Disaster Risk Reduction and climate Adaptation (DRRCA) Officer

  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable
  • Job type:
    Full-time
  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Climate and Disaster Resilience, Environment and Natural Resources, Humanitarian and Crisis Response
  • Deadline:
    20/03/2023

JOB DESCRIPTION

TITLE: Disaster Risk Reduction and climate Adaptation (DRRCA) Officer

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Program Operations-Team

LOCATION: Maban, South Sudan

GRADE: 4

CONTRACT LENGTH: Seven (07) months with possibility of extension)

CHILD SAFEGUARDING:

Level 3: the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g., once a week or more) or intensively (e.g., four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work at field programs office; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

ROLE PURPOSE:

The DRRCA Project Office (PO) will be the link between SCI and the designated schools and community including government authority and partners supporting DRR and climate adaptation activities. He/She will facilitate and supervise all aspects of the DRRCA interventions in the designated schools and community. He/She will be responsible for the day-to-day monitoring of all school based DRRCA activities ensuring schools are adhering to South Sudan DRRCA standards in line with SCI Safe school and Education quality benchmarks. He/she will be responsible for the timely distribution and administration of all DDRCA support tools to schools and community members. The project officer will be responsible for school level DRRCA community engagement and collaboration ensuring support to DRRCA teacher-training programme, conducting DRRCA trainings for PTA, SMC and other community stakeholders. He/She will be responsible for collecting data, monitoring, follow up of DRRCA activities are incorporated to school improvement plans to inform project improvements. The DRRCA will work closely with Maban flood committee, timely develop individual work plan. The DRRCA officer will write timely and quality reports at different reporting intervals.

SCOPE OF ROLE:

Reports to: Education Project Coordinator

Staff reporting to this post: 1

Direct: 1

Indirect: 0

Budget Responsibilities: N/A

Dimension of Role:

South Sudan is one of the most challenging and exciting working environments that Save the Children currently works in. The newest country in the world, its legacy of thirty years of war has yet to be even partly addressed as its new government struggles to both mature and reach out to its people. Disasters like flooding continue to affect and negatively impact education of children and livelihood of the entire population. According to UNICEF (2020), More than two million children, or over 70 per cent, are out of school in South Sudan, putting at risk their futures and the future of the country. Some of the out-of-school children are living in pastoral communities, moving with their cattle and are at high risk not able to attend regular classes. The largest group of out-of-school children in South Sudan are girls. Disaster and climate change continue to increase poverty, child marriage and cultural and religious views hinder girls’ education. The frequent different types of disasters and risks are primary contributing factors to low enrolment in schools and children dropping out of school. The agencies still provide some 75% of the basic services of the South Sudanese population yet hindered by knowledge and understanding of Disaster and risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Parts of the country are still racked by insecurity tribal militias, rebel militia groups and direct conflict exacerbated with natural disasters like flooding with the north of South Sudan all take their regular toll on the civilian population.

Save the Children has been active in South Sudan for over 20 years. In 2010 the three active field agencies – Save the Children Sweden, US and UK came together under a unified presence with Save the Children UK as the managing member in the country. We reach and help then meet the rights of hundreds of thousands of children every year.

This is a challenging role in a complex environment. It requires a dedicated, experienced and highly motivated individual who can manage the difficulties of living and working in such an environment and still be fundamental in helping to drive forward our programmes and our ambitions. Equally, South Sudan today is a rewarding place to be a new country that still needs much of its plans for the future to be laid out and put in place. Joining Save the Children here now is thus an immensely exciting opportunity to help shape the future of a country as we, one of the largest agencies in the country, help formulate the future direction of this country helping to put its children first.

Role Dimension:

Internally: HR , Finance, Supply Chain Team, CYP Team and Education Team

Externally: Communicates with Head-teacher, County leaders, county education officials, Payam Supervisors and Inspectors, School leadership, community leaders, PTAs, SMCs, local flood committee and Children

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

  1. Plan, prepare and deliver high quality Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate change adaptation activities in schools and community.

Deliverables

  • Training sessions are developed in accordance with South Sudan quality standards and framework under the guidance of the Education Programme Coordinator.
  • Effective use is made of DRR and climate adaptation audio, video, information and communication technologies and participatory methodologies to achieve learning aims and lesson objectives.
  • DRR and climate change adaptation training content and materials are appropriate to the local context and sensibilities.
  • Promote DRRCA mainstreaming within SCI led humanitarian and development programmes and their Govt counterparts.
  • Promote and facilitate practical integration of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate change adaptation in the project area.

 

  1. Joint School and Children based DRR and climate change adaptation Development Plan and monitoring.

Deliverables

  • Develop and implement school based DRR and climate adaptation intervention plan.
  • Support the overall implementation of Disaster Risk Reduction strategy and activities in the project location in partnership with State and county authorities and initiate activities to enhance risk reductions skills of targeted schools and communities
  • Identify pilot initiatives in DRR in select schools and communities
  • Conduct capacity and vulnerability assessment in identified schools and communities, to ensure integrated programming
  • Facilitate the development of contingency plans in targeted schools and communities.
  • Conduct awareness raising activities on community-school based disaster risk management and climate adaptation strategies.
  • Build the capacity of field staff in the implementation of the activities in conflict sensitive manner.
  • In Collaboration with Education project Coordinator, support the county and Payam level government officials to facilitate leveraging of government action for implementing risk informed development actions.
  • In collaboration with project Coordinator, support in developing/rolling out of the county/Payam Disaster Management Plan and guidelines for County Disaster Management committees (CDMCs) making them active and functional.
  • In Collaboration with education project Coordinator, develop strategies to strengthen technical competency and partnership between local Authorities and target Communities at local level as a platform to prevent and respond to crises.
  • Closely liaise with communications and advocacy unit to ensure proper documentation of DRR activities.
  • In collaboration with partners, act as key advocacy liaison person for DRR related national events
  • Work closely with other education POs, teacher trainers, Data assistant, Child Protection officers , Case management and Child Resilience officers in implementing and developing all aspects of the education project.
  • Compile and timely submit weekly monthly, quarterly and annual work plans and reports to the Education Coordinator.
  • Develop an effective and sustainable bridge between the local Authorities, and SCI based on good communication, representation, and feedback.
  • Establish good relations with the local civil administration and community leaders, particularly the umdas, chiefs, sub-chiefs, PTA, SMC, members, women’s group, parents and children.
  • Work closely with the entire education team and other thematic areas in implementing and developing all aspects of DRRCA project, with a focus on clarifying to the community the role and responsibilities of the community/PTAs/SMC and SCI regarding DRRCA intervention.
  • Work with communities to encourage Child based DRRCA activities in regard to gender (girls) and suggest DRRCA strategies that ensure girls’ participation and retention in school.
  • Request and ensure timely and accurate delivery and accounting of DRRCA material supplies to schools including its management.
  • Develop a monthly individual activity plan and ensure project interventions are implemented according to work plan
  • Support the overall implementation of Disaster Risk Reduction strategy and activities in the project location in partnership with State and county authorities and initiate activities to enhance risk reductions skills of targeted schools and communities
  • Identify pilot initiatives in DRR in select schools and communities
  • Conduct capacity and vulnerability assessment in identified schools and communities, to ensure integrated programming
  • Facilitate the development of contingency plans in targeted schools and communities.
  • Conduct awareness raising activities on community-school based disaster risk management and climate adaptation strategies.
  • Build the capacity of field staff in the implementation of the activities in conflict sensitive manner.
  • In Collaboration with Education project Coordinator, support the county and Payam level government officials to facilitate leveraging of government action for implementing risk informed development actions.
  • In collaboration with project Coordinator, support in developing/rolling out of the county/Payam Disaster Management Plan and guidelines for County Disaster Management committees (CDMCs) making them active and functional.
  • Promote DRRCA mainstreaming within SCI led humanitarian and development programmes and their Govt counterparts.
  • Promote and facilitate practical integration of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate change adaptation in the project area.
  1. Administration: Participate in Child friendly DRR and climate adaptation tools development, testing, evaluation and feedback including early warnings.

Deliverables

  • Collaborate with education project Coordinator, develop strategies to strengthen technical competency and partnership between local Authorities and target Communities at local level as a platform to prevent and respond to crises.
  • Closely liaise with communications and advocacy unit to ensure proper documentation of DRR activities.
  • Collaborate with partners, act as key advocacy liaison person for DRR related national events
  • Work closely with other education POs, teacher trainers, Data assistant, Child Protection officers , Case management and Child Resilience officers in implementing and developing all aspects of the education project.
  • Compile and timely submit weekly monthly, quarterly and annual work plans and reports to the Education Project Coordinator.
  • Develop an effective and sustainable bridge between the local Authorities, and SCI based on good communication, representation, and feedback.
  • Work with communities to encourage Child based DRRCA activities in regard to gender (girls) and suggest DRRCA strategies that ensure girls’ participation and retention in school.
  • Request and ensure timely and accurate delivery and accounting of DRRCA material supplies to schools including its management.
  • Develop a monthly individual activity plan and ensure project interventions are implemented according to work plan

Other Duties

  • Work with the education and CYP teams to ensure synergy between the school based DRRCA, teacher capacity development and CYP help desks in schools to bolster holistic Safe school program
  • Participate in any other activities as may be assigned by supervisor from time to time.
  • Comply with all relevant Save the Children International policies and procedures with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, security, equal opportunities and other relevant policies

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)

Accountability:

  • holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.

Ambition:

  • sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.

Collaboration:

  • builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.

Creativity:

  • develops and encourages new and innovative DRRCA solutions
  • willing to take disciplined risks.

Integrity:

  • honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor in Development studies, Environmental studies, Disaster preparedness or relate field of studies.
  • Atleast 3 to 4 years experience in implementing DRRCA activities with recent in South Sudan Disaster prompt areas.

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

Essential

  • Proficiency in computer skills (Mircrosoft word, spreadsheet, powepoint, internet).
  • Knowledge in DRR and climate change adaptation and management.
  • Experience of delivering DRRCA trainings to children and adult groups
  • Proven experience of supporting and implementing Disaster Risk Reduction in schools and Safe school programming.
  • Experience in facilitating DRRC and Climate adaptation mechanism in schools and communities.
  • Good planning and organising skills
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills; including spoken, written and reading fluency in Arabic and English.
  • Self-motivated and ability to work with little supervision
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Team player and flexible to take roles in supporting school administration as part of mentoring teachers
  • Respect for local culture and customs
  • Familiarity with DRRCA, Child rights and Education issues in South Sudan

Desireable

  • South Sudanese with good knowledge of Child led and school based Disaster Reduction and climate change activities in South Sudan.
  • Motorbike driving licence is a Must
  • Representational skills;
  • NGO experience relevant to Disaster Risk Reduction and climate change is a must.
  • Knowledge of Juba or classic Arabic language spoken is necessary.

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.