Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian non-profit organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood, and enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We believe in the power and potential of every child, but know this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:



Job Title: Regional Disaster Preparedness Specialist

Location: West and Central Africa with flexibility about the location (Benin, Burkina-Faso, Cameroun, Central Africa Republic, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Togo)
Type of Role: 1 year fixed-term local contract with no expatriation package
Reports to: Disaster Risk Management
Grade: E

Dimensions of the Role

  • The position is the Regional Office’s primary support function to Country Offices on issues relating to Emergency Preparedness
  • This post covers 14 countries in the region with supervision of Regional Head of DRM
  • The post holder will need to maintain excellent working relationships with colleagues in COs, NOs, the Global Hub and WACA RH.
  • Responsible for ensuring quality, coordinated preparedness for rapid emergency response, with emphasis on timeliness and best use of resources; leading and building staff capacity on preparedness initiatives; and supporting the integration of DRM into program development where feasible.
  • Some budget responsibilities could be assigned to the post at the request of the Regional Head of DRM depending on grants awarded relating to Emergency Responses (i.e. Emergency Response and Recovery Fund)
  • The post holder is expected to be deployed in the initial phase of response or during recovery phase to support COs in his/her capacity as technical advisor.

In non-emergencies: strengthen disaster preparedness and response capacity:

  • Facilitate and support the roll out of various training and capacity building initiatives related to the implementation of the DRM vision 2020 (being revised).
  • Prepare, and periodically update, a disaster/hazard calendar (the ‘Hotspots analysis’) for the WACA Regional hub and undertake an analysis and recommend use of existing early warning systems for Plan’s programming
  • Identify and produce high quality MER documents in WACA region with related topics and contribution to the achievement of DRM vision 2020 and learning in collaboration with MER Specialist in the region
  • Review new Country Strategy documents and ensure the inclusion of risks/hazards related to disasters, conflict and environment in their child rights analysis and design programs accordingly
  • Support and strengthen external engagement and coordination with other humanitarian actors (UN, NGOs, donors, etc) in the sector through regular attendance in relevant networks and coordination forums, clusters especially on CPiE, EiE and Cash Networks as will be required
  • Facilitate and support all countries in the region to go through an intensive disaster preparedness process (DPP) using the “readiness approach” as per the global guidelines and ensure DPPs are followed up
  • Support the roll out of Emergency Response manual for Operation and for Programme to 14 country offices in the region
  • Facilitate learning and sharing of DRM related resources/tools/experiences between countries in the region.
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In Emergencies Context:

  • In all significant disasters, available to be deployed to assist the assigned ERMs/DRM Managers/Focal points at country level to design rapid assessment, compile reports, and draft response plans, in consultations with CD (and CLT), and the WACA RH. The duration of deployment at this stage could vary from 1 – 3 months at the initial phase of response.
  • In all responses in WACA (regardless the scale), support COs in identifying the surge capacity needs, within the Region or require support from the Global Roster in close coordination with the Head DRM of WACA
  • Orient/guide the respective country teams of Plan International in WACA on key international humanitarian standards like Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS), Sphere Standards, CPMS and INEE
  • Ensure that project designs, which build the foundation for the programs, are informed by needs assessments and contextual analysis in line with international standards and the new Global DRM Framework
  • During deployment and or remote support for all emergencies, support the strengthening of accountability of response and the incorporation of strong gender lens through on site capacity development of the response team as required.
  • In the later stage of the response (early recovery and recovery phase) ready to be deployed to support CO(s) in her/his capacity to provide technical support advice both on programmatic and operational issues as agreed with the Country Leadership Team and the Head of DRM WACA.
  • Support COs in preparing for Real Time Review (RTR) for all orange 2 emergencies and facilitate coordination with the Head of DRM WACA and Global Hub DRM
  • Support countries in documentation of lessons learnt from all significant disasters and ensure it circulation to the internal and external organization as needed
  • All deployments would be subject to the normal Plan terms and conditions for internal secondments in emergencies
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Key Internal and External Contacts


  • Regional head of DRM of Plan WACA
  • Country Directors of Plan International in WACA
  • BDMs of Plan International COs in WACA
  • DRM/ERMs of Plan International COs in WACA
  • All regional technical advisors of Plan International WACA
  • DRM representatives of the NOs active in WACA


  • Other agencies and stakeholders related to the DRM programme (i.e. UNHCR, UNICEF, Clusters) or decision-makers (i.e. national governments) as well as donors where required and not covered already by the COs or NOs
  • IASC Network
  • Academics, research institute and thought leaders in humanitarian work in WACA region

Technical Expertise, Skills and Knowledge


  • Energetic and motivated individual, with a proven track record of undertaking similar assignments successfully
  • Strong background in emergency preparedness and response plus knowledge in one of the technical sectors such as CPiE or EiE and familiar with cash voucher assistance
  • Commitment to continuous learning and willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the field (DRM and humanitarian issues in general)
  • Able to work independently, but to function within a virtual team.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and sustain good working relations with colleagues
  • Strong negotiation, facilitating, representation and influencing skills
  • Culturally and socially sensitive, and able to work successfully with partners and sector professionals
  • Familiar with the concept of gender in emergencies
  • Good interpersonal skills and able to work in a dynamic environment with multiple stakeholders at different level.
  • Ability to think strategically, but also result oriented and get things done

Leadership Behaviours:

  • Leads the theoretical discussion and strategy development.
  • Coaches and builds capacity of both program and support staff in WACA and COs
  • Promotes innovation and learning
  • Ability to influence
  • Result oriented
  • Flexible
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Communicates clearly and effectively
  • Strong team building and motivational skills
  • Critical and creative thinking

Qualifications and Experience

  • Experience from disaster risk management work, including disaster preparedness and managing response programmes
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal in order to present arguments clearly and powerfully to a variety of audiences;
  • Direct experience of working with children and young people and in understanding and responding to their needs and rights
  • Experience of working with institutional donors/fundraisers
  • Experience of promoting coordination and cooperation with other agencies through networking and alliance building.
  • Experience from at least 2 major disaster events, working in “disaster /high risk” environments
  • Experience as a trainer/facilitator on humanitarian issues especially on international Humanitarian standard and one of the technical sectors CPiE, EiE, CVA and Gender in Emergencies
  • Ability to priorities and manage complex and varied workload, often to tight deadlines
  • Experience of strategy, i.e. analysing relevant factors from both the internal and external environments, identifying crucial issues that have to be addressed, setting objectives and developing plans of actions;
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Physical Environment and Demands:

  • This position entails 50-60 % travel both within and outside region, often in hardship locations

Level of Contact with Children
Mid Contact:

  • Occasional interaction with children



How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply


  • Apply with a comprehensive cover letter
  • A comprehensive and clear CV that includes the contact of two of your referees, one of whom should be your current employer.
  • This position is opened for all applicant and females’ candidates are highly encouraged to apply
  • The successful candidate should be immediately available






  • we are an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse workforce. While all applications will be acknowledged.
    • We reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement
    • We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements
    • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
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Application Deadline  15th January, 2021.

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