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Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Coordinator NGO Careers - Oxfam


Job Title:    Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Coordinator

Organization: Oxfam

Duty Station: Uganda

Reports to: Humanitarian Program Manager


About US:

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. We are an international confederation of 19 organizations (affiliates) working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries. In Uganda, our program is anchored on three broad themes deliberately focused on Women's Rights: Governance and Accountability, Resilient Livelihoods and Humanitarian Preparedness and Response.


Job Summary:  The Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Coordinator will be responsible for leading, strategically influencing, effectively planning, coordinating, and facilitating provision of technical support and direction to Oxfam programs in the expanding area of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) through support to Oxfam Teams. The holder will conduct Capacity strengthening for country office staff and partner organisations, support to program start-up, and contribute to proposal development, monitoring and review. This position supports Oxfam’s leadership and investment in the key areas of integrating DRR into development and emergency response activities and measuring the impact of DRR initiatives. 


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 


·        Capacity strengthening of Oxfam Technical Staff, Local and National partners, on the integration of DRM into their respective sectors; and in conducting advocacy campaigns for principled humanitarian actions

·        Lead Oxfam’s disaster readiness across the entire program in Uganda inclusive of WASH, Food Security /livelihoods, Environment and Gender and Protection work within the refugees and host community

·        Conduct analysis of hazards, threats, vulnerabilities and their causes; Be risk-informed (i.e. ensure that activities do not aggravate risks or vulnerabilities, do no harm and are prepared for likely hazards and threats);

·        Contribute to building local capacities so that the most vulnerable can cope better with shocks;

·        Develop strategies and implement cross cutting intervention in natural resource management and social cohesion building to contribute to the achievement to the EUTF

·        Build and or strengthen capacities of local governments and selected Local and National Humanitarian Actors (LNHAs) for humanitarian situational assessment and integrated Disaster Risk Management (DRM) planning and budgeting.

·        Produce new and or updated sector specific risks and vulnerability maps at district and community level.

·        Facilitate LNHAs and Local Governments (LGs) to jointly produce periodic humanitarian situation assessments and reports.

·        Facilitate integrated DRM-development planning and programming for LGs and selected LNHAs using DRT’s integration model.

·        Work closely with relevant partners at the community-level and other partners to proactively strengthen community-based early warning initiatives.

·        Ensure timely and effective implementation of the program according to approved plans and budgets, regulations and policies

·        Conduct needs assessments/vulnerability assessments, and oversee beneficiary selection/identification process

·        Ensure engagement and involvement of affected populations, taking into consideration protection, environmental aspects and longer-term needs are reflected in the program’s technical design and implementation.

·        Scale up program as appropriate, through partnerships, consortiums, or other modalities, to ensure vulnerable populations are reached with disaster readiness interventions.

·        Accountability on M&E and Global Indicators, and engagement with donors in including appropriate DRR indicators in program design

·        Support country programs, annual planning and strategic development processes to ensure the integration of results to build a quality driven focus on DRR & Resilience, including the development of quality outputs, measures of success and quality indicators.

·        Support with grant/proposal writing and budget development ensuring that risk reduction and management aspects are integrated

·        To facilitate the participatory planning and budgeting process for humanitarian advocacy campaigns and assist peers and partners as well as managers to do so effectively.

·        To lead design and implementation of a comprehensive and integrated humanitarian disaster risk advocacy strategy .

·        Represent Oxfam in Uganda on all regional and global Rights in Crisis (RiC) campaigns and tasks.

·        Explore key learning resources and establish a humanitarian knowledge and learning platform at district level that brings together government and non-government actors

Coordination and Representation

·        To spearhead humanitarian research and advocacy concepts, nexus discourses and thinking on how to improve effectiveness of humanitarian policy work and generate impact.

·        To develop good working relationship with humanitarian partners/social forces and their affiliates, social movements and active individuals.

·        Identify needs and Support the design of new DRR programs. Find new and manage existing partners.

·        Represent Oxfam to external partners (inter-agency coordination meetings, UN, corporate or private donors, government representatives) contributing to disaster readiness and emergency preparedness in Uganda.

·        Build and maintain relevant strong relationships with government, UN, and INGO actors for strategic and programmatic purposes

·        Enhance complementarity with other sectors as much as possible, e.g. work to ensure DRR programming is included and integrated into all new programs

·        Represent Oxfam at key humanitarian forums and networks including the CRRF (as advised) and others as assigned

Management and Reporting

·        Support preparation of annual and quarterly budget planning as relevant to DRM

·        Ensures financial regulations and procurement procedures are strictly adhered to

·        Initiate procurements within assigned areas of responsibility

·        Manage the performance of DRR and environment Officers with support from the Area Managers.

·        Manage short term technical support personnel deployed to support DRM and RiC campaigns work

·        Support documentation of best practices and lessons learnt for sharing

·        Prepare quarterly, annual and other reports as required


·        Be eager to and require others to adhere to Oxfam’s principles and values (click here) as well as the promotion of gender justice and women's rights (click here).

·        Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity, gender, child safety and staff health and wellbeing principles.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

·        The applicant for the Oxfam Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Coordinator job must be conversant with international and national humanitarian policy guidelines and standards including the SENDAI Framework, the Core Humanitarian Standard, the SPHERE minimum standards, the Grand Bargain Commitments, Charter for Change (C4C) Commitments, the New York Declaration and the Global Compacts on refugees and on Migration; National Refugee Policy; National Disaster Management Policy.

·        Good contact with Govt, private sector, academia and media are essential.

·        Sound understanding of the national political economy and global context with theoretical understanding on social change process is desirable.

·        Strong knowledge National and International humanitarian laws,  policies, strategies, principle , standards



·        A Masters Degree or Equivalent in International Relations, Social Sciences, Disaster Management or relevant discipline

·        A minimum of five years of consistent experience in emergency and humanitarian policy advocacy and relevant disaster Management work at regional or National level with substantial working experience in International NGOs at management level both national and regional

·        Experience in humanitarian Capacity strengthening

·        Experience in coordinating a technically diverse team


Key Attributes:

·        Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities.

·        Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about the application of gender/gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and diversity for all aspects of development work.

·        Commitment to Oxfam’s safeguarding policies to ensure all people who come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible.


How to Apply:

All candidates should apply online at the link below.


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