Programme Director Emergency preparedness (100 %)

Caritas Switzerland

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Programme Director Emergency preparedness (100 %)

Caritas Switzerland (CACH) is one of the leading Swiss NGOs in the field of poverty reduction in Switzerland and abroad. International cooperation programmes focus on income, climate change and migration in fifteen priority countries and regions worldwide. Caritas Switzerland also has many years of experience in humanitarian aid, ranging from emergency aid after natural disasters to reconstruction and aid in conflict areas. Caritas Switzerland can act quickly in the event of major disasters and send its own experts to the affected areas. In doing so, Caritas Switzerland maintains an emergency preparedness dispositive that can be deployed at any time and anywhere in the world. Caritas Switzerland has a security system that guarantees the safety of its employees in the areas of operation.

Your duties

  • Context monitoring/Screening of crises and Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Response
  • Briefing/reporting to the Emergency Steering Committee (strategic body) and participation in the Emergency Task Force (operational body)
  • In consultation with the Head of operations, management of emergency response activities and planning of handover to regular structures of International Cooperation section (line management)
  • Coordination with Communication & Marketing, Human Resources, Finance & Administration, as well as with external partners and donors
  • In coordination with Head of operations, supervision of the Emergency Aid Team including recruitment, exchange with the team on site and debriefing
  • In coordination with Head of operations, supervision/establishment of the internal & external Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Response relief pool including evaluation of operations, update of the pool memberhsip, regular communication with members, coordination of training and preparedness measures
  • Institutional knowledge management of Emergency Aid mission deployments and regular adjustments of processes/structures to optimise Caritas Switzerland’s emergency prepardeness
  • Quality management in the area of safety (standards, processes, knowledge & learning)
  • Updating and documentation on institutional crisis management-tools in cooperation with the external security advisor
  • In cooperation with the external security advisor, support to and advise of country organizations in the development of local security plans
  • Introduction of new employees to the security procedures at Caritas Switzerland
  • Adaptation/implementation of templates and guidelines for entry into/exit from country programmes & office opening and closing
  • Supervision of open tasks in countries where Caritas Switzerland is phasing out

Our requirements

  • University degree level Master or equivalent education in relevant field; Qualified further education an advantage
  • Five years’ experience in international cooperation, incl. experience abroad in humanitarian contexts
  • Several years of experience in the elaboration and implementation of emergency/humanitarian programmes; experience in security management is an advantage
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, flexibility, problem-solving ability
  • Leadership experience; experience in leading multicultural teams at a distance is an advantage
  • Social competence and excellent communication skills
  • High flexibility required, occasionally duty on weekends required
  • Very good knowledge in project management, experience in coordination in networks, cooperation with partners and administrative processes
  • Analytical, conceptual and networking skills
  • Ability to present complex issues in a clear and understandable manner, excellent drafting skills
  • Good English and German language skills, French language skills are an advantage

How to apply

Your place of work will be Lucerne. Starting date: as agreed upon

Caritas offers attractive working conditions and an open working atmosphere in an international field of activities.

For further information please contact: Ms Petra Winiger, Head of Operations International Cooperation, Phone +41 41 419 23 91.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to receiving your job application by 25 september 2022 latest through our web portal. Apply here

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