Senior Individual & Community Resilience Officer

Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in September 2017, the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica (GoCD) established a specialized, autonomous entity, the Climate Resilience Execution Agency for Dominica (CREAD), to lead the thrust to make Dominica the first climate resilient nation in the world.

CREAD is funded by international development partners, and has a clear focus on identifying, prioritizing, developing and implementing transformational projects that build strong communities, a sustainable economy, durable infrastructure and critical supporting systems to make Dominica more resilient. It operates at the highest levels of professionalism, integrity and efficiency, and works closely with key strategic and operational partners from the public, private and social sectors to deliver results.

Objectives

The Senior Individual & Community Resilience Officer will provide technical and advisory support to facilitate the development and implementation of activities to strengthen Dominica's overall community fabric; individual and collective consciousness and general ability to be resilient to disasters.

The Senior Individual & Community Resilience Officer will be responsible for providing professional input to help improve the disaster risk management profile of individuals and communities, with a specific focus on vulnerable groups.

The Senior Individual & Community Resilience Officer is also expected to play a leading role in facilitating the enhancement of systems that will help Dominica mitigate the impacts of natural disasters, as well as lead advocacy and resource mobilization efforts in this area.

Responsibilities

  • Provides support for the development and implementation of a strategic approach to disaster risk reduction focusing on individuals and communities;
  • Maintains close coordination and linkages with public and private sector entities to ensure their work contributes to the national disaster risk reduction agenda;
  • Works closely with key stakeholders such as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community associations, faith-based organizations and private sector organizations to help develop capacity in disaster risk reduction;
  • Works closely with public sector entities and community organizations, in close coordination with CREAD's Chief Consciousness Officer and Youth and Community Engagement Lead, to identify and develop effective initiatives to manage critical challenges that impair Dominican's overall resilience and to enhance the collective consciousness of citizens more broadly;
  • Oversees the needs assessment and the provision of training and capacity building of key stakeholders on disaster risk reduction;
  • Provides support and guidance for the gathering of data and information needed to undertake effective identification of high-risk individuals and families, and monitoring and evaluation of disaster risk reduction interventions;
  • Assists in the organization of meetings, conferences, seminars and training workshops related to collective consciousness and disaster risk reduction;
  • Assists in the creation of material and resources for input into a comprehensive, effective climate change awareness and educational campaign focusing on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, as well as the economic impacts of natural disasters;
  • Monitors and supervises the production of disaster risk reduction awareness publications and guidelines on best practices in disaster risk reduction;
  • Provides assistance to the Communications Specialist in the development and production of audio-visual kits and other educational material on disaster risk reduction;
  • Participates in post-disaster emergency missions, including post disaster needs assessments or damage and loss assessments;
  • Provides training to relevant local personnel in the conduct of post disaster assessments;
  • Provides support to authorities in the mobilization of recovery resources and design of recovery plans, including Emergency Recovery Loans;
  • Performs other duties and functions as assigned by the CEO

Qualifications/Training and Experience

  • A post-graduate degree in public policy, international development studies, social science, disaster management, or related fields
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in disaster risk management or related areas
  • Experience with portfolio management, program monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Strong ability to analyze and resolve issues cross cutting areas of specialization, with an understanding of how solutions affect the overall work program strategy
  • Effective communication and inter-personal skills and proven ability to work in a team and intercultural environment, with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrates ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of stake-holders;
  • Sound judgment and the ability to work with minimal direction;
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to work under pressure;
  • Very strong communication skills;
  • Fluency in English;
  • Creative and pragmatic approach to problem solving;
  • Well-organized and strong attention to details

Expression of Interest

Successful candidates would be required to start work from Early/Mid May 2019.

Interested applicants should submit their CV, with the names of two references, and a cover letter supporting their application and outlining their passion for Dominica to achieve Climate Resilience.

Applications addressed to:

Human Resources
Climate Resilience Execution Agency for Dominica (CREAD)
Roseau
Dominica

All applications must be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before April 23, 2019.

Note: Applications will be accepted only via e-mail.

Posted: 09/04/2019