ARO PMER and DREF Officers in IFRC GVA.
  • Facilitates quality and timely reporting on DREF operations through close cooperation with IFRC Delegations and ARO PMER and Finance counterparts.
  • Disseminates and promotes understanding of the DREF Procedures, Guidelines and new DREF process.
  • Monitors alignment with DREF Procedures in the Americas Region, and reports issues of non-compliance to the Manage, Continental operations
  • In coordination with IM team, develop, fill and monitoring the key performance indicators in the Americas aligned with the global protocols and requirements
  • Work and coordinate with the Regional Reference centers to update national trainings for Disaster Response, it also includes support delivering training and providing advice to facilitators
  • Prepare proposals for donors to receive financial and technical support to enhance NS capacities working with DREF

B. Representation & Relationships

  • The DREF Senior Officer for Americas works under the management of the Continental Operations Manager, within the ARO HDCC Unit to ensure DREF Procedures and Guidelines are respected and provides regular updates and information for informed decision making related to the DREF. The DREF officer shall work in close coordination with and seek technical guidance from the Manager as necessary.
  • Work in close collaboration with the relevant IFRC Delegations, as well as Emergency Operations (primarily Operations Coordinators), Health, Logistics, WASH, Shelter, NSD and other colleagues on thematic files to promote an integrated approach in disaster response operations.
  • Work in close collaboration with PMER and Finance colleagues to ensure timely and quality DREF plans and reports.

The DREF Officer has a technical reporting line to the DREF Senior officer in Geneva, who will advise the DREF Officer on DREF technical issues and parameters on overall DREF operations.


  • Degree level (or equivalent qualification) in Disaster Management, International Development, or other relevant subject.


  • At least five years’ relevant experience of disaster management and particularly disaster response operations in multiple country contexts
  • Previous experience of monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience of programme design, project management and reporting, preferably in relation to disaster response
  • Practical experience in sectors that link with disaster response (i.e. relief, food security, health, WASH, logistics)
  • Disaster response experience in America’s context
  • Previous experience of using International Federation planning, reporting and finance tools, preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Language

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills (including presentations, database and use of statistics
  • Facilitation and training skills
  • Networking skills


  • Fluently spoken and written English and Spanish
  • Good command of another official language (French and Portuguese), preferred

Competencies and Values

VALUES: Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability

CORE COMPETENCIES: Communication; Collaboration and Teamwork; Judgement and Decision Making; National Societies and Customer Relations; Creativity and Innovation; Building Trust

MANAGERIAL COMPETENCIES: Managing Staff Performance; Managing Staff Development; Strategic Orientation

FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES: Strategic Orientation; Leadership; Empowering Others

How to apply

A letter of motivation must be submitted along with the application no later than the closing date. In order to ensure a proper comparative evaluation of your application for this vacancy and to enable us to consider your profile against other similar current and future vacancies, we ask that you submit your application taking into account the following:

Important Note:

Please note that the selected candidate will be hired through a national contract under the labour law of any of the following countries, where the IFRC have legal status: Buenos Aires (Argentina), San José (Costa Rica), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), Guatemala City (Guatemala), Tegucigalpa (Honduras), Kingston (Jamaica), Managua (Nicaragua), Panama City (Panama), Lima (Peru), or Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago); therefore only those citizens, as well as foreign applicants with valid and current residence and work permit in those countries, will be considered for this vacancy.

The incumbent is responsible to abide by Federation policies, procedures, plans and local labour laws

The closing date is midnight Geneva time; Only those candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified.

Interested candidates should visit the link: https://www.ifrc.org/jobs/details.html?&nPostingId=8395&nPostingTargetId=106186&id=PZ8FK026203F3VBQB79LO79OB&LG=UK&mask=newtempconfig to view the full job description and to submit their application.