Thursday, May 22, 2014

Technical Specialist (Disaster Risk Management) - ChildFund India (Apply by: 27 May 2014)

ChildFund India is part of ChildFund International (, one of the leading International Child Development Organizations in the world operating in 31 countries and working with over 15 million children globally. ChildFund International is a founding member of the ChildFund alliance – a global force of 12 international development organizations that partner to improve the lives of children and their families in 55 countries.

ChildFund started its operations in India in 1951. ChildFund India’s goal for 2013-2017 is to advance survival, comprehensive development, education, livelihood, participation and protection of deprived, excluded & vulnerable children by enhancing their access to quality services and reducing inequalities and discrimination.

We currently employ around 300 staff in 30 locations across India. We are headquartered in Bangalore, with a program office in New Delhi.  Our programs are geographically spread across 14 States and One Union Territory. We implement our programs directly and through 60 local partners, reaching out to 1.4 million children and families spread over 2000 communities. Our Annual Budget/ Financial Portfolio for FY 2014 is 65 Crores (approx.). Please visit the website, for more information/details.

Be a part of ChildFund India team !
We are a growing organization and invite committed professionals to join us to take our vision forward in India. If you share our vision and feel that you can contribute to our mission then we look forward to receiving your profile.

Please find the Job Description for the position of Technical Specialist – Disaster Risk Management enclosed below.


Title: Technical Specialist – Disaster Risk Management (DRM)

Division/Department: Program

Location: Delhi

Reporting Relationship: Deputy Program Director

The Technical Specialist – DRM reports to the Deputy Program Director and responsible for providing adequate programmatic support on Disaster Risks Reduction both preparedness and emergency response to ChildFund India and its 51 Partner NGOs and six Areas located in 14 different states across India. This includes providing guidelines and support while designing, planning, monitoring programs and capacity building during the implementation process.

The Technical Specialist – DRM is required to strengthen and integrate DRR into the program planning and design at the field level. To this effect, he/she is required to support the partners and Areas mentioned above by way of building their capacity; strengthen the program portfolio through DRR mainstreaming and developing new grant proposals for DRR and emergency response. This includes cultivating new relationships, increasing DRR outreach and networking capacity, strengthening positioning of ChildFund India for future grant and partnership opportunities and mainstreaming DRR into development programming.

This position will also be responsible in providing technical support to the Asia Region Office in addressing emergencies, formulating proposals, identifying partnership opportunities and helping the Regional program team for responding to any Disaster, Emergency and Security (DES) related functions.

  • To assist the  Deputy Program Director  with policy planning, representation and developing a clear advocacy strategy and roll out plan for disaster preparedness and emergency response
    • Alignment of policy and strategy with the Hyogo Framework for Action, related structures and systems
    • Integration of DRR into programming at all levels
    • Development of unique ChildFund India child-focused / child-led DRR approach
  • Network with other developmental organizations and participate in relevant forums on DRR and Emergency at the National level and  helping to position ChildFund India as a strong strategic partner
  • Support the process for regular review and development of Disaster preparedness and Humanitarian response plans and build the capacity of ChildFund India and field teams in DRR and humanitarian response
  • He/She will be the primary coordination point of contact for Emergency Management Unit of International Office and also with the Regional Emergency Response Team and link with all Regional/National and other local level Disaster, Emergency and Security structures.
  • Serve as Regional/National Office Disaster, Emergency and Security (DES) subject-matter expert and provide leadership in both: DRR and emergency response interventions, monitoring and evaluation of the emergency projects.
  • He/She will support the Region/National Director in the socialization of the Emergency Response policy and procedures, including adaptation of these policies and procedures to national and sub-national context .
  • H/She will be responsible for understanding best practice in DRR and providing sound technical advisory capacity in adopting of globally accepted best practice in DRR including preparedness and response of particular relevance are:
  • Program for DRR capacity building and training- staff, partners, children, communities, government
    • Program for DRR capacity building and training- staff, partners, children, communities, government
    • Mainstreaming DRR into ChildFund India Operating Plans, Area Strategic Plans, Strategies, and development programming at all levels
    • Developing of specific Child-focused and/or Child-led DRR approach and mainstreaming of child-led approach into ChildFund India’s programming
    • Develop and maintain a data base of DRR initiatives and National DES incidences
  • Prepare consolidated reports, case studies, success stories, project outcome documents for dissemination and publication, tracking progress in DRR
  • Communicate and share information with International Office on DRR ( preparedness and response)  efforts of ChildFund India and local partners
  • Provide leadership in Regional/National Office Emergency and Risk assessments
  • Coordinate the process for development of  Emergency Preparedness  Plan(EPP), supporting the National Director and designated preparedness planning team
  • Understanding of and commitment to International Standards of Relief work such as SPHERE standards, HYOGO Framework for Action , Children’s Charter, Red Cross code and DRR frameworks - UNISDR platforms et al.
  • Master’s degree in any Social Science/ development Studies from a reputed University
  • Conceptual understanding and commitment to development work, especially Child focused community based DRR concepts, approaches and processes
  • Strong knowledge of Disaster Risk Reduction with at least 5 -10 years’ of field experience in community based DRR. This may be complemented by experience working in emergency response, climate change, public health or any development projects including water/sanitation, livelihoods, micro-enterprise, etc.
  • A basic knowledge and understanding of different aspects of DRR and how it interacts with Sanitation, food security, child protection and participation etc.
  • Willingness to travel to field locations at least 7-8 working days in a month
  • Experienced facilitator and organizer, having facilitated workshops, seminars, conferences, etc.
  • In-depth knowledge of Indian institutional and socio-political context, including governance, education and other systems will be important.
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to absorb/retain training and  transfer knowledge to others
  • Ability to work under pressure, with limited supervision in a cross-functional team
  • Strong motivation and high energy level
  • Demonstrated good judgment
  • Strong team player and willingness to devote  time required to perform relevant tasks
  • Fund raising, Networking & Relationship building
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated strength in verbal Communication (English, Hindi / local language )
  • Demonstrated strength in written Communication (including Proposal writing, Documentation and Reporting)
  • Strong facilitation skills and Presentation skills
To Apply 

Please send your profile to before 27th May, 2014 mentioning clearly the Position Title in the subject line and preferred location. Kindly mention your current salary/ expectations if any.

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