Advisor – Disaster Risk Management

Advisor – Disaster Risk Management

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Author alnationtalk
Date August 20, 2022
Deadline Open
Type Full Time
Company Canadian Red Cross
Salary $59,542 - $86,832 - Annual
Location Ottawa, ON
Category Advisor
Client Canadian Red Cross
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Title: Advisor – Disaster Risk Management
Location: Remote, Canada
Employment status: Permanent Full Time
Salary band: $59,542 – $86,832/year

The Canadian Red Cross (CRC), an iconic brand and one of the most inspirational not-for-profit organizations on this planet, is seeking an Advisor – Disaster Risk Management to join our team.

You have a passion for helping others, and want to work with other dedicated individuals? By applying, you are taking a big first step to be part of an exciting organization.

The Advisor, Disaster Risk Management (DRM) is a key position within the CRC Risk Reduction & Resilience (RR&R) Program. This position has specific accountability supporting advancement against the CRC Creating Safe Environments (CSE) Strategy. The CSE Strategy contributes to aligning CRC efforts across program and services lines supporting Indigenous communities to ensure a coordinated and responsive model for delivery that recognizes self-determination. The CSE strategic model focuses on addressing risks related to disasters, violence and health through strengthening prevention, adaptive, and transformative capacities to enable actions that promote resilience.

The Advisor, DRM has proven experience in community engagement programs working in relationship with Indigenous Peoples. Such experience includes the identification, design, delivery, and monitoring of culturally safe engagement activities and programs that address risk reduction and the promotion of resilience. They have experience in collaborative efforts to address disaster risk reduction and response through skills / capacity development and a behavioral change model. This includes facilitating the delivery of community activities and programs, promoting meaningful participation, and addressing sustainability in program design. This involves engaging individuals, service organizations and agencies, and governance structures in the work, and leveraging resources to meet goals.

The Advisor, DRM contributes to the development and guides implementation of strategies through practical and evidence-based actions to strengthen individual and collective capacities to prevent, mitigate, and prepare for natural hazards; and when disasters do occur, the capacities to absorb, adapt to, and recover. Such efforts prioritize actions that address the needs of those most at risk and in ways that respond to their specific challenges, address vulnerabilities, and build on existing capacities.

The Advisor, DRM works closely with the RR&R (most specifically DRR/CCA) and CSE Teams as well EMCI and other levels of the Red Cross to ensure that the work in the field aligns with Society goals and priorities in accordance with policies and procedures. Working with provincial teams, the Advisor, DRM is committed to working effectively as a group and creative in implementing strategies that maximize the benefits for those we serve.

In this role, you will: 

  • Support the confirmation of strategic objectives for CSE-DRM, building in relationships with Indigenous communities including service providers and governance structures.
  • Contribute to the confirmation of project scope, standards, goals, and deliverables, that support the evolution of CSE-DRM programming in support of Indigenous communities and adapts as needed and supports program activities design.
  • Represent Red Cross, or ensures representation, on key committees and working groups, including provincial initiatives related to topical (DRM) issues impacting Indigenous children, youth, families, and broader community representation.
  • Ensure the Canadian Red Cross and its fundamental principles, programs, products, and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to partners, and relevant stakeholders.
  • Implement CRC activities as per plans, including ongoing needs assessments, capacity-building activities, and adaptations required to meet the needs of special populations.
  • Contribute to the evaluation of the quality-of-service delivery and make recommendations to leadership on ways to adjust plans to optimize its response to cultural considerations and community priorities
  • Provide technical support and guidance for geographic personnel in implementing services reflecting adherence to the guiding principles of the Indigenous Peoples Framework
  • Train, mentor and, when required, evaluate staff and volunteers in implementing the community engagement toolkit, as well as providing subject matter expertise in the areas of risk reduction, including disaster preparedness.

What we are looking for:

  • Five years experience in emergency/disaster risk management, resilience, climate change, urban planning or other related field; with demonstrated experience within Indigenous communities in Canada. Preference will be given to a self-declared Indigenous candidate. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Experience in building volunteer, community, and government partnerships with specific reference to working with Indigenous communities.
  • Proven program design, management, and delivery experience in a complex environment essential.
  • Experience in working with diverse populations and an understanding of cultural issues, specifically traditional Indigenous beliefs and practices related to maintaining mental health.
  • Proven experience in community engagement programs including creation and delivery of events / workshops.
  • Familiarity in monitoring and evaluation systems, capacity in design of M&E frameworks preferred.
  • Experience in analyzing and synthesizing data to use for reports and/or proposal writing.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English essential. Fluency in an Indigenous language is an asset

Working conditions:

  • Travel is required to remote communities in Canada (15%)
  • May be required to work non-traditional hours, be on-call and respond to emergency / disaster related requests.
  • Eligibility to work in Canada: At this time, we welcome applications from candidates eligible to work in Canada. If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, we encourage you to carefully review your visa to find out whether you are eligible to work in the job you are considering applying for. Refer to our FAQ for more information.
  • Full vaccination against COVID-19 is mandatory for this position and operation (the CRC will however adhere to its duty to accommodate those who are unable to be fully vaccinated for a reason related to a human right protected ground)

At the Canadian Red Cross, we are guided by our fundamental principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality. We help people and communities in Canada and around the world in times of need and support them in strengthening their resilience.

Starting with the hiring process, we are committed to having an accessible, diverse, inclusive, and barrier-free work environment where everyone can reach their full potential. We encourage all qualified persons to apply, particularly Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized people, and people with diverse gender identities and sexual orientations, and others who share our values and contribute to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

If you require accommodation measures during any phase of the hiring process, please notify us as soon as possible. All information received in relation to accommodation requests will be kept confidential.

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